Aquanox: Deep Descent

Digital Arrow, THQ Nordic

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OpenCritic Rating
67
Top Critic Average
25%
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Based on 20 critic reviews
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Aquanox: Deep Descent

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Based on 20 critic reviews
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67

Top Critic Average

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General Information

Available on:PCOct 16, 2020

Developer: Digital Arrow

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Genres: Action, Simulation

Aquanox Deep Descent is a first person underwater vehicle shooter, in which players control a variety of customizable ships to engage in fierce battles in the dystopian deep sea world of Aqua. In the near future the Earth's surface has become uninhabitable. What remains of humankind lives in former mining and research stations, deep below the surface of the sea. Born and raised in the only world we know, the loose network of underwater settlements, torn by the war for resources and dominance between various factions. Take control of a team of highly trained fighter pilots and experience an epic story in the dark world of Aquanox. Send your enemies down to Davy Jones's Locker with well-aimed torpedoes, mortars, mines and more. Explore the deepest corners of the oceans - mysterious, hazardous, uncharted. Features Fight - Action-packed vehicle shooter combat that supports a wide variety of play styles Co-op - 4 player drop-in co-op, with four unique pilots who are all involved in the game story Customize - Create your ship from an extensive range of ship pieces and various customization options Explore - Discover the deepest corners of the ocean RPG Elements - Mining, salvaging, trading and looting PVP - Classic multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch Dogfighting The Original Series Aquanox Deep Descent is a re-imagining of both the gameplay and world of the original AquaNox-series. The Aquanox-series has its roots in the game Archimedean Dynasty (German: Schleichfahrt), released in 1996, which was followed by AquaNox in 2001 and AquaNox 2: Revelation in 2003. All games are vehicle-based shooters set in a dystopian future where mankind has had to flee the surface and live in underwater stations in the oceans. The AquaNox games were powered by the groundbreaking KRASS Engine that lead to the popular benchmark AquaMark.

Aquanox: Deep Descent Critic Reviews

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Aquanox: Deep Descent works well enough to justify its existence. Performance is fine, gameplay is fine, story is fine, length and price are fine - Aquanox is just fine. It won't wow a lot of people, but the people it does impress will be enamored by it. And, you know what, sometimes that's all you want out of a video game.

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Aquanox: Deep Descent is an enjoyable blaster that will keep you engaged for the time it takes to get through the story. The multiplayer modes feel a bit bolted-on, but the deep-sea environments are top-notch, the story is functional if not thrilling, and the shooting feels satisfying throughout.

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With its interesting setting, engaging story, great combat mechanics, and tons of customization options, Aquanox Deep Descent is a more than worthy new entry in the classic series. Bland mission design and a repetitive structure does damage the experience a bit, but all those that enjoy dogfighting games, no matter where they take place, will find plenty to like in the game.

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The underwater combat in Aquanox: Deep Descent certainly feels right, however the lousy enemy AI, the consequent generally low difficulty, and several naiveties in the gameplay formula do not allow the game to be enjoyable from start to finish. It doesn't help that the plot and dialogue writing is abysmal. The end result is unfortunately an all too generic, sometimes soporific, submarine shooter.

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