"Abzu is a Breathtaking Adventure!” - Hardcore Gamer
From the art director of Journey® and Flower®, ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving.
Immerse yourself in a vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life. Perform fluid acrobatics as the Diver using graceful swimming controls. Discover hundreds of unique species based on real creatures and form a powerful connection with the abundant sea life. Interact with schools of thousands of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators. Linger in epic seascapes and explore aquatic ecosystems modeled with unprecedented detail. Descend into the heart of the ocean where ancient secrets lie forgotten. But beware, dangers lurk in the depths. "ABZÛ" is from the oldest mythologies; AB, meaning water, and ZÛ, meaning to know. ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom.
Notice: A controller is strongly recommended to play ABZU
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If you think you may be interested in this game, then I recommend you go ahead and give it a try, but I do not give it a high recommendation. ABZU primarily offers great music accompanied by pretty and bright visuals that are perhaps a bit too cartoonish. I won't deny that the game is beautiful and there are a lot of fish for you to encounter, but that's about it. Some sort of story is told by murals on walls, but the story is not very intuitive and I'm still not certain I understood what the game was trying to portray. On your first playthrough, you will be able to discover hidden pools that release new aquatic life into the world and collect hidden shells. I did enjoy seeing the new sights that the game had to offer, but mostly I just enjoyed exploring to find the hidden pools and shells. If you happen to play through a second time, the game offers nothing new to interact with. I missed some shells in my first play so I played the game a second time. About halfway through I realized that I was incredibly bored. The environments really aren't so spectacular that they merit a second experience. You are forced to swim through the ocean at a leisurely pace, allowing you to slowly take in the environments and discover all the wildlife. This speed limitation is fine at the beginning of the game but grows rather tiresome later on when you are required to swim across vast open areas. You can unlock faster movement speed but it requires you to find all the hidden shells (which means you'll have already beaten the game and therefore not need the increased speed). I heard and read a lot of commentary comparing this game to Journey, and given that the development team of ABZU also worked on Journey, that's an understandable comparison. However, this game doesn't come close to comparing to Journey. Journey was a masterful experience worth playing over and over again. ABZU is only worth playing once (and maybe not even once for some players). A quick note on game mechanics: camera management and movement controls are not as intuitive as I would expect for a 3D environment, often leading to frustration. I often found that the diver would swim in a direction that appeared completely unrelated to the direction I input. Thankfully, you can't really die and the slow movement means you're not trying to get anywhere in a hurry, but it was still annoying. Ultimately, I think ABZU lacks the direction needed to make the game great. It offers really strong audio and visual stimulus, but it falls short in almost all other regards. This game is essentially an underwater walking simulator with nearly no story and nothing to do except encounter the environments themselves.
This is a game in the vein of Journey or flow. Its about exploring beautiful and breathtaking environments underwater. The art is gorgeous but gameplay is minimal
This game is amazing. The movement is fluid, the soundtrack is angelic, and it is just overall visually stunning. The gameplay is really fun. If you are looking for a super deep game this probably isn't for you. This is more for a relaxing period just to swim around and enjoy the sites and sounds. To get through the story, it only took 1.2 hours (not including the collectibles). I can continuously play this and enjoy it but I can see how other may get bored and not see it worth the full price. As both a scuba diver and a gamer, this is exactly what I have been looking to have for a long time. 10/10
Well, if you're wanting to be fully immersed into a game, you'd DEFINITELY want to have good controls to make things more smooth and casual, and for ABZU, it's looks absolutely amazing, the art style, everything about it is mind-blowing, and I think that it'd be much more immersive if the controls just wouldn't be so difficult to master. Now that I'm really into it, I feel as though things are getting easier to control BUT it still took a lot away from the first while of the game. Beside that, you're going to LOVE this game if you loved Journey, it has an amazing new adventure lots of beautiful locations, and is in general a very beautiful game.
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