For as long as I can remember, water levels in video games have made me feel uncomfortable. While I’m not scared of water, I do find myself… cautious of what lurks in the deep, dark depths just outside of my character’s vision.
Given my fear of the watery unknown, it’s surprising that I’d ever willingly find myself playing a game like Subnautica, a game all about exploring and surviving in a water-covered planet with a seemingly endless depth filled with strange creatures (both big and small, hostile and friendly).
But, after playing through the game’s 3-hour trial on Xbox, I knew I’d be back for more once it had exited Game Preview. Somehow, Unknown Worlds has managed to leverage my curiosity and make me face my fears through a series of smart gameplay decisions, eye-catching biomes, and intriguing story.