Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. May 16, 2011
    90
    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. Jun 13, 2011
    83
    A game that will steal you away with its ridiculously detailed rendering – of water.
  3. May 16, 2011
    80
    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.
  4. Oct 27, 2011
    78
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. May 10, 2011
    78
    It's the best Hydrophobia yet, and it's absolutely worth a look, but it still falls just shy of greatness.
  6. May 9, 2011
    78
    Dark Energy is to be commended for their interest in community feedback and for releasing an improved version of the game rather than a half-hearted port.
  7. May 30, 2011
    76
    There's a lot of interesting fodder here, but at this point, Dark Energy would be better off running with a clean slate instead of essentially patching and re-patching this one. If you are curious and can tolerate the low points, give it a run. But if you have already stepped into Kate's shoes on XBLA, there's no need to lace them up again.
  8. May 15, 2011
    75
    Prophecy significantly improves upon the original Hydrophobia, but not all of the issues from last year's Xbox Live Arcade game have been resolved.
  9. May 10, 2011
    75
    Hydrophobia: Prophecy is a bargain title with a unique twist to the third-person run & gun. It remains to be seen if "swim & gun" games will make a splash in the industry, but this one is worth a look.
  10. Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  12. May 25, 2011
    70
    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.
  13. 60
    Third time's the Charm – first time it was XBLA Hydrophobia, then the game was released again as Pure and now we've got Prophecy. Enough tries we say. [July 2011]
  14. Jul 1, 2011
    60
    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]
  15. May 27, 2011
    56
    The game lacks diversity. In each of the similar looking rooms you're doing the same thing. The less well done shooter elements and climbing passages can't change that.
  16. Jun 24, 2011
    50
    Even after a number of overhauls and improvements, Hydrophobia stays bleak and dull. [July 2011, p.113]
  17. May 23, 2011
    50
    And with all this fixing, adding, and rearranging, you get the sense that Dark Energy Digital desperately wants you to like their game, going as far as including an in-game "Dev Feedback" menu, letting players vote various aspects of the game up or down, as well as citing the reasons for those votes. But it reveals Dark Energy's focus on fixing the individual components of a fundamentally broken game, and while Prophecy's improvements make for a better experience, they only serve to make a bad experience into just another disappointment.


  18. May 25, 2011
    40
    The best reason to buy Hydrophobia Prophecy - not for entertainment, but as a kind of digital tourism. You're paying for a look at everything the developers achieved over Hydrophobia's exceptionally long development, and to see what this game might have been.
  19. Jul 14, 2011
    39
    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]
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 57
  2. Negative: 14 out of 57
  1. May 11, 2011
    7
    Despite the criticism I have seen, it's not a bad little game, especially for the price. It's nothing too special... pretty linear, some platforming and cover-based shooting elements, and very pretty fire and water effects. Developers are active on the Steam forum and patching and tweaking based on player feedback, which is always good, although it's not buggy or anything at all. I'd say give it a go if it looks interesting to you. Hopefully they will have a PC demo soon. And I'd recommend a 360 controller for it, it just fits the game better. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2011
    0
    Nope. This game has myriad premise and fails to deliver in every single field. Water physics do nothing but get in the way. Objectives are simple find-the-button busywork. Platforming is shallow. Protagonist controls poorly. Combat is awful cover shooting against pathetic AI. Weapons feel like **** Narrative and characters are handled with a Call of Duty level of absurdity. Full Review »
  3. Jul 6, 2011
    4
    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
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