Sea of Thieves
Xbox One/PC £49.99/$59.99
Frenetic, salty, camp and brazenly ridiculous, this multiplayer pirate adventure from the British developers Rare offers a delightful antidote to a zillion grim-faced military shoot-’em-ups. On foaming waves, you’ll assemble crews to raid fortresses, hunt chickens, unearth buried treasure, swim with sharks, dance on the bowsprit, exchange cannon fire, dodge marauding skeletons and play “Ride of the Valkyries” on the hurdy-gurdy. Sea of Thieves is a hectic and sometimes frustrating game but it’s hard not to succumb to its self-spoofing jollity and sense of fun.