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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 The defensive turret system has been replaced by two cannons that can be installed on the hull.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 Flint and his wingmates in a large end-of-chapter battle against Admiral Cox's rebel fleet
AquaNox Windows Choosing your destination
AquaNox Windows Talkin'
AquaNox Windows The plot revolves around the mysterious Brainfire station, shown here under attack from Creole's Tornado Zone frigate

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

4Players.de Oct 18, 2001 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Nov 09, 2001 85 out of 100 85
PC Zone Benelux Dec, 2001 84 out of 100 84
Christ Centered Game Reviews Jun 01, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Pelit Mar, 2002 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 22, 2002 68 out of 100 68
PC Gamer UK Feb, 2002 67 out of 100 67
ActionTrip Dec 18, 2001 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot Nov 30, 2001 6.1 out of 10 61
GameSpy Dec 28, 2001 60 out of 100 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 (4143) added AquaNox (Windows) on Oct 16, 2001