"Sea Of Thieves" is arguably one of the biggest releases of the year and after a long wait by fans, the game was finally released last week on the Xbox One and PC. As the latest game from studio Rare, best known for hit games such as "Banjo Kazooie," "Donkey Kong Country," and "Conker's Bad Fur Day," "Sea of Thieves" has been hotly-anticipated and it seems plenty of gamers have jumped on board to embark on a Pirate Adventure as the game has gone straight to the top of the UK game charts. A report by Chart-Track confirms this information.

A pirate's life for me

"Sea of Thieves" was first announced at Microsoft's E3 2015 conference, where it caused great excitement among fans. The game promised to allow players to work together as a crew to navigate the open ocean, discover hidden treasures, explore deserted islands, and battle other players in exciting naval warfare. The game was originally set to be released in 2017, but was later delayed to a March 2018 release. After a relatively dry period for exclusive first-party games for Microsoft, "Sea of Thieves" seemed poised to be a great selling point for Xbox and Windows gamers and compete with Sony's impressive line-up of first-party titles.

The UK game charts

A number of high profile games were released last week, but "Sea of Thieves" has managed to fend them all off.

The past week has seen the release of "A Way Out," "Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom," and "Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered." While "Sea of Thieves" came in first, "A Way Out" sits in second and "Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom" is in third. "Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered" is in fourth, while "FIFA 18" brings up the rear in fifth.

This week sees the release of Ubisoft's "Far Cry 5," which may well take "Sea of Thieves'" spot should sales begin to drop off.

Troubled waters?

"Sea of Thieves" may have enjoyed strong sales, but the reviews have not been so generous. Some critics feel the game has failed to live up to the expectations of gamers and it has received average scores at best.

The game has been praised for its gorgeous art direction and excellent water physics, but some feel that the game lacks any real content and that players have seen everything there is within a few hours of playing. Some believe that, if Rare listens to fans and continues to support the game with extra content, that the game could well be improved, but that remains to be seen. Time will tell whether or not "Sea of Thieves" continues to enjoy strong sales after its launch week or whether it will fall down the charts.