Sea Of Thieves
Publisher Microsoft Studios / Developer Rare Aaarrr third top game of the year is… Rare’s open-world online multiplayer pirate spectacular is a triumph of game design that is frequently amazing, and has kept on improving with each successive update. At its core, the game embraces the chaos of a pirate’s life on the salty seas – be a pirate (an ugly one, accept it), find treasure, go on adventures and do a lot of sailing. That’s about it, but really, what more do you need from a pirate game?
Initially these seas of thieves felt a little, well, empty. It takes a long time to sail in ‘real time’ between the map’s many islands, but those seas are nevertheless beautiful and enticing as you sail around solo in a sloop or in a crew aboard a galleon, digging up treasure and delivering chickens. It still depends on having good friends to play it with consistently; being thrown in with strangers is not as rewarding – and on your own it can feel a little lonely. It has admittedly divided the Xbox community for all of the above reasons, but fans of the game who have kept at it have undoubtedly been rewarded for their time (and frequent loss of ships, condemned by other pirates to Davy Jones’ locker) with cracking updates like Forsaken Shores bringing ever more joy to your jolly sailors bold.