I am really enjoying the naval aspect of the game. It's fun to take out ships and steal their goods. But it's getting a bit repetitive boarding the ships when all I want is their loot. Considering that a destroyed ship usually drops cargo and crew for me to pick up, it seems this is the faster way to go.
If hunting/pirating here is anything like Assassin's Creed 3, where the cleanest kills provide higher quality or more goods, I'm unsure if a "cleaner" attack would get me more/better loot.
So far, I only see two reasons why I might want to board them:
- to repair my ship or
- to lower my wanted level.
I don't really need to repair my ship most of the time because I'm able to disable ships very quickly without a scratch. I don't really care for lowering my wanted level, it attracts more and larger hunter ships for me to destroy and plunder.
Is it more profitable to destroy ships for their loot or to board them?