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  • Summary: Below Zero is an underwater adventure game set on an alien ocean world. It is a new chapter in the Subnautica universe and developed by Unknown Worlds. Return to planet 4546B. Dive into a freezing underwater adventure. Below Zero is set in an arctic region of planet 4546B. As a scientistBelow Zero is an underwater adventure game set on an alien ocean world. It is a new chapter in the Subnautica universe and developed by Unknown Worlds. Return to planet 4546B. Dive into a freezing underwater adventure. Below Zero is set in an arctic region of planet 4546B. As a scientist posted to a research station on the planet's surface, you are tasked with studying alien artifacts...

    The Vesper space station orbits high above you, sending supplies, instructions, and receiving samples you launch from the surface.When disaster strikes the research station, you must improvise to survive: Construct habitats, scavenge for resources, hunt for food, and craft equipment.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 11, 2021
    95
    Subnautica: Below Zero further refines the survival sim, setting a new highpoint for the genre with sky-high production values and amazing world building. Every excursion is risky and rewarding, as the game continues to tease, push, and pull the player ever deeper into its labyrinth. An extraordinary visual delight, Below Zero has the chops to match its graphics with superb gameplay. Subnautica: Below Zero is a masterclass in game design.
  2. May 18, 2021
    86
    Subnautica: Below Zero is easily one of the best survival/exploration games of this year, and you should definitely check it out even if you weren't a fan of the first game.
  3. May 12, 2021
    85
    Subnautica: Below Zero is not as large as 2014’s Subnautica but it is as deep. Between its fantastically mysterious story to its compelling biome, Below Zero builds upon what made the first game strong while being unique all on its own. The on-land segments of the game were pretty lackluster overall, which was slightly disappointing; but for a game that is all about discovering what lies beneath, Subnautica: Below Zero is a breath of fresh air.
  4. May 11, 2021
    80
    Subnautica Below Zero does not seem to want to walk in other steps than that of its big brother. By reducing the map or vehicles, Below Zero is more to be seen as a very good expansion of the original game, more scripted version and a little more hostile than the first episode. If Below Zero undoubtedly does better than the competition when it comes to making a scripted survival game, with a universe as enchanting as it is frightening hand-crafted, it would undoubtedly have gained more from the experience of 'origin to fully conquer the veterans of the franchise, who, despite everything, will take undeniable pleasure to go diving again, just like the newcomers, who will have the chance to discover for the first time this atypical and oh so immersive way of approaching the game of survival.
  5. May 18, 2021
    80
    Despite my problems with the above-water sequences, I still found Subnautica: Below Zero to be a delight. It expands on the first game’s worldbuilding, offers surprises and thrills in equal measure, and most importantly, it takes a huge amount of frustration (if not all of it) out of survival. The end of the story promises a third chapter which could open up the world in even more intriguing ways, and if the developers can keep improving their formula, I’m very excited to see what’s next.
  6. 80
    Subnautica: Below Zero will grow on you, if you give it time. While the beginning hours aren’t nearly as rough as the last time around, a dedicated session or two of several hours is essentially mandatory before the adventure really starts to open up. After that, though, the sense of exploration is fantastic, the story is engaging, and the views can be spectacular. Fans of Subnautica should pick this up as soon as they can, and anyone else interested in exploration-style games should also give it a shot. Subnautica: Below Zero continues in its predecessor’s footsteps in all the right ways, with some additions that help make the adventure more accessible. You’ll be glad you took the plunge.
  7. May 11, 2021
    70
    Not everyone will warm up to Subnautica: Below Zero, but it’s an unquestionably rewarding release once you begin to get a foothold into the frigid foray. The game’s constantly tantalising you with new, exciting equipment, and its otherworldly ocean is an immersive environment in which to spend your time. A lack of landmarks mean that it can be a little too easy to get lost, and the story is light and largely uninteresting – but if the act of building an underwater base appeals to you, then this PS5 sequel unquestionably has strong foundations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. May 21, 2021
    9
    I purchased this game about a year after playing the original and wow, What an amazing experience! This game topped the original in bothI purchased this game about a year after playing the original and wow, What an amazing experience! This game topped the original in both content and story, the game has greatly improved and was worth the wait. I have seen people complain that theres less content but to me that didn't matter, it still gave me a great experience and literally blew the original out of the water, if you enjoyed the first I would highly recommend this game, just know the fear factor has been dimmed down a lot. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2021
    8
    While not near as good (or as long) as the first game, I really enjoyed this sequel. While I'd give the first game a 9, I'm only giving thisWhile not near as good (or as long) as the first game, I really enjoyed this sequel. While I'd give the first game a 9, I'm only giving this one an 8 for several reasons listed below.

    1. The game wasn't scary at all like the first one was.
    2. You don't feel like you are the person on the planet. Your character constantly talks to herself and it is hard to be immersed.
    3. The land parts of the game are terrible and not really needed at all. Most of the time I spent on land was just driving around and running from monsters but not actually finding anything to progress the story. It just seemed like filler.
    4. The game really holds your hand. Every hour or so it will pop-up and tell you it found another location for you to check out. There is far less just swimming around and figuring out things for yourself in this game which was what made the first one so special.
    5. Hard for me to actually care about the story. I actually don't really remember much other than you are on the planet to find your sister. Not very memorable.

    Once again, overall I had a good time with the game during my 25 hour playthrough but the whole time I kept comparing with the first game and was let down.
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  3. Jun 6, 2021
    5
    A mediocre sequel to a masterpiece.

    Below Zero's reduced play area, predictable enemies, meandering/incoherent narrative, underdeveloped
    A mediocre sequel to a masterpiece.

    Below Zero's reduced play area, predictable enemies, meandering/incoherent narrative, underdeveloped characters, and gimmicky mechanics, are a huge let-down. The game feels half-baked, unchallenging, uninspired, and incomplete.

    As others have reported, it's also unstable to the point of unplayable. When I started it was crashing maybe once an hour, and this was annoying; towards the end it was crashing every five minutes, and this was downright enraging. I eventually lost all progress when the game crashed during save and corrupted itself.

    I could not be bothered restarting. I'd played through the original twice just for fun, but I won't be returning to Below Zero.
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  4. Jun 27, 2021
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ive played the game right after the first one... and it was a total disappointment. Most of the equipments and biomes of the game are totally useless, because you'll finish the game so fast that you won't even have time to use/explore them. The map doesnt have any depth and the biomes are mostly empty. The story is pretty much basic and boring. Overall, the game feels unfinished and it is such a disappointment becuase the first game of the series was amazing. Expand
  5. May 27, 2021
    2
    Crashes are unacceptable. Constant and relentless. You do not get into the game because of the crashes. Like you could anyways. TheCrashes are unacceptable. Constant and relentless. You do not get into the game because of the crashes. Like you could anyways. The protagonist is an annoying female lead they should have kept it as YOU the player. Story is trash and the game holds your hand the whole time. Progresses way too quickly and just plain gives you everything for no work. The first game was and remains the best. Don't buy this. You can tell it was meant to be dlc. And it should have stayed that way. An insult to it's fans through and through. Expand
  6. May 17, 2021
    0
    Comparado con la versión de la competencia en esta plataforma luce mediocre
  7. Jun 1, 2021
    0
    Was a major improvement over first game and a better port to PS. However, in second half of gamen crashes were frequent and eventually aWas a major improvement over first game and a better port to PS. However, in second half of gamen crashes were frequent and eventually a catastrophic failure resulted in loss of all save data. All PS5 purchases should be refunded. Expand

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