By Darren Henderson (DizzyPW), Former General Manager and Guest Writer
Ah the open sea. The magic of Wind Waker, Uncharted Waters Online, Age of Sail. Something about the setting of nothing between you and the bottomless deep besides the wood beneath your legs and the coordination amongst your crew really speaks to me. But not to all. Sea of Thieves is currently in the period of razzle dazzle when everyone is screaming its praises, and ensuring the criticism is sent to Davy Jones’ Locker in the process. Alas and Avast, there may be many low researched pre-orderers rushing into a game that will hold their interest about as long as an old bar wench after the grog has run dry. The sea holds hours of endless sandbox content… assuming you are an explorer type. Rare has set a Thanksgiving Feast for explorer type gamers with beautiful locales, dynamic weather conditions, dangerous islands, riddles, and more. But if you don’t have an itch for roleplaying, the seas may become a dull and barren place. If you don’t have close friends to join you on your journey and lack a knack for social diplomacy, all the worse. Join me as we walk the plank into the game that will be hailed as game of the year by some, and a snoozefest by many more.
If shooting the narrow is your idea of a good time, you might be in the game of the year crew.
The concepts are simple, far more so than many recent additions to the team-focused naval battle genre like Blackwake. Grab a quest, be it clues, maps to treasure from the gold hoarders as seen in the stress tests, or carrying prized animals or enacting devious deeds on the high seas from the other two teased factions. But why? Well glory, and a sense of self-worth. Dare I say it… fun? For the more hardcore players the driving force might be as simple as a scoreboard. The race to rack up points with all three factions to be deemed the first of the legendary pirates! But in the end, it’s all just an excuse. An excuse to point explorers off the land and into the open sea to find their own source of adventure. And I’m among a dying breed of neglected gamers who, upon hearing that, feel our blood get boiling with excitement. Such open-ended adventure in a pirate setting simply doesn’t exist!