The Thrill of Living Underwater

Considering Subnautica was released on PC January 2018 and on PS4 and Xbox 1 December 2018, I have’t played the game till recently. The one thing I said to myself was, ‘why didn’t I play this game sooner’. Even though I knew of the game, it was a friend who said I sould give it a go. So, yeah. Kicking myself pretty hard. Unknown Worlds Entertainment developed and published this open-world survival action-adventure. The game is played using a first-person perspective. Which, I’ll be honest, I’m still getting used to. I’ve played third-person games for years and I do prefer that perspective. But, do you know what, Subnautica wouldn’t be as good if it had been third-person. The game wouldn’t have been as immersive.

The game begins with the player getting into an escape pod and landing in the ocean on planet 4546B. I soon realised I was the sole surviver of the devestated spacecraft Aurora. I could see what was left of the crashed spacecraft when I left the escape pod. The idea of the game is not only to survive on the planet, but to find a way to escape. This is where the survival part comes in. A large part of the game is based underwater, farming items. With any survival game, I soon got to know where I had to go to find certain items. I also learned that the three most important tools I had to make are the repair tool, the beacon and the scanner. Don’t get me wrong, all the tools are important. But the repair tool was needed as soon as I started the game, to repair the escape pod. The beacon helped me navigate back to certain places. And the scanner was used at every wreck that was found in different areas of the ocean, where bits of debris can be scanned and new blueprints can be accessed by the player. Making it easier to explore the depths of the ocean.

The graphics for the game are just wonderful. There different biomes in the game to explore, each with their own unique look. Some of them are colourful and calming. They are a joy to just stop and stare at. While others are quite dark and unnerving. Even though the terrain looks terrifing, it’s hard not to explore all of it. One thing I will say is Unknown Worlds did a great job at using the players paranoia against them. The further down I went to exlore, all I could hear was the noise coming from this huge sea creatures. They are majestic to look at, but absolutely terrifying. 

Subnautica isn’t just about survival and farming materials. The games does have a story mode. The only way off the planet is to complete the story. Even though it may seem a simple story, it is very enticing and an important part of the game. I have completed this game on survival mode and I’d be quite happy to play it all over again. Survival mode is having to maintain my food and water intake, oxygen levels and my health. There are three other game modes, freedom mode is the same as survival mode but without monitoring food and water intake. Hardcore mode is the same as survival mode, but the player only has one life. Creative mode, on the other hand, has all the monitoring disabled. There is no need to farm materials. This is basically a sandbox more and the player can do anything and everything without dying.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m pretty obsessed with this game. If you’re not obsessed with it after only 30 minutes of playing it. You’re definately playing it wrong. I would certainly recommend this game.

Subnautica rating : 10 out of 10 

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