Best: Multiplayer game
- Developer: Rare
- Publisher: Microsoft
- Optimized for Xbox series X? Yes
Sea of Thieves is a massively multiplayer pirate game in which you and up to three friends take to the high seas to track down buried loot, fight skeleton armies, solve puzzles, argue over which way up the treasure map goes, and – if you’re mean – pelt other players with cannonballs. Each time you play feels like embarking on a thrilling new adventure, where you must co-operate and communicate with your buddies to manage the sails, steer the ship, navigate the seas and patch any leaks.
During 2020, Sea of Thieves became more than just a game. The deck of your ship was a place to socialise with distant friends, and the cartoonish vibe and low barrier to entry for inexperienced players made it an ideal stand-in for the local pub.