Sunless Sea - Zubmariner
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Failbetter provides an exquisite expansion to Sunless Sea that runs deep.
Verdict: The dangers of the abyss are well worth facing for Zubmariner’s bounty of fantastic stories and strange adventures.
Sunless Sea is a unique title. A rogue-like set in a Lovecraftian nightmare with table-top RPG elements backed up by some truly excellent writing. The slow pace, and narrative delivery may well put some players off though.
An intimidating and slow burning prospect, for those who can look behind its challenging facade Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition soon reveals itself to be a masterly work that deftly marries great writing with fine tuned roguelike mechanics.
Failbetter Games have brought upon themselves a trademark capable of enduring over time, born with Fallen London back in the day and now present in both Sunless Sea and the upcoming Sunless Skies. This is by far the best way to experience the studio's vision and their unique take in narrative driven games.
If that doesn't impress you, then the fear of losing a few hours' worth of progress will surely do.
Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition is a brutally challenging strategy/sim release on PlayStation 4 that will test your skills in full. You're getting the main game as well as the Zumbariner expansion, hence the name of this edition, with a single purchase, making this the definitive console version of the game. You'll spend hours trying to micromanage things to make the most of your Echo so that you can keep your ship fueled and in tiptop shape and your crew properly fed so that they don't have to resort to eating the rats on the ship… or any diseased former crew members. Are you up for the challenge?
PS4 version of exploration game with deep, compelling world has a good feeling but terrible controls.
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Sunless Sea is a good game and Zubmariner brings a solid amount more of that goodness into the fold… But for anyone who has played the game somewhat extensively, I would proceed with caution because for me, a lack of anything really new was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition is a solid release that fans of the roguelike genre will greatly enjoy. There is a lot to do, and the randomly generated nature of each run means you will get to aim for new objectives, as well as try to stay safe from new hazards and… things. The fact that the Zubmariner expansion is included means you're also going to face new enemies, find new ports, new treasure and more, which makes it even easier to recommend this gorgeous looking and challenging roguelike on PS4.