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Jan 29, 2018

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

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T.J. Hafer

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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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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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Metro GameCentral

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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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Dec 4, 2018

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

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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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9 / 10
Jan 29, 2018

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Unscored
Jan 24, 2018

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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