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Subnautica: Below Zero

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Total Reviews: 46
VSG Recommendation: Play It
Critics Consensus: While Subnautica: Below Zero doesn’t quite reach the same heights as the original, it is a brilliant sequel nonetheless – mellow paced, captivating, and masterfully horrific.
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Critic Reviews: 46
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# Reviews: 46

While Subnautica: Below Zero doesn't quite reach the same heights as the original, it is a brilliant sequel nonetheless - mellow paced, captivating, and masterfully horrific.

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High Score - 95/100
Average Score - 83/100
Low Score - 70/100

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51% of scored reviews fell within the range of 80 to 86 / 100

9/10
Leana Hafer (IGN)

Subnautica: Below Zero is a leaner, meaner standalone expansion to Subnautica that improves on the story and mechanics, but doesn’t give us as much room to explore.

May 11, 2021 |

Even if there are a lot of shared elements between the two games and the ground-based traversal isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, Below Zero’s greater focus on character-driven storytelling lands well and this standalone adventure captures the unrivaled magic of underwater exploration all over again.

May 11, 2021 |
8.5/10
Jordan Devore (Destructoid)
7/10
Sammy Barker (Push Square)

Not everyone will warm up to Subnautica: Below Zero, but it’s an unquestionably rewarding release once you begin to get a foothold into the frigid foray. The game’s constantly tantalising you with new, exciting equipment, and its otherworldly ocean is an immersive environment in which to spend your time. A lack of landmarks mean that it can be a little too easy to get lost, and the story is light and largely uninteresting – but if the act of building an underwater base appeals to you, then this PS5 sequel unquestionably has strong foundations.

May 11, 2021 |

Leana Hafer (IGN)

9/10 - (Read Review)

Subnautica: Below Zero is a leaner, meaner standalone expansion to Subnautica that improves on the story and mechanics, but doesn’t give us as much room to explore.

Jordan Devore (Destructoid)

8.5/10 - (Read Review)

Even if there are a lot of shared elements between the two games and the ground-based traversal isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, Below Zero’s greater focus on character-driven storytelling lands well and this standalone adventure captures the unrivaled magic of underwater exploration all over again.

Sammy Barker (Push Square)

7/10 - (Read Review)

Not everyone will warm up to Subnautica: Below Zero, but it’s an unquestionably rewarding release once you begin to get a foothold into the frigid foray. The game’s constantly tantalising you with new, exciting equipment, and its otherworldly ocean is an immersive environment in which to spend your time. A lack of landmarks mean that it can be a little too easy to get lost, and the story is light and largely uninteresting – but if the act of building an underwater base appeals to you, then this PS5 sequel unquestionably has strong foundations.

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Dive into a freezing underwater adventure on an alien planet. Below Zero is set two years after the original Subnautica. Return to Planet 4546B to uncover the truth behind a deadly cover-up. Survive by building habitats, crafting tools, & diving deeper into the world of Subnautica.

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