Review: Endless Ocean: Blue World

Greg Tito

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Review: Endless Ocean: Blue World

EO:BW has enough fun things to do underwater to keep you busy for far longer than most titles.

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Onyx Oblivion

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I actually want to get this damn game now. I do believe the game would fare better on a 360/PS3, where they could up the graphics to make game just feel more...alive. Oh, and on that PC thing, too.
 

Tonimata

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...Piranhas...
YOU RUN INTO BANKS OF PIRANHAS...
AND JUST STAY THERE?!
God the Japanese are crazy...
 

dalek sec

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Onyx Oblivion said:
I actually want to get this damn game now. I do believe the game would fare better on a 360/PS3, where they could up the graphics to make game just feel more...alive.
Same here as well but damnit this looks like fun.
 

Jared

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Wow...never expected so much from a glorified diver simulator
 

Curtmiester

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Two things:
1. Did you say your own private reef? Like, can you put the types of fish you want in it? Because
Sting-Rays rule.
2. I saw the name Bob Jingle. Bob Jingle...
 

Chipperz

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Tonimata said:
...Piranhas...
YOU RUN INTO BANKS OF PIRANHAS...
AND JUST STAY THERE?!
God the Japanese are crazy...
I'm fairly certain it's near impossible for Piranhas to kill a man, especially if they know what they're doing (the person, not the fish). Of course, they're fucking lethal in James Bond, so I don't know what to think...

OT - This looks... Surprisingly calming. It reminds me of Flower in a way, just with a pulse gun and creatures that can kill you.
 

Hippobatman

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Chipperz said:
Tonimata said:
...Piranhas...
YOU RUN INTO BANKS OF PIRANHAS...
AND JUST STAY THERE?!
God the Japanese are crazy...
I'm fairly certain it's near impossible for Piranhas to kill a man, especially if they know what they're doing (the person, not the fish). Of course, they're fucking lethal in James Bond, so I don't know what to think...

OT - This looks... Surprisingly calming. It reminds me of Flower in a way, just with a pulse gun and creatures that can kill you.
Well, I've read a large school of piranhas can eat a cow clean within a couple of minutes, so I'm not sure either. Would definately not take any chances, though.

And yes, I would play that game. It does look relaxing. Damnit, now I want a diver's certificate! Better buy a lottery ticket and hope for the best.
 

Echolocating

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I just picked up this game on the weekend. I really enjoyed the first one so this one was a no-brainer. There's definitely more gaming/tracking aspects, but they managed to keep what made the first so enjoyable intact.

When I read/watched the review, I got the impression that the game is excellent for what it is, but why only 3/5 stars then? I don't get it. I think I've been conditioned by other websites to believe that 3/5 (or 60%) is mediocre. Perhaps you should have a link by the score to explain what the different ratings really mean. Or... are the scores meant for the hard-core gaming audience only? Like, if you liked Assassin's Creed, you might rate Endless Ocean at 3/5 stars? As I said, I'm confused.
 

rembrandtqeinstein

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Chapper said:
Well, I've read a large school of piranhas can eat a cow clean within a couple of minutes
Did you ever wonder why the cow was the standard unit of measurement when talking about the skeletonizing capabilities of small angry animals?
 

Hippobatman

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rembrandtqeinstein said:
Chapper said:
Well, I've read a large school of piranhas can eat a cow clean within a couple of minutes
Did you ever wonder why the cow was the standard unit of measurement when talking about the skeletonizing capabilities of small angry animals?
Uhm, no. I didn't.

But a cow's big, and skeletalizing a big thing in a short amount of time is impressive maybe?

Either that or the text book writers hate farmers.
 

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dalek sec said:
Onyx Oblivion said:
I actually want to get this damn game now. I do believe the game would fare better on a 360/PS3, where they could up the graphics to make game just feel more...alive.
Same here as well but damnit this looks like fun.
Oh yeah, I would probably pay 60 for this if it came out on 360/PS3 or even PC. I'm not a big "OMG GOod GRAFIX = GG!" person, but a game like this could really be amazing if the graphics were top-notch.
 

Greg Tito

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Echolocating said:
When I read/watched the review, I got the impression that the game is excellent for what it is, but why only 3/5 stars then? I don't get it. I think I've been conditioned by other websites to believe that 3/5 (or 60%) is mediocre. Perhaps you should have a link by the score to explain what the different ratings really mean. Or... are the scores meant for the hard-core gaming audience only? Like, if you liked Assassin's Creed, you might rate Endless Ocean at 3/5 stars? As I said, I'm confused.
I debated for a long time whether to give EO:BW 3 or 4 stars. In the end, it's a solid game which will only appeal to a few people. As a game, it works, but there's no single feature or gameplay element that pushes it into excellence. It just has a lot of features that add up to a really fun game. That's a 3.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/7149-What-Our-Review-Scores-Mean
 

HentMas

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BUT HOW DO YOU SHOOT YOUR GUN!?

WHERE IS THE COVER SYSTEM!?!?!?

WHY ARENT THEY TALKING IN GRITTY VOICES!?!?!?

AAAHHH!!! WHATS HAPPENING WITH GAMES!?!?!?!?

*twitch twitch*
 

Echolocating

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Greg Tito said:
I debated for a long time whether to give EO:BW 3 or 4 stars. In the end, it's a solid game which will only appeal to a few people. As a game, it works, but there's no single feature or gameplay element that pushes it into excellence. It just has a lot of features that add up to a really fun game. That's a 3.
Three stars. An average game. You'll play it and probably enjoy it. A month from now, you'll likely have forgotten all about it.
Well, it's a pretty unique "average and forgettable game". ;-) Sometimes, the atmosphere and experience is the element that pushes a game to excellence. Anyway, this is a great review. Seriously. I just don't get the scoring thing though, and probably never will; it feels like it contradicts your review.
 

thenumberthirteen

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Looks like fun. I am a big fan of nature documentaries (I recently got Planet Earth on Blu Ray, dear god its beautiful), but I don't have a Wii. I hope they'll do a port to PC or PS3 or maybe a sequel.

Also did the diver fart at 2:49?
 

Weaver

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So the game is basically a really long fetch quest?? I guess I shouldn't knock it until I play it but it doesn't seem very fun.

Greg Tito said:
Echolocating said:
When I read/watched the review, I got the impression that the game is excellent for what it is, but why only 3/5 stars then? I don't get it. I think I've been conditioned by other websites to believe that 3/5 (or 60%) is mediocre. Perhaps you should have a link by the score to explain what the different ratings really mean. Or... are the scores meant for the hard-core gaming audience only? Like, if you liked Assassin's Creed, you might rate Endless Ocean at 3/5 stars? As I said, I'm confused.
I debated for a long time whether to give EO:BW 3 or 4 stars. In the end, it's a solid game which will only appeal to a few people. As a game, it works, but there's no single feature or gameplay element that pushes it into excellence. It just has a lot of features that add up to a really fun game. That's a 3.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/7149-What-Our-Review-Scores-Mean
Welcome to one of the several reasons the escapist never should have bothered with review scores. The comments are going to be swamped with squabbling over why it got a 60 instead of a 70 or why something got an 80 when it was "so totally a 90".
 

More Fun To Compute

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I enjoyed swimming around for a while in the previous game but don't really have the mindset for unlocking content. It was surprisingly enjoyable to do things like guiding someone on a dive then getting good feedback in an email.