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  • Summary: In this game you’ll explore a huge undersea world, both free-diving and in a submarine. It’s a metroidvania style of progression where you are constantly getting new abilities and figuring out ways to upgrade them as you take on the seemingly impossible obstacles that stand in your way. It’sIn this game you’ll explore a huge undersea world, both free-diving and in a submarine. It’s a metroidvania style of progression where you are constantly getting new abilities and figuring out ways to upgrade them as you take on the seemingly impossible obstacles that stand in your way. It’s a challenging journey, designed to test your mind and your reflexes in equal amounts. [Insomniac] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Aug 5, 2016
    95
    Song of the Deep is also a great game. Its spunky protagonist had me rooting for her until the heartwarming conclusion, and I didn’t want to leave the game’s enthralling world. It’s one of the most original titles of this year, and certainly one of the most fully realized.
  2. Aug 22, 2016
    80
    The story is a tad bit generic, but perfect in the sense of a children’s tale. The control and movement feels very fluid, and the game overall demonstrates mastery of basic mechanics typically used in games of the same genre.
  3. Aug 9, 2016
    75
    It might not shine like the shiniest gem, but Song of the Deep is a metroidvania diamond in the rough - a game that even with its minor flaws can reel you in and completely immerse you into this aquatic adventure.
  4. Jul 8, 2016
    70
    It’s a beautiful, lonely world and the Ghibli-like aesthetic works incredibly well in its favor. However, some control issues and harsh random difficulty spikes hurt it by slowing down the experience.
  5. Jul 17, 2016
    70
    Sometimes, it's nice to play a game that doesn't ask too much of you, one that allows you to relax and simply enjoy being in its world. If you can forgive its technical hiccups and learn to adapt to its loose controls, you'll have a whale of a time.
  6. Games Master UK
    Sep 6, 2016
    68
    Takes on too much water to cruise comfortably, but it's bailed out by a few brilliant moments. [Sept 2016, p.81]
  7. Edge Magazine
    Sep 26, 2016
    40
    For the most part, Song of the Deep is content with being pleasantly unremarkable. [Oct 2016, p.119]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jul 27, 2016
    10
    This game is enchantingly beautiful, a steal for what I paid just under $20AUD, the story, the sound, the water, the underwater world that wasThis game is enchantingly beautiful, a steal for what I paid just under $20AUD, the story, the sound, the water, the underwater world that was created, one can see there is a lot of love put into this game, for $20AUD you cannot go wrong buying this and I don't think anyone will regret it, after all haven't we wall pretended at some stage in our young lives that we were 20000 leagues under the sea as Captain Nemo or Ned ? Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is amazing game that blow my mind of the art and puzzle. The game made by a 9 year old. The upgrade for the weapons is amazing for your submarine to get further into the game and try to fined your dad Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2016
    9
    This Game is beautiful. Insomniac's first take on the metroidvania genre really came out well, with a radiant and engrossing soundtrack, wellThis Game is beautiful. Insomniac's first take on the metroidvania genre really came out well, with a radiant and engrossing soundtrack, well designed and well animated puzzles, and a gripping story, this game was kind of short, and the water physics could use some touch-ups but both were minuscule when thinking about just how beautiful and awesome the art was, and how I just wanted to dive deeper into this game. Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2016
    8
    So far, so good. I picked up my reserve copy yesterday, and since it was a rainy day, decided to plunk down on the couch and test it out.So far, so good. I picked up my reserve copy yesterday, and since it was a rainy day, decided to plunk down on the couch and test it out.

    Impressive! Good story line and graphics, wow, very nice. It's nice to play a game without having to look over your shoulder every 2 seconds. The narration of the Story line I found rather soothing.

    If you are Trophy Hunting, this is not a game for you. There are none to be had. Simply enjoy the game for what it is.

    For something different, visually impressive this is a game for you!
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  5. Jul 14, 2016
    7
    The Pros:
    -stylistically beautiful and the narrator is an Irish lady!
    -Interesting albeit light world building The OKs: -Combat consists
    The Pros:
    -stylistically beautiful and the narrator is an Irish lady!
    -Interesting albeit light world building

    The OKs:
    -Combat consists of punching (with your sub), shooting, and throwing. When enemies attack it is almost always in a wide open space and so each battle feels the same. Even the last boss fight is just a wide open area with waves of enemies.
    -Puzzles and obstacles are relaxing and really go a long way to give you that nice tranquil vibe to mesh with the artstyle.

    The Cons:
    -gotta mention it's bad framerate. Everytime you swim (dive?) over a save point the framerate drops absurdly. Even besides that there are some dips but I never felt it affected gameplay.
    -Few cases of game breaking bugs I have heard about and I was affected by one myself. So somehow I never got an upgrade to my gun, I expect a bug that makes interact-able items to be non interact-able is the culprit, and I progressed pretty far without it until I got to a point of no return where I needed it to break a wall. Usually a game will force you to use a mandatory item shortly after getting it so I can't help but feel that the design choice not to do that coupled with the bug really boned me.

    Conclusion:
    -If you are on the fence I wouldn't suggest it. If you are mesmerized by its beauty and tranquility then sure, give it a shot.
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  6. Jun 19, 2018
    7
    Very enjoyable and pleasant game with great game design and music. At times it can be annoying, but still fun
  7. Jul 17, 2016
    4
    Firstly, the game starting have no any tutorial. The Graphics are ugly but take much system resource to run (not optimized for PC).
    Secondly,
    Firstly, the game starting have no any tutorial. The Graphics are ugly but take much system resource to run (not optimized for PC).
    Secondly, the game's sound and music are bad.

    You may regret to buy this game!
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