gamers (98%) found this review helpful
When I first saw the game I thought "Oh, this will be a nice, interesting scuba game." When you sit down to play it, you have no idea how relaxed you'll be when you're done.
I'm going to say this up front; there is no action or violence in this game. There is no attack button, or slashing action going on. It's straight exploration. You start out as a research marine biologist with a non-swimming partner on a boat on an imaginary island. The storyline progresses by talking to your partner or checking email.
You dive into the deep blue and explore a beautiful 3d ocean where you find a plethora of fish and sea life including whales, sharks, crabs, dolphins, sea turtles and a many other fish.
The music is just incredible. Some of the tracks are original, but others are from the exceptionally talented artist Haley Westenra. We even bought 3 of her albums just because of this game. If you're not a fan of the music, the game allows you to listen to your own MP3's on an SD card. A feature that to date has only been seen on Excite Truck, which is a shame.
So don't knock it until you try it. Get in on the peaceful deep blue and go play with some fish.
posted by jeanniepep (NORTH BRANCH, MI) Jan 26, 2008
Member since Oct 2007
gamers (95%) found this review helpful
I've been looking forward to this game since it was first announced, and Nintendo does not disappoint! The controls are easy and intuitive, and the graphics are beautiful. Swimming around and exploring the ocean is relaxing and fun, and discovering a new fish or artifact is always a little bit of a thrill. But boy, when a huge whale quietly emerges from the depths, it really does send a chill down my spine! There are enough goals and missions to keep things interesting, but as "gaming" goes its really more of a fun, relaxing experience than a traditional game. Some of the ocean creatures look a little intimidating (especially in the dark abyss!!) but so far none have attacked. The megamouth shark sure didn't appreciate being poked, though! Some of the fish, particularly the bicolor parrotfish and sailfin tang, seem to like me and follow me around, which is sort of cool. Having new areas to explore keeps me coming back to Endless Ocean every day!
Only thing that keeps it from being a 10 are some minor framerate issues and the music options. It would be nice if a few songs would shuffle during a long dive, playing the same one over and over gets old no matter how much you like it.
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
When Endless Ocean first arrived i wasn't quite sure what to think of it. Quite honestly from other reviews i had read i wasn't expecting very much from an educational title (as most video game reviews out there are calling it) but i believe most of these reviews focus a little too much on the educational part of Endless Ocean and not enough about what makes the game truly fun and addictive, the exploration. The exploration is what will keep most players intrigued enough to play to the end. That being said there really isn't much else to do in this game and its' simple control scheme promises no complex interactions with most of the game world but for everything this game doesn't do i still found myself wanting to find that next new area to explore. Yes there is plenty here for the people who want to learn a little about the ocean and its' inhabitants but that isn't the primary focus of this game. The primary focus is about dropping you into a world and letting you explore that world at your leisure. This game taught me just how much fun exploring the hidden depths of the ocean could be. While most will brush this low priced gem aside for the very few who do decide to give it a try they will find themselves endlessly addicted to Endless Ocean.