Sea of Thieves is a game from Rare Studio, which presented the world with the Battletoads series, a multiplayer role-playing sandbox about pirates. In it, player team up to control pirate characters to travel together on sailing ships in search of treasures and adventures. In addition, players can fight with each other, figuring out whose team is stronger and whose ship is better prepared to conquer the seas.
Players can access a large ocean with islands scattered around it, but the map is not randomly generated - the map is drawn in advance. Players in Sea of Thieves are free to just swim around the local locations, admiring the beauties and trying to sail away from the Kraken, and take various tasks, engage in treasure hunting and battles.
Sea of Thieves Gameplay
Players will find cards that allow them to participate in quests to find treasures. Also, the team will defend itself against those who decide to take their ship on board. One of the most interesting activities will be upgrading your pirate ship.
A storm can cause significant damage to the ship, so the crew must monitor the damage and patch them in time. Also, the study of the underwater world will be available. But when studying wrecks, you should avoid sharks. You also took care of maintaining the team spirit.
Each participant will be able to vote for the expulsion of a player. The team will be able to use non-verbal communication due to the situational with dialogues. The choice of replicas from the dialogue wheel will depend on the location of the team. You promise to attract fewer ships, which can be managed by a team of two players. The developers reported that the boundaries of the crew are uncertain, however, in the alpha versions, a selection with three crews of four is shown.
The largest enemies of the players should be bone skeletons. You plan to endow them not only with weapons but also with intelligence. Artificial intelligence is created through a system of sounds. Skeletons will listen to all extraneous sounds, you will be able to eat bananas to restore health, carry a variety of weapons and escape from great danger.
All game time you will progress, and your armour and weapons will improve. Sea of Thieves will not support split-screen, but this will not affect the ease of the gameplay. An important component of the game is resource management, of which there are only three: bananas used to treat and feed pigs, and wood needed to repair the ship.
From the original game features, at least a few points should be highlighted:
- The wonderful graphics and detail that have been achieved through the use of the Unreal Engine 4.
- Well-designed open world, living by its own laws.
- Fast switching between different game modes, as well as convenient and simple control (both character and ship) in general.
- A sufficient number of opponents in the world even without live players. Moreover, in some cases, it will be necessary to fight not only with other pirates and robbers but also with various bloodthirsty creatures. For example, sharks.
- Thoroughly created crafting system.
Battles in Sea of Thieves
While the game does not have a large number of players, it is not often necessary to engage in sea battles, but each such duel is felt like intense games of the mind of two teams pursuing the same goal - to sink the enemy, and even better, take the ship on board.
In addition to the guns on the ship itself, each pirate can be armed with a pistol, a shotgun and a sniper rifle. They will also be useful to you in search of treasures when you need to fight back from skeletons.
Sea of Thieves Graphics
The game is just beautifully drawn. Swinging waves, palm trees, diverse flora - all these objects during a sunny day are filled with rich colours. Thanks to them, the game immerses you in the atmosphere of a vast sea. The graphics look somewhat drawn, and you need to get used to it. The change of day and night is gorgeous. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises in this game are interesting. The nights in this game are no less pretty. The night sky is very similar to the northern lights, but still, the sky is not as well designed as water and nature.
Sea of Thieves Game missions
The game has 3 trading companies: Gold Hoarders, the Order of Souls and the Trade Union. Each fraction provides an opportunity to make money. Gold-hoarder gives a map with the location of the treasures, after finding which you can get a percentage in gold equivalent. The Soul Order offers to defeat the skeletons that are located on different islands and get paid for it. The trade union needs to deliver some cargo to a specific place within the established time frame. Interacting with each of the fractions, you can level up. The higher it is, the more difficult the tasks will be and the greater the reward.
Sea of Thieves Conclusion
Sea of Thieves is a great game, with an amazing atmosphere, visual and audio design. Definitely, the release of Sea Of Thieves is one of the most significant events in the gaming industry in 2018. This game should appeal to all adventure lovers - it is moderately realistic, it constantly generates unpredictable and exciting stories simply due to the combination of game mechanics, it is also quite simple for new players, but at the same time difficult to move up the "career" ladder.
Impressions from Sea of Thieves are purely positive. If you are a lover of adventure and a kind of pirate romanticism, it is worth playing. It is clear that not everyone can like the cartoon style in which it is performed or the obsessive arcade of the combat system. But all this is trifles compared to the variety of adventures that players themselves can create.