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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: 32 out of 59
  2. Negative: 9 out of 59
  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.
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  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 18, 2016
    8
    This game is a short, peaceful experience in the heart of ocean. There are no bloodshed, no fight, no enemy, just some time to think aboutThis game is a short, peaceful experience in the heart of ocean. There are no bloodshed, no fight, no enemy, just some time to think about nature & learn to respect it.

    Yes I copied this. I did because it's very true and I couldn't have said it better myself.
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  5. Oct 10, 2020
    7
    Недавно эту игру раздали в EGS, за что им спасибо, вот только в этом "замечательном" лончере нельзя оставить отзыв, так что пишу сюда.

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    Недавно эту игру раздали в EGS, за что им спасибо, вот только в этом "замечательном" лончере нельзя оставить отзыв, так что пишу сюда.

    ABZU - это, как принято называть "симулятор ходьбы", только в этом случае плавания. Вся игра строится на аудио-визуальном повествовании, за геймплеем сюда приходить не стоит, в игре можно плавать, взаимодействовать с некоторыми объектами путем нажатия одной кнопки, а так же медетировать на статуях, переключая камеру с игрока на разных рыб. 90% времени, вы будете плавать и наслаждаться местной флорой и фауной и они здесь просто великолепны, игру хочется постоянно скринить и к сожалению такой функции я не нашел, но зато я уже знаю, какая следующая картинка будет стоять у меня на рабочем столе)) Сюжет в игре есть, он очень прост и я бы сказал схематичен, не несет в себе большой глубины или же сильно драматичных моментов, но немного поддерживает интерес и вызывает совсем немного эмоций.

    В целом ABZU это 2-часовая экскурсия по подводному миру, которая может заставить вас заинтересоваться подводным миром, расслабитья и подарить небольшие, но приятные эмоции.
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  6. Jan 26, 2019
    6
    llow gameplay and its pursuit of affecting emotions remains halfway. Still, execution being detailed and captivating it's definit
  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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