Microsoft just confirmed that the gaming press will start playing Rare's shared world pirate adventure game on March 20th as everybody else. As such, don't expect Sea of Thieves reviews prior or on the launch date.
Guess I'll have to ask for an Xbox Game Pass instead of a review code!
You can simply get a 14day free trial.
Never a great sign.
Bethesda games say otherwise;)
Depends on the platform, really. PC versions of Prey and Skyrim: Special Edition were terribly buggy.
Not a very good example - their games are riddled with bugs at launch.
Ok I’ll be more specific. Jackhass said “never a great sign”. People were saying the same thing about Doom and look how that turned out. And SoT is widely dependant on running into other players. Only makes sense to wait till the servers are filled.
They had plenty to hide look at those lasted gen graphics in fallout 4
Why not? If people wanted to wait for reviews to make a purchase, they just have to wait a couple of days. As others have said, there’s a negative stigma around launch day reviews that rarely comes to fruition
I wouldn’t say that. This game has plenty of gameplay videos and a decent amount of people have played this in the Alpha and beta test.
Please there has been many closed beta and unannounced open beta for this game. Point being that you can make your own opinion with $10 bucks or by playing the open beta.
The beta might be the games in these types of scenario there will be a few islands but a bare bone game just like no man sky remember the beta and the game play show
What do you mean? This at it heart is not a single player game. A review posted before a game like this goes live would be an insincere review. Sure you can play by yourself or even find some others to play with but, without the much large player base that will exist on release those reviews of a pirates life, roaming the sea, would be wrongly biased to a false narrative of a single player game perspective. Doing so would be like the opposite in reviewing Uncharted 4 based on its somewhat subpar multi-player experience rather than the excellent single player experience it was designed for. With a limited amount of users having access to the game up to those final days before it goes live it would be an incomplete experience for a journalist to base their review on. I am glad reviewers will have to wait and experience in its full glory and judge it on that. It also means I have a chance to find them and sink their ships, while my mates and I dance a little jig on their graves.
It is an online community game. Without other gamers it will be very empty and scores will be lower as a result. So this should be expected with all online games.
Well, it is an open world multiplayer game, what are they going to do in an empty server?
It's an online multiplayer game. How is it supposed to get reviewed pre-launch?
Probably the right call.
I expect 7 out of 10 overall review score. That's decent
Ha! Have you met a hyped game from Microsoft with 7s on launch day? They will be as overhyped as all other self hyped games from Microsoft.
How is this game ‘self hyped’? What does that even mean? Are you criticising Microsoft for marketing a game they’re publishing?
a 7 is solid, but from all the bots and fans, not saying they're the same, just trying to cover all grounds, anything under a 9.25 will be disappointing.
My wild guess 7s... I don't see this being worked on in a year. (Fable Legend/Project Spark come to mind)
That depends on how they try to strangle people with they Micro transactions policy because people who think this game will not have them is some of the biggest fools I have ever seen this is Microsoft the company who started the whole pay model in gaming
Never a good sign..
Going to be 9+'s
This makes perfect sense. Even if you have 75 reviewers in the world it's not the same experience as what you'd have full on launch day.
75? Is that a typo?! A publisher will give out 1,000s, maybe 10,000s of codes for their AAA game.
And also, MS will send out four codes at a time to people so they can have their friends in a crew together.
Ehhh not a good sign, I'm sure its not the end be it all, cause games like Wolfenstein also didn't have big name sites with early reviews and still turned out amazing. But when a developer is incredibly confident in their title, they would release it early to garner great reviews and build steam before launch
Considering it's a completely online MMO game that's kind of expected. You can't play it correctly until you're in the real world.
With confidence, you send copies before the release date to tons of websites and etc. to review the game and those good reviews will make even more people want your game. Once again, I have no idea how this particular game works reguarding how often you see other pirates that will attack you. This game is going to be very fun regardless!
Watch this being terrible, Rare you had on job.
After playing the closed beta I will wait for actual reviews before I even consider. Now granted not all content/features were available in the closed beta so here is hoping I'm proven wrong. I really want this game to be successful.
That's to be expected. This is a multiplayer only game, so it's logical that reviews can only come out once the servers are active. Due to the possible size of the game, a review may not work with only a handful of reviewers playing online together.
So shit game confirmed? Why the need to hide reviews if you have shown confidence in the game since announced Seems very strange and not the first to do this type of thing of course
It's an online game how are u going to review an online game with no players
Press can play together, sherlock.
@theopenworld Press can play together it's like trying to play wow with 20 people and what are they gonna do put all 20 people in 1 server. What if God forbid servers don't hold in the real world? Reviewing the game on launch makes the most sense
Pretty sure it’s a multiplayer populated game so.....
You make it sound that no other game that was multiplayer only came out with early reviews. Regardless of that, this game is going to be really fun.
No doubt they'll say it's to give the reviewers a better sense of the online aspects. The problem with that argument is there should be plenty enough journalists to play together and get an impression without needing the entire public. I've had my eye on this game for a long time but have been getting not-so-good feelings about it as of late. This is a bad sign.
This is pretty typical of these kinds of games though. It's might not be a full on MMO but it does requier much of the same online components to work as intended.
I honestly believe this game won’t be that bad at all it just won’t be my cup of tea, so I’ll probably just ignore it like all other GaaS games.
I'd say a 6.5 unless Rare is withholding serious content. At this point in time the game is devoid of content and becomes boring quick. I know I know it was only a beta but we've seen lots of meh betas that turned into meh games.
They are afraid. This is just an excuse.
As a general rule, a review embargo like this tell me the company is worried about reception (no matter what RP they try to spin "its to make sure the servers are populated" etc). There is of course exceptions to this rule. I like Sea of Thieves but i'm also weary.
Hmm don’t like that what do you have to hide remind me of battle front 2 guess they trying to hide those hidden Micro transactions and paid dlc or just a really short gaming experience
I predict this to be like no man sky an over hype mess
Before everyone freaks out, this is an online game. Online games never get reviewed pre-launch by any reputable site because you need to play with other people to see how they actually work.
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