No good can come from going within the sea. Even simply dipping your toes runs the chance of crabs and different bizarre creatures rubbing up in opposition to your toes, however the additional you get within the worse it will get. Sharks, jellyfish, the Kraken — it is bleak in there.
Underneath the Waves is about virtually totally underwater, and whereas it is not a horror recreation, it is deeply unsettling at occasions. The ocean makes a superb setting because of its inherent vastness, and the way wildly alien it’s for us land-dwellers. There’s an unbelievable ambiance to this recreation, a form of fixed sense of impending doom coupled with occasional, odd moments of magnificence.
The story revolves round Stan, who goes on a one-man mission deep underwater on the behest of an almost-certainly horrible company. He is glad of the chance as a result of his private life is in turmoil, and the ocean flooring looks like place for him to get away from all of it. Over the course of his time there, we discover out extra about him, why he is there, and what it’s that is consuming away at him.
Despite the fact that Stan is in frequent dialog with a colleague on the floor, this can be a tremendously lonely recreation. There’s a number of swimming in darkish areas, maintaining a tally of the comically insufficient oxygen tank to ensure we do not drown, often eyeing a fish or a seal or one thing extra sinister, after which heading again to dwelling base to sit down, alone, wanting depressed.
Underneath the Waves falters regularly on the technical facet, and despite the fact that you’ll be able to full it in lower than 10 hours, we got here throughout quite a few ugly glitches. One time our quest markers disappeared, so we could not end a quest and needed to restart. One other time we received an error message each time the sport auto-saved, and we skilled quite a few crashes, too.
However the soundtrack is superb and completely enhances your lonely swimming, the ambiance is thick, and the often wondrous moments are suitably superior, within the literal sense. When you spend most of your time swimming alone within the grim darkish of the ocean, the moments the place you discover a sunken wreck or a pleasant octopus act as a type of catharsis, and at all times really feel particular.