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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: 50 out of 85
  2. Negative: 22 out of 85
  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 2, 2021
    10
    This one is among the best games I've played in my life and I play for 35 years. It's just immersive. For anyone loving free open-worldThis one is among the best games I've played in my life and I play for 35 years. It's just immersive. For anyone loving free open-world adventures, where it's the player to decide what to do and where to go - it's probably a life-time adventure.

    What makes it so unique is the constant sense of "unknown". Sure, Witcher or Skyrim are great too, it's a similar vibe of freedom but wherever you go, there are other people there. In subnautica, you can't really expect anything and it's a constant I-didn't-expected-that feeling.

    The only minor complaint is a slow start that could potentially repell some players from the exploration - you first need to gather resources, build a base and vehicles and only then the player can plan their trips around the vast world that awaits to be visited.

    I really like the story, it's not that obvious at the beginning but later in the game the plot plays an important role. Clever, as it's then not just exploring around without a point but rather, you explore to unravel the story behind the game.

    Brilliant, great. Definitely recommend.
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  3. Jun 28, 2021
    9
    A masterpiece! Had to deduct a point just for some amount of glitchiness. It's an amazing experience that nobody should miss out on.
  4. May 16, 2020
    8
    Мне игра понравилась! 8 балов ставлю за слабую оптимизацию на ps 4: игра проседает привсплытии на поверхность, так же есть артефакты на базе,Мне игра понравилась! 8 балов ставлю за слабую оптимизацию на ps 4: игра проседает привсплытии на поверхность, так же есть артефакты на базе, коих я не видел на компьютере. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As a gamer, this title holds a feeling of paradise: you have a full open ocean to explore, tons of items and vehicles to craft, and a vast array of creatures to study and learn about. The lore is intriguing, and the gameplay is fantastic. With all of this being said, I would recommend this game on PC, not PS4. Though I do not have a PC, my girlfriend is fully willing to let me use hers. Which I am thankful for, since I discovered the hard way that the console version of this game has atrocious, game breaking bugs. After every save, something about my Seamoth is violated: at one point it deleted all of my upgrade modules that I worked hard to get. Another time I had docked it in my Cyclops, and after I had disembarked to explore a wreckage and returned to my Cyclops, I had discovered that it had deleted my Seamoth entirely, though it claimed it was still docked. Furthermore, the scanner rooms will eventually develop a glitch where it will detect materials that are no longer there, or will detect the wrong materials. The crabsnakes, when trying to hide in the jellyshrooms, will glitch-float out of their hidey hole, sticking straight up like a pole, very clearly not hidden. Though not game breaking this last one does break immersion. Environment rendering is terrible, and sometimes I will even be able to swim directly through the incomplete rendered walls in caves, allowing me to escape with ease. I am unaware of if these bugs are in the PC version, but they are definitely in the PS4 version. Under normal circumstances, I would have been fine paying the 20 something odd dollars for this game, but as time passed, I wished it could be spent on Steam instead.

    Now, I feel it important to note: the game itself is still amazing. I watched playthroughs from Markiplier in high school, and enjoyed watching it as much as he enjoyed playing it. I can only hope that the PC version is still better patched, more smooth, and does not contain the same bugs that exist to mess with my hard work and effort that lurk in the console version.

    If the bugs were fixed, I would give this game a 9/10, maybe even a solid 10/10. But despite repetitive feedback submissions on my console, providing detailed descriptions of bugs and issues, there has been no addressing the issue from the devs, and I honestly doubt there ever will be.

    Invest in the PC version, not the console. Avoid the console versions at all costs.
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  6. Dec 13, 2018
    5
    I really was anticipating for this game to come out on PS4, but sadly cannot enjoy playing Subnautica. Firstly, this is because of performanceI really was anticipating for this game to come out on PS4, but sadly cannot enjoy playing Subnautica. Firstly, this is because of performance issues and secondly, some problems I have with the actual content of the game.

    Here are the performance issues:

    -The biggest problem is that approximately 40% of the time the game will crash when I save, making me repeat 45 minutes of progress multiple times.
    -The game freezes for 2 seconds when I pop-up to breath some air.
    - When I travel faster through the water the frames will drop to single digits or even freeze occasionally.
    - When I dive down from the water surface and look down at a seafloor that is more than 150m deep, there will not be a seafloor at all, but just darkness. Then as I swim closer, the surface will be loaded in with square surfaces at a time (this looks real ugly).
    - Pop-in is reliably immersion-breaking in areas with vines and mushroom-like statures.
    - Sometimes a square surface won't be loaded and you can look through the bottom of the map.

    Now I can imagine the game would be pretty beautiful and enjoyable if it actually functioned, but there are some problems I have with the game's design. First of, I do not like to read in a game. Most information about the game-mechanics are in your menu which you just have to read through. Explain the game to me in a cutscene or dialogue that I actually enjoy listening to. I already found this annoying with Breath of the Wild, so this might be a personal issue.
    However, if you don't read anything there isn't much to do. You go through the water and scan everything to build cool vehicles or a base, but there is no real purpose for the game it seems. There are no characters you'll meet, water and food isn't a real problem, and after a while you have found most of the mechanical parts and it gets kinda grindy to find the ones you haven't.
    Also I have to look up multiple things on the internet as certain aspects are never explained to me. Why can't I recharge my submarine? Where do I find Cave Sulfur? Why can't I build the primary chamber of my base?
    Inventory management is also pretty annoying, because in the first place the inventory is small and secondly you only have 5 hotkeys and 10 tools you'll need. Just give me a wheel where I can select tools from just like any other game? :l

    In the end, I have quite playing Subnautica after 15 hours of playtime as my immersion was continually broken by the pop-in and I kept losing saves and apart from all that I didn't feel pushed by the game to progress. This all makes it hard for me to give the game more than a 5.
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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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