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  • Summary: Dive into a freezing underwater adventure on an alien planet. Set one year after the original Subnautica, Below Zero challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B. Craft tools, scavenge for supplies, and unravel the next chapter in the Subnautica story.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. CD-Action
    Jul 23, 2021
    90
    The world of Below Zero is much smaller than its predecessor’s, but it is still an absolutely brilliant survival game that tells an interesting story set in a fascinating environment. Additionally, it is more friendly towards less experienced players, and managed to get rid of some technical issues that affected the original Subnautica. [08/2021, p.78]
  2. May 11, 2021
    90
    Mix the feeling of weakness of the movie Open Water with a compelling story, a world to explore in metroidvania style kind of like in Don't Starve, add the maniacal detail of In Other Waters, shake and there we have Subnautica: Below Zero, an intriguing sci-fi survival with just a bit of horror. While at first it might seem a little limited in scope, with a bit of patience you will soon realize how great of a game it is.
  3. May 24, 2021
    85
    Subnautica: Below Zero cannot match the original game in terms of scale; therefore it is a standalone expansion instead of a full-fledged sequel. Despite this, it offers a more immersive and streamlined experience through a more emphatic story, great voice acting and plenty of quality of life additions. The three bucks that Below Zero costs are more than worth the at least twenty hours of exploration fun.
  4. May 18, 2021
    84
    A motivating survival adventure set in a fascinating ice world.
  5. May 11, 2021
    80
    Subnautica Below Zero does not seem to want to walk in other steps than that of its big brother. By reducing the map or vehicles, Below Zero is more to be seen as a very good expansion of the original game, more scripted version and a little more hostile than the first episode. If Below Zero undoubtedly does better than the competition when it comes to making a scripted survival game, with a universe as enchanting as it is frightening hand-crafted, it would undoubtedly have gained more from the experience of 'origin to fully conquer the veterans of the franchise, who, despite everything, will take undeniable pleasure to go diving again, just like the newcomers, who will have the chance to discover for the first time this atypical and oh so immersive way of approaching the game of survival.
  6. May 11, 2021
    75
    If you liked Subnautica, Subnautica: Below Zero still has the base of what made the original great - the charm, the wonder, the building and even some of the exploration - but this has been tempered somewhat. The story-focused approach here is interesting, even compelling at parts, but the game doesn't do enough to keep you on track or from getting lost in the many enclosed caves, caverns and tunnels running throughout. Also, like the original, this does have its fair share of bugs and issues. Still, no matter the issues, it is still a genuinely good game. While it may not be as good as the original, it's still up there as one of the better survival games around.
  7. May 12, 2021
    60
    Subnautica: Below Zero feels like more of Subnautica, and that is only a good thing to a certain extent. Where it falls short by copying its predecessor is in the story and thematic department, making it feel like an uneventful and unimportant step in the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 51
  2. Negative: 20 out of 51
  1. Jan 30, 2019
    10
    Subnautica: Below Zero seems like it will be just as good, or better than the original game. The quality is great. It's not quite the sameSubnautica: Below Zero seems like it will be just as good, or better than the original game. The quality is great. It's not quite the same game, but the basics are the same (which I hoped for).

    I hit the content-wall in the early access, and swam around some more after that, and the great atmosphere is just the same. I can't wait to see the story unfold.
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  2. May 21, 2021
    10
    Ich finde es absolut gelungen! Die Welt fällt zwar etwas kompakter aus, doch dafür steckt deutlich mehr drin. Massenhaft Details und vor allemIch finde es absolut gelungen! Die Welt fällt zwar etwas kompakter aus, doch dafür steckt deutlich mehr drin. Massenhaft Details und vor allem Flair. Ich vermissen das große Uboot, doch es würde einfach nicht in diese Eiswelt passen. Super Game Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2021
    8
    Subnautica: Below Zero это продолжение мега популярной выживалки в подводном инопланетном мире Subnautica! Сюжет продолжает события первойSubnautica: Below Zero это продолжение мега популярной выживалки в подводном инопланетном мире Subnautica! Сюжет продолжает события первой части, расширяя и дополняя его!
    Суть игры осталась прежней: изучаем территорию, осваиваем новые технологии и приспособления! Строим и благоустраиваем свои базы попутно делая вылазки по сюжету! Мир Subnautica: Below Zero стал компактным с множеством пещерных лабиринтов подводных и надводных что меня раздражало! (легко заблудиться) Из транспорта новая подлодка "мореход" которую собираешь как поезд из разных по назначению вагонов!)) Убрали подводную лодку Циклоп из первой часть т.к он никуда не пролезет!
    Исчез дух глобального исследования местности когда ты несколько дней готовишься к дальнему походу на другой конец карты! Забиваешь трюмы подводной лодки ресурсами, запасами еды, воды и инструмента! И оставляешь много места под новые ископаемые которые найдешь в неизведанной пучине морской!
    Subnautica: Below Zero маленькая по размерам но более проработанная по контенту и с высоким темпом прохождения! И да, левиафаны тут не такие страшные и опасные как в прошлой части!
    Мне эта часть понравилась гораздо меньше чем оригинальная Subnautica но к прохождению Below Zero рекомендую!
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  4. Jul 7, 2021
    6
    Was a big fan of the first game, but Below Zero totally disappointed me. I didn't make it to the end, had to watch an ending on youtube. IdkWas a big fan of the first game, but Below Zero totally disappointed me. I didn't make it to the end, had to watch an ending on youtube. Idk what exactly is bad about the game. For sure it has absolutely different atmosphere. I remember i was so scared to explore the planet in first part, but there it wasn't scary at all. A feeling that you are not alone ruined the feelings i had before. The world itself is not much interesting to explore, as well as plot seems to be too boring.

    Still, a pretty nice game for 20-30 hours, i can't say i wasted the time. Its just worse then predecessor.
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  5. Jul 25, 2021
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 4/10
    A stripped-down version of the first part, which is lost in music, atmosphere, oddly enough plot. In the first part, there was a feeling that I was not on my own on the planet, and I need to get out by any means, or at least find someone else who survived, such a plot is easy to believe and easy to penetrate. All this gave an incentive to explore the map, where parallel landscapes that admired. In the second part, the character's strange motivation, there is no longer a desire to survive, you have to motivate yourself by the fact that you need to find a sister, girlfriend or someone there, and this is difficult. The most boring winter top (I don't want to float). I liked the first part very much, I bought the second one, but the desire to play it is absent after what I saw.

    Well, what else let down is the lack of additional complexity for those who played the first part and already understands how to quickly find resources, drink and feed themselves. Survival in the first part was not an obstacle, but due to the fact that it was the first experience of overcoming obstacles that added interest to the game.
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  6. Oct 14, 2021
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was so excited for this game, but the moment they did the dev reveal stream it all went downhill. Instead of the mysterious eerie feeling of the first part, they jumped on the SJW bandwagon and presented some highly implausible characters for diversity reasons.
    Although they tried to tune the annoyance level down since the reveal, the hastily rewritten "new" story and the protagonists are still subpar, for example we now have a black lesbian super-scientist who found the cure for an alien disease that a super-high-tech alien couldnt. Also the alien blew everyone up, but it becomes your friend for no reasons. WTF.

    The story line basically consists of scanning a dozen of glowing green items in a row. "oh, you scanned a shiny green thing? here, let me add the location of the next shiny green thing to the map!". Incredibly boring.

    Also, the new mechanics are few and far between, and the amount of assets added does not really warrant a standalone sequel for this price. The game design feels unfinished, I was so excited to finally get the prawn suit, but you actually never need it and can finish the game easily without it. Of the 5 or so seatruck modules, I only needed 1. The rest is completely useless.

    Dont bother making a part 3 unless you: have a decent story and good progression/quest design to go with it, can nail the atmosphere as the first game did, and add enough new content to warrant the price.
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  7. May 13, 2022
    0
    Pure downgrade from the previous game, with terrible forcefed story with a full set of completely unlikeable characters rather than wonder andPure downgrade from the previous game, with terrible forcefed story with a full set of completely unlikeable characters rather than wonder and exploration. Locations aren't enjoyable to visit. The overland walking segments of game are much longer and inferior to the previous game. The vehicles, one of the few bits of appeal in first game, were made less fun and less useful. Ending feels like sudden short cliffhanger of disappointment. Played for tiny price on gamepass and it wasn't even worth the time it took to install it. Would've done a refund if I'd had to pay the asking price. Expand

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