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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: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 95
    In terms of settings, gameplay dynamics and sheer fascination, Subnautica is the best single-player survival game out there. It's full of bright discoveries, a great sci-fi experience, and at the same time a cruel and unforgiving survival horror. James Cameron would absolutely love it.
  2. Apr 13, 2018
    90
    Probably the best survival game we have tried to date. A game that respects the player, offers a spectacular world to explore and keeps giving new and unique experiences even after you have spent dozens of hours under the waves exploring the beautiful alien ocean.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    90
    So far Subnautica has been the outstanding title of 2018 for me. We're only a month in, but the time I've had with this game has been incredible, and I'm sure it will be a game I remember in December when the year is wrapping up. Even after completing it, I'm itching to go back and see what nooks and crannies I missed.
  4. CD-Action
    May 16, 2018
    90
    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]
  5. Feb 6, 2018
    88
    Subnautica is gorgeous and enthralling, offering rewarding progression and a fascinating world. The story is well told, and it offers a crafting system that is easily accessible even for players who aren’t familiar with survival games. With fantastical sea beasts, fun gadgets to build, and a sci-fi story that gets its hooks into you, Subnautica is as deep as its sprawling ocean.
  6. Mar 12, 2018
    85
    Subnautica offers an amazing undersea world. The performance of the game is not great, but the game is structured enough to make us forget.
  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. Positive: 91 out of 105
  2. Negative: 9 out of 105
  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. Oct 17, 2018
    10
    Best survival i have played , have an very open world good history and graphics hope another one part of this great game
  3. Jan 30, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's the best survival game I've played and it's an open world game, with a story, which I thought was very good and weird, so I recommend buying it. Expand
  4. May 9, 2018
    9
    The game runs even better then advertised. It came through on all of its promises during early access. A bunch of fun to play.
  5. Oct 10, 2018
    9
    Subnautica is a big open world survival game. This version of a survival game is quite different to normal survival games as it is set on anSubnautica is a big open world survival game. This version of a survival game is quite different to normal survival games as it is set on an alien water planet called 4546B. It is only fully released on pc but the unreleased version can still be bought on Xbox and PlayStation. It is made by a small gaming developer company called Unknown Worlds. It is a well-loved game by the people who played it before and after release.
    The story starts with you in a big spaceship called the Aurora. You crash on an alien planet due to the ship being shot by an unknown alien blast. You get into life pod 5 and eject from the ship onto the ocean’s surface. During planet fall you become unconscious and wake up hours later after you have landed. As you get out of the life pod you find yourself in the middle of the ocean with the crashed ship in sight. Your goal is to find food and water while managing your oxygen, similar to other survival games. You will be able to find blueprints to items and vehicles that help you dive deeper into the water while still not drowning. Eventually the crashed ships energy core becomes unstable and the ship blows up. This makes a massive hole in the ship in which you can enter from. Inside the ship you can find out what happened to the other life pods and how the ship got shot down and where from. As you go towards the location you will find an alien base with a gun on it from an unknown race. You also find out that the ship crashed on a 2km by 2 km area which outside of hold the biggest and most deadly creature out of all of Subnautica, but you’ll have to find out what that is. Clues from the base will lead you deeper and deeper into the ocean to more alien bases. As you progress in the game you find out that you are infected by an unknown disease that is only on the planet that you crashed on. More clues lead you to find out what happened to the alien race and what they were trying to do about the disease. As you explore the ocean you find human made bases from the crew from a ship called the Degassi that went missing near the planet 10 years prior to the Aurora crashing. At each point on the map where you find information to progress the story there is usually a deadly leviathan class creature trying to kill you which get more deadly the further down you go. Eventually you find clues that could cure the disease and continue to look for a way to get off of the planet.
    Subnautica is a game that uses terror within the gameplay. It doesn’t feel like normal horror games where if you are found then you are most likely to be caught but gives you the imminent feeling that you could be caught and killed at any second while giving you the feeling that you only got away by the skin of your teeth. Creatures are able to grab your submarines and even take you out of it which immediately gives the player a sense of vulnerability. It has a good immersion factor to it which is only broken by the normal survival game basis or grinding for materials and food.
    It has good graphics which can be modified easily if your computer can’t handle it and doesn’t ever lag too much. However, the game does have a problem of glitches within the world’s barriers. It is made by a small team of 50 people so it can be hard to find and fix all of the glitches. Because of this the player can find places in which they can morph through some walls within bases but it can easily be fixed by another glitch in the wall or sometimes having to restart the game or dying and respawning.
    All of this for the price of £20.00 on steam.
    In conclusion the game is fun but only for the few days that the story goes on for. After the story ends there isn’t really anything much to do. Either way the normal gameplay before the end of the story is still good so I would say that it is worth buying.
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  6. Apr 9, 2018
    8
    Really amazing survival. Probably one of the few really worth playing thanks to an immersive world, mechanics and story. Really makes youReally amazing survival. Probably one of the few really worth playing thanks to an immersive world, mechanics and story. Really makes you enjoy the thought of exploring, surving extreme conditions, and the importance of building everything, loving your base and the tools and vehicles you build. Still, in many technical aspects this game shows some limit: not excellent graphic optimization (very low draw distance, objects compenetration everywhere, some bug in game graphic configuration9 and really slow loading times. I don't think a sequel will show something more, it's almost unique, but this team has great potential and creativity. Keep up! Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2018
    0
    Buggy and wouldn't even load. Messaging with the dev team was not of much help either.

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