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  • Summary: Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await.

    ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid
    Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await.

    ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid swimming controls. The experience draws inspiration from the deep innate narrative that we all carry within our subconscious: the story of ABZU is a universal myth that resonates across cultures. The name references a concept from the oldest mythologies; it is the combination of the two ancient words AB, meaning ocean, and ZU, meaning to know. ABZU is the ocean of wisdom.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 12, 2016
    95
    A visually stunning game, with a fantastic soundtrack and capable of delivering an unique experience with many emotionally intense moments.
  2. Dec 14, 2016
    90
    Abzû is absolutely amazing and every Xbox One owner should play this game. It’s one of the finest adventure games that also tells a meaningful story. The title is awe-inspiring and unlike anything else on the console.
  3. Jan 17, 2017
    90
    ABZÛ is a short but utterly engaging experience. Not only does it let players discover an undersea world, it does so with impeccable artistry. There's just so much undersea animal and plant life, all of it colorful and exciting. Remember how beautiful the pot dealer in American Beauty thought plastic bags were? That's the level of beauty that ABZÛ actually achieves.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Feb 4, 2017
    80
    It hits choppy waters at times but this is ultimately an extraordinary undersea tale. [Feb 2017, p.84]
  5. Dec 31, 2016
    75
    If you are drawn to the ocean and what it is (hidden?) beneath it, or to the most contemplative journeys, Abzû will grab you without escape during the two or three hours it takes to complete. Even it is not replayable, due to its magical beauty, you will take a second ride soon or later. It is a remarkable experience, even if it is only for the incredible good looks its journey offers. If you are seeking some action, do not plunge into these waters.
  6. Dec 12, 2016
    70
    In this violent, bloody holiday release schedule it is nice to have games like ABZÛ. It is an artistic, aesthetic game, suited for watching and observing, not playing in a strict sense of the word. Its undersea beauty is unmatched, but leaves me wanting more.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 12, 2019
    10
    Wonderful game. Or more like a piece of art!
    I really enjoyed the soundtrack and the short "story". I finished it in one session. Didn't buy
    Wonderful game. Or more like a piece of art!
    I really enjoyed the soundtrack and the short "story". I finished it in one session. Didn't buy it, got it via the Gamepass.
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  2. Nov 17, 2018
    9
    ABZÛ é uma experiência rica em audiovisual. Seu universo é feito para ser apreciado, e todas as horas de gameplay servem para preencher algumABZÛ é uma experiência rica em audiovisual. Seu universo é feito para ser apreciado, e todas as horas de gameplay servem para preencher algum vazio interno do próprio jogador. A cada momento, o jogo reforça que sua arte é o ponto mais forte, e ela cria emoções muito fortes. Em contrapartida, sua narrativa deixa alguns espaços em branco, e a variedade em suas mecânicas é praticamente nula. Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. * The good thing: The casual and minimalist graphics, the music and the cryptic that it can be.

    * The bad things: Except the first steps, the rest you have to investigate and intuit for yourself. the game forces you to follow the line and not get away from the script.

    * The meh! things: The last two episodes
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  4. May 8, 2019
    7
    Abzû is more of an experience or a piece of art than a video game, but it's definitely worth playing through, with a length of only two toAbzû is more of an experience or a piece of art than a video game, but it's definitely worth playing through, with a length of only two to three hours. Gameplay is simple as hell but the fluidity and motion feels great and the score by Austin Wintory is a perfect accompaniment. The art style and use of color are amazing and it's just a beautiful relaxing game that remains interesting throughout. Unfortunately it's very lose in terms of narrative and even when you piece together the story via cave paintings it's not great. The only other con is the long load times (50 seconds on average) between levels. Worth a shot for sure. Expand
  5. Jun 25, 2019
    7
    Juego en donde lo importante es relajarse, observar el paisaje y admirar la vida acuática, esta bien para pasar un buen rato, pero solo paraJuego en donde lo importante es relajarse, observar el paisaje y admirar la vida acuática, esta bien para pasar un buen rato, pero solo para eso. La historia es simple y olvidable, si quieres un experiencia agradable sin requerir de tus habilidades como videojugador, este juego es para ti, si buscas un reto o una historia profunda, pasa de este juego. Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2019
    6
    short game (it has barely lasted about 3 hours) very nice both in graphics and in a decent story environment but you practically do not playshort game (it has barely lasted about 3 hours) very nice both in graphics and in a decent story environment but you practically do not play and I did not like that but as an experience is fine Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2018
    0
    Un indé qui propose une promenade sous-marine qui peut paraître reposante mais qui s'avère en fait totalement abrutissante : le machin s'avèreUn indé qui propose une promenade sous-marine qui peut paraître reposante mais qui s'avère en fait totalement abrutissante : le machin s'avère en effet vite répétitif et ne peut même pas compter sur sa musique douceâtre, laquelle est un crécelle permanent vite énervant qu'on ne peut même pas désactiver. En vérité, une telle "musique" (?) même un ascenseur n'en voudrait pas.

    La promenade écolo ne peut pas non plus compter sur ses graphismes pour faire passer la pillule : ceux-ci sont en 32 couleurs et ressemblent à un jeu Megadrive en HD. Ils auraient pu au moins se sortir un peu plus les doigts parce que là, c'est vraiment très laid.

    On s'ennuie donc incroyablement rapidement dans ce truc sans but, ni jouabilité, ni intérêt : on dirait une vague démo boulottée par des incapables qui ont le toupet de commercialiser leur étron sans se poser de questions. Une honte.
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