- Huge imaginative pirate world
- Not for solo player
Some minor issues here and there
Sea of Thieves is the ultimate pirate fantasy and adventure; it’s about open oceans and looting treasure and firing cannons. There’s something extraordinary about this game, and while the purpose is open world multiplayer adventure, I love it. It’s not directly telling you to do things or even holding your hand to help you, you go out there and be a pirate that what this game is about. It simulates pirate lifestyle perfectly by offering a free open ocean to sail across with friends, teammates, and crew to do whatever you want. The lack of structure may not be for some, but in this type of game, it’s intriguing. You’re able to take quests from some agencies and then head out to complete the goals. Players can do this in a couple of team options, and it’s a never-ending seamless adventure of finding friends and foes along the way.
In Sea of theives you go out in open sea’s and loot or battle, enjoy little things casually. It’s less about doing predefined chors and more about having fun. It never felt like I’m accomplishing anything at all, but I’m definitely having a blast with friends or random people. It’s entertaining, funny and epic at times. Ship battles are insane as your ship takes hit after hit, wood splinters, people frolic, and I run to the edge of my ship to board sinking vessel, it’s glorious. It does feel rewarding to get treasure chest back after a long voyage, but I don’t mind if we lose it in some fun mix-up.
There’s a lot of depth in the sea world and mechanics. Sailing takes coordination and a lot of skill as your whole crew needs to come together. Raising anchor, cast the sails to engage with the wind. Shooting yourself out of a cannon towards the island or swim for your life while being chased by sharks. Battle filthy skeletons, get bitten by venomous snakes while looting whatever you can find as you dig for treasure. You will get a simple crude map of the area and need to figure it out yourself across a large area. This is where I get into a controversial aspect of the game, will this get repetitive? Will this happen every single time? This game isn’t for everyone. If you love the core concept of this game, then it’s perfect for you. If you don’t, it’ll feel empty and vague.
There’s variation in the skeletons and animals you come across, but I can’t help but feel there should be more. Combat is good and random; the ship battles are so epic. I love how you can repair the ship or play an instrument while it sinks. Sea of Thieves is gorgeous; it carries a distinct realistic yet cartoony style that works well. The water is next level visuals being ever so dynamic and full of life underneath. It’s an actual technical wonder there; I did, however, experience some screen tears on Xbox One X which was disappointing. They don’t wreck gameplay, but they shouldn’t be present.
Sea of Thieves indeed is the ultimate pirate fantasy and adventure; it does however really come down to how much you like the core gameplay. I love it, and I’ve had a blast sitting there for hours with friends just joking around. Even with randoms, it’s been great, and I haven’t come across this friendly of a people in such a long time. Some lock you up, but most want to work together to get loot. The loot lets you grab in-game items, and I’m amazed they didn’t microtransactions this to the seven seas.
I find there to be a lot of depth in what you do here, and I haven’t gotten bored of any gameplay elements. It continues to be fun with the new friends I come across though in the long term it may have problems. At this point, I’ve enjoyed every minute of this as it’s the pirate game I’ve always wanted. The options for cross-play are great; it’s helped build out the community as I’ve run into so many on their PC and I’ve noticed no issues with the connections. The Sea of Thieves is the type of game that’s perfect for those that want to be a free pirate.