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Skull and Bones Review

by Ubisoft Singapore

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“Skull and Bones”: It’s like paying $70 for a pirate adventure, only to realize you’re just swabbing the deck of a Sea of Thieves knockoff.

Skull and Bones is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Singapore and published by Ubisoft. The game is set to release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Amazon Luna, and Microsoft Windows.

Gameplay 7

"Skull and Bones" is an action-adventure game that can be played solo or with up to two others. The primary gameplay system is naval combat, though you'll also spend time on land collecting contracts and preparing for your next seafaring adventure. In the game, players take control of a customizable pirate ship and may choose to sail the ocean by themselves and set off on a single-player campaign, or gather up other players to ally in player versus player gameplay in Disputed Waters. The game introduces new challenges and features every season. The game also includes various gameplay systems like perks, ship customization options, and more. You can build your reputation, go on treasure hunts, gather resources, and craft items. However, please note that the actual gameplay experience can vary among players and may change over time with updates and expansions.

Graphics 8

The graphics of "Skull and Bones" have not been a major point of contention among players. The game's 17th-century Indian Ocean setting has been described as a vast open world to be explored and plundered. However, some players have criticized the damage animations when hitting enemy ships as disappointing.

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Storyline 6

"Skull and Bones" is set in the Indian Ocean during the Golden Age of Piracy, within the Assassin’s Creed Universe. The game doesn't have a traditional campaign or overarching plot. Instead, it's a live-service game where you play as a shipwrecked captain who embarks on a “rags to riches” journey in hopes of making a name for themselves in the brutal world of piracy. The story is an alternate history of the Golden Age of Piracy, dealing with issues of colonialism and resource looting and exploitation of indigenous peoples by western powers. The narrative promotes your own adventures and the self-made tales of the other players that also sail these online seas. However, the game has undergone multiple changes in direction and scope during development, exceeding its budget multiple times. It was initially envisioned as an expansion of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, then an MMO spinoff title under the name Black Flag Infinite. It was then spun off as an independent project, in part due to its initial technology becoming outdated. Please note that the actual storyline experience can vary among players and may change over time with updates and expansions.

Multiplayer 7

The multiplayer aspect of "Skull and Bones" has been both praised and criticized by players. Some players have enjoyed the opportunity to form fleets with up to two friends. However, others have expressed dissatisfaction with the current implementation of PvP, suggesting that it needs to be more of a focus.

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Issues 5

"Skull and Bones" has faced several issues according to player feedback. Players have reported various bugs and issues, including problems with Ubisoft online services. Additionally, some players have expressed frustration with the game's delays and changes to its underlying systems of play.

Conclusion 6.6

In conclusion, "Skull and Bones" offers a unique blend of naval combat and open-world exploration that sets it apart from other games in the genre. The game's detailed graphics and immersive setting provide a visually stunning experience. However, the game has received mixed reviews from players, with some praising its tactical gameplay and others criticizing its lack of depth and repetitive nature. The storyline and multiplayer aspects have also been points of contention among players. Despite these criticisms, "Skull and Bones" still holds potential for those who enjoy strategic planning and management in a pirate-themed setting. It's a game that may not be for everyone, but for those who are drawn to its premise, it could offer an engaging and challenging experience. Overall, "Skull and Bones" is a game worth keeping an eye on as it continues to evolve and improve through updates and expansions.

Player Quotes

"Playing Skull and Bones makes it clear that they didn't have a real, cohesive vision to execute on, and the delays were to figure out what the hell they were making. They didn't, really."

"The combat for me was probably the most underwhelming aspect of the beta."

"The 17th-century Indian Ocean works well as a vast open world to be explored and plundered."

"I am kind of at a loss as to why we create our own Captain only for him to be a mute, expressionless husk devoid of any emotion or facial movement."

"PVP is a massive draw for many who are fans of this genre and needs to be more of a focus."

"I played suicide squad and while the beta had an NDA. I think it will receive positive reviews and get a much better reception than skull & Bones."

"Skull and Bones will no longer see a release on PlayStation 4 and Google Stadia."

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Please note that these quotes are based on individual player experiences and opinions, and may not reflect the views of all players. The game's enjoyment can vary greatly depending on personal preferences and playstyle.