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Generally favorable reviews- based on 498 Ratings

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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 125
  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. Feb 10, 2018
    10
    This is an example of what a survival game should be. It is very good. You will never get bored like other survival games because there isThis is an example of what a survival game should be. It is very good. You will never get bored like other survival games because there is always something to do in subnautica, the visuals are amazing. Sometimes it is very peacefull and pleasent but other times you are so scared of something you are not sure is even there. I highly recommend. Expand
  3. Mar 4, 2018
    10
    Fantastic game in a beautiful open world setting and great concept design. But what I really like the most is the storyline that uncovers asFantastic game in a beautiful open world setting and great concept design. But what I really like the most is the storyline that uncovers as you play and that you will need to piece it together yourself. I would have wished for a more generous epilogue to create more of a closure. Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2018
    9
    Exceptional.
    Beautifully made.
    Thoroughly immersive. Other games take notice. This is what a game should be like. This is the cherry
    Exceptional.
    Beautifully made.
    Thoroughly immersive.

    Other games take notice. This is what a game should be like.

    This is the cherry on top of the cream that rose to the top.

    If you are into first person, story driven, beautifully crafted games, buy this. Check out some of the in-game footage and be amazed.
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  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. 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. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    Майнкрафт под водой, нам так тебя не хватало.

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