The next-best 3 water-based video games
The digital oceans beckon to us once more! We’re back to showcase three more water-based video games that we think are perfect for experiencing your next underwater adventure…
Last time, we looked at popular titles BioShock and Subnautica, as well as Song of The Deep. What adventures can we expect to go on in this edition? What awaits us in the depths? Let’s see what we can find!
If you’re looking for your next scuba diving adventure, without the challenge of survival that Subnautica presents, then Abzu might be exactly what you’re looking for.
This game aims to excite and inspire you with incredible sea landscapes, giving you freedom of movement to discover a myriad of different creatures; take a step back and watch how they interact with the world that has been built around them. Objectives? Quests? Not the case in this adventure-focused explorathon.
Abzu is created by the same team who worked on another game – “Journey” – which has embraced massive success since its launch in 2012. Abzu was built as a successor to this popular title and lived up to many expectations that previous fans of the development studio have had.
If the vibrant environment of Abzu doesn’t take your fancy – and if you’re more of a horror fan in search of your next major scare – then this next game is one you’ll want to be checking out.
Created by the same development studio that released ‘Amnesia, The Dark Descent’, SOMA takes all of the gears that made Amnesia work and inserts them into a much grander machine.
The game’s focus is psychological horror, with a deep dive into “identity, consciousness, and what it means to be human”. If that isn’t enough to get your brain whirring, then you’ll be sure to have your mind teased further making your way through the labyrinth that is PATHOS-II (the underwater facility where the game takes place), whilst trying to understand the engineering problems you’re tasked with fixing…
We warn you, this one is not for the faint of heart!
A Memoir Blue
Released on the 24th of March 2022, A Memoir Blue is the most recent game we have covered so far! This one shows some real promise.
This game explores the true depths you can go to, allowing the watery world to become an incredible point of focus. If you’re looking for a casual, cinematic experience – with a story that will break even the toughest of hearts – we highly recommend this obscure title.
Combining hand-drawn and 3D art, the clean aesthetics of the game present a delicate world for you to explore via the use of small gameplay segments, as you guide Miriam – a “champion swimming” – as she dives into her own mind, swimming through her memories, allowing her to relive parts of her childhood and connect with her mother.
Many times, video games can be seen as mindless things to kill some time, but games like A Memoir Blue present a strong case for these digital novels to be recognised as art.
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