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As someone who normally prefers intense shooters with constant action, I was surprised to find how much ABZU scratched an unknown itch. It's the only game I've come across where I've had to turn off all the lights, put in my headphones, and try and experience everything to its fullest. The quiet yet flourishing undersea environment forced me to slow down and really observe every detail of this other world. Trust me, I didn't think I'd like it based on my gaming preferences, but it is well worth the purchase.
Made by some of the people who worked on Journey, ABZU has a similar relaxing feel complimented with stunning visuals. Never has the sea been such a joy to explore! While the game is extremely short, and most people probably won't find a lot of replayability, the experience is so unique that I think everyone should try it. ABZU says so much without saying a single word, I can't recommend it enough
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.
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