With the imminent release of Rare’s pirate ’em up Sea of Thieves, March 20th, I thought I’d list 7 things I think make it the very early contender for my game of the year.
Solid Solo Play
Don’t get me wrong, Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer game, through and through. It’s a game that’s built with the community in mind, it’s a game for playing with friends, and for making new friends in. The experiences you have and the stories you’ll get to tell seem more valuable than the treasure you’ll dig up together. THAT BEING SAID. I’ve sunk a fair few hours, over various betas and stress tests, into playing the game alone and still had an absolute blast. Cutting about on the open seas with just the wind as your companion is something everyone should experience, because it is an experience.
It’s very clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into the way Sea Of Thieves looks. It’s wonderfully colourful and bright in the day and eerily beautiful at night. From the sea spray splashing onto the deck, the sun slowly dropping over the horizon, or the full moon briefly appearing from behind a cloud and illuminating for as far as the eye can see. It’s an interactive painting and you just have the good fortune of being a brush stroke on its giant canvas. I mean, just look
You can do this.
I mean, you can’t do that in Destiny 2.
So far, my experience with Sea Of Thieves is that not everybody is toxic. Getting pummelled by cannonballs and looted is expected, it’s a pirate game. It’s not ideal getting killed as soon as you spawn over and over but it will happen on occasion, it’s an online game. For the most part people understand that a good fight is part of the game, the winner gets the spoils, and you part ways afterwards. Every now and again your opposition will realise that they have been bested and will just climb aboard your ship to play some music while watching their ship becomes a memory. It’s moments like this that really cleanse the palate from the bitter taste that trolls leave.
Splattered through out the game are a number of little touches from Rare that shows they care for ththe community they have built. You’ll occasionally come across some thing on your travels that is an homage to its earliest players. Eurogamer wrote a piece about it right here.
LOOK. AT. THAT. FACE.
There’s So Much To Do.
There is an obscene amount of things to do in Sea Of Thieves.
See that ‘X’ on the map, dig it up.
See that riddle, solve it.
See them animals, catch them.
See that skeleton fort, attack it.
The best thing about this game is that you don’t have to do any of them, you can just raise anchor and go. Treasure chests are hiding on islands stashed in corners. Circling seagulls reveal sunken ships, waiting to be looted. Glints in the sun can be bottles washed up on beaches with treasure maps inside. Maybe all this sounds like hard work and you’d rather let everyone else do it and just steal it from them? That’s an option as well. So what are you waiting for sailor, get out there and rule those seas.
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