AquaNox (Windows)

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Description

In this sequel to Archimedean Dynasty, the player once again controls Emerald "Dead-Eye" Flint, the hero from the first game. Five years after Archimedean Dynasty, the underwater metropolis Neopolis, capital city of the Atlantic Federation, is a battlefield. It is a battle between the government and a new, hard line. Admiral Cox, well known from the previous installment, has to decide - and he really has problems with this decision...

Like its predecessor, AquaNox is a hybrid of submarine simulation and shooter. The game contains more than thirty single player missions and nine different player vessels. Flint earns money by completing missions, allowing him to purchase better submarines, weapons and equipment. Outside the submarine, Flint can visit stations, talk to NPCs, and receive missions from them. Unlike the first game, the player's view is fixed to the cockpit in this installment, and the controls resemble more those of a first-person shooter. The defensive turret system has been replaced by two cannons that can be installed on the hull.

Screenshots

AquaNox Windows Graphic effects, hight resolution
AquaNox Windows A Capital Ship vs. Capital Ship duel. Commodore Sool's Ghost blasts away at Admiral Cox's Triops
AquaNox Windows Talkin'
AquaNox Windows The robotic Bionts, the penultimate enemies from Archimedean Dynasty, return in Aquanox as the first and weakest foes you face

Alternate Titles

  • "未来水世界" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Weilai Shui Shijie" -- Chinese title
  • "Aquanox: Сумерки Аквы" -- Russian spelling
  • "AquaNox: The Last War Will Be Fought Beneath The Waves" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Aqua" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Gameswelt Oct 19, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2001 88 out of 100 88
PC Action Oct 12, 2001 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Dec 05, 2001 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2001 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov 09, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Krawall Gaming Network Nov 16, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Gameguru Mania Dec 10, 2001 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Nov 30, 2001 6.1 out of 10 61
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 10, 2002 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Technology

AquaNox was upon release one of the "killer apps" for the at the time new GeForce3 graphic chipset. It was co-developed with NVIDIA to take advantage of the new features of the NV20 boards which allowed it to be one of the first games (if not the first) to include such effects as caustic reflections and radiosity lighting in a real-time environment.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2002 - Best Graphics in 2001

Ending

The game only contains the first half of the planned storyline, which explains why it seems to end in the middle of everything without a proper resolution.
phlux (4142) added AquaNox (Windows) on Oct 16, 2001