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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: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. CD-Action
    May 16, 2018
    95
    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]
  2. Dec 7, 2018
    92
    It isn’t without performance hiccups, especially the deeper you go. But the breadth of content here and the open-world nature both in terms of playspace and just pure choice in how you go about it is something rarely seen in games.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    90
    Subnautica is an exceptional game of exploration, crash-landing the player on an unknown planet with unfamiliar terrain, unexplored depths, and strange wildlife. While some smaller creatures will appear more afraid of you, it's the larger predators that will make your oxygen levels quickly drop with the increased heart rate. It's a game that captivates you as soon as you step out of the lifeboat with the gorgeous water effects and stunning environment.
  4. Apr 13, 2018
    90
    Subnautica is an atmospheric, wonderful survival game full of surprises. You never know what to expect every time you dive in the depths of the ocean.
  5. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2018
    88
    For those determined enough, though, this is a survival game like no other. [March 2018, p.80]
  6. Feb 15, 2018
    86
    Subnautica shows an almost perfect mix of survival, exploration and building. The story is so beautifully woven into the game, without being forced on the player.
  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. Negative: 10 out of 138
  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. Aug 15, 2018
    10
    My score is 9+, but still closer to 10, than 9. It would be easily 10/10 without a doubt, if it weren't for 3 things: unfortunately the gameMy score is 9+, but still closer to 10, than 9. It would be easily 10/10 without a doubt, if it weren't for 3 things: unfortunately the game engine does not manage thousands of objects and player is forced to see constant pop-ups of objects and their LODs; the quality of certain textures is a joke; one critical bug that removes water from the world is not fixed since 2016 (player walks on the bottom of the sea and one has to use console commands to repair the game). Aside from this it is a gem. Great narrative, an excellent survival game (think of Cast Away). The plot is really interesting, it somehow feels similar to Fallout series, as you have a story told by the environment as well as many logs&diaries. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2018
    10
    Its a emotional ride with terror around every corner, not know whether you'll make it to see the next day or if you'll be eaten alive
  4. Dec 20, 2018
    9
    Не смотря на то, что я не люблю игры про выживания, эта игра меня поразила. Очень классная игра, затягивает на долгие дни. Только вотНе смотря на то, что я не люблю игры про выживания, эта игра меня поразила. Очень классная игра, затягивает на долгие дни. Только вот сложновата немного, с трудом дается развитие. Подводный мир очень красивый, музыка просто класс! Все продумано до мелочей, супер! Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2018
    9
    The game is visually stunning, the audio is so great and immersive, it makes you feel that a huge, terrifying creature is trying to kill you,The game is visually stunning, the audio is so great and immersive, it makes you feel that a huge, terrifying creature is trying to kill you, and makes it feel real. it has surprisingly little grinding in it (if you know what to do) and is generally a great survival horror game. it gets a 9 just because it is a little buggy at some areas (it is way better than it was in 2015, but still, it is a finished product, so points get deducted for every mistake). Expand
  6. Feb 20, 2018
    8
    A refreshing take on the survival genre. So long 4546B and thanks for all the fish!
  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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