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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

Things that live on dry land don’t seem to be dangerous, but that’s not the case when you’re out of your element, breathing from a cylinder. The routes to some areas are patrolled by hungry sharks, and they’ll gnaw at you until you have to surface – presumably to have your legs reattached. Getting past those monsters usually involves zapping them several times with a weird sort of pulsar weapon, which persuades them via the power of electricity to go and eat somewhere else.

The pulsar is also used for identifying and healing sick animals – yes, as well as being a treasure hunter, naturalist and explorer, you’re also a kind of unsolicited underwater vet for wild animals. This is where we’d invoke the ghost of Steve Irwin to remind us all that most of the time these things don’t really like being messed around with but, hey, it’s only a game.

Your base is an island that looks small and flat enough to be completely swamped by the wash from your boat. You can park up there and save your game. On one half of the island there’s a gazebo with a table where you can read your journal and possibly have a barbecue with your mates, assuming anybody could find you out there in the salty vastness. There’s also a shed where you sleep.

If you head out to the end of the jetty you can play minigames with dolphins. You get one for free right at the start of the game, and others can be persuaded to join you if you manage to zap them during a dive.

Apart from the new shore-based parts, it looks much the same as the original – no bad thing, as that’s still one of the prettiest Wii titles around. A close-up camera for looking at coral and interesting bits of the sea floor is the only new visual treat, but it’s annoyingly restricted in the amount you can scroll around these super high-res shots – you can only pan the camera a tiny bit before you hit a barrier. And after a while you start spotting the exact same coral all over the place, which is probably when it’s time to take a break from all the swimming.

This thing really eats up the hours. You can get as far through it as you like, as long as you have the time, and the only parts that require any skill are when you’ve got a shark bearing down on you and you’re fumbling for the pulsar button.

But it definitely feels like a proper game, unlike the original, and there’s a real sense of achievement when you find your way through an underwater maze and chance upon something truly spectacular – of which there are many instances in Endless Ocean 2. Will anyone notice that it’s been released outside of Japan? Well, at least we’ve spotted it, and we dare say that if you’re hankering for something completely different from the average Wii title, you’ll be glad you found it too.

Feb 22, 2010

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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