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  • Summary: Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await.

    ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid
    Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await.

    ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid swimming controls. The experience draws inspiration from the deep innate narrative that we all carry within our subconscious: the story of ABZU is a universal myth that resonates across cultures. The name references a concept from the oldest mythologies; it is the combination of the two ancient words AB, meaning ocean, and ZU, meaning to know. ABZU is the ocean of wisdom.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Dec 27, 2018
    90
    It’s one of the most captivating and moving experiences one can have with a video game.
  2. Nov 29, 2018
    90
    Those of you who appreciate casual adventures like taking a walk in a forest will be sure to enjoy what Abzû has to offer, as the dreamlike visuals, entrancing orchestral score and deliberately sedate pace do a fantastic job of drawing the player into this alien world. We’d give Abzû a high recommendation to anybody looking for something a little more gentle for their Switch; it’s not a game about winning, but about the journey (no pun intended) you take getting there.
  3. 90
    Gorgeous scenery and a thoughtful, engaging story make Abzu memorable and spectacular.
  4. Nov 29, 2018
    80
    Abzû is a short but intense, aesthetically inspired experience. Its message has multiple levels of reading and says a lot, without a single word. Journey's inspirations are present and evident, but the title manages to maintain its own identity.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    80
    Playing on the Switch allows you to appreciate the game’s elegance whilst on the move, and playing ABZÛ on public transport can seriously chill you out and bring a wonderful calm to a busy day. It plays excellently, with no lag or compromises as far as the visuals go, and having headphones in is the best way to experience the catharsis of such a noteworthy game.
  6. Dec 21, 2018
    75
    So is Abzû worth it? That’s not entirely easy to answer. In an era when games can deliver potentially hundreds of hours of entertainment, $20 seems a bit high for a 90-minute game. But, in an era when people also routinely pay that amount for a Blu-ray or digital copy of a movie, an experience like Abzû might be worth the trip for some people. And for players itching to go swimming, this is one of the best options currently out there, especially on Switch.
  7. Jan 17, 2019
    50
    ABZÛ is not proposing to be an action packed experience and there's nothing wrong with that, the problem is ABZÛ delivers very little in terms of gameplay experience, no matter what angle is used to look at it. Beyond its marvelous looking environment and absolutely mindblowing soundtrack, ABZÛ leaves all its promises unfulfilled, aggravated by the fact that it becomes obvious this game could have delivered so much more.

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  1. Jul 13, 2019
    10
    Oh. My. Goodness. Three words I said throughout my entire playtime (around 8 hours) with this game. Whether it was an emotional scene, aOh. My. Goodness. Three words I said throughout my entire playtime (around 8 hours) with this game. Whether it was an emotional scene, a visual story telling section, or just pure spectacle, I was amazed the whole entire journey. I haven’t played Journey yet, but until I do, ABZÛ is the most magical, heartwarming, and captivating experiences in my entire gaming hobby. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2019
    10
    INCREDIBLE. It almost feels wrong to call this a game, this is an experience. Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Jaw-dropping. The most gorgeousINCREDIBLE. It almost feels wrong to call this a game, this is an experience. Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Jaw-dropping. The most gorgeous game I have ever played. Plus, the soundtrack is just perfect in supporting the visuals and amplifying the mood.

    I was having a pretty crappy day and didn't even really feel like playing any games, but ABZU completely turned that around. Do yourself a favour, get this game ASAP, and then just relax and take your time with it. Advanced players might even want to ingest certain substances along with it ;)

    I seriously cannot find anything wrong with this game, other than maybe its short play time, but I was aware of that before I bought it. It's only 20 bucks anyway, and compared to other titles in that price range like Firewatch, it's worth every penny. Plus, I think the short run time makes for a more intense experience and entices you to replay (which I'm definitely going to do).

    Must-have.
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  3. Dec 5, 2018
    9
    amazing game with an engaging story and pleasing graphics

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