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  • Summary: This comprehensive reinvention of the title includes upgraded graphics, brand new gameplay mechanics, exclusive new levels, a reworked back story, a dramatic new ending, recast voice acting and much, much more.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. May 16, 2011
    Dark Energy Digital sets the bar incredibly high for every other developer out there as a company that not only cares and supports their games but continuously strives to improve them even after they have your money. Hydrophobia: Prophecy is not only the best iteration of the game to date, it is by far the most visually stunning and engaging game I've played on my PC since Crysis 2, and for only $12 you won't find a better game or a better bargain.
  2. May 16, 2011
    Dark Energy has proven that determination and commitment do actually pay off. Hydrophobia Prophecy is in fact a great game that deserves attention from both newcomers to the brand and gamers that might have already played the older versions of the game.
  3. May 10, 2011
    It's the best Hydrophobia yet, and it's absolutely worth a look, but it still falls just shy of greatness.
  4. May 25, 2011
    Hydrophobia Prophecy is a challenging and original game that takes the use of water to a whole new level. Unfortunately there are some annoying downsides, like the over usage of cut scenes and the often terrible voice overs.
  5. Oct 27, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Jul 1, 2011
    I see this game as a tech demo of a good physics engine that can be put to a sensible use in some bigger project. The only thing you'll remember having played through Hydrophobia is that water played it's part brilliantly. [June 2011, p.66]
  7. Jul 14, 2011
    Hydrophobia Prophecy suffers from more than a fear of water: It's also afflicted with acute blandness, brain dead AI, and chronic backtracking. [Sept 2011, p.73]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 57
  2. Negative: 14 out of 57
  1. May 11, 2011
    Ignore the haters. This game is worth a try and I'm sure most of you won't be disappointed. If you don't waste your time trying to compare the water with other games you will be amazed about the possibilities. Overall the game is great. Good graphics, the plot makes sense, and the way the game combines exploration, puzzles and combats. When I pre-ordered this game I was hoping for a good time and I'm not disappointed.

    The water is amazing. It's physical effects, the way it may help you (or not) solving puzzles or fighting enemies... simply amazing.

    As cons, there are two they should fix:

    The bloom effect is exaggerated. It's a cool effect depending on the situation, but it's too much in this game.

    The camera when you have to swim through a flooded corridor is horrible. Specially if there are many objects floating around. It's very frustrating and annoying sometimes, but fortunately not enough to kill the fun.
  2. Jun 4, 2011
    A surprisingly good Adventure/Third-Person-Shooter game. The story and setting are really original and interesting, the graphics are good, the gameplay is good, the level design is pretty decent. This is the least frustrating and most rewarding game I've played in the last 4 months. At $12 on steam, this is a really safe buy. Expand
  3. May 11, 2011
    For a mere fifteen dollars, Hydrophobia Prophecy brings more to the table than most $60 big titles. Set in the near future, Hydrophobia puts you in the shoes of a young engineer with, as you may have guess, a fear of water. When terrorists attack the city-ship on which she works and lives, it is up to her to save the ship, fight off the terrorists, and overcome her hydrophobia.

    I'm going to be blunt: It is not game of the year material. It's not even in the running. That doesn't make it a bad game, though. The water effects are cutting edge, as are most of the graphics (although most objects lack real details). It's truly a beautiful game.

    Unfortunately, some of the controls are clunky, especially climbing which is frustrating at worst, slightly irritating at best. Shooting is also an issue; albeit a smaller one, it's more than tolerable, but a little annoying.

    Almost 70% of the game has been reworked for the PC port, based on reviews from critics and players alike. This is truly what sets Hydrophobia: Prophecy apart from the herd: The fact that the game's developers were watching the forums from day one, offering to assist any players having issues running the game. Even among the top notch valve employees, this is almost unheard of. And the fact that there was a patch less than 24 hours after the games release, addressing a number of bugs and problems only adds more respect. Think about it: a developer that actually cares what the player thinks? What sorcery is this?

    For this reason alone, I will be looking forward to anything Dark Energy Digital releases in the future, and it makes Hydrophobia more than worth the pocket change it is selling for.
  4. Sep 8, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Three things that can kill a game: 1) plot, 2) voice acting and 3) STEAM. And that's exactly what killed Hydrophobia, now selling for less than two bucks. The plot could not be any cheesier: it smells late 80's/early 90's tough-macho-action-hero movie. Yes, I know that there is a story behind it, that there is some sort of tech that will end the crisis and save the world, and then the vilains want to use this tech to kill everyone instead, but in the end, you are stuck in this whrecked ship and running for your life while shooting baddies. Yep, that's all you do. So it reminds me of Die Hard (the movie) somehow, but in a ship instead of a building. And silly jokes like "I didn't sign up for this" or "The big guy in heaven must like you" are just so old and over, they should be avoided at any cost. Now the voice acting, ah... the voice acting is just terrible, starting with the whiny main character that sound like she is being kicked, slapped and raped whenever you touch the keyboard or mouse, especially when she is swimming (which she does a lot by the way). It's just so excessive, a never-ending amount of "ugh"s and "ohhh"s and "ahhh"s and annoying groanings and moanings that I would recommend put the voice slider on zero. And finally, STEAM: I have never heard of this game until it showed up on their weekend deal, or whatever they call it. Now STEAM is always advertising those ridiculous 2D platform, point-and-clicks and retro style games, I think they could have done way better on this one, as it isn't such a bad game, at least if compared to other games that STEAM seem to idolize. So, form me, in the end, apart from the awful plot, terrible voice acting and a few issues with controls, it is still a OK game, so I am not going to be too harsh. But story and voices just didn't work for me, it totally broke the immersion. Hopefully they will invest a bit more in professional writters and voice actors in the future, and of course, find some other service to sell it. Either that, or it will drown again just like this one. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2011
    This could have been a very good game. The graphics are nice and the setting is nicely done. The controls are a bit quirky, but not overly so. The voice acting isn't stellar, but it's above average. The hacking system is very cool. All the ingredients are there. But what ruins it is cut-scene hell. You can't take two steps without the game yanking control out of your hands to dump you into yet another damn cut-scene. It completely wrecks the immersion. For all the visuals and the occasional puzzle, this game end up amounting to nothing more than running from one cut-scene to another while avoiding obstacles. There are better and more clever ways to tell a story in a game than to turn it into a movie that's interrupted by brief bouts of running along a completely linear path. By the way, you CAN skip the cut-scenes, but they're about 90% of the game content, so you won't have a clue why you're doing what you're doing if you skip them. Granted, the game is so linear that you actually can play it without having a clue as to why any of it is happening, but what's the point? So, if you can stand just sitting back while the game plays itself and occasionally being allowed to run the character from point A to point B, you might enjoy this for the view. It is pretty. But if you prefer to play a game yourself and actually have choices in what happens, you'll be disappointed in this title. Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2011
    Hydrophobia is a strange case. I would want to like this game, but all the technical problems in the game just make me not to. This game is more like a short tech demo about the cool water effects the developers has been able to create. Only problem is that the game engine is half-done and broken. There are also lots of nice ideas that could have made this game really good if someone would have placed more effort into the game itself.

    The story is from a cheap B class movie, nothing complex or genius. Also the voice acting is from the same movie category. The game is also very short, which in this particular game was not a problem thoughâ
  7. Jun 7, 2011
    Some good ideas gone wrong. Instead of using social engineering to build hype and attack the critics, Dark Energy must concentrate on engineering and developing to get a finished product. Less fake reviews and more real work is the way to go.

    We paid to get just a beta, and its development has been abandoned in less than one month. The support failed from day 1, with no response about the pathetic automatic machine translation used for Spanish, Italian and some another languages.

    They did the same with their previous game , WSC REAL 11 for the XBOX 360

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