AquaNox 2 Revelations Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on AquaNox 2 Revelations by Massive Development and THQNordic.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from my friends at GOG back in 2012 or 2013 for review purposes. Like all of my reviews this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game. This is a new review for the game since my original review doesn’t exist anymore.
AquaNox 2 Revelations is a 6DOF (Degrees of Freedom) action game that puts you in the role of William Drake. William is a freighter pilot and the last member of the famed Drake family. While responding to a distress signal his ship gets taken over by a group of pirates led by a man named Amitab. This group is later revealed to be looking for an ancient treasure known as The Stone Sepulcher with William caught in the middle.
William starts off as an incredibly naive person in a world full of cutthroats, pirates and mercenaries. He quickly learns that things are much more difficult than he realizes and is forced by the crew to take part in missions fighting various factions of people.
The story is told using a visual novel style setup where you interact with a character’s name and a conversation will begin between the two characters. To progress in the story you must talk to everyone until the areas turn grey. I will admit that story wise, it’s pretty average. The conversations tend to be mostly pointless and are just exposition most of the time. That said, it was interesting enough to keep me playing but I wouldn’t expect anything great from it.
Once you acquire a mission you’ll need to go to the dock to setup your submarine. As you progress through the game you’ll eventually have access to 4 unique subs, each with their own attributes and strengths. The game often gives you hints on which one you should take in the next mission as well. You can also outfit your sub with various weapons, armor, engines, torpedoes, and special items. The submarine you choose also determines how many items you can carry as well.
Once your sub is outfitted, it’s time to begin the mission. Missions generally consist of defending, patrolling and escorting. As a mission progresses you’ll be given new objectives and enemies to fight. My favorite missions were definitely the defending of the main ship, Harvester. The escort missions were quite boring on the other hand. Unfortunately, there’s quite a lot of them throughout the game. Later missions include all 3 of these objectives which increases their length and difficulty quite a bit.
Combat in AquaNox 2 Revelations is pretty challenging and you not only have to be really good at maneuvering but you also need to be pretty clever in how you proceed as well. It’s a game that requires precision and carefulness or you’ll die quickly. This becomes especially true when facing later enemies when they’re heavily equipped/armored. A frontal assault is the easiest way to find yourself at the bottom of the sea.
Overall, AquaNox 2 Revelations may not be the best 6DOF game that I’ve ever experienced but at least it was a pretty fun and challenging journey. If you’re a fan of 6DOF games and haven’t given it a shot yet then you might enjoy this one, just don’t expect to be wowed since it’s pretty old and the story isn’t all that interesting really.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
AquaNox 2: Revelations$5.99
Features of Interest
- Interesting Characters
- Fun, Challenging Gameplay
- Decent Voice Acting
- Controls Feel Pretty Good
- Looks and Sounds Dated
- Gameplay Can Be A Bit Repetitive After A While
- Escort Missions Suck
- Story Isn't Really That Interesting