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Feb 3, 2008

Review: Endless Ocean

Endless Ocean
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Arika
Available for the Nintendo Wii

Endless Ocean, the newest game or should I say, educational simulator because this title plays more like an interactive encyclopaedia then an actual videogame. Sure, there are missions to complete in the game, but there is no real challenge to the missions as your character doesn’t have to worry about losing them at all. You can’t die or run out of time, so there’s really no challenge to the missions.

In EO, you play the role of a driver who gets to explore the underwater world in a fictional sea. While exploring these underwater depths, you can learn about the different aquatic life by touching and feeding them. Each interaction with an animal results in receiving facts about them and their addition to your sea life encyclopaedia and even your aquarium later in the game.

Missions come over emails from your research foundation and generally have you mapping out dive areas, guiding other divers underwater and looking for buried treasure. You will even be able to train dolphins to perform tricks in a neat mini game and then have them travel with you during dive sessions.

The graphics and the music is the only really reason this game is amazing though. For a Wii game, the graphics are pretty in-depth and will have you exploring every little nook and cranny to see what else there is to see. The music is a little cheesy at first but the main song, Prayer and the other tracks actually adds to the relaxing atmosphere of the ocean You can even add your own music from an SD card, but you can only play one song at a time.

If you’re a fan of sea life, then I highly recommend this game because ocean lovers can easily get lost in the endless underwater world, but anyone hoping to actually find an challenge in Endless Ocean should run screaming in the opposite direction, because this game will have you bored to tears.

Rating: 5 out of 10
Rent it, if you like dolphins a lot

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