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Subnautica

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2 years ago

Feature: All hail GIFbot

Steam Charts: battle royale battle royale

We have a GIFbot in the RPS staff chatroom. GIFbot is a treacherous and unreliable creature, often offering wildly irrelevant or breathtakingly banal results when we type '/gif whateverphrase' and then cope with whatever it randomly pulls from whatever reprobate corner of the internet it's plugged into it. However, often enough its results are so irrelevant as to be perfection itself. And so we shall…

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Feature: Pond Life

State of the Art: The art of creating Subnautica’s flora

If you've spoken to me for more than five minutes, chances are I've mentioned Subnautica [official site]. It's an open world survival game set largely underwater on an alien planet. You explore biomes, collect resources and, as updates to the early access project add more content, start to piece together the story of the planet. I played huge amounts of the game before more significant…

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Feature: It isn't safe to back into the water

Subnautica is secretly a brilliant horror game

Subnautica [official site] seems like a nautical holiday wrapped inside a survival game. Swim around a gentle ocean and meet lots of colourful fish, chill out in an underwater forest, sunbathe on top of a little escape pod – it all sounds very relaxing. Don’t be fooled. Subnautica is, in fact, absolutely terrifying. I can’t quite remember when I realised that the sea was actually…

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3 years ago

Subnautica: Precursor update brings mysterious array

I was wondering which games might make the "Things To Play Over The Christmas Break" list this year when the Subnautica [official site] Precursor update got released. I went through a really big Subnautica love affair earlier in the year, but decided to step away for a few patches as the game is still in early access and I didn't want to lose the magic…

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Subnautica Adds Lovely Tree, Awful Seatyranid

If Pip were around, she'd focus on how the latest Subnautica [official site] update added a lovely big undersea tree and new glowing Ghost Rays to swim around it. She's a peaceful one, our Pip, probably hoping to build another wonderful seabase near that tree. However, Pip is at EGX today, so Pip can't write this. Instead, you get me telling you about the awful…

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PRAWNS Arrive In Subnautica, Bring Grappling Hooks

I go away for two days and PRAWNS! arrive in Subnautica [official site]. I'm not actually talking crustaceans here, but a special suit with that acronym which arrived in the PRAWN update (Pressure Re-Active Waterproof Nano Suit). It has a claw arm and you can add a whole bunch more useful nonsense as well. This is my kind of augmentation tech. Deus Ex: Fishkind Explored.

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Feature: 19 of the best bargain PC games right now

Our Steam Sale Picks, Round Two

We already chose 13 of our favourite games in the current Summer Steam sale, but more games have been discounted since. So, based on the entirely correct hypothesis that you all have completed every single one of our first round games and are now thirsting for more, here are 18 more to throw your spare change at. Everyone on the RPS team has picked three…

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Feature: Our 13 personal faves

Buy These Games: Our Picks From The Steam  Sale

Dark days for the world. Maybe videogames can save us? Haha yes of course they can haha. Here are some really good videogames, though. They'll take you to a better place for a while. These are the RPS team's 13 personal favourites from the current Steam Summer Sale: we believe in these games, and we believe that you should play them too.

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Feature: A bonus bestest best!

The Bestest Best Games Of 2016 So Far

We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we're doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we've loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too! We've listed ours in…

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Feature: Pottering in the face of danger

Survival Games Versus Pottering About

This post was originally published as part of the RPS Supporter program I'm playing a lot of Subnautica [official site] at the moment, spending hours beneath the waves, doing the floaty equivalent of pottering and gardening. I think the reason I'm having so much fun, despite being historically infuriated by survival games, is that one mode allows you to ditch the hunger and thirst constraints.…

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Feature: Darling it's better, down where it's wetter

Subnautica: Views From Under The Sea

Over the last three days I seem to have racked up 18 hours in Subnautica [official site] and several more than 2,000 screenshots. I'm playing in Freedom mode so I can ignore food and drink requirements and spend a lot of my time building little bases to act as viewing platforms for kelp forests. BUT! I also discovered the freecam command in debug mode so…

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Steam Charts: Dinosaurs, Depths & Deception

Fans Of Things Not Staying Exactly The Same All The Time will be glad to hear that the latest weekly Steam top ten is quite a changed one from the previous week. A new number one, surprise re-entries and a loosening of Ubisoft's chokehold on the charts.

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Space-Octopus’s Garden: Subnautica Farming Update

The most important things in the world, we all know, are swimming in the great outdoors, admiring flora and fauna, and caring for plants. Subnautica [official site] already had most of those covered as it dunked players onto an ocean-covered alien world to explore, build bases, and survive, and now it's expanded flora-fancying too. Along the journey through Early Access, the Farming Update has added…

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4 years ago

Sealab 2015: Subnautica’s Habitat Update

I've had Subnautica [official site] for a while now, but only got around to installing it this weekend. As it continues to ascend out of Steam Early Access, the undersea explore 'em up has spat out a big update with a few things that made me want to dive in. For starters, undersea bases can now have all the cool glass corridors and viewing domes…

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Now Docking: Subnautica Adds Submarine Mothership

Explore-o-survive 'em up Subnautica [official site] might not have yet left Early Access, but it has now entered my cool books. Docking ships in video games is pretty great in general, a small moment hinting at the grand scale of a world, and even better is docking inside a larger vessel you can also control. Subnautica has that now. An update yesterday added a big…

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Feature: Whet your appetite

Premature Evaluation: Subnautica

Each week Marsh Davies dips a toe into the unknown waters of Early Access and returns with any stories he can find and/or decompression sickness. This week he slaps on a snorkel and dives into alien aquatic survival game Subnautica. Snorkel is a great word. Snork snork! 2014 was the year of the indie survival game. 2015 looks very much like it might be the…

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5 years ago

Subnautica Enters Earliest Access, Offers Prototypes

Much like the above "screenshot" the first of Subnautica's released builds are not going to be representative. The second project from Natural Selection devs Unknown Worlds will enter what they're calling "Earliest Access" on October 31st. It's called that because they feel the game "isn't ready" for Early Access - far too much unfinished and in flux. They're leaving it up to you whether you're…

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Marina, Aqua Marina: Unknown Worlds’ Subnautica

No-one in their right mind would have put down money on 'sandbox submarine adventure' being the next project from the creators of human vs alien FPS/RTS crossbreed Natural Selection. I did, however, and as a result I became a billionaire. Unfortunately I then put down a billion quid on Destiny turning out to be Frog Fractions 2 in disguise, and now I am poor again.…

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First Subnautica Screenshots Surface

I'll tell you what's in space: a big load of nothing. Oh I'm sure it's very pretty and makes you think and all that, but I'll find my abyssal mirror in the ocean thank you very much. You know what's down there? Iron snails, radiant deathworms, giant woodlice, immortal jellyfish, and colossal creatures we discover by finding bits of them in other monsters' stomachs. So…

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