Subnautica (Series)

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OverviewOverview

Dive into an underwater ocean on an alien planet and collect the resources you need to establish a base and survive. There’s an open and immersive watery world to discover as you construct tools, bases and submersibles, and interact with wildlife. Construction is predictably challenging, with air pressure and resources a battle to keep balanced. These housekeeping concerns are as occupying as the daunting, enigmatic and mysterious depths of Subnautica’s world. Although set in the future, Subnautica draws back a curtain on the real underwater worlds we know but can’t explore in a prolonged way.

A new update Subnautica Below Zero takes the adventure to a new freezing cold location. This is available first on PC and will come to consoles at a later date. The Switch version is due for release early 2021

DetailsDetails

Release Date: April 2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 27 hours and 37 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 7 for frequent mild violence and scenes which younger children may find disturbing. It is not suitable for persons under 7 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence is very mild and is viewed entirely in the first person. Fend off alien creatures with your survival knife. Although some of the aliens bleed a little, injuries are not visible. Some locations can be dark and combined with the strange creatures, may be scary to younger children.

In addition to the rating parents should note that at one point players add bleach to water to make it drinkable in the game.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can select Survival, Freedom, Hardcore or Creative modes that offer different difficulties. The game uses small icons for menus and to identify items, but when you select them a black box pops up with white text to describe what they are.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Sticks: Remap the stick controls to buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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