If you have an Xbox and like pretending to be a pirate, you will love Sea of Thieves from British game developer Rare.
The game is much different than recent titles from Rare, which has mostly been making games for Microsoft’s now defunct Kinect accessory. Sea of Thieves is more like their older games, such as GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie and Battletoads. In this game, which has been in development for years, gamers battle each other for buried treasure.
The game is due to be released in March, and, at least initially, it will be available for Xbox and Microsoft Windows exclusively.
Sea of Thieves is a big game, with a wide open world, making it a most welcome addition to the current crop of high-end games. As a player, you must deal with rival pirates — who fire upon you at will — while also avoiding fire from Skeleton Island. And if this isn’t enough thrills for you, there are also sea monsters lurking in the water nearby, ready to snatch you from your crow’s nest. Of course, you get to dig for buried treasure as well.
However, at least at the moment, the game seems not quite finished. Though it could evolve quickly, and some in the industry believe that it could be a surprise hit and a long lasting one if Rare and Microsoft continue to develop the property.
It is certainly visually stunning, even now. In fact, the sea and the storms are so realistic that some players have actually experienced seasickness. They have also have felt that they were really out to sea while playing. There is further a great attention to detail throughout the game. Players will feel that they are existing in a world that is true to life.
Finally, when you buy the game for Xbox, you get the Windows version free of charge, and the two will seamlessly sync with one another.