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Skull and Bones’ Metacritic user reviews open to “generally unfavourable” scores

Despite claims it is a “quadruple-A” live-service experience, Skull and Bones’s user Metacritic score has taken a pummelling since the pirate ship game was released on Friday, 16th February.

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Based on the 222 user scores recorded to date, Skull and Bones’ user score is sitting at just 2.8 out of 10, making it the lowest-rated game of 2024 released thus far when ranked by user score alone.

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Complaints are centred chiefly around its “underwhelming and lacklustre” gameplay, a “poorly designed” end game, and claims that it is “boring“, with many players comparing it unfavourably to Sea of Thieves and even Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, the latter of which is now 11 years old.

“Where is the other half of the game? 10 years in development and we get a downgraded [Assassin’s] Creed game. Awesome,” said one unhappy player.

It’s not all bad, though; 18 per cent of players have dropped a positive comment, with one saying: “Thank you Ubisoft for this amazing AAAA title I’m truly loving it, chef’s kiss. I’m eager to see what this genius mastermind of a company puts out next!!!”

The critic score fares a little better and currently sits at a middling 64 out of a possible 100 across all platforms.

Ubisoft’s boss Yves Guillemot recently called Skull and Bones a “quadruple-A” live-service pirate ship game.

Discussing the long-awaited project with investors earlier this week, Guillemot justified the live service game launching with a £70 price tag as it being a fully-formed experience that was also supported by a battle pass, premium currency, and an in-game store.

“You will see that Skull and Bones is a full-fledged game,” Guillemot said at the time. “It’s a very big game and we feel that people will really see how vast and complete that game is. So it’s a really full triple-A, quadruple-A game that will deliver in the long run.”

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