Sea of Thieves came out today! Yes, that’s an exclamation point at the end of that sentence. I used one because I’m excited. That’s a statement coming from someone who played the alpha and beta tests, and knew exactly what kind of game I was getting.
Despite there being no room for confusion after so many beta tests being open to the public, and so many people streaming the game, there are still countless salty sea dogs posting bad reviews on meta critic, reddit, and anywhere they can share their opinions. Most of them are complaining about what the game is not.
Let’s once again make it clear — Sea of Thieves is an action-adventure game. It’s one of those fun ‘sail the seas and find treasure’ games.
Sea of Thieves is not…
- A hardcore pirate survival game
- A survival game of any kind
- A Battle Royale
- An MMORPG of any type
- EVE on the high seas
- A sandbox
- A game with player economy
- Anything remotely close to an RPG
I don’t think it’s fair to review a game poorly because it wasn’t the type of game you wanted it to be. Review it for what it is and its systems, mechanics, and features. If you think the lack of item diversity sucks, that’s fair. If you think the combat sucks, that fair. If you think there aren’t diverse enough monsters, that’s fair. Saying, “I give this game 1 out of 5 stars because it isn’t a pirate mmorpg” is asinine.
Also, it’s not fair to call the game “No Man’s Sea” either. Why? Because they NEVER promised a game and failed to deliver on their promise. In fact, my biggest critique for years was wondering what kind of game Sea of Thieves was going to turn out to be.
People have every right to be disappointed that there aren’t some really cool potential features. I’ll raise my hand as one of those people. I had lots of hopes that my imagination concocted, but that’s not the game Microsoft made. I hope they’ll add a lot of the things on my Sea of Thieves wishlist, but my hopes aren’t high.
Hate the game for what it is, not for what it isn’t.
I think Sea of Thieves is a fun, casual, sail the ocean in the evening with my brother kind of game. We’ll find treasures, fight other pirates, and have a splendid time. Yes, I paid $60. I’ll get my $60 out of it for sure. We all have different price sensitivity thresholds, and if yours is sensitive enough to skip then that’s 100% a valid reason.
But did you know you don’t have to pay any money to play the game and try it out?
How to Play Sea of Thieves FREE for 14 Days
You can sign up for a 14 day free trial of Xbox Game Pass and play Sea of Thieves on PC or Xbox one RIGHT NOW. Yep, that’s right, for no money at all. Graev is currently playing this way. And guess what? Once your trial runs out, it’s $10 a month. You could play for 6 months before reaching the $60 I paid (yes, I wish I did this).
So instead of listening to the vitriol from the social media or streamer communities and missing out on the game, get out there and try it yourself for free.
THEN, good or bad, come back and tell me what you think.