Heading for open waters.
Life as a pirate is a perilous life indeed, and venturing out alone is even more dangerous. It isn’t all bad news though, because being a pirate is incredibly invigorating. You’re given the proverbial keys to your very own pirate ship, complete with a crow’s nest, ship’s wheel, and grog keg.
Oh, and all-you-can-eat bananas.
I can appreciate all of the freedom. You see, Rare created something that doesn’t really need all that much explanation, meaning you can jump right in without needing to sit through a godawful tutorial. When you pick your character and decide what kind of ship you want to sail, you just show up in a tavern, where you’re told to eat a banana.
Whole. What kind of monster eats the whole banana?
Anyways, once you finally process what it’ll be like to pass the rind of the banana, you’re left to your own devices. You can choose to take on some treasure hunting by talking to the super reputable dude in a shack down next to the ocean, who for some reason has all the keys to any chest you find, yet doesn’t bother to go get them himself. Or you can take on some on-the-level trading, by working for a legitimate company whose representative just hangs out on the docks.
Or you can just take off into the unknown, braving the waves and praying to Poseidon that you won’t be thrown into Davy Jones’ locker face first.
But you will, because you’re bound to run into swashbucklers on the ocean, get eaten by a shark, or meet your end at the hands of skeleton army. My first experience with dastardly enemies involved my attempt to finish a quest to collect a chest on a small island. However, when I arrived, I was promptly attacked by a fellow brigand, all while I was defending myself from a skeleton. He killed me swiftly, then proceeded to board my ship where he lay in wait to kill me once I came back from the underworld.
The joke was on him though, because when I came back a second time, I found him trying to lug the same chest I sought off the island to his own ship. So I stealthily crept up behind him and shot him in the spine. Then I stole the chest and claimed it at the definitely-not-a-shady-guy-on-the-beach vendor, who gave me my share of the gold. I decided my next adventure would be to take on some less morally grey work, but I had my experience cut short by real life’s call to go to work.
Unfortunately there have been connection issues at launch, resulting in errors of multiple beards, so I haven’t been able to spend a ton of time playing. I will say though, I’m definitely enjoying my time with Sea of Thieves. It’s an interesting idea, and the game itself seems sound across the board (aside from technical issues with servers that is).
I love the way that sailing is handled; it’s entirely possible to man a ship all by your lonesome, but I can definitely see where playing with friends would be ideal. I’d love to play sometime with another person, or with a full crew. It’s a delightful experience, and I’m looking forward to chasing more of that feeling in the next few weeks.
So stay tuned for a full review. Now I need to try to convince Jennifer to play with me.
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