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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: 18 out of 275
  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 30, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The best game of survival. The best. I can give advice everyone must play. Goodbye! Expand
  3. Jan 24, 2019
    10
    This is the Type of Game that o never never espect to play... and when i played.....wowwwwww no words enough to describe... One of the BestThis is the Type of Game that o never never espect to play... and when i played.....wowwwwww no words enough to describe... One of the Best Games i´ve ever Played. Thanks Dev Team. Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2020
    9
    Good game it’s fun for the first play through it can get boring though. Has fun story and good graphics and open world.
  5. Nov 27, 2019
    9
    Equal parts beautiful and dangerous, Subnautica is an amazing deep-sea diving exploration simulation, set on an alien planet with solidEqual parts beautiful and dangerous, Subnautica is an amazing deep-sea diving exploration simulation, set on an alien planet with solid mechanics, tons of freedom, and an interesting narrative. The world is brimming with interesting lifeforms you've never seen before. The story moments are few and far between, but are always memorable. Definitely worth the plunge. Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2018
    8
    Probablemente el mejor al que he jugado en 2017.
    Juegazo 100% inmersivo, con muchos crafteos y una historia bastante chula. Para amantes de
    Probablemente el mejor al que he jugado en 2017.
    Juegazo 100% inmersivo, con muchos crafteos y una historia bastante chula. Para amantes de los survival espaciales será una gozada
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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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