"Sea Of Thieves" is a brand new multiplayer game that throws you out into your own pirate adventure. It can be played on Xbox One and Windows PC 10. It doesn't start off with a lot of direction, and the game is free-flowing. This means the gameplay is open world, and you aren't given a starting point or linear quests. Because of that, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the opportunities this game presents, but not to worry!

That's what this little guide is for.

There are no directions in "Sea of Thieves," so the game will, in a way, be different for every person who plays it. So take this guide as just that; a guide. The beauty of this game is your ability to play it however you see fit.

Join a faction

When you first boot up the game, you'll spawn in one of the outposts.

Doing quests, which are called voyages in the game, from these factions will help you build a reputation and earn gold. You can spend your gold at the outposts.

So far, there are three factions: The Gold Hoarders, The Merchant Alliance, and the Order of Souls. They all send you on different types of voyages. The Gold Hoarders, predictably, are all about mining for gold. The Merchant Alliance will send you on missions to find livestock or deliver items for them, for example.

Finally, the Order of Souls want magical artifacts that are guarded by skeletons, and will want you to bring the skull back. These voyages are good ways for you to learn the mechanics.

Find some friends

This is a Shared World game, meaning you are playing with other people. There are raids, where there's lots of loot, but the skeletons are difficult to take on by yourself, and even sinking other people's ships.

It can be fun to create and play with your own trusty crew.

That being said, also remember that this is a shared world game. I state that twice, because while it's a good thing, it can also make things difficult. Your own friends can turn on you at a moment's notice for some shiny loot, or to complete a mission of their own.

Just explore

The best thing about these types of games is that the worlds are huge.

There's plenty of opportunity awaiting you, whether you choose to join a faction, play with friends, or go at it solo. The graphics in this game are beautiful and unique, as well as the voyages that are offered to you. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and experience it.

While "Sea of Thieves" is still new and has experienced bugs and issues since its launch, the gameplay itself is hardly impacted, and continues to be updated. This is a fun, fresh take on old-school MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games.

The goal of this game is to build your reputation in the factions, and become a legendary pirate captain. Do you have what it takes?

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