Review: Deep Ones (PlayStation 4)

The main protagonist of this story suffers a crash on his submarine. The great red octopus is the reason of this, his will of destroying every traveler that he encounters may seem unbeatable, but Diver isn’t exactly as simple as he looks. He is encouraged to walk along the bottom of the ocean, plunge into the depths of the darkest corners, to rip and tear through the thick plants of seaweed and fight with the unknown creatures of the world that is beneath, just to get his submarine back in his command.

Pros:

  • Spectrum influenced graphics.
  • Retro feel.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 451MB Download size.
  • Checkpoints.
  • Health regen points.
  • Classic chiptune influenced sound effects.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Simple controls.
  • A dark game with only coral to light your way.
  • Find a gun and use to take out enemies.
  • The world is split into levels.
  • A handful of enemy types.
  • Fast loading.
  • Big varied world.
  • Boss type encounters.
  • Simple to pick up.

Cons:

  • Obnoxious music.
  • No tutorial or explanation.
  • Slow gunplay.
  • Inconsistent hitboxes.
  • Cant jump and shoot.
  • Constant roadblocks.
  • Very simplistic.
  • Lacks atmosphere.
  • Frustrating.
  • Get stuck on scenery.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6.4/10

Summary

Deep ones absolutely nail the look of a Spectrum game, It looks the part and even plays the part for the most of it with old mechanics like cannot jump and shoot or bad hitboxes, The thing is the game is just boring with little variation and unexplained roadblocks and stupid little bugs. I tried to like the game but ultimately its desperately average and needed a bit more time to be smoothed out.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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