King Of Seas Review (PlayStation 4)

It’s time to return to the sea, Our King Of Seas Review shows this action RPG where you command a ship of sailors and take on the world one mission at a time, trade deals, and combat. The world is vast and gorgeous, you can spend your time however you want and be as much as an asshole as you like, or you could be a good sailor and make your own history.

King Of Seas Review Pros:

  • Bright beautiful cartoon graphics.
  • 2.52GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Display-damage/critical damage numbers-on/off.
  • Dialogue speed-1 to 3.
  • Five difficulties-shipsboy, gunner, captain, corsair, and King of Seas. (last 2 are currently locked out).
  • Two character choices–Mary Lou and Lucky.
  • ARPG gameplay.
  • Beautiful locations.
  • The opening of the game is tutorial-based then it’s drip-fed for ongoing help.
  • Brilliant nautical soundtrack.
  • Play how you want.
  • Main and side missions.
  • Many mission types from combat to trading to escorting and more.
  • Buy and equip new powers and abilities for your boat.
  • Repair your boat whether you are at sea or in the port docked.
  • The map fills in as you play.
  • Other ships can turn hostile.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Sea monsters.
  • Unlock the ability to catch fish and sell them.
  • Forty-five-minute demo.
  • Combat is, however, you want it to be, you have cannons that shoot left or right and you can swap between different cannonball styles for different kinds of damage.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Loot can be found at sea and on beaches and you can search for wrecks and treasure spots.
  • All ports house markets and have different prices for buying and selling as well as different stocks.
  • Saves every time you Dock at a Port.
  • Easy to compare new and equipped items.
  • Treasure maps can be found.
  • Earn EXP and get points to put into one of three talent trees covering navigation, battle, and voodoo.
  • The map shows mission markers and fills in with details and more icons as you discover and play.
  • Hire new crewmates.
  • Compass along with wind speed.
  • Boat speed has 3 increments that you increase or decrease by lowering and/or raising the sails one at a time.
  • 3 views you can swap between.
  • Can trade materials/goods with markets.
  • Enemy health bars are shown.
  • The wind marker shows if the wind will speed you up or slow you down.
  • Rain and sun weather conditions.
  • Easy to read Hud system showing a compass, current sail status, etc.
  • A lot of fun.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Cartographer-buy maps from here where he will fill in the current area of your map.
  • Ghost ships can appear at night.
  • Cool little bits of detail like fog and volcanoes that can erupt and take your ship down.
  • Respawn back at the last port visited.

You can read how much this game has changed by reading our King Of Seas Preview (Steam Early Access)

King Of Seas Review Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • The character interactions are not automatic in terms of scrolling.
  • You get an unskippable cutscene every time you accept a mission.
  • Side missions repeat.
  • Not every mission has a marker for which ship to attack or protect.
  • Parts on a ship cannot be unequipped and o ly swapped out which is a real issue when changing ships as parts could be stuck on them.
  • Slow starter.
  • No voicework in character exchanges which is a huge letdown after the powerful opening performance.
  • Invisible walls.
  • Can’t skip the opening cutscene even on multiple plays.
  • A lot of open water with not a lot of action.
  • Combat is either really easy or really difficult.
  • Everything like repair and scavenging is just a case of stopping dead and pressing the button several times.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • Slow-paced.
  • Cannot flip the camera around it’s just an isometric view making it hard to see around.

 

King Of Seas:

Official website

Developer: 3DClouds

Publisher: Team 17

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Nintendo Switch

Steam

GOG

Xbox One/Series S|X

PlayStation 4/5

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

I love pirate puns as much as I love pirate games but it’s time to get serious. King of Seas is a fantastic game full of adventure. I love how they have managed to weave an intricate but light approach to storytelling, how the combat is basic yet challenging, and a world full of wonder. King of Seas has a full loot system complete with rarity levels and individual buffs and stats. You can find loot from random drops in the sea or on land, as rewards and of course after battles. Annoying that the story is all text-based but it’s a small niggle as the core gameplay is solid and fun. King of Seas does surf on the side of repetition, quests being the main component of this but for just a fun pirate loiter it’s a great game and one I like to just chill with and have fun. At no point does the game try and push you forward, it lets you do what you want and do it however you want. Overall King of Seas has a few little annoyances but overall is a good pirate game. Just don’t pirate this game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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