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If you don't get bored with the first couple of missions, you will find yourself succumbed by the underside of the world. Deep Fighter does a great job with navigation features, as well as incorporating both tools and weapons. It shouldn't take long to learn the basic controls, and you should be launching your machine through the water with ease. In an aquatic 'Wing Commander' sort of way, you will be required to attend mission briefings before attempting the mission itself. Just don't fail or you will end up with a court martial!
Consoles Plus (Nov, 2000)
Deepfighter est un bon mélange d'action, de shoot et d'aventure, jouable, intéressant, assez joli mais à l'ambiance un peu moyenne.
IGN (Sep 01, 2000)
On the whole though, I sincerely enjoyed my experiences with Deep Fighter. Simple and complex at the same time, the relaxing atmosphere and intelligent mission structure had me yearning for retries at failed scenarios hours after bed time. An enjoyable little diversion from the bigger named titles of the world, Deep Fighter doesn't sink at all.
GameSpot (Aug 28, 2000)
So, while Deep Fighter isn't destined for any awards, the game's intriguing storyline, solid gameplay, and sharp graphics are certainly a winning combination that definitely makes playing it a pleasurable experience. If you're looking for a unique Dreamcast game, Deep Fighter is certainly one of the best offbeat Dreamcast games out there.
Gliding on rich graphical environments and innovative gameplay elements mixed with good old-fashioned FPS action, Deep Fighter successfully expands on the traditional format of an action title and provides a rich gameplay experience. With solid controls and an excellent AI, combat is extremely entertaining, and in addition, Deep Fighter forces the player to switch gears from pilot, to salvage crew, to rescue worker, the title’s true genius lying in the in-mission goal updates. Problematic issues mainly lie with the lack of difficulty settings, which may render the game too challenging for some; completists will also be driven absolutely mad by the save feature, which automatically saves over the previous game. Yet Deep Fighter provides an intriguing storyline and an incredibly varied experience as it blends non-combat elements into what is essentially a flight simulator, reminding players that they’re more than just gun jockeys — they’re their civilization’s last chance for survival.
Defunct Games (Jan 27, 2007)
Overall though, I enjoyed my time with Deep Fighter. Simple and complex at the same time, the relaxing atmosphere and intelligent mission structure had me yearning for retries at failed scenarios for hours. I highly recommend it.
Video Games (Sep, 2000)
Wer sich mit der Story identifizieren und diesem Genre grundsätzlich etwas abgewinnen kann, wird in Deep Fighter voll auf seine Kosten kommen. Selbst wenn man sich nicht direkt um das jeweilige Missionsziel kümmert, ist es eine Freude durch die wunderschönen und lebhaften Unterwasserwelten zu gleiten. Die gestellten Aufgaben an sich sind erfreulich abwechslungsreich und sind manchmal auch nur mit etwas Kniffeln zu lösen. Einzig die etwas geringe Fernsicht, die aber wohl auch der Realität in diesen Tiefen entspricht und die recht haarigen Zweikämpfe können manchmal für ein wenig Frust sorgen.
neXGam (2002)
Wer also auf der Suche nach etwas Abwechslung von all den Rennspielen und Beat´em Ups ist, kann mit Ubisoft's Unterwasseraction ruhigen Gewissens abtauchen.
70 (Oct 17, 2000)
Après une version PC qui s'était avérée un peu décevante, on pouvait craindre que la version Dreamcast soit elle aussi un peu creuse. Le genre assez superficiel de Deep Fighter se prête en tout cas très bien à la console de Sega qui montre ici son potentiel offensif en matière de 3D et d'effets avec quelques réticences tout de même...
Planet Dreamcast (Sep 01, 2000)
Deep Fighter is a game that will torture you with terribile acting, when it isn't putting you to sleep. Aside from the neat lighting on the sea floor, and some minimal underwater ecology, there isn't much going on here. Search elsewhere for your action thrills.
Game Revolution (Sep 01, 2000)
Deep Fighter is one of those games that has already been done, and done better. At its heart, it's simply a space combat title that sunk into the ocean. The overall design of the game is bland with only the occasional bits of FMV to really spice it up. If you love space combat, you might consider renting this one, otherwise I'd stay out of the water.
Deep Fighter is one of those games that needs a sequel. With a few refinements in the gameplay and an upgrade in the graphics department, this game stands a chance. As for now, this is one to pass on unless you're a fan of guppies that can destroy a metal submarine by ramming it repeatedly.