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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: 34 out of 56
  2. Negative: 14 out of 56
  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. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    Brill. Another smash from Dark Energy - knocks Bio Shock intoBrill. Another smash from Dark Energy - knocks Bio Shock into space>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Expand
  3. Jul 2, 2011
    9
    I do not understand why so many people have rated this game badly.
    I picked it up for around $3-5 on Steam, and I'm pretty pleased with the 4
    I do not understand why so many people have rated this game badly.
    I picked it up for around $3-5 on Steam, and I'm pretty pleased with the 4 hours ish of gameplay.
    It was fun, and great for the price.
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  4. Sep 8, 2012
    7
    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. Jul 17, 2011
    6
    I thought Hydrophobia was going to be real cool, anybody would fall for being able to manipulate water right? Well it turns out to be quiteI thought Hydrophobia was going to be real cool, anybody would fall for being able to manipulate water right? Well it turns out to be quite disappointing. First, you only get to use your water ability at the very end. Before that, you just have a basic gun with multiple ammo choices but only the sonic is necessary, the rest is pretty useless. At this point the game is fun to play, but nothing original though. Story is simple but convenient and Scoot (your guide) is entertaining, though the heroin, Kate, could sometimes whine less. The water effects are nice and so is the MAVI device and the hacking system, environment designs could more original though and facial character animation is weak (all they do is move their mouths). Upon starting the third act, you get to have your power but all you can do with is move objects around, still fun though. THEN comes the big disappointment: the final boss. This part was just a pain in ***; you actually HAVE too use the electronic ammo, like some kind of E.M.P (otherwise useless for the rest of the game) and when you're done shooting at the big robot (which is powered by weak or too simple AI) you've got to throw explosive barrels at it with your water ability but all you can hope for is actually trying to catch one while you're being shot at by other enemies... and crap: you can't aim while your ability is enabled! Worse than that, when you're finally done with the boss, if you fail to go fast enough and pursue the next events: the damn DEAD machine comes to life again and you have to start over. I really wanted to love this game but I just got too frustrated. All in all: positive are the water physics and graphics (Kate looks pretty good); average: level design, most of the gameplay and story; negative: the reason you actually bought this game for. I still gave it a 6 because the developers care for the game and have made significant updates and for the very low price (bought it for 2.50 euros on Steam). Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    5
    A tough game to rate. Action is solid, graphics are still pretty strong and the water physics are also enjoyable. Some of the most enjoyableA tough game to rate. Action is solid, graphics are still pretty strong and the water physics are also enjoyable. Some of the most enjoyable skills though don't unlock until the final act and you get little opportunities to explore it. Story is average and the game abruptly ends after no real closure of the build up. Worth a look considering the very cheap price it can be found for. Expand
  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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