Sea of Thieves (XBO/PC)

  • I tried the beta yesterday by myself, cause I'm a coward and don't like voice chatting with people I don't know, and the game looks gorgeous on the highest settings on PC. Doesn't appear to demand that much performance either since I don't have the most powerful PC out there. I have a geforce 980 and am able to run the game on the highest settings in 2160p with a very high framerate in case anyone is curious, but that is by myself with no other player around so that might change for the worse once there are more players and bad weather and stuff around.

    Would really like to try it with some allies so that I at least have some connection to the people I'm chatting with, but I suspect most people, including myself, will be quite busy with MonsterHunter Friday and onwards so that might not come to pass.

    I will however still get this game when it comes out so if I don't see ya on the seas this beta, maybe I'll come across some of you at a later date at least.

  • Just updating this into the general Sea of Thieves topic.

    Have to say I'm looking forward to this. Played a bit at EGX last year, had a blast and everytime I've seen it or heard someone talk about it, it's been positive.

  • I'm missing out playing with some friends just because this is exclusivly on the Windows Store and requires Windows 10. Feels bad man.. (they don't have nor want Windows 10/an Xbone)

  • Do the EZA guys have a video playing the beta? It certainly will be funny

  • @FutureCorpse thank you

  • I've been getting frustrated seeing people say they don't understand why people find this game appealing.

    Do kids these days not dream of being pirates anymore? I thought that'd be a timeless, universal appeal.

  • Well, EZA's stream wasn't much interesting, the best part was when that other pirate hook into their ship with them. Tha was funny.

    I've watch other streams more entertaining. Personally I enjoy more watching others play.
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  • Any impressions of the final game ? I am on the fence of whether to buy it or no ...

  • @blacknight9020 If you haven't tried Xbox gamepass before, you can try it for 14 days for free, which of course means you can play Sea of Thieves for free for 14 days. I'm doing that right now. This is on windows 10 btw, if that matters. Good luck and hope this works for you too.

  • I'd say 'game passing' Sea of Thieves would be a safe bet if you're on the fence.

    I have only played solo so far but I'm enjoying the game very much. Water is hands down the best water in any game to date, and the sailing is very relaxing. (water is also cloud powered, whatever that means) Because of the water effects this might be the only game I prefer playing 30 fps with higher fidelity visuals, the better looking water just adds so much to the overall experience.

    I haven't seen any other ships yet, probably because all of the early voyages are so close proximity to the outpost they are given out of.

    With the price of $10, you really can't go wrong.

  • Banned

    @marketplace_dc I really wonder if there is any physical asset rendering going on in the cloud, or if Microsoft just assumes people are idiots and think calculating wave patterns server side is "cloud processing".

  • Yup. I've jumped on the 14 day trial of gamepass to properly check this out so hopefully I'll get to put some time in after work and if I like it, I'll probably hold onto the gamepass until State of Decay 2 anyway.

  • So is there an EZA Sea of Thieves community or something like that? I'd love to play with some allies for good vibes hunting treasure :)

  • @gurrzilla Thanks ... checking it out on trail now :)

  • Still haven't got around to playing yet. What's the general consensus here?

    From what I'm seeing in other places, it seems pretty mixed.

  • @tokeeffe9 Mostly the beta with a couple extra new mission types from what I've heard. Also, there's been matchmaking and various other serverside problems around peak playing times the devs are scrambling to work out that don't largely affect gameplay but lots of small annoyances like delayed achievement popping and rewards when you turn in chests due to strained servers.

  • Sounds like it’ll be a disappointment at least going by the talk on NeoGAF 1 and 2.0. Bummer for MS. The foundation is great but from day 1 of the announcement I thought this needed a single player campaign, hopefully Rare understands now that a multiplayer/coop sandbox isn’t enough and they’ll do a 180 and relaunch it as a SP game within a year.

  • @jaggafredde There's still quest progression. You can just pretend it's a single player campaign or three even. Only thing missing really is cutscenes. The game isn't bad, just a little rough with not as much to do as people initially expected, but if they treat it like games as a service and keep adding stuff, it should be a fun game to go back to every week or so with friends.

  • Yesterday I played with a friend, we had a good time. I specially like how they make out of the mundane a game mechanic. In any other game, to navigate you just press X to get into the vehicle and press forward towards the cursor. Here you need to look in the map for your objective, drop the sail, raise the anchor and always be on the wheel to prevent the tide/wind to deviate you. I love ideas like that.

    At the end of our voyage, when we were reaching the starting island to sell our chests, a vessel started to pursue us, we tried to evade them for nearly half hour. At the end we sunk our ship for them to not get out treasures. It was kind infuriating that , after spending two hours in two voyages, we end up losing our progress but, then I realised that we actually didn't lose much because progression is not much important in this game.

    About progression:
    Today a friend asked me about if the game requires you to spend much time in it, like Destiny. I told him that it does but not in the traditional way. It requires time because it makes out of the mundane a task and that takes time (yesterday I spent around 10 minutes loking for an island in the map) opposed to other games when it takes time because you need to progress. In games llike Destiny, you need to spend hours to get to the end game and then to keep getting better and better with even more of you time. In SoT you can enjoy the game at it's fullest right from your first time playing. Removing that tedios progression that prevent some people from enjoying a game like Destiny is a genious idea.

    SoT combines the instant gratification of a match of CoD in the skin of a persisnte world. It is one of the most refreshing ideas in gaming.

    I'm going to play it again on sunday, hopefully with a larger crew.
    Oh yes, I had insufferable lag despite having a good internet connection. My friend was fine.