SEA OF THIEVES (CLOSED BETA)
By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on February 1, 2018
Ahoy thar ye filthy landlubbers! Are ye ready t' set sail 'n t' collect all th' beautifull loot that be scattered around th' World. Oh, ye're nah? Well then, strap up yer boots, grab yer cutlass 'n off course ne'er forget th' rum ! Fer we be set'n sail on th' sea of thieves!
For years now, Rare has been working on and teasing us with trailers and gameplay of their upcoming game Sea of Thieves. Finally, earlier this week, we had the pleasure of entering the closed beta and both test the servers and enjoy the experience that is Sea of thieves. The Servers had a rough time keeping up with all the traffic but this was to be expected, seeing seeing as how the game has amassed quite the community over the last few years.
This also meant we had no issues finding fellow pirates that where more than willing to set sail and go on voyages to collect the treasures of captains long gone. If you don't trust other pirates and don't want to play with anyone else, you can also set sail on your own. When the game started we got to choose between 3 distinct playing styles a small dinghy-like ship to set sail on your own, a medium sized ship for a small team of pirates, or a large ship which allows you to set sail together with up to three friends or strangers.
It must be said that all ships can be sailed by a single person. However, the bigger the ship, the harder it gets to do so. Not only do you have to use the wheel to stay your course but also raise and/or lower the sails to catch the wind correctly. And, as if that wasn't enough, you also have to angle said sails correctly into the wind so they can get you up to maximum velocity. Of course, all of this is useless if you don't raise your anchor first...
As you make your way across threacherous waters, you need to keep a close eye on obstacles like islands, rocks or shipwrecks because if you don't avoid them or stop in time by lowering the anchor you will crash and damage your ship. This can result in you taking on water and have to start bailing and patch up any holes with boards in order to prevent your ship from going to Davey Jones' locker.
Sea of Thieves is in essence a multiplayer game, but can just as easily be enjoyed on your own. However, finding treasure, fighting skeletons and other players, becomes a whole lot easier with a couple of pirates on your side. You will have to have a working internet connection for the game to work, though. Even if you want to play solo.
During the few short of days we were able to test the game, I was constantly amused. The devs did a great job with keeping the game fun and entertaining! Even though it was only a closed beta, which means some elements weren't even implemented yet, one of the things I really liked was the fact that you can go on voyages one after the other, without the need to return to outposts to sell your gotten loot. You can quite easily fill up your whole ship with chest after chest until it is filled to the brim with the spoils of your hard labor.
But there is a catch; if your ship goes down you will most likely lose most (if not all) of the chest because you can only carry one per person at a time. A fun thing about the chests is that some of them have some fun yet weird effects. The weirdest one I picked up was definitely the "Chest of a thousand grogs" which, once picked up, makes you constantly hear tavern sounds and gives you the effect of drinking a couple of tankards of grog, making you drunk in the progress.
I encountered this exact same effect when I found a barrel of grog on our ship and we all started downing those tankards as if they contained the elixir of the gods themselves. Sadly, this soon led to a uncontrollable mess of pirates tumbling over each other and falling off the ship in the process. And let's not even begin to mention all the puking that ensued. Yes, the puke on the floor stays right where it is until you or one of your less inebriated friends finds the courage to pick up a bucket, scoop the mess off the floor and throw it into the ocean.
All in all, I can only say that I had a lot of fun while playing the beta and I, for one, are really anxiously awaiting the full release of Sea of Thieves on March 20th of this year!