What Lies Beneath.
One of the very best survival titles currently available on any platform, Subnautica is a hugely immersive underwater epic that combines survival, crafting, open world exploration and an intriguing narrative to truly spectacular effect. It’s one of our all-time favourite games and so, when we heard that both the original and it’s highly anticipated sequel, Subnautica: Below Zero, were headed to Switch, we were understandably delighted. However, it was delight tempered with a certain degree of scepticism as to how developer Unknown Worlds could possibly cram these enormous experiences onto Nintendo’s dinky little hybrid console in a properly playable manner. Thankfully, it turns out, we needn’t have worried.
We’re not exactly sure what kind of secret underwater alien technology Unknown Worlds has employed in its porting process here, but both Subnautica and its sequel on Switch feel like nothing short of a minor miracle. Beyond the now expected lowering of textures and graphical bells and whistles across the board – and some asset pop-in that we’ve actually also experienced whilst playing this one on PC and PS4 – this is one of the all-time great survival experiences, and its excellent sequel, looking and running spectacularly well on a handheld gaming device.
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