Notice: A controller is strongly recommended to play ABZU
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To enjoy ABZU, you have to look simple, just play the game and enjoy the different stages and music. makers efforts to create a relaxing experience and without challenge hasn't been a success, and sometimes you feel that there is something is missing in the game. ABZU is a title that requires special taste. If you are looking for a short, relaxed, and challenging experience in an underwater world, the game is made for you. Despite the problems, ABZU is one of the most important independent titles of the eighth generation, and offers an experience that can not be easily found like that.
When I first booted up Abzu, I didn't expect to be as drawn into it as I was. Basically from the start of the game you are met with beautiful underwater landscapes, surrounded by amazing undersea creatures, and a story that is told purely by your environment. Trying to piece the story together just by things that you see in the game was truly fascinating to me, and something I thoroughly enjoyed. The gameplay of Abzu was fairly simple, using only a few buttons to swim around, interact, and to "ping" your surroundings for things that you can interact with, but the movements were fluid, controlled well, and was smooth as silk. The music in Adzu was truly beautiful, matching the scenes so well, and either made you feel relaxed and at ease while you enjoyed the sea life swimming around you, or filled you with suspense as things got a little more intense. Graphically, Abzu was absolutely gorgeous with an artistic animation style that fit the game really well. At times it was amazing to see just how many sea creatures could be on screen at once, and how they swam and swarmed like real fish and sea life would. Overall I would definitely recommend Abzu to anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery, with a story hidden within the environment that you have to piece together yourself, or something to simply sit down, relax, and just go with the flow of the game (no pun intended).
Okay, first things first: this game is short. And also barely a game. You will not find some grand challenge here, nor an epic story of the ages, or much in the way of accomplishment. This is not the sort of game you play to master. Abzu is a game you play to relax, to enjoy the stunning swirl of colour and motion and beauty as you allow yourself to be lost in the moment, the experience. If that first segment didn't drive you away and the second segment sounded like something you'd enjoy, then give this experience a shot. It's well worth the investment.
If you played Journey, this is the spiritual successor to that. A very short game that uses scenery, art, and music to create a relaxing game. There is no dialogue whatsoever, so it is a perfect game for someone who wants to swim around with fish enjoying beautfiul environments. The story is told with imagery and as mentioned before, it is quite short.
I went into ABZU with high expectations, since I know that it is created by the same developers who made Journey. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. ABZU is a beautiful and atmospheric game that will leave you feeling a sense of awe after completing the game. It's difficult to put in words the kind of feeling that I felt when completing this game, but I will think that it will be close to what other people call a religious experience.
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