Sea of Thieves is a 2018 action-adventure game developed by Rare and published by Xbox Game Studios. The player assumes the role of a pirate who completes voyages from different trading companies in order to become the ultimate pirate legend. Sea of Thieves is a first-person multiplayer video game in which players cooperate with each other to explore an open world via a pirate ship. The game is described as a “shared world adventure game”, which means groups of players will encounter each other regularly during their adventures, sometimes forming alliances, sometimes going head-to-head.
Sea of Thieves Rating
Metascore: 67 / 100
User Score: 4.6 / 10
Sea of Thieves Reviews
Great until you don’t wana deal with PVP. Yes I understand that you’re pirates, you collect booty and you pillage and plunder. However….if you wana deal with PVP go to the arena. The community is mildly toxic, and you don’t always want to worry about dealing with people trying to fight you and burn your ship when half the time you don’t even have loot on board. You put up alliance flags to signify you want to make friends or not engage in PVP and it doesn’t matter to 90% of the douchebags who play the game.
Don’t get me wrong, the game is fun and enjoyable with minor bugs when you DON’T encounter people (if you’re not looking for it). But otherwise I REALLY wished there was an option to not deal with the in game PC combat if you didn’t want to.
But hey it’s a pirate simulator right?
I would recommend, WITH FRIENDS. Without friends, it’s a kind of fun sailing game with the occasional tense moment of battling storms and outrunning other ships. With friends, you start falling into pirate-speak for no reason, you start trying to trick shot skeletons, screaming when the world turns into Armageddon when fighting a big smoky boney boy, and laughing at firing each other out of cannons at insane angles completely missing islands. This game gets exponentially better with each person added to the crew, I could not recommend it enough if you’re going to play it with others.
Me and my friends just got this game. Had a galleon of 4 players. A tiny 2 person boat was able to sink us in minutes and there was nothing we could do about it. The respawn for players is far too fast and given it only takes 3-4 holes to sink a galleon then a sluth is OP since they’re so much harder to hit and so much easier to repair. Was going to do an event with this game with 100 discord members but we’ve since decided against it. It shouldn’t be so easy for a 2 person boat to sink a 4 person boat. Also we tried outrunning them with our 7 sails all perfectly oriented in the wind but your physics is so dumb making the 2 person boat with 1 sail go just as friggen fast as our ship. WHY WOULD ANYONE USE A GALLEON THEN!? Small boats should be more maneuverable but a large boat should be faster. Honestly left such a bitter taste in my mouth, felt so unrealistic and honestly just frustrating.
Great game with a lot of content I wish I could do. But since it’s forced PVP in adventure mode I doubt I will stick around long enough to get the hang of it. I’m sorry but if you spend 2 hours grinding a single mission just to sail in and get shot over and over by some mother tucker it’s not fun. That type of game play is griefing not PVP. Also I don’t want to feel like I have to play with others in order to survive. I teamed up with 1 player and we spent 3 hours on a single quest. I’m like dude I want to go eat. Arena might be fun but Adventure mode needs PVE or Private Servers.
If you like games like Eve Online or Elite Dangerous where you can attack or be attacked at will you will love this game.
My advice would be to just join a crew to shoot other crews over discord. Way more fun than any quests. Don’t spend all day collecting garbage just to be ganked and have it stolen right next to where you turn it in.
The good news is you start the game with everything you need. Everything else is just cosmetics. You start the game with the same weapons and ships as everyone else.
This is an empty shell of a game that feels completely disappointing as soon as you think about what it could be for more than five seconds. You can enjoy it with some friends, but as soon as the “working together” aspect is gone so is 90% of the reason to even play, which is unfortunate, because open crews are worse than playing solo. Also, speaking as an experienced Soulsborne PvPer, this game’s PvP is stale garbage on a good day, and most of the “community” on forums and in-game is a pathetic, toxic joke – and that’s coming from a Dark Souls PvP troll.
First off, every element of this game’s content that can be tediously padded out IS tediously padded out – for both PvE and PvP.
In basic PvE, you can grind faction rep in one of barely a dozen different types of quest that all end up feeling the same and boring after about doing any of them more than twice, because they are all the same and boring. (“X Marks The Fetch Quest”/“Follow A Bad Riddle Fetch Quest”/“Go To X And Fight A Gang of Boring Damage Sponge Skeletons”/“Fight A Stronger Skeleton Who Spawns Infinite Boring Skeletons And Spams AoE Attacks”/“Fight A Ghost Ship”/“Fight A Skeleton Ship”/“Deliver These Goods On A Bad Time Frame”/“Fetch Random Items And Bring Them Back Here”). No matter what, your rewards will be tiny amounts of money, and nothing that will expand on or deepen gameplay in any way.
In the “Tall Tales” story PvE, you do get a combination of all of these other tedious quest types alongside a few new mechanics here and there, but you can’t repeat any of the PvE story quests for treasure, so they’re all just bland, one-off gimmicky quests where you follow a different color of magic compass to random islands until it says you’re done.
PvP is mostly a matter of who’s expecting the fight and ready for it. If you’re looking for a fight, you can hunt one of the five other boats on the entire server, and maybe you’ll intercept them when you and your crew are in a position to take them out, and then get your hands on their treasure – but it’s far more likely that you’ll be sinking empty boats for little to no treasure whatsoever, or killing them in the midst of some PvE action that would’ve gotten them treasure. On top of that, there is so little depth to combat or even competitive scenarios that apparently sinking their boat and killing them is the only real option to “beat” them and take their stuff. There are no competitive adventures baked into the game whatsoever, and the treasure in PvE and PvP is always the same, aka meaningless, because it’s only going to be a tiny amount of money either way. You don’t get anything cool for killing other players, and the game doesn’t have any good mechanics to make killing other players all that interesting or even lucrative, and yet, because they are guaranteed to want to kill you on sight, you have to kill them and destroy their boat so they can’t follow you whenever you meet them. If someone else is doing a PvE boss event, you can hope that they’re partway into finishing it and kill them in true cutthroat fashion, but it’s just as likely that they just started and it’s all about to be on you to finish the boss before someone else shows up to do the same to you. There are no mechanics that allow for stealthy sabotage of your fellow sailors' ships that don’t also directly involve sinking them, which makes every combat a test of who is lucky at the right time and who has the most people and the biggest boat. Despite the fact that this is the Sea of Thieves, you can’t reasonably commit theft without also committing a whole lot of murder, which seems like a painfully one-dimensional view of pirates and their tactics. I think the worst part is that, because every ship is the respawn point for its crew, you can’t steal ships from other people, which is a pretty important pirate activity to leave out of a pirate game.
Then there’s the crew limit of 4, which is criminal for any kind of actual sailing adventure. Unless you set up a large alliance and all ride in one boat, you’re stuck with a permanent skeleton crew at all times, which is mostly just annoying, and also impractical if you want to do anything pirate-y, as you’d have to essentially band half of the (maximum) 24 players on your server together in order to properly crew the boat for large fights – which would, of course, effectively ruin any PvP options. Further, if you do this, anyone not part of your direct crew will respawn on their boat, defeating the purpose of properly crewing said boat in the first place.
This game is certainly very pretty, and the suite of accessibility options is amazing – however, no amount of polish on the back end will change the fact that this game turns into a boring, slow, time-wasting grind within the first five hours. The work it would take to make combat interesting, to place real variety and flavor into the quest system, or even to make genuinely good story missions, would be so enormous that it would be more reasonable at this point for Rare to just make a new game.
Sadly, all of these problem elements lead to a very narrow field of options for Things You Can Do in what is supposed to be a sandbox-esque game about being a pirate. Your inter-crew interactions are guaranteed to be violent at best and toxic always, so if you want a game that you don’t have to ignore all but two elements in order to enjoy at all, buy a game that isn’t this one, because this game is only fun for maybe one hour out of every twenty that you play, and that’s completely unacceptable to me. I’ll tolerate this hollowed out trash heap for as long as my friends maintain interest in it, and absolutely no further.
TLDR: I can say without exaggeration that buying Sea of Thieves is my biggest regret in October of 2020, and unless you see posts newer than this one about massive improvements in gameplay and content, spend your money on something that’s actually fun.
The game sells itself on the idea of sailing the seas. There’s quests to do, reputation to build, treasure to find. You can fish, or drink, fight massive monsters or skeletal pirates. Unfortunately if the sound of adventure excites you, you shouldn’t buy this game. It’s a purely pvp online game. That should say it all. You will quickly find everyone who hasn’t been chased out of the game is better at it that you, and keen to prove that by sinking your ship and killing you, for no reason beyond an enjoyment of spoiling whatever it was you were planning to do. The game is trying to be like an MMO, with quests, world events, all manner of hidden goodies… but there’s a reason games like that have restrictions on PvP. Trying to do both, this game has made the former aspects empty and inaccessable. More to the point, the PvP isn’t even pirate themed once you get into it. Quickly it becomes, get into close range, and see who is better in close range PvP. No ships spiralling each other, cannons blasting, that sort of excitement is exclusive to the PvE threats. No, prepare to be boarded and hope you’re better and shooting while jumping. Do not make my mistake of watching the videos, seeing the world and thinking… that looks adventurous, fun and ripe for exploration… Those aspects are buried in the same toxic form of PvP that eventually takes over all games that put zero effort into balancing it.
This game has almost no content. I played through almost every unique thing within the first hour of playing. I kept playing for a little while longer in order to see if something came up but no. Really boring, thought there would be more based on the videos I’ve seen in trailers but it is pretty much just sailing in open sea simulator and occasionally going to land to swing a sword at a skeleton once. I am guessing there might be more to the game, but I don’t feel like racking up 1000 hours of sailing in the open ocean to find a cool thing that might last 20 minuets.
This game is perfect for people who enjoy open world pve games, this game is very fun to play with friends but not really fun to play by yourself, but its still fun just to sail around the open waters and fish or play music with instruments of variety of music and instruments with different ways you can enjoy this game its very fun and it makes you pay attention to the resources you have and be conservative of your items because after a battle you lose a lot of resources and you have to use that to your advantage if the enemy runs out before you, the graphics are amazing they are so unique to the game, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys anything above.
Its a great game with a lot of good stuff to do, although I recommend having friends and not playing solo
But this comes with a warning as well. You will have hours of progress taken from you from other people. People will hunt you down and bully you for literally no reason. The community isn’t toxic, but it is highly encouraged to hunt other people instead of working on your own profit. Even making an alliance is flawed, as you only get half value on things other members sell. Speaking from experience, you simply have to put up with the fact someone can come along and ruin your day at any time. It’s quite unfortunate, some of the best parts of this game are with other crews, but you have to treat others with so much caution that fun interactions are few and far between. If these things are a dealbreaker, then I don’t even blame you, and I recommend you either find some friends (preferably skilled ones) or avoid solo at all costs.
Also, you can have public ships, but I wouldn’t trust those with my life.
Where to begin with Sea of Thieves, well for starters, I have been playing the game since the beta but I played it on Xbox originally so my experience is not reflected by my Steam playtime. The only reason I would recommend this game to others is if you have friends to play with or don’t mind playing with randoms. I absolutely would not recommend playing this game by yourself as the game is not even remotely tailored for solo players which is extremely disappointing. Sea of Thieves has a ton of content but can get incredibly repetitive as you are virtually always doing the same thing, trying to earn money. There are no upgrades in the game whatsoever, everything you purchase i entirely cosmetic, the only thing you do gain from playing is experience which can be used towards ship battles or fighting. Which brings me to my next point and is what still plagues the game since launch, other players. I’ve had countless experiences with other players being beyond toxic and trying to excuse their actions by claiming the name of the game, Sea of Thieves. Last I checked, thieves don’t break into your home, murder you, burn down your home, and take everything you’ve earned so their argument generally falls apart. Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue if the game didn’t have the single worst PvP system I have ever seen in a game. I’ve literally had times where I was on an island and noticed a ship coming to the island and they would pull up next to my ship, fire at it with cannonballs sinking it, and then leave. This kind of experience is what turns off many players as well as myself. Sea of Thieves would have been a phenomenal game had it been entirely solo or co-op as so much of the game is built around this type of gameplay. There are also random events that can happen on every island and these would be more of a nuisance than anything as I’d be forced to go to the island as part of a voyage only to be repeatedly harassed by these AI mini bosses which I had no interest in taking them on but rather completing my quest. Sea of Thieves really does as much wrong as good and so as difficult as it is for me to even recommend this game to anyone, there’s definitely a lot of fun to be had here. I hope you are able to get some more enjoyment out of it than me. Thank you.
Good game, though as much as it goes against the main play style, i would love some sort of upgrade just for something to work towards, as every victory can start to seem meaningless. Boss fights can also be monotonous when you cant see the health. It often feels like your doing nothing just shooting at something and not knowing if your doing something wrong, damaging it or if its just out healing you.
Yes this game takes alittle to get into and the realisations that the gold is not really that big a deal ( only used for cosmetics) and that lost of ships/ deaths while at first they seem harsh are at its absolute worst a slap on the wrist this is a really fun adventure feels like ur playing somthing form pirates of the caribian ( lots of spooky pirate stuff) this game is fun solo but REALLY shines when u have even just one other player with u at its heart its a co-op PvP adventure if ur not a huge fan of pvp u can avoid fighting but u will never be able to avoid it for ever but if u want even playing defensively can be really fun
if u want to avoid pvp all together .. sorry in the nicest way possable … dont play this game … it will happen u will be attacked by other players, some are super toxic some people just wanna have fun pirate battles
my only warning is u probbably will be really demoralised the first time ur ship full of loot gets sunk but honistly its ok u will get more and getting ur supplys to a workable level can be done form any of the outpost u spawn in
its worth noting
u start the game on a level playing feild even to the most seasond vets gear wise
ur gear never " improves" (other then look) its all based on skill, if u wanted to u can go and do the hardest content right off the bat if ur feeling brave
So, I would like to start off this review by saying that I had never had the opportunity to play a game of this nature ever before. i absolutely adore the graphics and game play aspects of the sailing and having to hunt for treasure.
With that being said, the part of this game that needs some work is the lack of game mode options. I am the type of person who usually prefers PVE over PVP. If i am choosing to run as a gold hoarder, I want nothing to do with other actual players coming up and destroying all of my hard work for no reason. The past couple days this game has been unplayable and unenjoyable because of the sheer amount of griefing.
There needs to be an option where I can turn off any PVP or maybe have a separate game mode where I can make a full private party to enjoy this game with my friends. Not saying I always want to avoid a good pirate battle, but if my ship is parked on an island while I am trying to loot as a gold horder emissary, I should not have to worry about being attacked and completely destroyed when I am not out looking for trouble. That is just my two sense. Choose to play if you want, just be ready to constantly be attacked by bored trolls.
As this game currently stands, it could be really great. But every time I’ve tried to play I just keep getting griefed by a crew on a galleon that decides they want to put holes in my ship when I’m parked at an island, then send my ship sailing off into the distance without me while they hunt me down on the island. If that doesn’t happen, crews will camp at outposts and kill you and loot your ship right as you try to turn in a haul.
Many of these complaints have been listed out before, and it’s always met with, ‘It’s a pirate game, of course that’s what’s going to happen. What did you expect’, and I’m so sick of it. This game has treasure hunts, magic skeletons, and cargo delivery missions. But you know what it lacks? Any real form of piracy like raiding npc ships that you see sailing around filled with loot, or a ransom mechanic, or anything of the like. This wasn’t built with the intent of authentic piracy.
The addition of pve specific servers or safe zones at the outposts would be a welcome respite to this game. By now, every time someone asks if they should sink the $30 into a purchase I have to caution them that the community is incredibly toxic.
I honestly will bounce back to this game occasionally in the hopes that I can have a fun couple hour session of what truly is wonderful core gameplay, but the players at this point are hell bent on not letting casual players participate
Honestly just trash. The game itself can be extremely fun, even more so with friends. But the fact that you can spend hours on setting up a raid on an island or on some quest, just to have a random ******** that did nothing to get to this point shoot your ship down in front of the island, and kill you during your quest to take your riches is a joke. You have no protection on an outpost or anywhere else where you or your ship will be completely defenseless, and i dont see the point in actually investing time into a game where a random nobody can get all my stuff without having earned it.
It’s as good as the people you play with. It’s not hard to find good folks if you are one but it’s inevitable you’ll occasionally be greeted by a joining player that will wreck your progress.
Know this: there’s hardly any progression in the game, meaning: The gold you collect (the primary focus of the game) is only spent on cosmetics. Some view this as a good thing - others not so much. Gold unlocks nothing. There is progression in the way that you understand the game and titles, clothing etc… through reputation and other means, but as far as upgraded weapons, or progression to more content, what you see is what you get.
Also note: When you log in each time, you’re on a fresh ship. While likely meant to maintain balance, and it does this well, it can be frustrating at the beginning. If you don’t have enough time to turn in all your loot, you might as well kiss it goodbye. This game and it’s pace is very much dependent on how much time you have to play and how offensive other player crews are. After some time, the game is less about the story and more about attacking other players.
Keep an eye out for “OlLeadBeard” the pirate.
Honestly, this is the freshest gaming experience ever, multiplayer is very random, you might get very nice people from anywhere around the world or some Russians ready to make as many holes in your ship even if there is no incentive (of course am kidding it is not only Russians). The game has a very nice concept where you can just play with your friend to get richer and buy new aesthetics or you can live the true tales of a pirate searching for answers in the Tall tales which are a work of art. the game replayability is endless really every time I logged in it was different, I managed to find very funny and nice people and very few time toxic behaviour. overall I put this game in the same category of revolutionary games such as Alien Isolation and Monster Hunter World, in other words, A must-have
This is a game is a game ive been looking for. For awhile it was on my radar, but was wary of it due to pvp thievery, but the game would be sorely lacking if it had PVE only. Sea of theives is not a great game for its graphics, its mechanics, or community, tho those are amazing. Its a great game because it creates stories every time you play it. There’s never a dull moment since it allows versitility,creativity, and ridiculously fun ways to take on its challenges. The story telling is delicious, the updates keep things fresh, the water is gorgeous, the tactics and combat are finely tuned, and more than just a rewarding experience, its a rewarding investment. Its a game that i can pour hours into and feel spoiled with since it keeps on giving. This game teaches boldness. And fortune favors the bold. Go out there and get some stories of your very own. Ill see you on the seas :)
Honestly, I did not think I would get so addicted to this game. I love everything about it, the sailing, the combat, the voyages, the bond you have while in a crew. The voyages are somewhat repetitive, and usually that would be a downfall for me, but I honestly don’t mind it at all. The developers also update the game frequently so there is always new things to do and challenges to work towards. Sea of Thieves ticks all the boxes for me. Buy this game, you will not regret it.