Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 100
    Blue World is a great sequel: There's lots more to see and do, with refinements all around, from graphics to gameplay.
  2. One of Wii’s deepest, most surprisingly enjoyable games.
  3. 90
    Arika has taken the core of the first Endless Ocean and developed the idea for Adventures of the Deep so considerably that it has easily become one of the exemplar products on Wii, full stop.
  4. For anyone with an affinity for sea life and an appreciation of gaming at a slower pace, Endless Ocean: Blue World is a must purchase - especially since it's hitting stores for a low initial MSRP of $29.99. Regardless, Endless Ocean: Blue World is a great game rife with content, and it's a steal at any price.
  5. Overall, Endless Ocean 2: Blue World is a huge step in the right direction for the series, and developer Arika has pulled out all the stops to make this a heck of a sequel
  6. Although Endless Ocean: Blue World undeniably deviates from the typical definition of a “game”, that doesn’t mean that gamers cannot enjoy it. The massive assortment of collectible treasures and shockingly expansive game environments will appeal to any chronic completionist, and the storyline is actually quite captivating.
  7. A relaxing, beautiful and well done underwater adventure.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    8
    Going into this game I didn't really know what to expect. I don't mind saying I bought it more for the free Wii Speak than for the game. That said, I've always had an interest in wildlife, and was looking forward to playing such a unique title. I never expected it to be as fun as it was. The environments and animals are gorgeous. It's hard to describe swimming with a blue whale as anything but awesome. But this game offers more than just nice scenery. I was amazed at how addicting and rewarding the exploration was. Just when I thought I had been everywhere I found new caves, treasures, and fish. The reason for my 2 point deduction stems not from the main gameplay but from the sidequests. There are many, MANY sidequests to go on. They vary from meeting mysterious new creatures to finding legendary treasures to just plain old exploration, and can be very satisfying and rewarding. My problem is not with the sidequests themselves but with their implementation. They are extremely separate from the main story, so you have to choose one or the other. It would have been nice to intertwine them at least a little, but I often found myself choosing whether to continue the story (which was better than I had been expecting) or go complete the latest addition to my quests. You can continue playing after beating the story, and its even recommended by the game, but to me that feels a little hollow.

    Overall this is a very absorbing game,and I would recommend it to anyone, especially people who enjoy marine life or general exploration. My qualms are purely my own. This is a great game.
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  2. Apr 6, 2011
    9
    This is a great game. There is really not much to complain about if you're looking for a scuba diving game. Lots of places to explore and things to do. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    9
    Although they didn't add as many new creatures as they could have (seriously, no anacondas for Cortica River? No sea snakes, Colossal Squid, Bull Sharks or Beaked Whales?) EO2 is probably among the best games in the whole world. Adding a story, more areas, more species, "legendary" creatures, and treasure are all welcome additions to flesh out the original game's concept, not to mention beautiful background tracks from Celtic Woman. I think that was part of the main highlight in terms of its story - each song fits perfectly with the scene and atmosphere of the area it's played in. The enchanting "Nella Fantasia" fits in well with the mysterious, storybooklike Valka Castle, and the festive, tribal-sounding "Dulaman" is perfect for a South American river. And the solemn, lamenting "The Last Rose of Summer" makes traversing the eerie, lonely blackness of the Zahhab depths both frightening and entrancing at the same time. The overall experience is soothing and absorbing - it's the perfect escape. My only complaint is that you can't import MP3s via SD card as you could with the first title. Now, Celtic Woman is a FANTASTIC choice of music to swim to, but what if I want to swim to more of their songs? Or Hayley Westenra's "Prayer" from the first game? I'm really big about the emotional feel and mood of art, and what I loved about the first game was that the emotional experience was different with each track you played while diving. With the limited music choice in the jukebox, not much leeway is given in that respect, save for amusing juxtapositions like swimming in the dark, eerie, Zahhab depths to the upbeat, festive melody of "Dulaman". But in spite of that one minor setback, this is an engrossing, beautiful, gentle game with lots to do and no pressure or negativity. It's great for casual gamers. But if you're used to the constant thunder of assault rifle fire, shell explosions and your own loud cussing, you'd probably call this game "lame", "gay", "boring", "prissy", or similarly hateful words. This is not the game for people who like the feeling of adrenaline or testosterone. It is for calm, mild-mannered people who appreciate nature and fine art. Full Review »