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  • Summary: Play as an Artificial Intelligence guiding a stranded xenobiologist through a beautiful and mysterious alien ocean. A non-violent sci-fi story, enter a world of wonder, fear and vulnerability, unraveling the history and ecology of an impossible planet. What will you discover together?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 31, 2020
    95
    In Other Waters is engrossing, beautiful and perfectly balanced both in terms of immersive gameplay and intriguing narrative. It's relaxing without being boring, and thoughtful without treading the same tired sci-fi tropes.
  2. Apr 13, 2020
    90
    In Other Waters develops its central mysteries in expert fashion, drip-feeding its revelations in a way that feels natural, and dispatching you to inspect the corners of its map in a way that doesn't feel contrived. As you steadily learn more of what Vas' partner was up to on this strange planet, and you yourself begin to grasp humanity's plight, the mystery builds to a confident conclusion--one that satisfies yet remains aware that some questions are more enticing when left unanswered. In this sense, its story echoes the restraint that runs through the entire game to deliver a stylish, assured, and utterly absorbing adventure that demonstrates again and again it knows how to do a lot with seemingly very little.
  3. May 21, 2020
    80
    Despite some of its interface quirks, In Other Waters is a masterfully designed game, woven tightly into its music soundtrack and emotional chronicling of the relationship between humans, AI, and the environment. My heart aches for how closely Ellery’s journey foreshadows what could someday be our own, and how the caretakers of our planet have failed to nurture it on even the most basic, fundamental level. In my humble opinion, In Other Waters isn't just a video game about collecting samples and exploring the unknown. In a world full of companies trying to push out the most realistic next-gen graphics, it's a work of art that transcends what it means to experience a deeply-moving narrative in a video game and reminds us that you don't have to rely on thousand-dollar video cards to be immersed in an incredible story. But, please don't just take my word for it.
  4. Apr 16, 2020
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Edge Magazine
    May 22, 2020
    70
    It's relatively easygoing, then: contemplative and calming. [Issue#346, p.107]
  6. Apr 2, 2020
    70
    In Other Waters shows an earnest appreciation for the science of biology, deftly fusing it with an important message and an almost therapeutic aesthetic. It's worth the time and money for anyone who wants something a little different out of their next narrative game.
  7. Apr 2, 2020
    60
    In Other Waters is an OK game. It misses out on some things by not explaining the shortcuts or the fact that you don’t need to return to waystations to go back to base. I don’t know if I can say that it will stay with me for too long. The story is somewhat bland and inoffensive, and minimal controls are somewhat clunkier than necessary. The visual presentation of it all is a highlight though. I guess you can grab it if you want to replace Nauticrawl’s combat with the secret life of underwater bacteria.

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  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. May 2, 2020
    7
    The rather plain presentation and the English-language dialogues and texts will quickly put off many players on Nintendo Switch and Steam ofThe rather plain presentation and the English-language dialogues and texts will quickly put off many players on Nintendo Switch and Steam of In Other Waters. Which is actually a pity. Namely, with a little patience and calmness you can experience a good game. The plot and the good background music provide a lot of fun and variety. If you like to embark on an interesting adventure, "In Other Waters" should definitely give "In Other Waters" a chance.

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  2. Apr 14, 2020
    4
    It's possible that, at some point after the first 30 minutes, this game gets really interesting, but it would have to be a truly impressiveIt's possible that, at some point after the first 30 minutes, this game gets really interesting, but it would have to be a truly impressive pivot. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what's going wrong, but it's fair to say that nothing is quite going right. For all the lovely sound design and eye-catching aesthetic, there's precious little (if any) reward in exchange for your curiosity. Collapse Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2020
    2
    If Subnautica was a text adventure . . . it'd be a much less enjoyable game. I don't think anyone needed a case study proving that fact, butIf Subnautica was a text adventure . . . it'd be a much less enjoyable game. I don't think anyone needed a case study proving that fact, but thanks to In Other Waters, we now have hard evidence. Expand
  4. Apr 14, 2020
    1
    There are worse games out there. I think that's the highest praise I can give.
  5. Apr 14, 2020
    0
    An intriguing interface belies the fact that this game is a text adventure in which the text lacks any sense of adventure.