Fear of the ocean is hardly an uncommon affliction. The disconcerting tension as you bob, completely vulnerable on the sea’s surface. Calming ripples of salty water lapping against your arms as you battle to remain afloat, all the while blissfully unaware of the strange horrors that lurk in the murky depths beneath your flailing feet. After substantial time in early access/game preview stages across Steam and Xbox One, Unknown Worlds Entertainment brings to life this writhing fear once more as Subnautica finally wades its way over to PlayStation 4.
Subnautica’s survival adventure antics take place on an alien planet made up entirely of ocean after your spaceship The Aurora crash lands there. As the lone survivor, you must channel the Bear Grylls within you and endure the myriad of dangers that prowl beneath the waves. Although you have the liberty to explore at your leisure, a story is present that’ll see you return to the Aurora’s flaming wreck and uncover the many secrets of the bizarre alien underwater world as you fight to return to Earth. Subnautica really prides itself on its ability to have you constantly on edge as the consuming fear of the unknown eats away at you, leaving you weary and reluctant to journey out. However, the developer does attempt to balance the scales, showcasing the tranquillity of the ocean through its more luscious environments and intriguing eco-systems.
Visually, Subnautica is enthralling, with serene coral reefs bountiful with colour and endless cave systems home to bio-luminescent wonders. Yes, collectively Subnautica may seem to offer you a single environment to explore but dive deep and you’re greeted with a surprising level of diversity that’ll have you forever hankering to explore every inch of it. Sometimes it becomes so easy to lose yourself in all there is to see; it’s like being snapped out of a daze when your oxygen gauge starts blinking and your PDA starts screaming at you like an angry sat nav to scuttle to the surface before you black out. Fortunately, the story is cleverly chartered so that you’re able to take a little bite out of all that’s available should you struggle to muster the courage to venture out of your own accord. Exploring is joyous and swimmingly smooth for the most part thankfully, for the further you take your adventures, the more ferocious the wildlife you’ll have to contend with. It’ll ensure you remain grateful for your nifty hot bar that sees crucial tools are easily accessible.
Despite the obvious draw of the bewildering world you’re free to explore, at the heart of Subnautica remains its crafting and survival elements. It’s a very rewarding system that provokes the keen explorer within you. Your life pod is your crutch and provides the necessary stations for crafting and storage. You’ll find yourself here often, cooking up tasty fish. The fabricator is easy to use, clearly stating the resources you need to craft each item. Moreover, a simple R2 button ensures navigating inventories is effortless. It nullifies the tediousness of moving individual items or resources with the d-pad present in other similar survival titles like Ark: Survival Evolved. As with anything you’ll start off small, armed with a measly knife and a low capacity O2 tank. Fortunately, most low-tier gear can be fabricated from resources in the coral reef that your life pod remains buoyant above.
However, crafting yourself a trusty scanner is a real game-changer, at which point you’ll swallow that disconcerting lump in your throat and depart the safety of your life pod more frequently. Not only does this handy tool allow you to record helpful data on the flora and fauna that inhabit the planet (provided you can get close enough without getting nipped), it also allows you to salvage blueprints from the wreckage of the Aurora. You’re encouraged to search far and wide to gather blueprints as to craft better O2 tanks and submersibles necessary for traversing more formidable terrain. Fortunately, the story maintains the pace in your crafting endeavours and it isn't long before you’ve acquired the means to start creating your very own base using the wonderfully elaborate habitat builder.
Subnautica sees you submerged in a vast and utterly breathtaking underwater world, teeming with secrets and polished off with an unsettling atmosphere that instigates a real sense of thrill as you play. The game has a rewarding crafting system that encourages exploration. Furthermore, the story is full of endearing twists and turns that will take you to the deepest, darkest parts of the alien planet, even against your better judgement. Whether survival adventure is your genre of choice or you’re just a sucker for a gorgeous open world begging to be explored, Subnautica truly is a must-play.
So this isn't a PSVR game?
The shark cage level in PSVR Worlds was fun once but that's about it. This game might give me reason to keep the headset on longer than 15 minutes.
I'll wait and see, maybe they'll port it to PSVR2 on PS5.
@Wormold No, it doesn't mean that.
It's free on the Epic Store right now!
I wouldn't rate this game that high myself, I've encountered quite a number of bugs and glitches so far. It isn't a very polished experience. But it was free.. so eh, can't really complain.
8 is a should play
8.25 is a really should play
8..35 is a must play
8.45 (here) is a truly must play.
After 8.50 its 9 range of amazing, truly amazing.
Hi everyone, is this the new Bioshock?
Somewhat annoyingly this game is not sold on Sony's online store in my country, as well as countries like Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and others.
It's because of Sony's online store restrictions, which took the developer completely by surprise (being PC game developers). So I'll have to order it on disc if I want to play the game this year, not a significant issue since I prefer a disc, but still ...
Anyway, this and Stranded Deep are two PC games I'm eagerly waiting for on the PS4. I have a decent PC but don't think these games would run well enough on it, so PS4 it is.
Good to hear that the technical quality is decent enough on the standard PS4. They also seem quick with the console patches, from what I've read elsewhere, so that's good.
Already got this free on epic store, the game surprisingly run well on my 7 year old cpu and videocard (1080p & 60 fps on my intel core i7 3.4ghz & nvidia 570 gtx).
Good game, the first time I see (and hear, the sound is terrifying) the giant water serpent near the crashed ship I was like nope, nope, nope and run to my savepod lol. Btw, where can I find the knife? I only got fire extenguisher.
Is it only First pers View?
I wish most game gave the choice
@wiiware i was just going post is free for next 2 week on epic store. i played this in beta on xbox and its not a bad game
@JJ2 Yes only 1st person views, I think it's better this way since its so immersive to see the (dangerous) sea environment/creature. This game will be so great if it support psvr, I definitely didn't want to see that serpent in vr lol.
@Anguspuss Yup, it's a good game.
It's free on the Epic Store on PC right now, so I've picked it up. I'm not keen on survival games, but I might as well try it out at some point as some people are saying that this game is excellent even for players that don't like survival.
Definitely VR is the right way to do first pers view.
For non vr games though, the only reason not to offer the choice would be because its easier and cheaper to focus only on one mode I suppose.
Choice could only be a good thing.
@Neolit You can play on PC using the PS4 pad thanks to some softwares which emulate the Microsoft pads.
??? no mention of the save crashes, lag spikes and pop in ??? this has been one of my favourite game this year but its having a lot of troubles on ps4 atm, i know the latest patch fixed a lot of the save crashes but the devs have said they're already working on the next patch, hopefully it fixes the pop in because on pro stuff will pop in like 5 metres next to you and the draw distance leaves a lot to be desired. still with all those faults this game is super immersive and fresh (when you finally sum up the courage and equipment to board the crashed ship it had me on the edge of my seat, same with going down below 500m for the first time, crazy crazy stuff), id just wait another week or two for the follow up patch
@andreoni79 @Neolit You can just sync the DS4 with your PC via Bluetooth, no need for any extra software!
I spent countless hours (over 100 I think) under water in the PS2 game Everblue 2. I hope this offers a similar experience.
I knew this game was gonna be something special
A bit late to the party - just playing Subnautica, now but thoroughly enjoying it. Great review. Thanks
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