Sharks and Divers. In the water. Together. Now you just know things are going to get nasty. And bloody. Very bloody. And chunky.
Depth is as satisfying to play as either a Diver or a Shark. Divers have access to some nifty weapons and gadgets. They also have S.T.E.V.E. their loot hunting electronic companion. Protect S.T.E.V.E. while he accesses hidden bounties. Take out those menacing sharks. Team, up and become rich but don’t go it alone, unless you’re uber sneaky or just batcrap insane. Beware, terror can come from all directions. Below, above and through vulnerable structures.
As a shark, it’s all about the hunt. Use your instinct upgrades to sniff out those pesky leeching divers. Mangle their tender flesh to pieces. Munch on nearby seals to regain lost life. Being a shark is as awesome feeling as it sounds. Full 360 freedom of movement and that buzz when you go in for the kill. Be brutal or stealthy. Your choice.
As a diver, I often found myself being too greedy while collecting treasure. The more you pick up, the more bonus you receive when you drop your load off with S.T.E.V.E. Be careful though, you’ll lose the lot if you’re nabbed by a shark. Greed + risk = great rewards.
Visually the game is a above par, considering the small team. Beautiful underwater effects, stunning detail of bounty-laden shipwrecks, the sprawling sea life, the fluid shark movement and flippy floppy animations of the diver’s, errr, flippers. The team have also introduced full body awareness, which adds to the immersion. It’s quite cool seeing your own legs/feet flipping around… but not so when they’re lodged in a shark’s mouth…stab him in the face to escape!
A mention must also go to the game’s audio. Stellar music and sound effects are in abundance as well as the blood curdling screams of your team mates when they’re being thrashed to pieces by those nasty man eating fish. Your heartbeat resonates when you’re near a shark, this only adds to the tension.
Technically, the game is very stable and smooth, utilising the Unreal Engine 3. The maps are sprawling, undersea death in disguise. Good, detailed textures adorn most surfaces and the water effects add to the chill. There’s also destructibles, which play a key part of the game when playing as a shark. Add to that a plethora of game and graphical options, which PC gamers come to expect are here. Just shows you don’t need to be a AAA multi million dollar publisher/game dev to make a decent PC game.
With added, free DLC offered to sweeten the deal, there’s never been a better time to pick up this gem of a game. The team are constantly tweaking, updating and adding features, it’s a very attractive package.