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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 attempting to survive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
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  1. 95
    In terms of settings, gameplay dynamics and sheer fascination, Subnautica is the best single-player survival game out there. It's full of bright discoveries, a great sci-fi experience, and at the same time a cruel and unforgiving survival horror. James Cameron would absolutely love it.
  2. Apr 13, 2018
    90
    Probably the best survival game we have tried to date. A game that respects the player, offers a spectacular world to explore and keeps giving new and unique experiences even after you have spent dozens of hours under the waves exploring the beautiful alien ocean.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    90
    So far Subnautica has been the outstanding title of 2018 for me. We're only a month in, but the time I've had with this game has been incredible, and I'm sure it will be a game I remember in December when the year is wrapping up. Even after completing it, I'm itching to go back and see what nooks and crannies I missed.
  4. CD-Action
    May 16, 2018
    90
    Subnautica is hands down the best survival game I have ever experienced. I completely lost track of time while playing it and for the first time in ages I rescheduled my appointments and neglected my responsibilities to spend more time with a game. If I could I would hand out free copies in the streets so as many people as possible can see how ridiculously good Subnautica is. [04/2018, p.62]
  5. Feb 6, 2018
    88
    Subnautica is gorgeous and enthralling, offering rewarding progression and a fascinating world. The story is well told, and it offers a crafting system that is easily accessible even for players who aren’t familiar with survival games. With fantastical sea beasts, fun gadgets to build, and a sci-fi story that gets its hooks into you, Subnautica is as deep as its sprawling ocean.
  6. Mar 12, 2018
    85
    Subnautica offers an amazing undersea world. The performance of the game is not great, but the game is structured enough to make us forget.
  7. Jan 29, 2018
    75
    Subnautica is a very, very, very good game for fans of the survival genre. There is a near endless deluge of things to do and see and a vast, dangerous ocean to explore. It’s not uncommon to alternate between sheer dread and speechless wonder as you make your through this underwater wonderland. However, lackluster VR support and an overall density problem in terms of complexity and lack of direction at times hold Subnautica back from true greatness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 96
  2. Negative: 10 out of 96
  1. Jan 26, 2018
    10
    Best open-world I have played in about a year. And best indie title for almost a decade! Great atmosphere, great graphics, attention toBest open-world I have played in about a year. And best indie title for almost a decade! Great atmosphere, great graphics, attention to detail. Amazing what this little studio did with a small budget, compared to "the big guys". They made a competitive shooter called "Natural Selection 2" as well - be sure to check it out if you like fast-paced FPS action. :-) Expand
  2. Jul 14, 2018
    10
    while it does have its bugs and other dev issues, it still is one of the more entertaining games to play. And for me, that's enough for awhile it does have its bugs and other dev issues, it still is one of the more entertaining games to play. And for me, that's enough for a "would recommend" rating. 10/10 since its the best game in its genre (as far as what I've played). Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2018
    10
    One of the Best Games i have ever played in my life.In VR a dream o other World
  4. Apr 22, 2018
    9
    Subnautica is an unique game resembling the old science fiction classical authors like Clarke, Asímov or Aldis. The emphasis is not onSubnautica is an unique game resembling the old science fiction classical authors like Clarke, Asímov or Aldis. The emphasis is not on mindless action tropes, but rather on exploration and discovery. The game lets player to ponder in awe over vast, mysterious alien structures, feel dread from the unexplored depth of the sea, feel the insignificance of a single human being in the vast space of the ocean or the cosmos, and the joy of overcoming the environment of an unknown planet by improvisation and persistence.

    I loudly applaud the developers' decision not to give the player any destructive weapons. The power-trip of a doom-style killing machine is a boring, over-played trope, and by making the player feel small and helpless against the powers of the Nature, Subnautica achieves that much needed unique flavor. It's basically a fusion of Odyssey 2000 and Robinson Crusoe, progress feels satisfying, exploration is rewarding, and in the end, when the moment to look back at your journey, the base you have built to sustain yourself and to send the messago through time to other players, the game hits with a powerful wave of sentimental nostalgia.

    That said, there is a fair share of technical difficulties. The worst thing is player and player-controlled vehicles getting stuck in the level geometry or buildings, the game allows you to get free by jumping, but it's annoying, glitchy, and ever-present. Big creatures clip through your base, fish swarms swim through air, sharks glitch through forcefield to roam water-less corridors, and so on. The implementation of structural integrity of your buildings will also make you scratch your head.

    However, since the game is not a performance-focused competitive multiplayer game, but a meditative, exploration-centered single player game, all is forgiven, and I can say that Subnautica is a true unique masterpiece, and one of the best games I have played in my life (and I have played almost everything ;-)
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  5. Feb 8, 2018
    9
    Lovely indie game. We need more of these. Glitches and bugs are forgivable.
    Sweet great graphics, great sound. Sad story about sound
    Lovely indie game. We need more of these. Glitches and bugs are forgivable.
    Sweet great graphics, great sound. Sad story about sound designer, who got fired complete rightfuly. Kudos to devs, getting rid of so toxic hateful person. Please let there be less of such people around. Its really sad.
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  6. Apr 9, 2018
    8
    Really amazing survival. Probably one of the few really worth playing thanks to an immersive world, mechanics and story. Really makes youReally amazing survival. Probably one of the few really worth playing thanks to an immersive world, mechanics and story. Really makes you enjoy the thought of exploring, surving extreme conditions, and the importance of building everything, loving your base and the tools and vehicles you build. Still, in many technical aspects this game shows some limit: not excellent graphic optimization (very low draw distance, objects compenetration everywhere, some bug in game graphic configuration9 and really slow loading times. I don't think a sequel will show something more, it's almost unique, but this team has great potential and creativity. Keep up! Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2018
    0
    Buggy and wouldn't even load. Messaging with the dev team was not of much help either.

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