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Top 11 Games Like Sea of Thieves

Games Like Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves’ pirate action is just unbeatable, and it’s hard not to get infected by the bug if you ever try the game out. If you’ve found yourself victim to the same peril, I’ve got eleven games right here that’ll get you your fix of oceanic chaos for countless hours to come, but in their own way. That said, let’s talk about why these games are for you:

1. Atlas

Sea of Thieves really has an appeal in the way it does its art style and graphics. Something about it never feels realistic, but at the same time, it just looks so damn amazing in the right moments. With Atlas, you get an art style that really focuses on the real-world view of things, and that’s mostly what sets these games apart.

In Atlas, you can pretty much do everything that Sea of Thieves lets you do, too. Think of it like the difference between Valorant and Counter-Strike, if you’re familiar with those games, and how they differ in realism/art style but kinda do the same thing. Unlike Sea of Thieves, though, Atlas never really got going, which is a shame because this game is truly amazing, especially as a fan of Sea of Thieves.

If you’re looking for a game that does everything Sea of Thieves does but arguably better (and with a touch of more realism), then Atlas is hands down the best choice for you. As far as pirate games go, this game is as good as it gets, and you’ll have an absolute blast playing it.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One.

2. Blackwake

Blackwake takes the combat and mechanics of Sea of Thieves and turns them up to the most hardcore setting possible! That’s to say that this game is focused more on making things competitive, fair, and skill-based rather than letting RNG have more of a say in how combat tends to proceed. But that’s not all you’re in for:

Blackwake has actually been in development for a lot longer than Sea of Thieves, mostly spending its life in Early Access and Beta versions. Despite this, players of this game love it because it does a lot of things right that other games just don’t. Instead of fancy graphics, you get a focus on mechanics in this game, which honestly feels like a worthy trade-off when you’re in the heat of battle and don’t notice the scenery so much.

That said, this game can still be quite the looker when it wants to. As a fan of pirate games that let you have all the plundering and looting you want, this game is pretty much made just for you – a Sea of Thieves player. Oh, and if you’re wondering, it’s not in Beta anymore; the game was released in 2020.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows and Mac operating systems.

3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Legend of Zelda titles just have a way of getting into the limelight no matter what; I’m all for it! This game is a pretty old one at this point, having come out in 2002, but boy has it aged like a fine win. Somewhat like Atlas, this game flew under the radar for a lot of people and didn’t really gain popularity until later.

Legend of Zelda games aren’t just overhyped; they’re actually fleshed out with the content and attention to detail people have come to expect from them, which makes them so fun. As a fan of Sea of Thieves, this particular title is perfect for you because it’s all about taking your boat out onto the open sea and sailing to your heart’s content! Coming from SoT, you’ll also notice the stark similarities between this art style and the one you’ve gotten so accustomed to.

With a similar premise, gameplay loop, and art style, there’s a lot to love in this game as a Sea of Thieves of player. If you’re up for accepting slightly dated graphics and happen to have a GameCube or Wii U lying around, this game is an absolute must-have for your pirate adventures.

Platforms: GameCube, Wii U.

4. No Man’s Sky

I’ll admit right off the bat this game isn’t the typical alternative to Sea of Thieves, and it shows as soon as you look at it. But when you look below the surface, that’s where the appeal of No Man’s Sky really shows for players that loved Sea of Thieves, and it’s not as subtle as you may think!

In No Man’s Sky, you wake up on an unknown planet having survived a spaceship crash, wondering what you’re going to do next. The game guides you into gathering a couple resources using your handy dandy tech and then repairing your crashed ship. From there, the entire frontier of space is your playground! There are thousands of procedurally generated planets for you to explore, each with unique enemies, creatures, resources, topography, and more, and you can fully explore each one of them to your heart’s content.

Though you’re trading your pirate ship for a spaceship in this game, and the ocean for space, it’s really similar to the way you could just sail forever on the boundless ocean and discover things as you go. If you find yourself reminiscing about the times when you’d spend hours just sailing the seas in Sea of Thieves, you’ll absolutely love the exploration and survival gameplay of No Man’s Sky.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Xbox Series X and S, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS.

5. The Forest

The Forest is another pretty unorthodox alternative to Sea of Thieves, but hear me. This is going to be an alternative that’s made just for the exploration, combat, and survival enthusiasts within Sea of Thieves, and it’s an experience unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The Forest, kind of like No Man’s Sky, is about you having survived a plane crash in a random forest where you wake up, salvage whatever you can from the wreck, and set off to find your way out of the wilderness. Straight away, you’re encouraged to explore the world in this game as much as you can – for resources, objectives, and the occasional enemies. Instead of other pirates, you’ve got cannibals hiding in the dense forest waiting to eat you in this game, so you’ll need to be vigilant the whole time.

If you loved the survival and exploration gameplay in Sea of Thieves, you’re going to have a blast in this game, too, especially if you’ve got a squad of friends to try it with! There are a lot of new things to get used to, but it’s in the same spirit as Sea of Thieves and definitely worth a shot.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

6. Raft

Sea of Thieves gets you a bit too comfortable with the luxuries of having your own pirate ship, with its protection from the elements and other pirates and whatnot. So, Raft comes in and gives you a couple of planks, and that’s it; that’s what you’re going to use to survive on the ocean.

As you’re floating away, things seem desolate yet hopeful at the same time. You can steer your raft, there are resources floating about on the ocean, but you’re floating on the ocean on a tiny little raft. As time goes on, and you’ve found a way to survive the shark attacks, you eventually start upgrading your raft to be stronger and larger and become self-sufficient.

You’re not fighting pirates here so much as you’re fighting the elements and, well, sharks. Surviving on the ocean in this game is pretty different from what Sea of Thieves offers, but it’s still in the same genre and makes for a ton of fun to play with friends.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac operating systems, Linux.

7. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

You may already be familiar with Assassin’s Creed games, and you might be thinking that they’re nothing like Sea of Thieves – they’re about assassins in medieval times who spend their days on land. Well, not this one – this installment has you play as a pirate with your own ship!

This is one of the most similar games to Sea of Thieves in the way it formulates its pirate ship combat and gameplay. You get to choose how your ship looks, upgrade it as you go, and make it a formidable beast that any armada would fear running into. You’ll find a lot of the traditional Assassin’s Creed gameplay mixed in here since it is an AC game, after all, but the ship-based gameplay was more than enough to get it on the list.

The combat is immersive, skill-based, and a whole lot of fun when you get every single cannon to land on the other guy. It’s also a bit more realistic, especially in the way it looks compared to Sea of Thieves, which in my opinion, is definitely a plus point of the game. If you love a good story and additional gameplay mixed in with your main dish, this is the game for you.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox One.

8. Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones is a ship-combat game that goes onto the most massive scale possible, and it does so in style! Unlike Sea of Thieves, it opts for realistic graphics, attention to detail, and a gritty atmosphere everywhere, but you’ve still got the good old pirate action that you absolutely need here.

In Skull and Bones, the sole focus is on ship combat, but it goes a bit further than that. Something Sea of Thieves desperately needed was the ability to take your ship and truly make it your own by not just progressing it but also upgrading it. That’s exactly what Skull and Bones made sure to include in its massive battlefield, where your ship would absolutely destroy someone who hasn’t put in the time and effort to get theirs up to par.

If you love the ship-to-ship combat in Sea of Thieves and are looking for a game that offers a more realistic look on this, Skull and Bones is a really compelling option. With PvPvE and ship progression being some of the notable features that would appeal to Sea of Thieves fans, this game has a lot more to offer.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, Amazon Luna.

9. Subnautica

Now, forget about being on the ocean for a bit; Subnautica is here to take you to the deepest depths of the deepest seas for an adventure unlike anything else. This game is loved for a lot of things, including its story, but there’s a lot more here that you’ll love as a Sea of Thieves player:

Subnautica is all about surviving the perils of the ocean as you dodge your way through sharks, and, well, I’ll leave the rest for you to discover on your own. You build a base, make it a home, and go out exploring in order to progress in the story. There’s no ship combat here or any pirate action, but you won’t be thinking about that when you’re immersed in the ocean, wondering what happens if you get just a little closer to that dark crevice.

With exploration, survival, and some of the most thrilling scenes in any game out there, Subnautica is an amazing game and a great option if you’re looking for a story-based alternative to Sea of Thieves. And if you’ve always been wondering what it’s like after you plunge into the ocean.

Platforms: macOS, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S.

10. Stranded Deep

Stranded Deep is a game that goes one step further from Raft and decides that you don’t even need the planks; you’re just going to swim your way around. Okay, not exactly, but they do make you do that in the beginning!

In Stranded Deep, you’re the survivor of a plane crash over the ocean and need to swim your way to land. Once you’ve gotten there, you make it your home base, build a boat or a ship, and go on your way to explore the endless ocean. Along the way, what I loved the most about this game was the realism and the graphics – it may as well be an ocean survival simulator rather than a game!

Stranded Deep has a ton of exploration options for you to go around and sink hundreds of hours into, quite literally. You discover shipwrecks, abandoned places, monsters, and lots more. And the best part is, like Sea of Thieves, you can also play the game in co-op! There’s no pirate combat here, though, which has to be the only caveat.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

11. Elite Dangerous

Elite Dangerous is what you get when humanity has finally destroyed Earth to the degree where it’s no longer inhabitable, and now everything happens in space. That means that instead of pirate ships, you’ve got spaceships, and you’re going to be using them for many of the same purposes.

In Elite Dangerous, you get a host of options and modes to play the game, but it’s based entirely around multiplayer gameplay. If you love being a pirate, you can go around destroying other players’ ships and looting whatever goodies they had stored in there. Instead of the ocean, you’ve got the endless vastness of space to sail, and whatever you find here is up for grabs – as long as you can kill whoever else owns or wants it to.

If you like realism, exploration, and combat and are wondering what space piracy will be like in the distant future, Elite Dangerous is probably the only game that gives you a space version of Sea of Thieves. You’ll be managing your ship like you do in Sea of Thieves, too, which makes everything feel personalized and fun, as it should be.

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Mac operating systems.

With that out-of-this-world entry, we’re all done with our list of games like Sea of Thieves. There are a lot of diverse options here, with some being a bit controversial too, but did you find your next adventure on this list? Let me know what you choose, even if it’s not on this list, and I’ll see you in the comment section!

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