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Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition comes to PS4

One of the most interesting exploration and survival titles around is arriving on the PlayStation platform later this year. Announced today, hot off the presses, Sunless Sea and its Zubmariner DLC have been revealed as a combined package for the PS4. Taking place in Fallen London and heavily focusing on literature-drive gameplay experience, the RPG of of the ocean was praised by the late TotalBiscuit in his WTF Is… Video Series.

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Sunless Sea Review

Sunless Sea is a sea faring game that involves strategy and relationships between your crew mates. Balancing inventory management, and keeping your crew alive by keeping food stock in check while delivering cargo are major gameplay elements. In terms of engine performance, the game runs pretty well for a top down perspective giving it a old world feel with a new world look.

I found the controls were pretty sharp in terms of keeping the ship stable and keeping ammo under control. If you’re looking for a visceral battle system, then this isn’t the game for you. But if you’re at all familiar with the Victorian Gothic mythology theme then you’ll appreciate small touches it has to offer.

Unfortunately Sunless Sea seems to  lack graphical polish / luster and by being overhead it looks like a Nintendo 3DS game which is not necessarily a bad thing but most PC Gamers probably need to know that up front. Controls with W, S, A, D moving the ship through the sea are quite standard but the fun really heats up with the challenge of finding ports to drop off cargo whilst fighting random monsters. Keeping the crew alive and sane requires micro-managing fuel and an attentive eye to the goings on of minute by minute gameplay.

Players start off with two party members and get more over time. The combat system is a bit on the slow side making it hard to really get into combat and doing anything that would be remotely interactive as navel ship battles. If you have a good pair of glasses, break them out. This game’s writing is very in-depth and interesting. There’s a whole universe here with many ins and outs, and though this may seem a bit confusing at first players will appreciate it once they’ve given it the proper time and attention. The same thing won’t happen twice, so replay value is decent here.

I award this game 7 even points due to the art style and how well it portrays its story to the player, but can not give it any more points than that since most will be turned away by the gameplay or lack thereof. Those who can’t tolerate tons of menus, run away. Those who can appreciate a strategic experience with detailed systems behind it, check out Sunless Sea.

System Requirements for Sunless Sea:


OS: Windows XP or later // Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Processor: 2Ghz or better
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 1280×768 minimum resolution, DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 7 / 10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developer / Publisher: Failbetter Games

Available On: Windows PC / Mac OS X (Steam)

Review Copy Info: RealGamerNewz received a digital copy of this game from the publisher for the purpose of this review

Written by Nicky S of GeekEssentials for RealGamerNewz

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