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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 The defensive turret system has been replaced by two cannons that can be installed on the hull.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 A Capital Ship vs. Capital Ship duel. Commodore Sool's Ghost blasts away at Admiral Cox's Triops
AquaNox Windows Talkin'
AquaNox Windows Graphic options...
AquaNox Windows Watch out, danger!

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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The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Dec 05, 2001 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Nov 09, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 12, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 22, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameguru Mania Dec 10, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Fragland.net Sep 15, 2002 77 out of 100 77
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 11, 2001 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 22, 2002 68 out of 100 68
ActionTrip Dec 18, 2001 65 out of 100 65
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