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Song of the Deep

Insomniac Games, GameStop
Jul 12, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

38%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
No Recommendation
IGN
6 / 10
Easy Allies
3.5 / 5
GamesRadar+
2.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Game Informer
7 / 10
Polygon
7 / 10
GameSpot
6 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Song of the Deep

Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

A lovely setting can't quite make up for a game that plays things a little too safely.

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Song of the Deep makes a fantastic first impression. Its gorgeous world, charming characters, and melancholy tone make for a unique and effective aesthetic. But once you get into the core of the mechanics, combat and puzzles become a slog thanks to its cumbersome controls and wonky physics. Still, I found myself willing to put up with all of these frustrations in order to delve deeper and deeper into this beautiful world.

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An undersea adventure that is more about seeing the sights than captivating gameplay.

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Metro GameCentral

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6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A different take on the usual Metroidvania formula, but while the story and setting are charming the puzzles are rarely anything other than frustrating.

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A charming story and enjoyable combat make the journey worth taking even if sub-par puzzles, technical issues, and frustrating controls drag down the experience

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At around six hours long, Song of the Deep doesn't have enough time to become a disaster, and there are redeeming aspects of it. The character, the voiceover, the presentation are all a change of pace from the video game status quo, and the sense of discovery the first half offers is welcome. But it's hard to shake the feeling of a game with potential that never quite figures out how to deliver on it.

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Though its patience-testing puzzles hit a few sour notes, Song of the Deep still delivers a rich, imaginative undersea adventure.

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