Percentile Rank

Subnautica is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 24, 2018

So much of this world is best experienced via first-hand discovery.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 24, 2018

An oppressively beautiful portrayal of an undersea environment, and a well-wrought survival game with a vaguely eco-friendly message.

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Scored Reviews

Saving Content
Feb 16, 2018

With over 40 hours in Subnautica, I have cannot recommend the game more. I enjoyed the crafting, base building, and survival elements based on the difficulty I chose. At no point did I feel like I was ever safe, though, as the underwater tranquility can make you feel that way. Even if you don’t like survival games, playing Subnautica is likely to change your mind, and show you that it is not like others you’ve played before. The narrative threads that string you along Subnautica‘s story are intriguing from moment one as you unravel it so carefully. Unknown Worlds have made an incredible game that subverts expectations of what a crafting and survival game have been, and shows you what they should be.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2018

Subnautica works brilliantly as a serene, lonely, contemplative adventure. It's one of those rare games I'd take to a desert island.

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The Games Machine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

In terms of settings, gameplay dynamics and sheer fascination, Subnautica is the best single-player survival game out there. It's full of bright discoveries, a great sci-fi experience, and at the same time a cruel and unforgiving survival horror. James Cameron would absolutely love it.

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AusGamers
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

I honestly hope this becomes a longstanding series, it's simply that good.

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IGN
9.1 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

9.1 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2018

Subnautica is a template for what open-world survival games should strive to be. It's fantastical, fresh, and frightening from surface to seabed, with a story that kept on surprising me and a cast of sea monsters that quite literally haunted my dreams. Even with more than 50 hours sunk, I have yet to discover all of its secrets. It's a testament to how enticing those secrets are that I'm willing to face my fears and plunge my submersible into the darkest corners of its unforgiving ocean again and again.

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Nation Fusion
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2018

Subnautica also features the single best soundtrack I've heard in the last 5 years. Every track is crafted with care, fits the area and environment. I honestly felt there was someone adapting the music to my every move.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 4, 2018

Subnautica is a perfect example an open world survival game that doesn't rely on action, horror or combat elements to excite. Whilst these classic gaming features are involved to an extent, they take a back seat compared to the story, crafting and surviving elements. And this is what sets Subnautica apart from other survival experiences out there. Don't let this be the one that got away.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Feb 9, 2018

Subnautica is one of the original Early Access triumphs, and in my view, the best of them all.

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Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2018

Without any doubt, Subnautica is one the best existing games in survival genre; a game whose developers leave you alone in the center of an endless ocean to struggle for surviving, uncovering secrets, and finally finding a way to escape. After releasing of Subnautica, the survival genre lovers do not need any other game for a long time.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
GameGrin
ElisaDS

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 9, 2018

A great game that took five years to make. Subnautica is an open sandbox sci-fi fantasy that can inch it's way into horror as you explore the depths of the ocean world. Just be ready to farm!

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Windows Central
Jan 24, 2018

Vast biomes to explore? Check. Mysteries to uncover? Check. Monsters in the deep? Check. Subnautica for PC is one helluva ride.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 29, 2018

Subnautica is a terrifying, mystifying, massive, and brilliant survival game.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2018

The best survival game ever released, and an indie game that goes toe to toe with AAA titles out there.

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MMOGames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 17, 2018

Subnautica is a beautiful game, only occasionally marred by sluggishness and the odd, errant bug.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

If you couldn't tell, I was blown away by Subnautica. What initially appeared to be a knee-high kiddie pool worth of depth, suddenly gives way to a literal ocean of gameplay opportunities. And while it has certain technical limitations, these are certainly not going to discourage the non-critic audience from at least dipping a toe in. It's easily one of the coolest, engaging, and most gratifying experiences I've had with a game in 2018. Come on in! The water's fine.

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The Game is a Lie
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2019

Subnautica is a survival horror game that should be one of the best of all time, but its optimization harms it drastically. It's immersive, has a chaotic story, enjoyable visuals, incredible sound effects and gameplay that gets almost everything right.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2019

Aside from a few technical issues, Subnautica is one of the best survival games out there. Not only is the world to explore beautiful but the narrative will keep pulling you along,

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Game Revolution
Jan 24, 2018

So far Subnautica has been the outstanding title of 2018 for me. We're only a month in, but the time I've had with this game has been incredible, and I'm sure it will be a game I remember in December when the year is wrapping up.

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Fandom
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2018

If you’re after a unique and atmospheric challenge, you won’t regret diving into Subnautica.

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PC Gamer
89 / 100
89 / 100
Jan 29, 2018

A smattering of technical issues keep Subnautica from true legendary status, but only just.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2018

With a robust crafting system and several amazing secrets to find, Subnautica never ceases to entertain

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GamePro
87 / 100
87 / 100
Dec 5, 2018

Subnautica turns out to be a true hit, only the occasional grind cuts the groud under its feet a little bit.

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Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

In the end, Subnautica manages to succeed where many others have tried and failed miserably. It proves, to me at least, that there are exceptions to the seemingly all-encompassing 'four horsemen' meme. It's a thoroughly enjoyable experience, where crafting and exploration are complimented perfectly by the simultaneously beautiful and chilling atmosphere on display.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2018

Unknown Worlds Entertainment have crafted a truly unique underwater adventure/survival title and I am very excited for when they release Subnautica: Below Zero.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2018

Subnautica is a fresh new scope on the survival genre. Unknow Worlds Entertainment has created an intense, extreme and rich in possibilities adventure. Subnautica knows what to tell to the player and knows how to do it despite the characteristics of the genre.

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The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2018

Subnautica is a survival game worthy of competing with the most noble titles of the same genre. The PS4 version has a bunch of technical issues (loading times and frame rate above all), but nothing that can undermine the gaming experience.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2018

Subnautica is one of the best survival games released in recent years, and one of the best indie games released in the beginning of 2018. With an interesting story, a variety of play modes that can tone down and completely remove survival elements and plenty of freedom in how to proceed, Subnautica is a game that can also be enjoyed by those who aren't particularly fond of the genre.

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GamingBolt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Subnautica is one of the better and relatively unique takes on the open-world survival genre that not only executes its expected features well but also provides new ones that help it stand out among its competitors.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

A survival game that manages to balance a driving plot without sacrificing player agency. Constantly balanced on the knife edge of life and watery death. Subnautica is a game with hidden depths, both literally and figuratively.

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New Game Network
84 / 100
84 / 100
Feb 5, 2018

Subnautica links progression to dive depth and it pays dividends. It also provides useful tools and varied submersibles that facilitate the steady exploration of wondrous biomes far below the waves.

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Generación Xbox
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2018

Subnautica is a very solid example of the best survival games in recent years.

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Windows Central
Dec 10, 2018

Despite the performance issues, Subnautica is definitely a title that you shouldn't sleep on. The open world exploration and survival mechanics are on point, and the world is massive, deep, and rich in detail; it's just a shame that it's being held back a little bit by problems with how it runs.

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TrueAchievements
Dec 22, 2018

If you're into resource gathering, crafting and exploring, then Subnautica is simply a title that you have to play.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2018

Subnautica harnesses feelings and fears we experience in reality and uses them to drive us to want to survive in this alien world and find our way back home. It is simply you versus the vast, unknown expanse of the ocean.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 17, 2018

Subnautica sees you submerged in a vast and utterly breathtaking underwater world, teeming with secrets and polished off with an unsettling atmosphere that instigates a real sense of thrill as you play.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2019

Subnautica is not without its issues, but it successfully manages to combine a strong sense of exploration and discovery with an interesting story hook and an exceptional soundtrack to make it one of the very best examples of the genre.

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TheXboxHub
Dec 10, 2018

While it’s by no means a perfect game, the sheer aspect of exploration more than makes up for it and potentially offers hours upon hours of pure fun

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 2, 2018

Probably one of the best survival open world so far. A beautiful adventure with a true scenario and a very original game's mechanics. Diving into Subnautica ocean is a true pleasure and the only problem of the game is the lack of explanation in the scenario, which can be annoying because we sometimes go around in circles without finding a solution.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 5, 2018

A survival game that isn't out just to punish its players, but to entertain; with an impressive mix of exploration, crafting, and survival horror.

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GamesRadar+
Dec 4, 2018

Performance problems aside, Subnautica will rekindle your faith in the overcrowded survival genre, and scare you senseless.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2018

Subnautica is an underwater survival game with a compelling narrative, although some design choices, oversights, and bugs hampered my enjoyment of the title.

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Screen Rant
Dec 14, 2018

Subnautica is something different in the survival genre, with a well-crafted underwater world providing some variety to its hunter-gatherer gameplay.

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VGChartz
4 / 10
4 / 10
Feb 13, 2018

If you enjoy exploring for the sake of exploring then you'll likely enjoy your time with the game, but otherwise this is a title to pass on and never look back at.

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