|System: Xbox One, PC|
|Pub: Microsoft Studios|
|Release: March 20, 2018|
|Players: 1-4 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Crude Humor, Use of Alcohol, Violence|
Sea of Thieves provides little comfort to the victims of aggressive pirate crews. Flight is usually the only logical action for a one-manned sloop against a fully-crewed galleon. Hours of collecting treasure could be wiped away without any recompense, should you be blown to the Ferry of the Damned. A pirate’s hours sunk to the bottom of the sea is likely to cause more than a few rage quits. The initial package also limits the social options. Only four players can officially join a galleon crew, even though there are enough responsibilities to keep twice as many crew members occupied. There is no couch co-op. There is no clan feature offering the option to build a pirate fleet. There are no specialized servers to cater to specific tastes, such as a roleplaying, pure PvP, or family-friendly gameplay.
If the lure for you is simply setting sail and taking in the world, then your senses are in for a treat. Islands are small nuggets in a vast, open ocean, so it helps that these are arguably the most beautiful digital waters ever seen. The cartoonish character designs and simple, yet strikingly well animated, environments add personality and whimsy to your voyage. Though the tone and orchestral makeup of Sea of Thieves’s music score could be easily compared to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the compositions are still masterful, and the crescendo and cadence changes with each new wave of skeletons heightens the intensity of your endeavor. The ship creaks in the waves, groans when the anchor is lowered suddenly, and buckles when cannons are fired or cannonballs breach the hull. All the sights and sounds makes it one of the most immersive pirate games ever.
Sea of Thieves plots a course in the opposite direction of most big budget, predictable affairs. Loot is not about gaining power, and the thrill is in the voyage, not the destination. This may alienate some gamers, but it is a breath of fresh air for those willing to embrace the change. However, Rare will soon find the community clamoring for more content and improved social options to keep players invested and using their freedom to create limitless and fascinating stories.
Senior Contributing Writer