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  • Summary: Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with resources, creatures, wonder and threats. Craft equipment and submarines to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more - All while attempting to survive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. CD-Action
    May 16, 2018
    95
    Subnautica is hands down the best survival game I have ever experienced. I completely lost track of time while playing it and for the first time in ages I rescheduled my appointments and neglected my responsibilities to spend more time with a game. If I could I would hand out free copies in the streets so as many people as possible can see how ridiculously good Subnautica is. [04/2018, p.62]
  2. Dec 7, 2018
    92
    It isn’t without performance hiccups, especially the deeper you go. But the breadth of content here and the open-world nature both in terms of playspace and just pure choice in how you go about it is something rarely seen in games.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    90
    Subnautica is an exceptional game of exploration, crash-landing the player on an unknown planet with unfamiliar terrain, unexplored depths, and strange wildlife. While some smaller creatures will appear more afraid of you, it's the larger predators that will make your oxygen levels quickly drop with the increased heart rate. It's a game that captivates you as soon as you step out of the lifeboat with the gorgeous water effects and stunning environment.
  4. Apr 13, 2018
    90
    Subnautica is an atmospheric, wonderful survival game full of surprises. You never know what to expect every time you dive in the depths of the ocean.
  5. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2018
    88
    For those determined enough, though, this is a survival game like no other. [March 2018, p.80]
  6. Feb 15, 2018
    86
    Subnautica shows an almost perfect mix of survival, exploration and building. The story is so beautifully woven into the game, without being forced on the player.
  7. Jan 29, 2018
    75
    Subnautica is a very, very, very good game for fans of the survival genre. There is a near endless deluge of things to do and see and a vast, dangerous ocean to explore. It’s not uncommon to alternate between sheer dread and speechless wonder as you make your through this underwater wonderland. However, lackluster VR support and an overall density problem in terms of complexity and lack of direction at times hold Subnautica back from true greatness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 231
  1. Jan 26, 2018
    10
    Best open-world I have played in about a year. And best indie title for almost a decade! Great atmosphere, great graphics, attention toBest open-world I have played in about a year. And best indie title for almost a decade! Great atmosphere, great graphics, attention to detail. Amazing what this little studio did with a small budget, compared to "the big guys". They made a competitive shooter called "Natural Selection 2" as well - be sure to check it out if you like fast-paced FPS action. :-) Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2020
    10
    Amazing game, for the first time in over a decade I got hypnotized by a pc game for around 48 hours with no ability to stop playing.
  3. May 5, 2020
    10
    Subnautica is one of my favourite " Ocean " based survival game. It has quite big atmospheric feels. Graphics are awesome and gameplay isSubnautica is one of my favourite " Ocean " based survival game. It has quite big atmospheric feels. Graphics are awesome and gameplay is simple and understandable. Story of the game is short and also simple. Subnautica's world is fascinating and dangerous at the same time. The way developers thought about the details very well. I've been playing Subnautica since Dec 4 2014 and i think it's still a great game since the early access. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    9
    To review it in just one word I would say AMAZING! Just buy it, play it and be happy!

    One of the best survival games on the market. It’s
    To review it in just one word I would say AMAZING! Just buy it, play it and be happy!

    One of the best survival games on the market. It’s very unique thanks to its premise (being underwater), it has extremely cool devs that are always working on the game, there are hundreds of hours to spend in the game, the game looks gorgeous, building mechanics are cool as hell and the game can be both calming as well as horror like!

    Another cool thing is that it has multiple layers of what you can do. It’s not just survival but you can also build your own base and equip it as you see fit (bed, reactor, generator, lockers, observatory, radar room, dock and more) almost all the equipment serves some purpose and it’s not just decoration. For example, you can go to the land, cut some trees, plant them in your underwater garden and harvest food!

    You can build and equip your badass giant submarine, there is an interesting story, love of cool and mesmerizing places to explore or you can just sit back and enjoy the environment and graphics because as I already said the games looks amazing!
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  5. Feb 10, 2018
    9
    This is an example of what a survival game should be. It is very good. You will never get bored like other survival games because there isThis is an example of what a survival game should be. It is very good. You will never get bored like other survival games because there is always something to do in subnautica, the visuals are amazing. Sometimes it is very peacefull and pleasent but other times you are so scared of something you are not sure is even there. I highly recommend. Expand
  6. Jan 5, 2021
    8
    First time I started playing this game I played for 11 straight hours. It's really fun and addictive as hell. Very nice visuals and overallFirst time I started playing this game I played for 11 straight hours. It's really fun and addictive as hell. Very nice visuals and overall athmosphere, it gets really creepy at times when you travel deeper and deeper.

    I really like these kind of games where you start with nothing so you go out exploring and gather stuff to build a base and upgrade things in order to be able to explore further. When it comes to those kinda games I'd say this is one of the better ones.

    There's definitely flaws to it though, like the small inventory and how long time it takes to travel after a while when you need to go far and deep. There was also times for me when I had absolutely no clue of where to go, even though I really tried to pay attention to the storytelling.

    I've seen a lot of complaints about bugs, to my understanding most of it should be fixed by now, but not completely, The worst thing that happend to me was when I clipped out of bounds with the robot suit while being waaay down with the cyclops and everything, this caused the water physics to stop working and it didn't go back to normal until I killed myself, leaving all my stuff down there.

    TL;DR: A very fun survival game with a few flaws that is definitely worth your time and money.
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  7. Sep 15, 2020
    0
    This game is very fun to play i seemed to keep on coming back and watned to play more the only reason i wouldnt give it a ten is because its aThis game is very fun to play i seemed to keep on coming back and watned to play more the only reason i wouldnt give it a ten is because its a little glitchy for me Expand

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