5 Reasons Why Sea of Thieves Will Make You Forget About The Lack of Xbox Exclusives

5 Reasons to be Excited for Sea of Thieves

The time has passed, and with a sigh, we say our final ‘yar,’ hang up our fancy hat and wave goodbye to our fellow pirates. Yes, the closed beta for Sea of Thieves has ended and for the first time in a long time, it feels less like a simple beta test and more like a communal experience. Sea of Thieves may be a few weeks off until release but that will be an agonizing amount of time for those of us who got a chance to experience quite possibly the rebirth of developer Rare, as this create-you-own tale on the high seas looks to dominate our time spent with controller in hand. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons to be excited for Sea of Thieves.

1. It’s Pretty

How Rare managed to pull it off, I will never understand. The game definitely has its ‘Rare’ feeling: characters, objects, and buildings all have that oddly familiar “lets attempt to make it look like the thing it is but still keep it weirdly shaped” that we have known to love in Rares greatest games: Conkers Bad Fur Day, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie etc. This game keeps that style yet is sharp and clean as current gen games should be. If that doesn’t entice you enough, just look at the water; in no game have I ever seen that sheer beauty of water. The physics, the way it roils and reflects the light, it’s unbelievable. I enjoyed sailing entirely because of how gorgeous the world around me was. The art style alone is one of the biggest draws to get this game.

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2. Experience Freedom

One of the truths of what it means to be a pirate is ignoring the law and being a free man. Sea of Thieves looks like it’s going to give us that same freedom, where players can boot up the game and decide what they want to do that day regardless of the repercussions – a sailor’s life for me, indeed!  You’ll be able to hunt for treasure, attack other pirates, or loiter at the bar and talk to passing players: the game is essentially the vessel for which you can let your inner jolly roger fly. While the final game might offer more specific objectives, the beta gave us the freedom to do as we pleased, as any pirate game should. While some MMOs feel pretty barren following this method, it felt right at home in the beta.

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    You would think a Pirates favourite letter is Arrrrr. But their first love is the C.

  • Soda Popinski

    Funny, for me playing the Sea of Thieves beta made me forget about Sea of Thieves lol

  • J.j. Barrington

    No one game can do that, sorry.

  • Edonus

    So is that what the Bias Gaming Media and Sony shills have agreed to.?

    Are we going to keep pretending Xbox One doesnt have any games?

    This year alone Xbox One already has 3 big games coming before the holiday season……. Still playing PUBG, had Cuphead, Forza 7, and Super Luckys Tale within the last 4 months.

    I guess the pony strategy is to just ignore reality.

    • angh

      No one is saying Xbox One have no games.
      Simply, they do not have exclusive games. I do not own xbox and I played all the games you mentioned above.

      • Vulcanproject

        I played them too and they were all much better on PC

        • Edonus

          And to play them better on PC you have spent at least a couple hundred more so with that heavy investment you deserve to have played them better…. but at the quality and value the console deliver an experience that makes PC gaming seem stupid to me…. but hey, that’s just me….. and I don’t like having PC hooked up to my 4ktv like a weirdo.

          • Vulcanproject

            You get what you pay for. You pay a little, you get a 30FPS (or less) experience. You pay a bit more, you get the best gaming experience of those games.

            Xbox One has failed because it has virtually no exclusive titles or games that aren’t better experienced on other platforms.

            The best way to play games these days is on a Switch, a PS4 or a PC. That is reflected in the big sales of those platforms, and the abject failure of Microsoft’s console this generation.

          • Edonus

            When someone goes to the sales argument they admit they have failed. Its like saying McDonalds has the best hamburgers because they sold the most of them. The Ps4 is selling because IGN and the rest of the Bias Gaming Media has been telling consumers to buy it….while a the same time chasing customers away from MS offerings even when they provide a better product.

            The Switch is selling because the Bias Gaming Media seems to want it overtake the X1 so they arent pointing out its flaws and just letting consumers discover it and decide for themselves. If they ever become any real threat to the Ps4 they will began their slander campaigns. Remember Xbox had to spend 3-4 yrs being drug through the mud for a handful of 720p games and an average 900p resolution on popular games. The Switch is no where near is powerful with less function and the media hasnt said anything. The media attacked kinect every chance they got….. you can find 2 positive or even neutral article talking about kinect……. Nintendo is about to sell $80 cardboard cutouts and they havent said $hit….. I am sure you are either a shill or fanboy…. this isnt for you….. you would just deny t or say some dumb $hit anyway….. This is for the passer bys that may glean some perspective from an objective consumer.

            You cant make an equivalent PC that delivers what the X1X does at $500…..and you cant make a machine that delivers what a X1S for $200. You are a fanboy or a shill……. All the platform deliver unique experiences that are well worth their price tag to say different is to expose yourself.

          • Vulcanproject

            You’re mistaken that sales are the argument. Lack of exclusives is the clear argument and the lack of sales is just the EVIDENCE of that. It proves it. The media only called it how they see it, and it’s only paranoid fanboys that deny it.

            PC is always more expensive but it’s also nearly always the better way to play the same games. For many of those games you don’t even need a very powerful PC anyway.

            The likes of Cuphead and Ori, Super Lucky’s Tale (which is crap) run better on a potato PC than they do on Xbox One. If you only wanted an Xbox for half of these exclusives a potato PC can manage them, no point buying an Xbox One. Even PUBG might be demanding but you can spend $600 on a console, external hard drive and online sub to run it- it still runs shit and sub 30FPS. At least on a $6-700 PC you can adjust settings so it is playable. It’s MASSIVELY superior at 60FPS considering it’s an online shooter, not a little superior.

            Only delusional people think Xbox One has a good exclusive lineup or that PC isn’t a better choice for nearly all the same games anyway.

      • Edonus

        But for the hundreds of millions of gamers that like to play games on console and don’t care for PC Xbox is delivering some stellar exclusive games….. or are we pretending everyone has a high end rig and play on PC first and foremost?

        • angh

          1. xbox is definitely not a hundred of millions.
          2. Gamers who would like to play on consoles have much better choice of titles, and better rated exclusives on consoles other than xbox. Those stellar exclusives… it’s a bit of exaggeration.
          3. hundred of millions PC gamers who would consider getting an xbox now don’t have to do that.

    • andrewsqual

      Lol of course we are talking about SIGNIFICANT, impactful exclusive games. Cuphead is on GOG and Steam. Forza 7 is pretty much an annual sports game on Xbox. Super Lucky Tale was mediocre and nobody bought it and I doubt you did either.

      So Forza 7 released 5 months ago is your only defence that Xbox doesn’t have an exclusive problem with Halo Wars being the game released, 7 long barren months, beforehand?

      Thanks for once again proving the point of this serious problem Xbox has.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Three big games? Which ones?

    • Guest

      Look at how many games the competition is releasing and those number will look insignificant.

      3 big games coming this year?
      I’m guessing you’re talking of a game that was announced in 2014 another announced in 2015 and the annual Forza game.

      Excluding the yearly forza MS hasn’t announced a single AAA console exclusive for the XB1 in around 30 months. We’ll be able to add 4 to that as we wait to E3 2018.

      Again excluding the yearly Forza:
      In 2015, we’ve seen 1 new AAA console exclusive
      in 2016, we’ve seen 2 new AAA console exclusive (one went to steam)
      In 2017, we’ve seen 1 new AAA console exclusive

      But everything is great in the eyes of MS/XB “fans”
      The real problem is people like you. Company “fans” who defend or damage control for the company they worship. How are XB1 gamers going to get the same amount of major console exclusives as the competition if there are people like you who say that things are great as it is.

  • wobblypops46

    I’m so sick of this rhetoric.

    • andrewsqual

      Nope. Significant exclusives AND multi platform games are what matters. How many times does this need to be hammered in?

      But please, ignore this and complain that I told you “only exclusives” matter for a console come the next article.

      If ONLY exclusives mattered, then the Wii U wouldn’t have been a failure of a console.

    • J.j. Barrington

      If that were the case, exclusives wouldn’t have such big numbers, and they wouldn’t be made.

      You only say hat because Xbox has so few, and you need a way to dismiss this weakness in your favorite brand. After all, you’re a fanboy.

  • andrewsqual

    Funny that, Xbox fans would have to admit first that Xbox has an exclusive problem, just like Spencer did 3 weeks ago, before they will agree with your article.

    Unfortunately a game that will flop hard with less than a million sales after 12 months, like most Xbox exclusives that aren’t Forza, Gears or Halo, is not going to do much for the Xbox name.

    Don’t worry though, Microsoft will be updating us in 5 months time how 1 million players have “played” Sea of Thieves and this will include Beta numbers.

  • GrimmyReaper

    I should have tried for myself (don’t know if beta was also on PC) but I did check some gameplay and I have to say. It looks so boring. Maybe that will change if I play it for myself? Maybe?
    Dunno, just doesn’t scream excellent to me.