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Rating Summary

Based on 120 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

75%

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Based on 120 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 2, 2016
PCAug 2, 2016

Developer: Giant Squid

Publisher: 505 Games

Genre: Adventure

ABZÛ is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid swimming controls. The experience draws inspiration from the deep innate narrative that we all carry within our subconscious: the story of ABZÛ is a universal myth that resonates across cultures. The name references a concept from the oldest mythologies; it is the combination of the two ancient words AB, meaning ocean, and ZÛ, meaning to know. ABZÛ is the ocean of wisdom.

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Gorgeous and invigorating, Abzû flounders a bit with a hamfisted story, but there's still nothing quite like it on the PC.

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8.4 / 10.0
IGN

Abzu takes the graceful feel of movement and subtle push toward discovery that I've enjoyed in similar exploration games like Journey and Flower and builds a refreshing-yet-simple underwater adventure around it. The colorful settings, beautiful soundtrack, and basic controls made it a great experience that constantly piqued my interest, even if it never challenged me to master it other than deciphering its cryptic environmental clues. Instead, Abzu relishes in giving you freedom to simply enjoy exploring the fascinating deep blue sea.

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Unique and visually striking, Abzu doesn't quite make the most of its underwater setting but remains a highly compelling adventure.

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Absolutely gorgeous and a joy to behold, but sticks too close to Journey's formula for its own good.

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