Endless Ocean Reviews (Wii)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
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Power Unlimited (Jan 11, 2008)
Er is dus blijkbaar toch geen angst of geweld nodig om spelers urenlang te boeien. Een revolutionair stuk software dat heerlijk ontspannend werkt.
Fragland.net (Dec 10, 2007)
This game is perfect for your mother and your grandmother or anyone else that hasn't played a game before. No goals, time limits in terms of hours, and they aren't cynical technogeeks like us.For the older gamer I can also recommend this title, just so you can have something different to do. Some classic music, a full moon night and a big whale just swimming by you which you can pet also. Bliss...
Diehard GameFan (Jan 28, 2008)
The first truly great game of 2008 and our first potential GOTY candidate. If this is a sign of things to come, 2008 is going to be an amazing year for gaming.
Nintendo-Online.de (Dec 01, 2007)
Endless Ocean ist genau das Spiel geworden, das ich mir erhofft hatte. Wem wir mir schlichtweg das Geld fehlt, einmal in einen Tauchurlaub gehen zu können, für den ist Endless Ocean das richtige Spiel. Zwar hinkt die Grafik im Gegensatz zu neueren Titeln wie Metroid Prime 3 und Super Mario Galaxy etwas hinterher, schlecht ist sie aber keineswegs. Das MP3-Feature ist eine nette Idee, hätte aber besser umgesetzt werden können. Insgesamt lässt sich aber sagen, dass Endless Ocean vor allem beim Schnäppchenpreis von nur 30€ absolut empfehlenswert ist.
Nintendo Life (Jan 12, 2008)
It isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and admittedly there’s not much incentive to keep playing other than discovering new species and areas, but if you’re after a genuinely unique experience on the Wii to prove the console can be more relaxing than Wii Sports would have you believe, Endless Ocean is the perfect choice.
IGN (Jan 22, 2008)
In Endless Ocean, from Japanese studio Arika, you step into the wetsuit of a deep sea diver out to make a name for himself, but if this all sounds like the premise for a new Jaws movie, well, we're here to forewarn you that there is about as much straight-up action in this oceanic exploration effort as there are sharks at your local mall. You will swim with all sorts of sea life, discover seemingly endless abysses, befriend dolphins, and even come unto ancient underwater ruins, and you'll shoot it all, too, if you so desire – uh, with your camera, that is. We're certain that some players will find little point in traversing the beautiful underwater environments in Endless Ocean, but for those who are fascinated by the aquatic universe, the game will provide a tranquil and ambient escape into the depths below.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Feb 16, 2008)
Endless Ocean is a paramount, shining example of the escapist side of gaming. It contains a surprising amount of traditional game elements, yes, but the real draw here is the relaxing and soothing world of Manoa Lai that Arika has so lovingly crafted. It probably isn't for the Madden / GTA / Halo only crowd, but chances are most other gamers will get a lot out of this one. The visuals, controls, and music are top-notch efforts, all pushing towards the end result of a laid-back gaming diversion. Readers, consider this one highly recommended.
GameZone (Feb 12, 2008)
Endless Ocean is a charming and unique experience. Gamers with an open mind toward design will find a lot to admire here. It may even make you question what makes a game a game.
AceGamez (Dec 12, 2007)
The fact that Endless Ocean is at a budget price (most online stores are selling it for under £20) is very much the cherry on the parfait. It may not have the splendid story of BioShock or the incredible environmental detail of BioShock, or indeed the cool name of BioShock, but it's a real breath of fresh air in a gaming environment that has become stale with relentless shooting and violence. Whether or not you'll find the game charmingly addictive or simple to the point of tedium depends on what kind of gamer you are, but if you want a break from the guns and the gore often synonymous with gaming then Endless Ocean is definitely worth a look, a little fish that's dived into the sink-or-swim environment of pre-Christmas entertainment and stayed afloat just fine.
Bordersdown (Dec 21, 2007)
Once all areas of the map have been fully explored, the replay value is threatened by repetition, but amongst the violence and destruction found elsewhere in videogames, it will always be refreshing to sit back – cup of tea in one hand, a remote in the other – and simply just relax in the deep blue.
Computer Bild Spiele (Nov 07, 2007)
Ein Spiel wie ein Südseeurlaub. Lassen Sie die Seele baumeln und erforschen Sie ohne Zeitlimit Korallenriffe, Unterwasserhöhlen und zahlreiche Arten. Wenn Sie mögen, bieten Sie Tauchführungen für Touristen an, schießen Auftragsfotos oder richten ein Aquarium ein. Müssen SIe aber nicht, Sie können auch einfach auf eigene Faust auf Erkundungstour gehen. Alleine oder mit einem Delfin und, wenn Sie mögen, sogar via Internet mit einem Freund.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 20, 2007)
Endless Ocean est un jeu qu'on n'attendait pas forcément et qui constitue finalement une très bonne surprise. Le studio Arika a su corriger la plupart des erreurs d'Everblue pour que leur nouveau titre profite d'un gameplay parfaitement adapté à la plongée sous-marine. Le rythme lent va de paire avec l'ambiance apaisante de l'exploration dont on apprécie l'entière liberté qui nous est offerte. Si la trame principale avoue ses limites en seulement quelques heures, la richesse des environnements et le nombre intéressant d'espèces à répertorier garantissent une expérience enrichissante pour tous ceux qui auront la curiosité de s'y essayer.
VicioJuegos.com (Nov 20, 2007)
Estamos ante un título innovador que está pensado para ofrecer una diversión fácil. Es un juego totalmente carente de acción, no tiene un desarrollo demasiado profundo, y no hay retos ni nada que pueda poner al jugador en dificultades. Esto, que podría ser un aspecto negativo en cualquier otro juego, resulta ser el concepto que Endless Ocean quiere ofrecer, y bien que lo consigue. Es un juego pensado para relajarse y para disfrutarlo sin preocupaciones de ningún tipo. Es una experiencia rica, entretenida, e incluso con carácter educativo, apta para toda la familia, tal como mandan los cánones de la Touch Generations. Pero al mismo tiempo puede ser un juego que no guste a todo tipo de públicos, especialmente entre los jugadores más veteranos, quienes verán en Endless Ocean un juego descafeinado.
Nintendo Front (Nov 23, 2007)
Endless Ocean ist eine gelungene Abwechslung zum öden Shooter-Alltag aller Konsolen- und PC Spieler. Nicht nur der gelungene Soundtrack (gesungen von der neuseeländischen Sängerin Hayley Westenra), sondern auch die Atmosphäre und Freiheit, die man unter Wasser genießt, machen dieses Spiel einzigartig. Nichts desto trotz gibt es Punktabzug für die Grafik über Wasser, die fehlende Sprachausgabe und den geringen Umfang des Titels. Zum Entspannen und „einfach mal abtauchen“ ist Endless Ocean nicht nur wegen seines geringen Preises aber dennoch empfehlenswert.
JeuxActu (Nov 09, 2007)
Pas forcément attrayant de prime abord, Endless Ocean s'avère finalement séduisant, avec une faune et une flore aquatiques qui ne laissent pas insensible. Bien que certaines missions pourront paraître un poil répétitives, elles ont le mérite de maintenir un rythme suffisamment soutenu pour ne pas avoir le temps de s'ennuyer. On dispose même d’un mode en ligne pour inviter un ami sur son bateau, et plonger ensemble. La réalisation surprend avec quelques coins paradisiaques qui valent le détour, le tout agrémenté d'une musique envoûtante. Cela dit, le manque de challenge évident joue en défaveur d'Endless Ocean qui profite tout de même d’une durée de vie relativement longue si on s’arrête sur chaque espèce croisée. Par contre, rien ne permet de rattraper le manque de richesse des missions ainsi que la pauvreté de certains décors. Relaxant, mais pas jouissif.
V2.fi (Jan 14, 2008)
Endless Ocean ei olisi oikein mitenkään voinut olla suuren yleisön mielestä kova juttu. Ikävää on kuitenkin, että se ei onnistu tyydyttämään edes kaltaistani aiempien Arikan pelien ja ylipäätään kaikenlaisen Japani-outouden fania. Palautan arvostelukappaleen maahantuojalle ilman sen kummempaa omistamisen halua - ehkä tämän voi joskus poimia käytettynä tai marketin kympin laarista erikoisuutensa vuoksi.
Gamekult (Nov 07, 2007)
Doté d'une durée de vie potentiellement longue pour peu qu'on apprécie les lentes escapades dans les abysses et le classement encyclopédique des espèces marines, Endless Ocean est un jeu étrangement séduisant, malgré son aspect technique moyen et son manque de véritables enjeux. Propice aux courtes sessions de détente, on s'y laisse couler avec plaisir ou on rend ses palmes très vite, tellement son appréciation dépend du tempérament du joueur et de son aptitude à glisser dans l'univers de ce "Cousteau-like". Reste que le prix réduit et l'absence de concurrent direct sur Wii jouent clairement en faveur du titre.
JeuxVideoPC.com (Nov 06, 2007)
En définitive, Endless Ocean se classe plus dans le ludo-éducatif que dans le jeu. Les centaines d’espèces représentées sont réellement le point fort de ce titre servi par une orchestration musicale digne d’un Grand Bleu. Cependant, la lassitude s’installe rapidement et l’envie de fermer les yeux n’est plus très loin. Le manque de diversité dans les actions réalisables fait d’Endless Ocean une encyclopédie, et personne ne lit un dictionnaire de bout à bout. C’est donc un logiciel à réserver aux passionnés de la faune sous-marine où tout simplement pour ceux qui seraient désireux d’avoir un peu plus d’interactivité que dans l’Encyclopédie Universalis.
Endless Ocean succeeds in it's goal of being a relaxing, educational experience. However, it fails miserably when it comes to feeling like a game. It reminds me more of a screensaver - occasionally hypnotic, but never truly entertaining. I'd take the flying toasters over this any day.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 22, 2007)
Endless Ocean is simple to the point of being quite dull, and certainly no masterpiece. But sometimes all a game needs to do is offer you something different, and it's an honest relief to play something that doesn't shout in your ear, set any time limits, or feature a single explosion; a game whose raison d'être is just beauty and peace. Playing this game is almost like taking a holiday from gaming. If you can live with that paradox - and if you can find it reasonably cheap - it's worth dipping a toe in these calm, blue waters.
AusGamers (Jan 30, 2008)
Endless Ocean is unique, different and definitely worth checking out for people interested in something a little slower in pace without too much need for thought. I often found myself caught up in the exploration of the sea bed and even obsessing over uncovering as many different types of marine life as possible. I was also pleasantly surprised to notice just how much the environments change (at one point I was aimlessly swimming in an area I had spent a fair bit of time in only to find a massive humpback whale encroaching), which adds to the idea of playing to get the most out of the oceanic setting. The lack of anything substantial to do, however, does let the game down, as do seemingly arbitrary exercises like guiding customers on dives just so they can see one particular species of fish. Casual Wii owners would do well to have a look at this, but hardcore action and puzzle junkies would probably turn their nose up. Still, good on Nintendo for yet again trying something different.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 05, 2008)
Beautiful, serene music plays throughout the game, making it feel surreal at times. Staying awake can be a problem though. Occasionally you'll encounter something interesting like a whale or hammerhead shark, but when I tried to harass the shark, he completely ignored me! Where's the realism!? I just wanted to be eaten alive - is that asking too much?! Since you can't be devoured by sharks, Endless Ocean is a colossal waste of time. Did I learn anything? Only that the ocean is very small, and sharks are not dangerous.
GamePro (US) (Feb, 2008)
Endless Ocean's underwater atmosphere is soothing and relaxing but it lacks a crucial element, fun. It could pass as a mildly interesting educational title but it's presented in a manner that can only be described as sleep-inducing. I can only recommend this title for children, especially those who are obsessed with marine biology, but even they might have trouble staying awake through extended sessions.