Hydrophobia Prophecy PC

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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 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 57
  2. Negative: 14 out of 57
  1. May 11, 2011
    10
    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 theIgnore 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.
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  2. Jun 4, 2011
    9
    A surprisingly good Adventure/Third-Person-Shooter game. The story and setting are really original and interesting, the graphics are good, theA 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
    8
    For a mere fifteen dollars, Hydrophobia Prophecy brings more to the table than most $60 big titles. Set in the near future, Hydrophobia putsFor 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.
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  4. Sep 5, 2012
    7
    This is actually a decent little title,and for £1 of Steam in the Daily Deal what a bargain.Once you have a few minutes getting the feelThis is actually a decent little title,and for £1 of Steam in the Daily Deal what a bargain.Once you have a few minutes getting the feel for the controls it playes well,and graphically its great,dont what anyone has been complaining about.I would have paid more for it. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    6
    At start Hydrophobia seems to offer a beautiful futuristic world, a story possibly from okay to great. But when the game actually starts, itAt start Hydrophobia seems to offer a beautiful futuristic world, a story possibly from okay to great. But when the game actually starts, it slowly starts "melting". The story is pushed too much behind. We never get an idea what's going on outside or what outside even looks like besides our view from balcony at the start of game.

    And then the water and puzzles hits. At first I tried to use only "Mavi" without waypoint help. But that quickly became annoying. Let alone "explore" mode, you can't even find your way WITH waypoint help. There are some pipes or roads that looks like usable, but not, actually. Or you need to use very weird ways to clear your way. Like shooting electricity cables with gun, instead cutting the power down. Normally I'm open to all kind of realistic and creative gameplay, I even though of that exact thing on previous games I played but with Hydrophobia the game doesn't give you an idea. It's completely unexpected. Another example would be glass, lately discovered only exit out of a place, not breaking with multiple shots without finding out on YouTube, your "sonic" gun actually powers up when you keep pressing fire. On PC, controls are a mess. Water use is a good idea but you're really drowned to it. Moving in water around debris is incredibly hard, underwater moving is very difficult, some parts are very weird places that requires you to go underwater, stay on water, fight, find stuff without even A proper place to stand/cover. There are parts that enemies are coming at you from 360 degrees, you find little to cover, end they never end. Since finding your way is very hard, you're gonna need to do that in combat. Both trying to stay alive and finding a good place to figure things out. "Mavi" use is also sometimes pushing too much. Sure, it's an interesting addition but it's use is painful. After game's actual start, the story pushed too far behind. Game is like a Crysis 2 start, with no end. I wish we had a bit more "general environment play-time". Sure the game's name is "Hydro"phobia, but that doesn't mean you can't get a decent peak to a futuristic world. In this sense I think you find Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
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  6. 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 isHydrophobia 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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  7. Jun 7, 2011
    0
    Some good ideas gone wrong. Instead of using social engineering to build hype and attack the critics, Dark Energy must concentrate onSome 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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