About this game
Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Content Rating: Everyone10+
You have crash-landed on an alien ocean world, and the only way to go is down. Subnautica's oceans range from sun drenched shallow coral reefs to treacherous deep-sea trenches, lava fields, and bio-luminescent underwater rivers. Manage your oxygen supply as you explore kelp forests, plateaus, reefs, and winding cave systems. The water teems with life: Some of it helpful, much of it harmful.
Critic Reviews12 Reviews
Martin Patiño — Dec 20, 2018
Subnautica is one of the better and relatively unique takes on the open-world survival genre that not only executes its expected features well but also provides new ones that help it stand out among its competitors.
Alex Avard — Dec 04, 2018
Collecting food and water, building an underwater habitat, and surviving the elements are all satisfying aspects of the experience, but that’s only because Subnautica’s palpable ambience, cerebral story, and powerful fear factor compliment that familiar routine with some of the most memorable moments I’ve played in a game of its kind. It’s very likely that you’ll never want to go near a beach again after playing Subnautica, but soak up its array of nautical sights and sounds, and I promise you won’t regret the dive.
Nicole Hall — Dec 17, 2018
Subnautica sees you submerged in a vast and utterly breathtaking underwater world, teeming with secrets and polished off with an unsettling atmosphere that instigates a real sense of thrill as you play. The game has a rewarding crafting system that encourages exploration. Furthermore, the story is full of endearing twists and turns that will take you to the deepest, darkest parts of the alien planet, even against your better judgement.
Jimmy Donnellan — Dec 08, 2018
Despite some quibbles, Subnautica was one survival game that I didn’t just want to survive in — I flourished and revelled in creating my own life under the sea. It feels unlike anything else in its (rather crowded) genre with its own identity shining through. Quite simply one of the most best and most rewarding survival games you will find on a console — or anywhere.
Blake Grundman — Dec 04, 2018
If you couldn’t tell, I was blown away by Subnautica. What initially appeared to be a knee-high kiddie pool worth of depth, suddenly gives way to a literal ocean of gameplay opportunities. And while it has certain technical limitations, these are certainly not going to discourage the non-critic audience from at least dipping a toe in. It’s easily one of the coolest, engaging, and most gratifying experiences I’ve had with a game in 2018. Come on in! The water’s fine.
GameCentral — Dec 05, 2018
That was the case even on the PC but it’s worse still on the PlayStation 4 and joined by some frequent, but usually brief, frame rate problems. Hopefully that can be fixed with a quick patch, because it’d be a shame if put anyone off the rest of the game. We’re still not sure Subnautica is quite as finished as it pretends to be, but either way its’s an original and consistently surprising survival game, with an appropriate amount of depth for a game set so far under the waves.
Rebecca Stow — Dec 04, 2018
Subnautica is a perfect example an open world survival game that doesn’t rely on action, horror or combat elements to excite. Whilst these classic gaming features are involved to an extent, they take a back seat compared to the story, crafting and surviving elements. And this is what sets Subnautica apart from other survival experiences out there. Don’t let this be the one that got away.
Jack McCaskill — Dec 06, 2018
A survival game that manages to balance a driving plot without sacrificing player agency. Constantly balanced on the knife edge of life and watery death. Subnautica is a game with hidden depths, both literally and figuratively.
Alberto Pastor — Dec 21, 2018
Subnautica logra, a base de buenas decisiones, construir un survival rico en matices y posibilidades, sin perder nunca su objetivo y el interés. Es un juego que se abre poco a poco demostrando imaginación y finura. De hecho, pocas veces un juego del género, sin recurrir a una modalidad multijugador, ha logrado enganchar tanto.
Juan Rubio — Dec 15, 2018
Subnautica es un juegazo de supervivencia, y de eso no hay ninguna duda. Eso sí, nos habría gustado que la versión de consolas hubiese aguantado un poco más en acceso anticipado para salir más pulida. Los errores que nosotros hemos experimentado son menores y tan sólo afectan al rendimiento de manera muy puntual, pero al parecer también hay problemas más peliagudos con el guardado.
Jan Wöbbeking — Dec 12, 2018
Nebenbei rafft man immer mehr Technik und Ressourcen zusammen, um sich Werkzeuge, Vehikel sowie vielschichtige Unterwasser-Basen zu bauen, die das Überleben im Laufe des sehr umfangreichen Spiels deutlich erleichtern. Unterm Strich auch auf Xbox One ein vereinnahmendes Survival-Abenteuer! Eine PS4-Fassung ist übrigens ebenfalls erschienen, den wir mangels Review-Fassung aber nicht testen konnten.
Tommaso Pugliese — Dec 07, 2018
Subnautica si conferma anche su PlayStation 4 un survival game ispirato e convincente, dotato di una grande atmosfera e di risvolti narrativi anche inaspettati, ma soprattutto capace di smussare gli spigoli che si è soliti riscontrare in produzioni di questo genere. La fase di raccolta risulta infatti semplificata e velocizzata, dopo i primi passi si viene supportati da un ottimo senso di progressione e la formula rivela man mano le sue carte, tenendo sempre il punto.