"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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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.
ABZU is not just a game and definitely a title can be recommended to anyone. But it is a game that can be recommended to anyone who after a day of hard intellectual or physical work needs a bit of relaxation and reassurance. It's a game that allowed me to relax for a few moments, observe the colourful virtual world. Need a game where anywhere you can just look and rest? This is for you.
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