The undersea world has undergone a transformation from a tranquil environment to a place of unspeakable violence, graphic murder and horrific danger. It is now the 27th century and mercenaries such as Emerald "Deadeye" Flint ply their deadly trade among the warring forces of man and nature. You take the role of Flint, taking command of a loosely aligned force of fellow mercenaries who hire themselves out to the powerful leaders of the inhospitable world of Aqua. Players fight vicious battles against crazed mercenaries, mighty military forces and hideous sea monsters. The frantic pace never lets up in Aquanox - a true adrenaline-rush action game.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2010-03-09 20:31:43 by Flaser:
AquaNox is actually the second game in the Aqua series, another franchise that was ever "dumbed down" in each epoch to pander to mainstream sensibilities (...or more likely corporate mismanagement).
The first and less known game of the franchise was Archimedean Dynasty in 1996. It was a complex TIE-fighter clone with small and fast submarines in the underwaterread more dystopia of Aqua. (Earth after the surface has been nuked into a big pile of slag). Players assumed the role of Emerald "Deadeye" Flint, mercenary for hire and unrepentant womanizer. You could travel between various stations in each area and take side-missions beside plot-critical ones or just chat up another girl in town - which could lead to important info every once in a while.
Fast forward a couple of years. 3D accelerator cards have overtaken graphics and GPUs became the standard. Riding on this new wave of graphical perfomance was the second installment of the Aqua series.
In the name of accessibility several things changed:
The complex in combat sub management of the 1st game abolished in favor of FPS controls.
The graphics were gorgeous (the game was NVidia's showman piece).
The plot was strictly linear, you could no longer take side-missions.
Is the game good? I think good enough is an understatement, but the best I could come up with. Thankfully the game's also somewhat hard, so action fans will be delighted to cut their teeth on it. Though a strict by the book point-and-shoot game (without the varied environment, events or physics gimmicks that has become the staple of FPS-es) it can hold its own, by giving varied objectives or just plain 'ol keeping you on the edge of your seat with fast and furious action.
However fans of the earlier game are disappointed and new "fans" might also be put off by the mishmash of how the game tries to build ambiance and story between action. In the old game - strictly in text, as a CD could hold only so much - you read evocative prose both mundane and heroic on how people perceived the world around them.
This hard-boiled, over the top writing is also present in Aquanox. Some of the time it hits the mark. The people of Aqua are just a bit insane, maniacal lot and the style lends itself well to convey this. However without the context of less over the top conversations - like how Flint took some mundane missions or a situation based on good old extortion - the acting can be tacky and will leave new fans exasperated while old fans would just shrug in embarrassment.
All in all, Aquanox is a good action game with some good story elements to go with it, even if the execution is hampered by the linear and dumbed down delivery.
Recommended for Aqua fans and check out Archimedean Dynasty to get the whole picture.
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Posted on 2010-03-11 18:30:47 by Orvidos:
I played this a long, long time ago (sadly, in this galaxy). I've been looking for a working copy ever since. All hail GOG, masters of my soul!
The gameplay is excellent (if not perfect.) Underwater poses some interesting challenges to moving around and the way weapons work. It's fairly standard, but it does throw some twists your way.
The story is. . .well, it's your typicalread more giant monster lifeform of death underwater apocalypse story, but it is encased so well, that you won't notice most of the cliches.
The graphics were, for the time, beautiful. I love being underwater, and this simulates it well.
All in all, a dated, moderately cliche, alright playing game.
I will never love another game as much as I did this one.
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Posted on 2010-03-09 16:47:08 by mentat:
AquaNox starts with a gritty dark underwater setting. I haven't seen this much (anyone know the game Deadly Tide?). It's a great atmosphere for this game.
The gameplay is basically like any flight simulator game. I think it's great and really throws you in the action, but doesn't stand up to the high bar of StarLancer (my favorite space sim ever). The storyline and missions areread more basically linear, leaving not a lot of room for free lancing, but you do get to buy weapons, items, and ships. This makes it sort of like the classic Crimson Skies.
All in all, AquaNox has a great story in a gritty setting and delivers one the great dog fighting flight simulation we all know and love. It's not revolutionary in any way, bit is a great excuse to dust off your old game pad or joystick. For $5.99 this is a great value.
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