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The aquatic alien race Elect escapes from its oppressors and loads all of their people into a giant space ship known as the Ark. They settle on making earth their new home planet and launch a secret attack, melting all the polar caps covering the entire planet with water. Three different groups stand up to fight the aliens and reclaim the planet. The Iron Marines are a group of humans using what is left of technology to fight back. The second group is the Nemodian race. This group, lead by captain Nemo, has been leaving in truce with the humans for more than a hundred years at the bottom of the ocean. The final group consist of the Atlantian, a remainder of the once powerful empire of Atlantis, but trapped during the last ice age until the polar caps melted.

As explained in the premise, all of the actions takes place underwater. The singleplayer portion consists of 15 missions, including cut-scenes, for one or two players in a co-op mode. As a fast-paced shooter, players command small vessels engaging different enemies. Each race has different ships, upgrades and power-ups, some of which need to be unlocked by acquiring points, through killing enemies or accomplishing team goals.

Up to sixteen players can play in the versus mode, either online or through system link.


Undertow Xbox 360 Title screen.
Undertow Xbox 360 Capturing a control point.
Undertow Xbox 360 Underwater team deathmatch.
Undertow Xbox 360 You have four "classes" - here's a vehicle/tank.

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UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Dec 17, 2007 A- 91
TalkXbox Dec 14, 2007 89 out of 100 89
Daily Game Dec 07, 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
TeamXbox Nov 16, 2007 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN Nov 20, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87 Nov 27, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82 (UK) Dec 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamers' Temple, The Dec 06, 2007 78 out of 100 78 Jan 30, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Game Shark Jan 16, 2008 B- 67


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Release history

The game was given away for free to all Xbox Live silver and gold members between 23rd and 25th January 2008, to compensate for the issues with the service during the 2007 Christmas holiday break.

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Sciere (497438) added Undertow (Xbox 360) on Jan 20, 2008