ABZU Image
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 305 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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.

Trailer

Play Sound
Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
PlayStation Plus - Free Games Lineup May 2017
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.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 63
  2. Negative: 10 out of 63
  1. Jun 2, 2017
    10
    Who knew that exploring the bottom of the sea could feel so magical. Abzû is an adventure game where the main action is to swim aroundWho knew that exploring the bottom of the sea could feel so magical. Abzû is an adventure game where the main action is to swim around exploring the beautiful scenery while figuring out how to progress in the game. The gameplay takes a backseat to let everything else shine but the game offers other mechanics to keep the things interesting. Abzû is not only an adventure game but an adventure itself were the player is completely immersed in its short length. The game might have the duration of a regular movie but it is a fulfilling experience due to his beautiful atmosphere and ambiance.

    The story of Abzû is not delivered but rather understood just like poetry were different people will have different interpretations. This is archived by the lack of exposition and dialogues and all the information is passed to the player through experiencing. The amazing soundtrack makes a terrific work in conveying the right emotions and mood so the player can understand the meaning of everything that is happening. There is also a nice amount of mystery as you crave to know what happened to this world, something that you slowly unveil.

    The beautiful world of Abzû is what catches our eye first. Each act has it’s own color scheme and different types of fauna which makes the new zones feel non-repetitive and fun to explore as there is some side collectibles to find and achievements to earn and this adds a little bit more of gameplay and replay value to this amazing experience.

    • Final thoughts

    Abzû is a masterpiece that everyone should play. Its price tag might seem a little high for the amount of game that it offers but the unique experience found in Abzû is so rich and joyfull that will be more than worth. This is a game that once you start playing you will want to play more and more until you reach its end. The magical colorful world is so beautiful to explore and the story that it conveys through emotions and visuals will leave you in awe but the sound design is the cherry on the top, so good that even silence plays a role in this game.
    Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2020
    10
    beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. MASTERPIECE.
  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. Dec 20, 2020
    7
    Jogo curto, numa pegada andar e explorar . Você caminha pelo mundo aquático que é bem bonito. A poucas interações e as que tem são bemJogo curto, numa pegada andar e explorar . Você caminha pelo mundo aquático que é bem bonito. A poucas interações e as que tem são bem repetidas. Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2020
    6
    I'm at a crossroads for what I should rate ABZU. Honestly, if I could, I would give it a 6.5 since it doesn't fit being rated a 6 or a 7. II'm at a crossroads for what I should rate ABZU. Honestly, if I could, I would give it a 6.5 since it doesn't fit being rated a 6 or a 7. I ultimately rounded it down to a 6, because the game is so insanely short that there is no way to justify its steep $20 price tag, especially when it's over three years old.

    ABZU is an atmospheric game with magnificent visuals and a uniquely calm diving aesthetic. The orchestra music was a nice addition to really give the world an escapist touch. There is no way to "lose" in this game (if it can even be classified as a game to begin with), so you're free to leisurely explore around, or you can simply follow the semi-linear path that leads you through the environments.

    One of the biggest cons of this game is, as I mentioned, that it is downright short. It's only about 1.5 hours long at most. Yes, that's right. 1.5 hours long. You could get it done in an extended lunch break. The aesthetics are pleasing and the sights are potentially soothing to take in, but I could only recommend this game for a very specific playerbase.

    In addition, this game is incredibly unoptimized. For an indie game that's 3+ years old and doesn't employ any significant graphics, it pushed my CPU and GPU temperatures higher than I've typically seen before in even AAA games, and kept my GPU at a constant 100% load.

    ABZU would've been better as a VR game to get the clarity and 360 view of the environments instead of a narrow field of vision. A lot of the immersion is lost with a 2D screen, as you don't feel compelled to look around. I'm surprised that the devs didn't bother making a VR version, since this game would be perfect as one. At the moment, you can only experience it in VR via a third-party workaround. If this game had VR, I'm sure it would have an average score of 8+, not sub-7.

    Overall, as an avid atmospheric game fan myself, I'm rating this not based on my own feelings but based on what most players would get out of the experience, and that is, frankly, not a lot. I definitely feel that the common gamer should avoid playing this, as it would feel like a waste of time. If you're into these kinds of games though, I suppose it is worth trying, but only if you can get it for free or under $5.
    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.
    Expand

See all 63 User Reviews