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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 trying to survive.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jan 10, 2019
    90
    Subnautica achieves with good decisions to build a survival rich in nuances and possibilities, without ever losing any interest, staying true to its objective. A game that opens up little by little showing imagination and finesse. Rarely this genre in its late game has managed to engage so much without trusting in its multiplayer facet.
  2. 90
    I was blown away by Subnautica. What initially appeared to be a knee-high kiddie pool worth of depth, suddenly gives way to a literal ocean of gameplay opportunities.
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Performance problems aside, Subnautica will rekindle your faith in the overcrowded survival genre, and scare you senseless.
  4. 80
    Even after four years of early access limbo, Subnautica remains as one of the quintessential examples of its genre. The uniquely beautiful and terrifying world is fantastic to explore, while the goal based narrative keeps things interesting beyond the usual plate spinning mechanics of other survival games.
  5. Dec 7, 2018
    80
    Subnautica is an inspired survival game with a great atmosphere and a surprising narrative. On PS4, however, the game is not as smooth as we had hoped and suffers from sometimes cumbersome controls.
  6. Jan 10, 2019
    65
    I felt that Subnautica could do with a little more work to iron out these performance problems to make it even more fluid and seamless, which would then make it then a top contender in the survival genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 56
  2. Negative: 17 out of 56
  1. Jun 23, 2020
    10
    One of the best games I've ever played. A few technical issues on console but overall it's a great experience. If you like survinal baseOne of the best games I've ever played. A few technical issues on console but overall it's a great experience. If you like survinal base building games, this game is one of the best in the market. Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2020
    10
    Subnautica provided me the best gaming experience I've had since perhaps the first time I played Skyrim in 2011. It is the only survival gameSubnautica provided me the best gaming experience I've had since perhaps the first time I played Skyrim in 2011. It is the only survival game I've played and it sets the bar very high. The world was incredibly immersive, from biome design to sounds effect and even atmospheric music. You feel like you are in the water. Biomes range from colorful and fun to dark, eerie, and unsettling. The exploration and crafting are rewarding enough on their own, but on top of that, there is a story that needs to be pieced together by scanning items or discovering locations, never being hand-fed to you like most single player campaigns seem to do. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the story and the discovery aspect of it. The game can be anxiety inducing, as it playing on human's natural fear of the unknown and the depths of the ocean. But for me that just added to the fantastic overall experience.

    This review is actually a 9.5, but that was not an option and I couldn't in good conscience leave a flat 9 for this game. This is due to some performance issues on the PS4 version. There are times that the ocean floor fails to load in while you are moving at high speeds, causing you to either have to stop moving and wait for it to catch up or risk having it load around you, trapping you in the environment. These issues did not really affect me, as the only times it happened I was able to reload my save and all issues were resolved. That being said, the devs did add "console commands" that are available to all versions of the game, not just PC, but I did not personally try them out. I would definitely not recommend letting some performance issues stop you from experiencing the masterpiece that is Subnautica.
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  3. Jan 23, 2020
    9
    apart from the MAJOR performance issues, clipping, textures not loading etc this is a masterpiece. loved every minute of it! cannot believe iapart from the MAJOR performance issues, clipping, textures not loading etc this is a masterpiece. loved every minute of it! cannot believe i did not play this sooner! :) Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2019
    8
    I picked this up because 2 colleagues at work can't stop talking about it. Very engaging and i haven't had any real problems when playingI picked this up because 2 colleagues at work can't stop talking about it. Very engaging and i haven't had any real problems when playing though I do have a PS4 pro. There have been a couple of glitches with scenery but mostly it's a gorgeous world to explore. Later on there are clues but unlike the PC game there is no compass or co-ordinates which makes some of the navigation even more challenging. I've played almost 6 hours straight and my weekend has disappeared already. Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2018
    6
    Allthough SN is a gripping experience (I've been playing preview since February 2018) the enormous amount of bugs and performance issues takeAllthough SN is a gripping experience (I've been playing preview since February 2018) the enormous amount of bugs and performance issues take the whole game down. Immersion is constantly and completely broken due to those 2. Still I keep on playing. I want this game to be good so much. But alas the developer chose to put their time into DLC instead of fixing the problems Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2020
    2
    This game has, by far, the worst performance of any game I've played on PS4. It's an exhilarating, engaging, terrifying and immenselyThis game has, by far, the worst performance of any game I've played on PS4. It's an exhilarating, engaging, terrifying and immensely satisfying game. However, even if your save doesn't get corrupted or you don't fall through the seafloor into an unfixable glitch, the framerate on PS4 is such a significant barrier to enjoyment that I do not recommend you play it on this platform.

    The performance of the game decreases as you make it further into the story, which makes it all the more frustrating. I was invested, because it's awesome, but I was so damn frustrated by the near-single-digit frame rates that can persist for minutes at a time that I had to give up and just watch a YouTube video of the end of the story to get closure on what should have been a totally awesome experience. 10/10 for game design but 2/10 for implementation and optimization on PS4.
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  7. Mar 20, 2020
    0
    Anyone that praises this rediculous nonsense glitch of a "game" as worth playing is a bot. It's hands down worse than the cheesiest mobileAnyone that praises this rediculous nonsense glitch of a "game" as worth playing is a bot. It's hands down worse than the cheesiest mobile game ever made. The earliest Atari games were like epic rpg's in comparison. Peace. Expand

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