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Endless Ocean: Blue World review

AT A GLANCE
  • More fish, more ocean and more activities
  • The fish are as realistic as you could hope for
  • A soothing change of pace
  • Some of it doesn't make much sense
  • More "gamey" aspects might turn some off
  • Zooming in on objects is too restrictive

Like Doshin the Giant and Electroplankton before it, the western release of Endless Ocean was one of those somewhat inexplicable Nintendo moments. They’re all games that could quite easily have remained in Japan without anyone being particularly bothered, and when they were launched over here – relatively unheralded, considering their first-party status – hardly anyone seemed to notice.

So we weren’t too taken aback when Endless Ocean 2 was announced to us in a casual ‘oh, that thing – it’s out next week’ sort of way. Presumably they know what they’re doing, but bypassing the games press seems an odd thing to do when the original was so highly rated and the sequel is, if anything, far more gamey.

If the aim was to say that Endless Ocean 2 isn’t for the likes of us, it hasn’t worked. We love it, and we reckon that even if you’re the sort of player who didn’t pick up the original because you were turned off by the idea of floating in a virtual sea and tickling fish for hours on end, this excellent follow-up is sufficiently more involving to merit a second chance.

The main difference is that there are loads more to do once you’re under the water. Last time the experience was all about looking and learning. Endless Ocean 2 still has that aspect, but it also gives you a bunch of tools, so you can interact more with the environment, and a plot that takes you around the world on an aquatic treasure hunt.

Treasure is buried under the sand in certain locations, and once you’ve dived in the general vicinity you have to scan the seabed with a sonar gadget to highlight the right location to dig. As well as the stuff related to the main story there are many small treasures that you excavate and sell to pay for snazzy new gear from a vendor who flits around the ocean on a jet ski.

There’s stuff above the water, too. In the original game you could walk around your boat and maybe meet a hulking great walrus that appeared on the deck to get its picture taken. This time, all of that has been relocated to more sensible places, such as islands. When you find a suitable one, you can climb out and walk around, getting honked at by sea birds.

More Info

Release date: Feb 22 2010 - Wii (US)
Feb 05 2010 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Arika
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Mild Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
7+

10 comments

  • Darkhawk - June 29, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    I've sunken (pardon the pun) more hours into this game than anything since Metal Gear Acid 2 (Gotta Collect 'Em All!) But seriously: gamers looking for adventure look no further: this game is just so exhilarating!
  • Mboy1100 - May 22, 2011 1:51 a.m.

    Freakin love this game. Great graphics for a Wii game (although I wonder how this would look on the 360) the storyline rules, and tons of side missions and legendaries to find so you can play it a long time with something to do.
  • QWERTYCommander - February 25, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    Can you still play your MP3's?
  • Cwf2008 - February 24, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    Hmm buy a "game" like this or wait for the new Pokemon games to come out and get that...ya i'll save my money
  • Metroidhunter32 - February 24, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    Yeah...sorry, not happening. Might be good, but bigger names are eating my money.
  • maryjames2010 - February 23, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    Do you want a free PS3, if so, follow this link. http://gifts.kudosnetwork.co.uk/21111
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 23, 2010 5:16 a.m.

    We will you sarcastic Buttworm!
  • michaelmcc827 - February 23, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    yeah...you guys have fun with that.
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 22, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    I've been waiting for this ever since it was announced! Glad to see Games Radar liked it! They usually troll the Wii like it is some kind of fad amongst the critic world... There are great games on the Wii, I hate how this site seems to ignore that sometimes.
  • oufour - February 22, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    KARMA!

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