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  • Summary: (Also known as "Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep") Endless Ocean: Blue World builds on the ocean experience first introduced with Endless Ocean.While the last game emphasized relaxation, this one is designed with more adventure in mind. Divers might find themselves escaping from or calming down attacking sharks, exploring shipwrecks or finding treasure. Endless Ocean: Blue World also has more creatures and improved graphics designed to fully immerse players in an ocean environment that they can freely explore at their own pace. [Nintendo] Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. Essentially, you’re getting a lot more game for your money with Endless Ocean 2; it’s less free-form and meandering than the original, with greater purpose and direction. Whether that’s what you want from a diving game is up to you, although truth be told there’s few other alternatives.
  4. Offers a treasure trove of stress-reducing content. [Issue#204, p.91]
  5. Succeeds in offering something genuinely different, but it's still snooze-inducing.
  6. If you like the idea of generally not doing much, exploring and looking at lots of sea creatures, dive in. If the idea of shooting a gun at a fish to heal it and not blow its face off sounds bizarre, avoid.

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  1. DenisM.
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    If you enjoy underwater exploration and finding a LOT of new creatures and stuff, than look no further, this game is for you. I am enjoying every moment of this great title and I am glad publishers encourage NEW and DIFFERENT games. There is a public for it. The first one was a million seller. Try it out, it's worth it. Expand
  2. Mar 23, 2011
    9
    The original was a miracle coming out in America, as games like that usually never make it out of Japan. Now, it seems that hell has frozen over because not only is there a sequel, but we're seeing it localized for a mere $30! Incredible!
    But anyways, on to the review. This is a wonderfully unique game thats full of content and great to explore. The company Arika did cut some corners in order to make this a budget title, but thankfully, most of them were good ones. Theres no voice acting, but thats fine since if there had been it would have been bad. They've also expanded on the original in just about every way possible and this is for the better. Instead of being confined to a large space that magically has every type of aquatic animal ever, the game is split up into several areas that literally span the globe. Its all the places you'd want to visit too, from frozen poles to tropical seas, even the Amazon are all places to visit. It gets even better, since you have tons more to do as well. Each character that you meet usually has specific jobs for you to do. From salvaging to dolphin training, this game has everything. If you can get money doing it underwater, this game has it. The surprisingly deep photography jobs are back as well, having you attempt to get your photos rated by those picky editors of underwater magazines. There is one annoying thing and thats the music. There are about 10 or so songs sung by some overly energetic opera singer that are just plain terrible. Oddly enough, theres no ability to upload your own MP3s as there was in the original, which would have helped with the grating music. Thankfully, you can just turn that part off and the games wonderful sound design, ie scuba gear breathing, bubbles, the sounds of whales, completely makes up for the terrible music. Over all, theres a ton to do and a ton to see and unlock. My advice: buy the game, turn off the music and enjoy!
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  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. Collapse
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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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