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  • Summary: The beauty of Endless Ocean is that players can do as much or as little as they like. The relaxed and calm atmosphere of the game gives divers the freedom to explore special locations such as shipwrecks and underwater ruins, discover and interact with sea-life, complete fish logs or simplyThe beauty of Endless Ocean is that players can do as much or as little as they like. The relaxed and calm atmosphere of the game gives divers the freedom to explore special locations such as shipwrecks and underwater ruins, discover and interact with sea-life, complete fish logs or simply relax in the soothing environment. The game opens with players onboard a diving boat, with a crew member who provides advice and tips on finding the best locations for fish and helps players advance the storyline. Players must assume the role of the diver, opting to go into the water to explore sea-life at their own pace utilising tools such as a camera or fish bait. In the cabin on the boat, divers can access the fish log to check out the fish that have been spotted, as well as carry out missions like photographing marine life. These missions unlock content, such as new items to use underwater, or different diving gear that can be used to customize the diver. Navigating their way through the depths using the Wii remote, players guide their character using the pointer's cursor, visible as a bright blue dot. When players wish to interact with fish or plants they can highlight them with the pointer and press the A Button. By doing so, players discover new species and build up their fish log. What's more you can also befriend companions like a dolphin which will become your partner and with whom you can train and swim with. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Okay, so it doesn't win the award for most action-packed adventure on Wii, but it is a beautiful, innovative and very different kettle of fish. A breathtaking experience. [Christmas 2007, p.46]
  2. This game defines what Nintendo meant when they first used the word 'new-gen.'
  3. 80
    Arika has created a very good, albeit different title that centers on the process of exploring the ocean and both seeing and cataloging its inhabitants. There is almost no way to lose (and the aquatic life is all safe, sharks included), but you will have fun all the same simply discovering new things, whether that encapsulates a humpback whale or a long-lost underwater civilization.
  4. This isn't a game for everyone, but for those who get the appeal, it's a success. Over-acheivers need not apply; you'll either quit within minutes or go insane and break the disc. Endless Ocean is a break, not a conquest.
  5. Arika reminds us that so little of our gaming relaxation time is actually spent relaxing, making this a healthy diversion that deserves recognition. [Jan 2008, p.88]
  6. Endless Ocean is definitely an interesting experience. Whether you will enjoy it or not really depends on the kind of gamer you are. If you really enjoy action, plot, intense gameplay or objectives, you will most likely not want to even attempt to try this title.
  7. 25
    Endless Ocean's underwater atmosphere is soothing and relaxing but it lacks a crucial element: fun. [Feb 2008, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. BobbyMeeks
    Jul 24, 2008
    10
    I must be old... I love this title. With all the rage and hectic schedules in my life - from ex-wives and stupid people I work with toI must be old... I love this title. With all the rage and hectic schedules in my life - from ex-wives and stupid people I work with to managing the ball games and homework of five children - it is such a welcome release to just scuba dive in my living room. I have had several of my children pile on top of me as we explore the depths. The music is pretty but kookie - but the slow-paced exploration is fantastic. I love this game! Expand
  2. DennisM.
    Jan 26, 2008
    10
    I could not have wished for better. I have played this 5 hours straight on my first play, and it is incredibly deep and relaxing. While one I could not have wished for better. I have played this 5 hours straight on my first play, and it is incredibly deep and relaxing. While one wouldnt say it has action/explosions, it has amazing atmosphere... It feels amazing to play, and has plenty of goals to keep you progressing. Expect something with a slow pace, but with amazing atmosphere. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Feb 16, 2008
    10
    Love it! Nothing like it out there!
  4. CaptainB.
    Nov 21, 2007
    9
    One of the most immersive and emotive games I've ever played. It's rapidly becoming my favourite game ever.
  5. RajendraG.
    Jan 27, 2008
    9
    This is one of the most relaxing and unhurried "games" ever. Yet I find it far from boring. If you like nature documentaries at all, this one This is one of the most relaxing and unhurried "games" ever. Yet I find it far from boring. If you like nature documentaries at all, this one should be on your must try list. As simple as the setup is, there is an addictive and gripping quality to the experience. Before you know it an hour or two are gone, and you are wondering why you never noticed. Above water visuals are sub par, but once you dive, it's pure magic. I only wish they had made it a bit less simplistic in terms of how far you can go. An air meter is already there so they could have easily eliminated the circular bubble and put the burden on you to get back to the boat (or the surface) before you ran out. That would have made this a touch more realistic. But this is a small gripe compared to the overall presentation. Expand
  6. HenriC.
    Feb 9, 2008
    8
    At first it appeared very boring. But once I played it a few times, I saw it's addictive nature. As everyone has said, it's slow At first it appeared very boring. But once I played it a few times, I saw it's addictive nature. As everyone has said, it's slow paced and relaxing, but the graphics are excellent. It's a nice change of pace from traditional games. Type A players probably won't enjoy. My kids (4, 7) enjoy it and even play it a bit. Expand
  7. MarkP.
    Apr 19, 2008
    2
    Good looking but extremely boring. I tried it twice and will not try again... I have more interesting thoughts, so why play something that Good looking but extremely boring. I tried it twice and will not try again... I have more interesting thoughts, so why play something that makes me itch with boredom. Expand

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