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  • Summary: From the art director of Journey, ABZÛ is an underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse yourself in a vibrant hidden world bursting with color and life as you descend into the heart of the ocean. But beware as you swim deeper as dangers lurk in the depths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 4, 2016
    100
    The underwater controls are sublime, the soundtrack by Austin Wintory is perfect; choral swells and orchestral build-ups, a real sense of place and spirituality. If exploring an underwater paradise and uncovering a fantastic story appeals to you, then give this stunning little gem a go.
  2. Aug 2, 2016
    90
    While very brief, almost overly so, the journey was still one to remember, especially when it features one of the most visually striking and cathartic endings in recent memory. ABZÛ is a spellbinding and visually stunning experience. I can't recommend this title enough, and it's definitely one you'll want to check out.
  3. PC PowerPlay
    Aug 27, 2016
    90
    Even though it's a linear game, Abzu offers a sense of freedom to rival any sandbox. [Issue#254, p.56]
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 12, 2016
    81
    Abzu's charming aquatic world is always softly in motion. A good-looking journey comes with repetitive and shallow gameplay and its pursuit of affecting emotions remains halfway. Still, execution being detailed and captivating it's definitely worth a dive. One of the best underwater exploration games out there. [Sept 2016]
  5. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    In the end if you’re a fan of explorer, filmmaker, and scientist Jacques Cousteau or feel at home watching the deep sea documentaries of David Attenborough, then ABZÛ is something that you’ll definitely want to check out.
  6. Aug 13, 2016
    80
    Abzû might not offer an easy to digest story, but those missteps are made up with a dazzling experience, some marvellous set-pieces, beautiful visuals packed with vivid colours, and a lovely soundtrack. All this artistic work gels together for a relaxing and reflective afternoon of wonderment.
  7. Jan 26, 2017
    60
    This interactive aquarium is a sight to behold, but not enticing enough to make me spend one more minute underwater.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 46
  2. Negative: 7 out of 46
  1. Sep 18, 2016
    10
    Masterpiece. The art is very likable and the sound is just astonishing. A short, lovely adventure that will make you enjoy the ocean a littleMasterpiece. The art is very likable and the sound is just astonishing. A short, lovely adventure that will make you enjoy the ocean a little bit more. Definitely a wonderful experience ! Expand
  2. May 17, 2018
    10
    There are many reasons I love this game, but the main reason is that it ha everything i have ever looked for in a game. It has underwater gameThere are many reasons I love this game, but the main reason is that it ha everything i have ever looked for in a game. It has underwater game play, which I find exciting and extremely fun. It has aquatic life which I have always been fascinated by, and it has an ambiguous story that you have to put together, letting you make your own interesting conclusions about his excellent game. Oh and did I mention the art style. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2016
    10
    This game reminds me a lot like Journey. It's one of those one day games you can just immerse yourself into and the gameplay is just so casualThis game reminds me a lot like Journey. It's one of those one day games you can just immerse yourself into and the gameplay is just so casual and amazing. It's most defiantly a game worth playing. If you want a game that pulls you into the experience this is most defiantly the game for you. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2016
    8
    This amazingly relaxing game combines smooth controls(controller plugged into pc), amazing graphics with a perfect soundtrack. Only reason itsThis amazingly relaxing game combines smooth controls(controller plugged into pc), amazing graphics with a perfect soundtrack. Only reason its not a 10/10 is its shorter length. That being said, I paid more at the movie theater last week for one movie than I did for this game. Replay-ability for when I need a game to relax me. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2018
    7
    A meditative experience that lasts just the right amount. A creative journey through the deep world of the blue. Will replay this when lifeA meditative experience that lasts just the right amount. A creative journey through the deep world of the blue. Will replay this when life gets stressful. Recommend. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2017
    6
    ABZU relies heavily on visual spectacle and the grandness of its orchestral soundtrack to entertain, yet I found the experience to beABZU relies heavily on visual spectacle and the grandness of its orchestral soundtrack to entertain, yet I found the experience to be relatively unengaging. The gameplay revolves around repeating the same objectives over and over while I was left aimlessly trying to string together some semblance of a story or message from vague murals of what I presumed to be the people of a bygone age. What I was initially expecting to be a 'spiritual' experience of sorts turned out to be a rather underwhelming experience. Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2018
    0
    ABZU is an underwater walking simulator. You play as a nameless diver and swim through a linear underwater environment towards the end of theABZU is an underwater walking simulator. You play as a nameless diver and swim through a linear underwater environment towards the end of the game.

    Rather than walk, you swim your way through the game. However, there is very little actual gameplay to be had here; there are, in principle, hazards, but in practice, they can’t actually hurt you, just stun you momentarily; they provide no barrier to your progress. There are a few “puzzles” which consist of “follow the power lines/chains from the gate to an object, then press the use key on the object to open the door”. Sometimes, when the game is going *really* crazy, there will be TWO such objects.

    What this game really lacks is… much of anything, really. The game doesn’t have any real story to speak of – there is no speech or text inside the game. What little “plot” there is happens entirely within the last three chapters, and isn’t terribly interesting.

    Mostly, the game exists so you swim around and look at the stylized fish and whales and other things swimming around you. That’s… really the core of the game, as far as I can tell, trying to look pretty, but it isn’t really anything special in that regard.

    The controls are functional but not very good – you can flip your character entirely around while swimming, but you can’t flip your camera entirely around, which makes for some awkwardness. There’s some collectibles, but they’re nothing really interesting, and certainly aren’t challenging, just being “spot the object” throughout the whole game (and if you miss one, good luck figuring out which one – I missed at least one of each on my playthrough of the game, but I certainly can’t be bothered to play through the whole game again to find them). There’s some achievements, but they’re all pretty trivial apart from the collectibles ones.

    And… that’s it, really. I left this experience quite bored, despite the fact that the game is under three hours in length, simply because there isn’t anything really to *do* in it but swim around and look at fish while going through a linear experience.
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