Sea of Thieves is a return to mainstream games from once mighty developer Rare. For a bit of back history, Rare started its days with Nintendo. Making such hits as Battletoads and R.C. Pro-am on the classic NES. Donkey Kong Country on the SNES and the N64 classics like GoldenEye and Banjo-Kazooie.

TitleSea of Thieves
Platform(s)PC, Xbox One
PublisherMicrosoft Studios
DeveloperRare
GenreAction-adventure
Release20 March 2018
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer
esrb-rating-teenTEEN - Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.

In 2002, Rare was acquired by Microsoft and after a few other games. The founders of Rare left and the company mainly made Kinect games. So, given the recent history of Kinect games, this is Rare’s chance to get back to general audience gaming. And while they get a lot right, there are some rough edges to this game.

Story

Sea of Thieves is an open world sandbox pirate game and at its core and it does the very well. The sailing alone or with a team is great, the world looks fantastic and it is large enough to really explore and get a feel for it all. You work for one of three groups raising your faction to gain money and glory.

Gameplay

You can go about finding the Gold Hoarders, gather and sell trade goods for the Merchant Alliance, or Hunt Skeletons for the Order of Souls. While you are hunting all these treasures, the threat of a PvP encounter hangs over your head.

While all of this is well done, looks great and a blast to play, this is currently all the game has at its core. The game strongly relies on the players to be willing to make their own fun. If you can do this, and not take the game to seriously then the game can be some of the most fun you can have in a game.

However, there are many gamers who need to have direction, the next boss to kill, the next hill to climb. This type of gamer will quickly grow bored with Sea of Thieves.

Single Player

The islands you can explore seem kind of barren, however. There are structures and other things that you would expect to see other NPCs or something at, but there is nothing. Even the town islands called Outposts. Other than the three quest givers, the shopkeepers and a person in the tavern, a total of about 8 NPCs, the islands are also empty.

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Mulitplayer

If you prefer a game to have set goals, progression and a sense of accomplishment from fighting bosses and saving people, this game is not for you. If you have a group of friends that can get together, be silly, do crazy stuff and sail around. You might want to give this game a try. As for me, I love this game with friends, but will I love it as much in a month?

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Graphics

The graphics in the game are fantastic on both Xbox One or PC. The ocean is about the best ocean in any video game. The game has a fun cartoonish style overall, and everything fits with that from your pirates to the NPCs to the enemies in the game. The visuals are fantastic across the board.

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Sound

The sound is also top notch. The rigging creaking, the cannons firing, the pounding rail, all of it sounds great. The music is good too, taking a definite sea shanty feel that ads to the mood of the game.

Controls

The controls for the game are fine, nothing overly stellar, but solid. There is no crosshair for shooting, and the hid overall is minimal as well. The game controls well-using keyboard and mouse or controller, and Xbox and PC players play together.

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Overall

The content of the game is what will throw most players off. The missions will all start to feel kind of the same if that is all you do is grind them. The shipwrecks and exploration will wear thin. The rewards are all cosmetic and it will be up to the player to make their own fun. Sea of Thieves is really a giant pirate toybox. Even PvP has little consequence and it is all about how much fun you want to have in the game.

Sea of Thieves is a Pirate Sandbox that lends itself well to goofy fun with friends. From drinking too much grog and throwing up to shooting yourself out of a cannon or messing with other ships in PvP.

If Rare can keep up with the game and keep a steam content coming I will be around for a while, so the ball is in Rare’s court to keep me.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
FUN FACTOR - This game can be super fun if you are willing to have it, but if you need objectives and goals, you will be bored quickly.
7
GRAPHICS - The game is fantastic to look at. The style is consistent, fun and looks great.
10
SOUND - The sound work is solid and immersive and the music is appropriate and fun.
8.5
MULTIPLAYER - This is the best part of the game, getting a group of friends together to play pirates, drinking grog, sailing around and stealing other players loot, or finding some of your own.
9
SINGLE PLAYER - Here is another spot the game has trouble. By yourself, aside for following treasure maps over and over to grind gold for cosmetic items, and looking at the pretty, but barren islands, there is just not much there for a single player.
4
CONTROLS - Solid controls on keyboard and mouse or controller.
8
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