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Skull and Bones

Critics Consensus (Skip It)

Skull and Bones has received a mixed reception, with critics acknowledging the satisfying core naval combat and ship customization but lamenting its repetitive gameplay loop, lack of a compelling narrative, and shallow live-service elements. While the game’s unique pirate setting and potential for thrilling ship battles hold promise, the general consensus suggests it fails to live up to its high expectations or become a true successor to beloved pirate titles like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Game Info

Enter the Golden Age of Piracy as you sail through rich merchant trade routes. Embody an insatiable pirate captain, dive into the battle for the ruling of the Indian Ocean and become the most feared pirate, alone or with your gang of up to 5 players.

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Total Reviews: 74

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RATING & REVIEWS

Ratings & Reviews

74

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CRITIC REVIEWS

All reviews are from professional critics. Learn more about the critics VSG aggregates.

High Score

80%

Median Score

60%

Low Score

30%
What did you think of Skull and Bones?
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Ralph Panebianco (Skill Up)
February 16, 2024
Not Recommended

Ubisoft spent 11 years making a worse version of a game they already made.

Hamish Lindsay (Stevivor)
February 16, 2024
Not Recommended

Ultimately, I don’t really know who Skull and Bones is for. Diehard pirate nerds may get a kick out of the more “realistic” nature of things as opposed to Sea of Thieves, but after nearly 6 years the latter certainly does most things better. For the MMO, looter shooter gang among us (i.e. me) there’s just not enough meaningful here, and for there’s no depth there for the RPG crew either.

Nick Erlenhof (Cerealkillerz)
February 16, 2024
6.6/10

Skull and Bones feels like an online mode from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but in a bad way. The sea battles are really fun at first and look really great, but unfortunately it remains a monotonous and dull grind. There’s not much to do, there’s no gameplay away from the ship and everything else just plods along. There is definitely potential somewhere, but there are plenty of more fun alternatives in the pirate genre.

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Skull and Bones Credits

CREDITS

DIRECTOR(S):

Franek Roznowicz, Elisabeth Pellen, Juen Yeow Mak

PRODUCER(S):

Karl Luhe

DESIGNER(S):

Simon Lemay-Comtois, Guhem Marin, Andy Tan

PROGRAMMER(S):

Yvan Laval, Jussi Markkanen

ARTIST(S):

Franco Perez

WRITER(S):

Joel Janisse, Axel Droxler

COMPOSER(S):

Tom Holkenborg

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