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Subnautica Below Zero Review: Chilly Thrills

Subnautica: Below Zero brings again the stress of survival crafting and undersea diving of the primary sport in a brand new, narratively attention-grabbing journey.

Subnautica: Below Zero, developed and printed by Unknown Worlds, is the sequel to 2018 indie gem Subnautica: a sport that performed on loads of water-related concern whereas concurrently delivering a wonderful survival gaming expertise. Subnautica: Below Zero takes what made the unique nice to coronary heart and delivers precisely that, albeit with a few key gameplay enhancements and a next-gen improve.


Subnautica: Below Zero is a first-person survival sport that tosses gamers into the unforgiving depths of Planet 4546B. Below Zero duties gamers with diving ever deeper to find the secrets and techniques of 4546B and uncover precisely what occurred to the protagonist’s sister. This is achieved by way of the essential survival system acquainted to gamers of different style greats like Valheim. Players should collect resources to maintain themselves alongside new constructing blueprints. It’s a easy system nevertheless it works particularly properly in Subnautica’s particular environmental setup.

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It’s the ocean that offers Below Zero its standout allure. Exploration is normally solely a matter of gathering sustenance resources and maybe some weapons earlier than setting out. Because there are two separate key useful resource in Below Zero – air underwater and temperature above water – every foray into the unknown comes with an emphasised level of no return. That timer provides a thrill that different survival video games typically do not handle. No matter how a lot meals or water a participant packs, they’re restricted by their air provide, will increase to that are cleverly gated behind scannable objects deep in these unsafe biomes. The finest laid plans will be undone by the wiles of the unforgiving ocean, leaving gamers to the terrifying realization that there isn’t a manner they will make it again to the floor in time. It’s as thrilling as among the finest horror video games, and scarier than lots of others.

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Subnautica: Below Zero does not strive overly laborious to interrupt the mildew. This is probably a product of Below Zero’s shift from DLC to face alone sport.  The surroundings, initially, accommodates far more landmass than the primary sport. The snowy islands and ice floes do two essential issues: First, overland exploration, hindered by a temperature gauge that acts as breath on land, is as attention-grabbing as undersea exploration. Second, ice floes permit for lovely penguin analogs to waddle about.

Beyond that, exploration stays attention-grabbing as Below Zero persistently forces gamers to discover deeper and scarier biomes. There is not actually fight in Subnautica – whereas the survival knife would possibly ward some issues away, eager remark and figuring out when to run are higher instruments. There’s not quite a bit gamers can do in opposition to Leviathans, for instance. Because of that lack of fight emphasis, the horrors that lurk within the depths of those biomes are persistently terrifying. The sound design goes a great distance to assist this horror really feel actual. The sounds of the ocean are menacing and can have gamers darting round to search for the supply.

This assessment was carried out on the Nintendo Switch, and gamers desiring to ply the frozen depths with Nintendo might be joyful to listen to that Subnautica: Below Zero looks like a Switch port with good efficiency. Textures look just a little worse than on different platforms, however that is made up for by the flexibility to play Below Zero on the go.

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Subnautica: Below Zero does not revolutionize the Subnautica system, however builds on it. Every new enterprise into the depths is filled with calculated terror, the narrative is extra attention-grabbing and personal, the horrors are memorable, and survival hardly ever feels trivial. Subnautica: Below Zero is nearly as good a Thalassophobia simulator as anybody might hope for.

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Subnautica Below Zero releases on May 14, 2021 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. A Switch Code was offered to Screen Rant for the needs of this assessment.

Our Rating:

4 out of 5 (Excellent)

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