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Mini Review: King of Seas (PS4) – A Slow But Seaworthy Pirate RPG

Weathering the storm.

King of Seas might have an uncomfortably similar name to Microsoft’s Sea of Thieves, but the two are very different takes on nautical adventuring. This is a top-down, sea-faring sandbox in which you play as the child of the titular monarch, framed for his murder and forced into a life of piracy. The story isn’t going to blow you away, but it provides a good enough framework to set you on your way.

Once you get through the slow start, you’ll have your very own sloop — a small but nimble vessel — and can begin exploring the procedurally generated ocean. The game isn’t the non-stop thrill ride you might expect of a pirate-themed RPG; sailing takes time, and you need to keep in mind the wind direction and weather conditions to optimise your path through the water. You’ll also have to navigate hazards such as sea monsters and volcanoes, as well as the royal navy, who are out to get you.

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