Sea of Thieves does blockbuster sales in the UK while former artist criticizes its lack of depth

    
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Rare has a reason to rejoice this week, as Sea of Thieves has sailed to a number one spot on the sales chart in the UK. The studio has only done this twice before, with Rare Replay (2015) and Banjo-Kazooie (1998). There are no specifics on how many titles have been sold, although this is a good indicator that the multiplayer pirate sim has enjoyed a strong start.

It’s going to need it, though. Sharp criticism has emerged from both players and even one past artist on the project of the game’s shallow repetition and meager content offerings.

Former Sea of Thieves artist Rob Beddall said that warning signs were popping up years ago internally, but Rare did not address them: “A lot of internal people voiced their concerns that the game was insanely repetitive and shallow. This was about a year a go before I left. I guess nothing has changed.”

“All I can say is that the plans and ideas for the game were bigger than what was released but there were never any solid plans on extra game mechanics,” he shared with the community. “The original idea was that it was a buddy adventure. Like the kids movies the devs grew up with. Where four friends or so would be pulled out of their ordinary life and go on some wild adventure.”

Sea of Thieves has a 71% on Metacritic right now with users rating it at an average of 5.5.

Source: StevivorRedditMetro. Thanks Sorenthaz!
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zeko_rena

I am sad, I really was hoping to enjoy this game, but I find it boring.

It feels like an Alpha, especially on the start island where it just sort of shoves you in there.

Thankfully I get it for free on my Xbox Game Pass thing so didn’t pay a dime, was going to get the rest of the families consoles on the Game Pass if it was good, but alas we will be holding off for now.

Now I wait for Cyberpunk, back to EVE and Forza 7 until then!

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Alberto

You guys are crazy, Sea of Thieves is some of the most fun I’ve had in years from the comments most of you haven’t even played it you just read some reviews and called yourselves experts on the subject. Does the game have limited content? Absolutely! Is it still fun as all heck YES! How much does it cost you to play..Right now FREE w a 14 day trial you literally don’t have an excuse not to try it if you haven’t played any of the Betas over the past 2 months. This game has as much “content as Fortnite or PUBG ( currently 2 top games in the world). They will be adding content regularly to keep people coming back, about the same as most MMO do with their holiday events every couple of weeks, and this works. Most of the people I hear complaining are Solo players who somehow thought a MP PVP GankBox was going to be some sort of PVE pirate paradise despite all the multiple closed and Open betas. This is a game people will be coming back to for years..not sure if you will like it or not try the free Xbox trial it costs you literally nothing. Even when I’m not sailing myself I spend hours watching other people go on crazy Adventures..its pretty much the same a GTA V Online RP videos. TLDR: this game isn’t for everyone and lacks a lot of hoped for features..its still a blast to play. And from the Overfilled servers every night it seems like more people agree with that.

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zeko_rena

So you admit its a game that is aimed at a very specific set of players and then are surprised why generally a lot of people don’t enjoy it?

A lot of MOP commenters are not fans of open PVP anyway so it isn’t a huge surprise this comment section would be kind of “meh”

Also I have played this and Fortnite and Fortnite has a heck of a lot more content, unless you are just referring to that PUBG style game mode only?
Then I could agree

Never played PUBG so no idea on that front, but that does seem to have a similar amount of content from the small amount of videos I have seen of it.

With that said I am glad you enjoy it and its good to hear it has a decent sized pkayerbase as I would welcome more pirate themed games, and as I said above I wish I did enjoy it, as I was really looking forward to it :(

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Sorenthaz

God the jokes and trollbait just write themselves with this post. Sea of Thieves being an MP PvP gankbox was not intentional in the slightest. But it’s pretty obvious a bunch of Fortnite and PUBG kiddies have flooded the servers making it into one.

Good thing they’ve only got a week of free time left.

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PurpleCopper

This feels like a $20 game at best.

People are only doing quests and skull forts for loot just so they can grind all those rep to get Legendary pirate status.

Once you hit Legendary status, that’s it. You’ve done pretty much everything.

Microsoft and Rare have more funding than common sense.

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Mewmew

It’s because they’re counting on PvP to make up for lack of content, as so often happens in games with heavy PvP.

I know, add an all ships “Battle Royale” mode. We know it’s coming right? That’s the new copied idea of the moment and since it’s Open PvP it shouldn’t be too hard for them to put in :P

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Sorenthaz

Game even has a Red Sea border around the edges of the map that sinks ships over time. That didn’t exist until the closed beta I think. Prior to that it would just act like you circled the globe and thus popped up on the other side of the map.

Seems almost too obvious that they have all the elements necessary for a BR mode.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Once again Im on point with my predictions for 2018 (mispelled the game’s name tho. Its sea not city): https://goo.gl/P4DJzv

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Sorenthaz

“Few months”? Try a few weeks. PvP is being used to pad the game’s bare minimum content. PvE wise it feels like Trove in that it’s aimed at casual sessions with friends and if you try to play it hardcore or serious then it becomes a painfully tedious grind and the only reason you’re doing it is for cosmetic and vanity stuff. Though at least Trove also had Diablo-esque vertical progression.

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Bannex

Funny how the Witcher 3 escaped the shallow moniker.

Aside from the story, the game boiled down to talk, beer goggles investigate mode followed by a spammy combat system with a shoddy magic that had you basically pausing combat to switch signs. There was no depth in the game whatsoever and geralt had a terrible time ascending even the gentlest of hills.

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Koshelkin

It’s just that The Witcher 3 has dozens of hours of voice-acted storycontent.

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Bannex

If I wanted to watch a movie, I’d watch a movie. The gameplay was extremely shallow and honestly almost on rails.

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Bannex

Here we go again…

Watching a handful of gameplay videos, it’s pretty clear this is a “make your own fun” game that doesn’t cater to solo audiences. If you thought it was anything else, you aren’t owed an apology.

Pretty sure every video I saw had shooting somebody out of a cannon considered as a major feature.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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rafael12104

Lol!

“Quick, before it dries up!”

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Utakata

…I’ve seen my parent’s dog make bigger puddles. /eww

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rafael12104

Lol!

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Sorenthaz

More like Puddle of 14-day Trials.

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Teh Beardling

I just can’t bring myself to like this game. I love the premise. but my own personal experience was awful. Spend a lot of time trying to escape ports only to be sunk 200 yards out. Get chased into storms and sunk. Watch helplessly as my ship is sunk while I’m on an island. etc. etc. i think i got to turn in one chest before I called it quits not my cup of tea.

(this was during beta)

It’s pretty to look at though.

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Alberto

Hmm let me guess…solo player?

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Jeremy Barnes

No Man’s Sea