Subnautica – Review

My Rating: 6/10

Release Date: 23 October 2018

Price: 59.99+

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Developer: https://unknownworlds.com/

Publisher: https://unknownworlds.com/

Official Website: https://unknownworlds.com/subnautica/

Genres: Open World, Survival, Adventure, First Person

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Modes: Single Player

Description:
Subnautica takes place in the late 22nd century, when humanity begins to colonize other star systems. A deep-space vessel constructed by the trans-gov Alterra, known as the Aurora, has been sent to a system at the outer reaches of known space on its maiden voyage. Its goals are to build a section of high-speed space travel infrastructure known as a Phasegate, and to search for a lost ship, called the Degasi, which crashed on planet 4546B many years ago. After the Aurora enters its orbit, it is physically waylaid by a mysterious force and crash-lands on the planet. Several crew members climb into lifepods and jettison from the Aurora during the descent, one of whom is the player character.

Pros:
1. Once you learn the controls – the game play is fairly smooth
2. Great “time killer” – or as a “break” between other games
3. While it has a “story line” – it is not “story locked”

Cons:
1: Is very “grindy” (Hunt Resources/Blueprints, build the thing, rinse, repeat)
2: No Tutorial of ANY kind (I had to go hunt down a YouTube tutorial to just get the basics)
3: Controls are not intuitive – though they are re-configurable
4: If you are not EXTREMELY careful – you die in the first few seconds of the game and then continue to die on every respawn – which forces you just to start over.
5: A very “slow moving” game

NOTES: I HIGHLY recommend “FREEDOM” mode for your first venture into this game – so you can “learn the ropes” and controls – BEFORE you have to worry about starving to death or dehydrating!

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