It’s been a while since a game has given me such an emotional rollercoaster ride.
When I first heard about the game Sea of Thieves I was told to think of an MMO version of Assassin's Creed Black Flag, but without the assassin aspect, so my expectations were high. Sadly, I missed the early access testing, but I had read positive things.
Fast forward to the 20th of March and it’s game day, unfortunately for me I’m stuck at home with a chest infection while my copy was getting delivered to my day job… shitsticks.
When I finally got my hands on it last Friday (23rd) I leapt right in. The first thing I noticed was the cartoonish art, but it slowly grows on you. The second thing I noticed was Sea of Thieves was NOT Assassin's Creed Black Flag.
There is no campaign in Sea of Thieves as it is an online multiplayer action adventurer where the goal is to be a pirate, pure and simple.
You create your character and are given the option of two ships, a nimble but lightly armed and armoured Sloop, or the big, bulky Galleon, then you decide whether your going solo, with a small crew (you and one other) or a large one (you plus three). Then it's off into the big wide watery world for you to plunder and steal.
The goal in Sea of Thieves is to run amok, you can just prey on other players, complete quests or a combination of both.
The one thing you need to be aware of before heading out is once you have completed your quest, be it hunting down certain skeletons, find a treasure chest or even locating certain items within a timeframe, you NEED to get back to an outpost to claim your reward.
That’s right, you don’t get paid once the mission is done but when you bring the items or proof back to the quest giver, I’ve lost a fair amount of gold before I figured that out.
Visually Sea of Thieves is beautiful while cartoonish. The weather, ocean and environment look amazing and at sometimes almost real, while characters and enemies are straight out of a comic book.
I’m loving the soundtrack which is epic in its own right. Made completely with a Concertina and a Hurdy-gurdy which gives Sea of Thieves an authentic sound and feel.
The game’s map is huge but as you can guess is mainly ocean and is not actually based on anything from real life (like how AC Black Flag is based on the Caribbean), there are heaps of islands to explore as well as shipwrecks, outposts and so much more.
One of the things that has perplexed me about Sea of Thieves are the buyable items, they are purely cosmetic and don’t improve your character in anyway.
Buy that new sword and your attack doesn’t get any more powerful, those new sails for your ship? They won’t make her faster, just prettier. I guess it keeps things fair, I mean a newb could easily take down someone who’s been playing since day one… this will get interesting.
There are a few things that brought Sea of Thieves’ overall score down just a little for me, first up there isn’t much of a tutorial, meaning the game dumps you into the world for the first time and you're forced to figure everything out for yourself, normally I don’t mind that a bit, but not the whole game.
The other thing letting me down is Sea of Thieves becomes a bit of a grind pretty quick, with you basically doing the same 3 quests over and over again, true you can break things up with some PvP (Player Vs Player) thievery, but that can only last so long.
For me the good massively outweighs the bad with Sea of Thieves, especially since once you’ve figured the game out you're good to go, plus I’ve heard Rare has some huge plans for DLCs and updates, so hopefully the grind of questing will be broken up.
In the last week, I’ve heard a lot of punters have gone off Sea of Thieves and I’ve even seen it's beginning to get mixed reviews from others, to that I say bullshit.
Sea of Thieves is a great game, yes it's not without its few little problems (what game doesn’t have them?) but it is highly entertaining, which is the whole point of video games. I’ve had some good luck and found myself with some great crews and had an awesomesauce time.
My dream of becoming a pirate is slowly coming true.