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Endless Ocean – First ever Scuba Game for WII: a failure

Posted by Scuba Herald on Feb 12th, 2008 and filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Does Arika’s undersea simulation sink or swim? Endless Ocean may give you access to undersea environments, but this serene aquatic adventure might not be for everyone… When I was first assigned to review Endless Ocean, I was excited. The idea of swimming around in full scuba gear while using the Wii Remote to navigate underwater sounded intriguing. I felt like the game’s premise had potential. But after taking the plunge, I was disappointed to find that life under the sea is tedious, repetitive, and ultimately boring.

The biggest problem with Endless Ocean is that it lacks any sense of challenge or fun. It just simply plops you underwater where you’re left to explore at your leisure; your scuba tanks are filled with an endless amount of air, all of the sea life is cuddly and loves to be petted. The only real challenge I faced in the game was not falling asleep while I was immersed in what turned out to be a virtual aquarium.

But at least the controls are solid. Swimming throughout the ocean is as simple as holding down the B button and pointing the Wii Remote in the direction you want to go. The graphics are also surprisingly decent; you will never mistake it for the Discovery Channel, but they get the job done. The real problem is that I was left wondering why I was going through all of the effort.

Endless Ocean’s underwater atmosphere is soothing and relaxing, but it lacks a crucial element: fun. It could pass as a mildly interesting educational title, but it’s presented in a manner that can only be described as sleep-inducing. I can only recommend this title for children, especially those who are obsessed with marine biology, but even they might have trouble staying awake through extended sessions.

PROS: Controls are surprisingly good; underwater visuals are soothing.

CONS: There is no real game here to speak of; it doesn’t come close to being fun.

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2 Responses for “Endless Ocean – First ever Scuba Game for WII: a failure”

  1. hey, I love the wii games and because I’m a scuba diver… well even better! thanks

  2. Unknown says:

    Are you kidding me! I love this game! It is amazing I dont like games where you have to fight! I would rather swim through an endless ocean! :(

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