Punching A Shark! Depth Hunter 2 Debuts

By John Walker on October 25th, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

BITE, NOT BIFF!

Here’s what it takes to get featured on Rock, Paper, Shotgun: 1) Have a really interesting looking game. 2) Give us a huge amount of money in unmarked cash. 3) Feature a man punching a shark in your trailer. Depth Hunter 2 went for what is unquestionably the most effective route.

Craig took a look at the demo for the first Depth Hunter, and found it to be a surprisingly charming thing. Slow-paced, as things should be underwater, he speared innocent fishies (albeit not very well), and more enjoyed the serenity of nature’s swimming pool. However, there’s little serene when Pippin “Shark Puncher” Ferraras is around!

SHARK BIFF!

Pippin Ferraras is an official dude. But I won’t rest until he learns to leave sharks alone. If they were wandering into his living room and punching him in the face, then fair enough. But until I see videoed evidence, I refuse to believe they are.

The game is due out some time next year, and this time is apparently based on a TV show called Hunting The Abyss, which I’m sad to say I’ve not seen. However, I do want to venture that if you can free dive to hunt there, it’s not an abyss. So there.

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  1. Hunchback says:

    Could be interesting if you can do some underwater sightseaing…

    • Ian says:

      You’d have a whale of a time.

    • Ross Mills says:

      Get ready for some Abyssmal puns!

    • DecsterB says:

      That would make this a real day one perch.

    • The_B says:

      Is this the appropriate plaice for this kind of thing?

    • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

      This game lacks depth. Imagine if you could talk to the fish. Then you’d really have me hooked!

    • DanPryce says:

      I hope this gets multiplayer, because then I shoal coral my mates to come play it at my plaice.

      • Hunchback says:

        I am not so sushi that multiplayer won’t turn this into crab.

    • jussipe says:

      Stop seahorsing around and concentrate on the mackerel in hand.

    • robjwells says:

      Walleye never, a Depth Hunter sequel — thank cod!

    • Qwallath says:

      I really sink it looks promising, and I’m waiting for its release with baited breath.

    • DanPryce says:

      I’m impressed no one’s made the obvious pun. I’m going to do it, just for the halibut.

    • Hardlylikely says:

      I hope the difficulty will scale well, for the sole reason that many seem to flounder when games get too hard on porpoise. From the Games Are Best articles, we know that games are best when they are carefully designed for the right type of player, or else people feel gulled at being lured into buying the wrong game.

      I just hope the designer is a good tuna. (kill me)

    • Optimaximal says:

      Can’t anyone sea all the puns in this thread are total pollocks?

    • oyog says:

      I always assumed the success of Depth Hunter was a fluke but now I’m not so shore.

  2. frightlever says:

    Need more sandbox exploration games without goals, just cool things to find.

    Sandbox exploration games without goats, however, are totally unacceptable.

    • GameCat says:

      So we must invent a shark-goats.

      • tumbleworld says:

        Were-goat sharks. It’s the only way forward. (Mmm. Crinos shark-goat. Kebabbed.)

    • Hunchback says:

      Some might argue that one should go out and explore IRL rather than play simulated exploration games…

      • brulleks says:

        Some might argue that we should go out and punch sharks on the nose IRL. They’d be equally wrong.

        • Hunchback says:

          Well maybe if you DO dive and get attacked by a shard, punching it in the face could be the best non-lethal solution for both parties? :D

          • brulleks says:

            Maybe this could be the next thing for James Cameron to try out.

      • Eukatheude says:

        The game costs 50€ (or whatever it costs). Scuba equipment and training, on the other hand…

  3. Lucid says:

    Whatever happened to that multiplayer game where you can play as a shark or a diver?

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      I’m wondering that also, but am too lazy to look it up. It looked quite good.

      • Hodge says:

        Here we go. It was called Depth, and it has just been put ‘on hiatus’… in a way which strongly suggests that they’re going to try for a Kickstarter.

        (It was Quinns who was following it which might explain why it fell off the RPS radar.)

  4. Roz says:

    Err, John, who HASN’T been punched in the face by a shark in their living room?

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Persistent Pipin has never been punched in the face by a shark whilst sitting in his living room.
      Persistent Pipin is the puncher, not the punchee.
      PERSISTENT PIPIN
      PERSISTENT PIPIN
      PERSISTENT PIPIN

      He’s creeping up on you whilst you sunbathe on a beach. And rubbing a fish. Behind a tree. As he watches. In his spandex.
      Persistently.

  5. GallonOfAlan says:

    See, we’d be letting ourselves down with punning on this one.

  6. Snakejuice says:

    I was all excited during the first half waiting for the PUNCH but then it was just ‘meh’!

  7. fencenswitschen says:

    …and then the shark came back with a laser strapped on his back.

  8. billyphuz says:

    My dad once told me he was at a press conference for Jacques Cousteau, and when asked about what he does when confronted by an aggressive shark, he apparently replied, “well, I take out my camera, and I bop him on ze nose.” Tried and true practice!

    • Roz says:

      I read that as your dad was at a press conference and was confronted by an aggressive shark and he bopped him on the nose.

      I had a small chuckle and realised I need more sleep.

      • Optimaximal says:

        No, I read it that way as well…

        Oh, wait… #4 hours sleep

  9. e-dog says:

    About that 3: would punching sharkman do too?

  10. Symce says:

    This game seems pretty Fishy to me.

  11. Lev Astov says:

    Ahh a combination of the two subjects I love most, sharks and games. When will games ever depict sharks properly? They should act curious and stay at a distance the vast majority of the time… until you least expect it.

    Seriously, though, I’m sick of sharks always being super aggressive in every game. That needs to stop or their undeservedly terrible public image will never improve. Apathy has already let their populations collapse in the last few decades.

    • frightlever says:

      Wait, are you saying sharks need to be less apathetic and hire PR consultants?

      • Sparkasaurusmex says:

        If they don’t really care, then what’s wrong with a dwindling shark population?

  12. InternetBatman says:

    I really, really want another Endless Ocean. I know it’s for the wii, but my partner and I logged over a hundred hours into each game.

  13. Hodge says:

    I want one of these but without the hunting. An underwater Proteus if you will.

  14. SuperNashwanPower says:

    This should be called “Persistent Pipin’s Porpoise Pursuit”.
    What a waste of a photo of a creepy bald man in a skin tight spandex outfit.

  15. arccos says:

    The middle section sounds like Darth Vader smoking from a hookah.