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ABZU

 

 

SCORE: 77

 

ABZU 

 

FFG purchased ABZU for twenty dollars a few months back. It sat in the pile until I decided to play it. An hour later I had finished the game. Which makes me question the price. ABZU should only be five to ten dollars brand new. There is not enough game play in ABZU. In fact this is more of an interactive movie experience than a video game. No wonder the PR and Marketing failed us so horribly.

ABZU is an aquatic game where players swim around from place to place. There are light puzzles like turning a crank on a couple of chains to unlock a door. The story line in ABZU is a bit odd. I think it is telling us to destroy technology and live with nature. Although the main character is actually a robot. The violence in ABZU comes from a shark eating one of our robot friends, and these mines electrocuting us.

SPOILER ALERT! At one point in ABZU we and the shark die. We then come back to life to get revenge on the triangle technology things. Somehow we can destroy them by touching them. I am not clear on what ABZU is trying to say there. Are we ghosts? Are we spirits? ABZU is not the most clear on what is actually going on. I suspect some religious teachings are being relayed at a lower level in ABZU.

The good news for this game is it has amazing graphics, and great music. We see how ABZU is all about restoring the ocean, and getting rid of technology that is shown as trash in ABZU. There is a meditate function in ABZU as well. I am not clear why though. I always meditate with the Holy Bible since it draws me closer to God. I was unable to meditate watching fish swim around.

The loading screens in ABZU are on the long side. There are a lot of different kinds of marine life in ABZU. None of them ever tried to hurt my swimming character though. Which is a bit odd when you think about the eco-system in the ocean. There are plenty of things that should have tried to take a bite out of my character. The friendship with the shark was the strangest I have played in a video game in some time.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 90%
Replay: 50%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PC/Xbox One/PS4(tested)
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Giant Squid
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY {Mild Fantasy Violence}


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