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  • Summary: Assume the role of a plane crash survivor stranded somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Come face-to-face with some of the most life-threatening scenarios that will result in a different experience each time you play as you scavenge for supplies in order to survive on this hostile island.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 75
    Though not quite stellar, Stranded Deep does a decent enough job of enabling the player to live out their castaway fantasies. It's just something of a shame that the occasionally clumsy UI and lack of multiplayer functionality make the game a little less compelling than it needs to be. Nonetheless, those looking for island bound thrills of escaping deadly shark attacks, delving down into forgotten wrecks and living the life of an island castaway will find much to love in Stranded Deep on PS4.
  2. May 8, 2020
    70
    Despite its questionable development status, Stranded Deep has a lot to offer. I’d welcome further development, but even in its current incarnation, this compelling survival sim is more than worth diving into.
  3. May 15, 2020
    70
    Stranded Deep is a beautifully crafted and engaging experience for anyone who is a fan of survival games. It may not provide the same amount of replayability that games like Rust have, but the crafting and exploring mechanics are solid and fun to use. The first time that players climb out of their raft to step onto their new island home or fight off a group of hungry sharks, they will be shown how intense and rewarding Stranded Deep truly is.
  4. May 9, 2021
    68
    Stranded Deep does not have content and variety comparable to the most famous survival and overall each of its mechanics is quite derivative.
  5. May 26, 2021
    65
    Stranded Deep is a naked and raw survival, more suitable for big fans of the genre than for newbies.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 4, 2020
    60
    It’s rarely original, occasionally frustrating, and often clumsy in execution, but when it clicks there’s a meditative vein to Stranded Deep’s grind that will make time spent indoors sunnier. [Issue#176, p.74]
  7. May 27, 2020
    50
    There are as many things that reward you as there are things that will burden your experience with Stranded Deep. It has the potential to be a really enjoyable game, but poor mechanics shoot itself in the foot. If you are a fan of this genre then this is another game for you. On the other hand, if you have interest in getting into survival games then do not start with this. I had a good time with Stranded Deep. I spent a good amount of time with it. Thinking about all the pros and cons together, my opinion on this game is mixed.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 55
  2. Negative: 32 out of 55
  1. May 5, 2020
    10
    Definitely not perfect, but close enough. For a cheap price this little gem holds a whole lot of hours of gameplay. I got a motorboat, aDefinitely not perfect, but close enough. For a cheap price this little gem holds a whole lot of hours of gameplay. I got a motorboat, a gyrocopter, and all the food and water I could wish for. The people rating this low, did not spend enough time getting to know the game mechanics. I'm fighting sharks, catching lionfishs, living the life! 30 in-game days in, and still got PLENTY of hours to explore this game. Huge fan, thx!!! Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2021
    7
    Not the greatest game in history or anything but very fun if you are into survival sims. I would note that if you need games to hold your handNot the greatest game in history or anything but very fun if you are into survival sims. I would note that if you need games to hold your hand through every aspect of gameplay, you may find this is too difficult for you. The initial tutorial is a bit spartan but I feel adds to the immersion (unless you are Bear Grylls crashing on an island you wont know much more than how to lash a rock to a stick and maybe lay some leaves across a shelter frame), and the investigation angle is a nice display of trial and error learning (again unless you expect everything to be laid bare so you don't have to experiment and learn). There are certainly some bugs that thankfully the devs appear to have been working on and look to be continuing that trend of live improvement. It isn't difficult to see why some simply wouldn't enjoy this game as it is not the most polished thing out there and the learning curve is steep, but I would submit that as it was made by 2 people it really isn't as bad as Ive seen some claim (my opinion anyway). In summary this is a passable survival game that doesn't have a problem letting you figure out how to manage resources properly or die and does a decent job of simulating the loneliness and material hardship of being stranded in a Pacific archipelago, which I believe to have been the goal. Expand
  3. May 20, 2020
    7
    This survival game could do with a little polish and there's the occasional glitch (spastic boars anyone?), but it's nowhere near asThis survival game could do with a little polish and there's the occasional glitch (spastic boars anyone?), but it's nowhere near as disastrous as some reviewers here would like us to believe.
    Metacritic is just full of frustrated people who refuse to take the time to stick with a game to see what it has to offer, but instead exaggerate what is wrong with it and slap a zero on it after only a few hours of play.
    In my opinion, Stranded Deep is an enjoyable and relaxing title that is certainly worth a try if you're into this kind of game.
    When the game begins, you are guided by a tutorial to get you going. After that you rely on your crafting menu to give you your sense of direction. For instance, crafting a water still will be one of the first things you'll be wanting to do, as you cannot rely on coconuts too much, not for drinking nor for eating. I read comments on how people say the water still does not produce water, but it needs fibrous leaves or palm fronds to work. The former is the better choice as these leaves reproduce after a day or two. For food you can catch fish, crabs, birds, you can kill boars, snakes etc.
    Around every island you can spot sunken wrecks where you can dive to and collect different materials. Beware though of sharks that can appear at any time.
    When you've built a raft you can go and explore the other islands. The map is a 5x5 grid with 21 islands, 3 boss areas and one area where you need to go for the ending part.
    A tip for when using the raft: make sure to attach an anchor to it so that you can lower it just off the beach in the shallow parts instead of sailing onto the beach itself. The raft will stay in place in the water and you can easily take off again. Otherwise you always have to drag it back into the water and position the nose away from the land, which can be a hassle. Also there are big rocks in the shallows where your raft can get stuck on and that's even more annoying. Just use your anchor not too far out when approaching an island and you'll be good.
    If you want to go faster than the speed the sail has to offer, you can also craft a boat engine or even a gyrocopter, but I find the fuel consumption to be rather high, so I personally stick to using a sail.
    I also recommend saving regularly. You can get poisoned if you're not careful and having to then go look for the cure on other islands when you have none in stock can be a nuisance. A quick reload can remedy that. Also the game can crash now and then, even when trying to save, bringing you back to the Playstation menu.
    In the main menu of the game you can go to cartographer where you have the option to create new islands and replace them with islands already on your map. The advantage is that when you create these islands you can put everything you might be looking for on them. Just create an island with what you need and place it next to your home island, sail over there and collect! Afterwards you can easily replace it with another island with other stuff if you want.
    All in all I find Stranded Deep to be a worthwile survival game which could have gotten a point more if not for some flaws. If you're not a Metacritic crybaby, give this game a chance!
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  4. May 14, 2020
    4
    Bad performance on PS4 Pro and the graphics, meh. I dont know how the game is on PC but on PS4 it definitifly needs a lot of work to be reallyBad performance on PS4 Pro and the graphics, meh. I dont know how the game is on PC but on PS4 it definitifly needs a lot of work to be really playable. The concept is nice and the things you COULD do if they would work are well thought. I wish this game will reach a playable state soon. Expand
  5. May 5, 2021
    2
    When you need a tutorial to understand the tutorial. Just terrible basic game design. Shouldn't happen, and early access is no excuse.

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    When you need a tutorial to understand the tutorial. Just terrible basic game design. Shouldn't happen, and early access is no excuse.

    At one stage it wouldn't move to the next one, because i had already built the item but because i didn't "pin" a certain thing the tutorial wasn't clever enough to understand it should move to the next part. Nothing is explained well... and the controls.... if you're going to play this game. Play it on the PC.

    I don't know who was in charge of the circle inventory. But it's terrible. In fact playing it with a controller bar the movement feels terrible. The control scheme seems to have been designed by a 5 year old who did it before their nap time.

    No wonder this was free on the PS Plus.. because no one in their right mind would willingly pay money for this.. on the console. if you did. Well... i'd be asking for my money back, or not tell a living soul that you did.

    The worst thing is, well the way the tutorial is presented to you. Looks lifted from the PC and then swear, they've photoshopped things like a "R1" button over the top of the PC key to try and make it ft. It looks wrong, and embarrassing. How sony approved this.... for sale... i'll never know.
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  6. Jun 26, 2020
    0
    This game is total garbage .Mud-like graphics, unreasonably hard to find some main resources, very bad control scheme .Everything bores youThis game is total garbage .Mud-like graphics, unreasonably hard to find some main resources, very bad control scheme .Everything bores you real fast.Dont waste money & time with this nonsense game.Play ''FOREST'' instead , it's so much better. Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2020
    0
    This is a pretty bleak game to be honest I’ve spent the best part of 5hrs with it so far and cant seem to source water at all? The system atThis is a pretty bleak game to be honest I’ve spent the best part of 5hrs with it so far and cant seem to source water at all? The system at play seems broken from what I can see but maybe I’m missing something. Most craft items require rope (lashings) to create rope requires fibrous leaves produced by the Yucca plant and palm tree saplings. In the island there is one Yucca tree that produces 5 fibrous leaves and approx. 4 palm tree saplings. One rope requires 4 of these leaves and almost every item requires rope. In order to progress the crafting tree to allow the construction of a water trap requires crafting several tools and items most of which require rope from fibrous leaves. By the time the water trap is unlocked there is no more fibrous leaves to use to craft it. In some forums it says these will grow back so I waited 3 days in game for 3 plam tree saplings each producing one fibrous leaf after collecting the first one my knife broke now I have to expel another 4 fibrous leaves for a new knife and nothing from the Yucca tree during this time still as I write this nothing from that tree. The option to sleep away the time is limited so with a lack of resources all I can really do is stand here, wait and hope as the guys vitals slowly drop. I can’t even class this as a game at the min it’s pretty un-fun to play and appears very poorly balanced. Some may say it’s a sim but a balance has to be struck for the game itself to survive on console, I mean anybody buying this at the min on PS4 has to be pretty pissed waiting 3 days in game to craft something only to not get enough resources is not fun at all its among the bleakest experiences I’ve had with a game ever. I am unsure how to progress and assistance from PC users doesn’t seem to cross over to PS4 the in game tutorial is dog **** and the controls are very clunky. Needs work from the dev team to survive as a game outside of the PC world at-least on PC they can fix it themselves on console we are stuck with hope that the dev team see and listen to forums and feedback. I will change this review if that happens but I don’t hold out much hope. Edit .. just through another hour at its ... absolute trash! not worth a buy in this appauling state Expand

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