Sea of Thieves


Caden Massey

Finally, a game that speaks to me. Not only do I get to be a swashbuckling pirate, but I also get paid to write about it. 

Sea of Thieves is a game by Rare. That’s always a good start. More importantly, you and up to three other people get to sail the ocean blue in search of booty. How fun. You can raid ships, search for buried treasure, do missions, solve puzzles, and even fight the Kraken.

I should mention that you don’t have to play with anyone, but it is absolutely no fun. The ocean is a very quiet place, so sailing it alone is as good as playing a game with no volume. The best part of Sea of Thieves is being stupid with your friends. 

However, you could always be stupid with stranger. The game has a proximity chat feature, so if you get close enough to another player you can talk to them. This has a very real chance of turning into an all-out brawl, so again I advise sailing with a friend. In my experience, I have found that players tend to get awfully hostile towards each other. I try and avoid other players all together.

The combat in the game is very simple. Your options are: swing your sword, shoot you gun, or run. I do think that is one criticism I have about the game. I think it is too simple. I never feel challenged by any battle. Experience in battles hardly effects anything.

Ship battles are a lot more interesting since there are cannons mounted on every boat. I feel like sometimes it takes too much effort to sink a ship though. My friends and I filled the smallest boat in the game with about 15 cannonballs and they simply would not sink. You would figure that even a couple cannon holes in the boat would sink it, but that is a nitpick.

I enjoy searching for buried treasure, but on occasion, there will be a riddle to solve or an object to find that is impossible. The only way to figure it out is to Google it, which I think is a bad design. It doesn’t take that much effort to make these hidden objects more visible or change them altogether. 

Other than that, finding treasure is a joy. You get a little spark of dopamine every time you find the chest in the sand. It is similar to the feeling you get from opening a pack of cards or a loot box. That “whoa!” moment is worth the hassle.

You get access to some musical instruments, which allows you and some of your crewmates to play a nice little sea shanty, and that is hard to beat. My favorite instrument is the hurdy-gurdy (just do yourself a favor and look that up).

Would I recommend Sea of Thieves to a friend? Maybe. You will probably hate it if you don’t have a friend to play with, and most missions take a couple of hours to complete. You have to have a lot of time on your hands to be invested in this game. If you had absolutely nothing going on for a week, I would check it out.

If you are playing on anything other than Xbox or PC, then you can get bent. It is a Microsoft exclusive. I wish it wasn’t, but because I am not a Sony fanboy, I get to play it. Take that PlayStation people. Overall, I rate Sea of Thieves 7 dopamine spikes out of 10.