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Endless Ocean was a launch title for the Nintendo Wii. Created by was from Arika, who were already well-known for their Everblue series of diving games on the PS2, it remains one of the most innovative and, sadly, niche games available.
A diving game set in a Pacific lagoon, Endless Ocean casts you as a newly hired diver. The aim of the game? Well there really isn't one. Endless Ocean is a gigantic underwater area open for you to explore, map, and do whatever you want. Identifying and learning about all the rare sealife, giving guided tours to gain funds and equipment, and finding lost items to complete historical mysteries are all part of the game, but you can do them in any order you want. The main plot is rather short, and once you;ve finished it the game becomes an open ended sandbox where you can literally "Dive, Discover, Dream" in any way you want.
Controlled purely by the Wii-mote with no need for a nunchuck, the controls are very simple. The menu at the bottom of the screen allows you to return to the boat automatically, and your assistant can give you tips on where to go. When the pointer passes over an object of interest it turns gold and the wii-mote vibrates as an indicator, although if you were scanning around quickly, going back to try to find exactly where the item is can take a bit of time.
The world above water is limited to your boat, and rather basic. You can't even go ashore on islands, although you can stick your head out of the water and look around. Aside from your assistant, Catherine Sunday, and your clients, everyone else is interacted through purely by email. But then, the world above the water really isn't the point of the game.
The diving, on the other hand, is spectacularly realised, with glorious graphics and a really immersive feel. The underwater world is stunning, and the graphics of the animals and sea bed are outstanding. None of the fish are harmful or even hostile, making the game purely focused on exploration and discovery, and a very relaxing game to play. The soundtrack, including songs by Haley Westenra, combines with the graphics to provide some truly beautiful moments when you discover new areas.
The fish have their own characters, some curious, some shy and hard to find, and the larger ones will even let you grab on and take a ride. As part of this, you can recruit dolphin companions, who you can dive with and train to do tricks.
Some nice touches are the ability to multi-play on communal dives with your friends, or insert an SD card to add your own soundtrack.
Endless Ocean lacks violence and bad language completely, making it suitable for most ages. It can be played either as an educational game or simply to relax. For players who like expansive plots and action-packed play this is probably not going to appeal, but exploration or discovery fans should not miss it. It also makes a nice break between more action driven games. Long-term its lack of plot and open ended nature makes it a game that can be put aside and come back to, rather than one that will hold your devoted interest for a long time.
In summary, Endless Ocean is an open-ended and unique game with gorgeous graphics, suitable for players of all ages, and definitely something a gamer should try at least once.
Endless Ocean is an incredibly odd game, and while it's easy to be enticed by its ethereal wonder, this isn't enough for me to give it a free pass given that it's really quite bland and joyless. Still, if you've never seen a game like this before, it might provide some enjoyment.
The game is quite simple; there isn't any real premise and you just explore the ocean deep, using the Wiimote in a sort of point-and-click fashion. It ultimately boils down to what you want out of a game, because those used to games with a point might be a bit dispirited by this. Also, while quite expansive, you will reach the bounds of the ocean eventually, with the game telling you that you are "out of bounds", which was quite disappointing. It's hard to say whether casual gamers will enjoy it because while you can't really fail at it, it's not exactly attention-grabbing, either.
Graphically, the game looks decent throughout, but so much time has been spent on the water-based areas that when the small non-aqua sections arrive, they're noticeably not as detailed and clearly have been rushed through. When you consider how technically limited the Wii is compared to the PS3 and 360, the water effects look rather good, and the diversity and depth of the underwater life is especially well done. What I really like is the aural aspect, which features some very ethereal and calming music; it gives the game a serene, meditative quality.
This is more a mood game than anything else, which is both refreshing and frustrating, because a great game is here, but it's well beneath the surface, amidst an aimless effort that looks and sounds good, but surely most will grow tired of it soon enough.
I brought this game when we purchased the Wii a few years ago, and it is the game that we all seem to gravitate to when we put the Wii on. Its gentle, informative and you dont feel sea sick.
The idea of the game is that you are a diving instructor buidling a portfolio of creatures that you research on your dives. A sideline is that of being a professional scuba diver offering dives to a variety of rich business people who want to capture photos of rare fish.
The game introduces us to all manner of wild/rare fish and gives a brief resume of the creature. You can also pet the creature which encourages it to keep returning when you dive.
There is a choice of swim buddies from 3 dolphins. You can even have a visitor on the boat of a penguin!My daughter loves this! The culmination of the game is when you find the elusive blue whale.
Its a game that you can keep going back to and finding differnet creatures. Its not an action packed game so it wont appeal to everyone but is a gentle and informative look at some of the creatures in our seas!
Endless Ocean is a misleading now, since whilst it is in the ocean, it isn't endless (okay okay, I'm just being picky).
This is a diving semi-simulator, I say semi-simulator because you don't have to actually set up any diving equipment, you don't have to worry about getting the bends and there's no danger, in fact if you do run out of oxygen you just get returned to the boat....
But that's not what the game is about, this game is all about relaxation and exploration... or exploration and relaxation, whichever floats your boat first I guess.
You are a diver and you have a lovely boat that is frequented by all manner of sea based animals from polar bears (okay they're not really sea based, they do swim in it though) to big bird things. Sounds strange? It is.
You get to select a location in the ocean to move your boat to, after which you can dive in and have a swim around. The swimming controls are very easy and work well in this sort of game since waggling and sharp movements would have spoiled it somewhat. You just hold down B to swim and tilt the wiimote around to chose your direction.
Whilst there is a story to follow, let's be honest, it's a bit naff. The fun in this game comes from huntin... erm.. finding out all of the different species of marine life including fish, crabs, whales etc etc. When you find them you can give them a stroke by pointing at them, pressing A and moving the wiimote about. Stroking them gives you information about the animal and there are 3 levels of information to get. Depending on the animal you either have to stroke, feed or use water pens (?) to get the information. Don't ask me about the water pens, I have NO idea. When you've found the fish they get put into your big book of fish where you can go back and look at their stats and information, it's actually pretty indepth and gives you some good info about the fish.
There's some big whales and special areas to go (like a deep chasm) along with some others that will remain a surprise. There are some challenges, like you are asked to photograph a specific animal and you get graded on how good the picture is.
Swimming with you are companions, I think you get to choose from 4 different companions throughout the game that are unlocked i.e. dolphin etc, you can name them and they swim around with you.. they don't do anything else.
The music is relaxing but really suffers from a lack of mp3 selectable tracks, this is the sort of game that really needs it since the music does get repetitive after a while, most of it is by Hayley Westernra whatever her name is...
Overall I really enjoyed this game, it's good to hunt out the secrets and find new species of animal, some can only be found in certain areas or certain times of day or seasons (time does move on throughout the game). The graphics are good and there's always a sense of excitement when you see a whale swimming by...
Well worth a relaxing swim.
I like this game it is calm and relaxing the game is controlled only by using the wii remote with the player using an on-screen cursor to guide the diver.
The game features Wi-Fi play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing two players to dive together. End less ocean falls heavily around scuba diving in search of underwater treasure, as well as underwater photography. the plot in endless Ocean places the player in the role of a scuba diver exploring the Manaurai in the the sea they will see a range of smaller fish and penguins to massive whale sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. it is also most endless the amount of marine wildlife you will enconter The player also has access to a large aquarium that they can put any of the fish he or she has seen. this has to be the best single player game i have ever played.
Endless ocean on the wii is one of the wiis strongest game i believe.
The game is not only enjoyable but also very informative.
The game starts off by you diving in a shallow bay allowing you to swim round and find information out about the local wildlife that inhabits the area.
In order to gain information on fish and other sea creatures you must stroke/poke interact with them. Eventually you will see some glitter by them whih means you have unlocked some information about them. Each animal has 3 pieces to find out, but you must see the animal three times in order to get it. SO lots of diving on and off your boat.
Animals arent just in the water either but on your boat too.
Also underwater look out for shiny objects to pick up, there are lots of weird and wonderful things to see and do in this game but some help amybe required to do them all, the internet has lots of help.
Later on you also become friends with some of the sea creatures and can play/train them from your boat, its quite a neat feature.
One thing you will have to understand later on in the game is that different dpecies of fish/life can only be found at night, as well as certain times of year. So make sure you go to every location on your map as many times as possible.
This game is so relaxing and deifnately worth buying. I would score it 10/10.
Learn about fish and other creatures of the sea in an enjoyable way, you have to do all the digging.
You will also recieve emails and phone messages asking you to take photos of certain species or to take other members diving to see a certain fish. If you complete these successfully you will be rewarded with new diving equipment!
Endless Ocean i first heard about on an advert when it was first released and, with dreams of doing oceanography at some point, iIloved the idea and look of this game.
--- Story ----
The story basically revolves around you being a diving instructor, you can explore a vast range of areas to dive in to discover new species and photograph them to keep a track of your progress. Along the way you'll be called upon by customers wishing for you to take them diving, usually for specific fish. Find that fish and you'll be rewarded and open up more to do.
To attract fish you can use food which you have a supply of on you and you and by stroking the fish you'll learn more about it. Along the way you'll be able to befriend partners such as a dolphin and also discover hidden areas and artefacts to give the game a bit of variety.
--- Gameplay ---
Overall this is an immensely peaceful game. Even with sharks in the game they pose no real threat to you and so I see this as a bit of a bore of a game at times i'm ashamed to say. Although it is fun at first to dive around and find new species etc, this soon gets fairly tiresome and although it is a huge game with lots of areas to explore and things to discover, this simply isn't enough for me really and I got bored of it fairly quickly after completing a lot of very similar 'missions' (helping customers find fish etc).
--- Wi-Fi ---
One thing I must say I like though is the integration of Nintendo's Wi-Fi play (free! that's right Microsoft, free, get the hint?). The game allows you to ho on your Jet Ski and go to your friends boat (someone else playing the game and connected to the Wi-Fi). You are able to then go diving together to discover new species and chat using greetings to help direct each other, i.e. 'this way'. It is a nice addition and may well add a few extra plays to the game however i never really gave this a go so can't judge this part of it.
--- Playbackability ---
I am considering trading this in after around 5 months of ownership (1-2 months of on-off play) as i don't see myself returning to play it really due to the repetition that it offers.
--- Interactivity ---
Using the Wii Remote to move around and zoom in (to get a closer look at a fish or rock) is fairly nicely done however it would probably work just as well on the xbox 360 or ps3.
--- Price ---
At round £15.96 new or £10ish second hand this is a fun, inexpensive game but one that may well be fairly short lived.
--- Summary ---
A nice game to have around to relax and play and the 'clinky' peaceful music i'm sure will have a relaxing effect on some people however i found the gameplay to be fairly repetitive and short lived unfortunately. A good concept but not enough variety to hold my attention i'm afraid.
For the prettiness factor of the graphics is gets a 5/5 as it really is very nicely created in this sense but the gameplay and playbackability get a mediocre 2 to 3/5 so overall I give it 3/5.
Diving into the water and exploring amoung all of the wildlife, finding out about all of the fish and water animals.
Endless oceon is the ultimate oceon game, you can dive into the water and take on missions, but to help you out you are assisted by another member on the boat.
This game uses the Wifi feature very well as if someone on your Wii friends list has also got this game you can open your boat to them and climb aboard theirs and even go diving together.
The game is pretty simple once you get use to it. On you boat, you have you team member, email dock, boat wheel, save log, treasure box, deck chair and also more things to unlock.
The game is really easy when having to look for mroe creature s you just point the controller at them and click them for a few seconds to find out what they are called.
You can also send the boat to other area of the oceon to take on more commands from the federation and dive in to the water.
I payed £18 for this game, I do think it was worth it, but definatly no more than that.
The graphics are pretty good and I would give them a 9/10
I would give it to 7 year +
As the handles of some Dooyoo users testify, there are people here who love diving. I don't have a scuba-related monicker, but I love getting suited up and giant-striding into that weightless wonderland as much as any of them. If it wasn't for the facts I'm nowhere near the sea or a decent lake and my ear drums have an annoying habit of going pop, I'd do it a lot more.
I therefore approached Endless Ocean with a degree of skepticism, dare I say it snobbery. There was no way a computer game could come close to replicating the experience of gliding through the water, each fin-stroke taking you further into that mysterious world. Was there?
In a word, no. But Endless Ocean does deliver an interesting idea in an engaging and unique way.
The plot, as far as there is one, involves the player exploring the Manaurai sea in the role of a scuba diver. The game environment has no restricted areas, and the player can roam the sea freely. As well as the diving element of the game, the player also has a variety of functions available when they are aboard their boat.
---------- Boat Features ----------
As the radius of a dive is limited, the player can move their boat to any area of the map. In addition to this, the boat has other functions:
The boat is also where you receive emails for a variety of different reasons. These include people wanting to use your services as a dive guide in different parts of the sea and requests for photographs.
The photographs you take during your dives are stored, and you can edit or delete them, aboard the ship.
When you study the fish on each dive, you learn facts about them which are stored in a log on board the ship. She can consult this to learn about the different animals you have encountered. Only when you have interacted with them, will their entry in the log be filled in and there are many to look for.
Various shiny things have been dropped on the sea bed, and when you retreive them they are stored onboard, for you to look at and study.
The main plot line unfolds through regular discussions with the other person on board the ship, Catherine Sunday. As well as providing information about the marine life, she facilitates certain events that take place when you are following the storyline.
In addition, you might be adopted by one or more Dolphins, who will come to your boat, to be trained by you. The more you play with them, the better they become at performing tricks.
Finally, the ship is where you can upload a customised soundtrack, installing music that you want to accompany you on your undersea explorations.
---------- Diving ----------
Diving is the most important aspect of the game. The aquatic environment is superbly rendered, with a variety of ecosystems in the Manaurai playing area. As well as swimming through rock formations and coral gardens, you will encounter a huge variety of marine life. Sometimes these are huge, and you can actually hold onto some of the creatures and be dragged along. Others are so small, you have to zoom in to find them.
As well as swimming with the fish, you can feed them. This makes them like you more. The more they like you, the more you learn about them in your species log. You also get them to like you by poking and rubbing them. This was an odd feature and, I wasn't keen on the example it set, being a diver who thinks fish really shouldn't be poked and fondled. You also have a whistle which the fish respond to positively. The whistle is particularly effective when you want to swim with Dolphins. There is a different way to make each species respond to you, and trial and error is the best way.
You manouvre your way around the dive site, using a compass and depth guage. You also have to keep an eye on your air level as you explore. I found the Wii controller a little awkward to use at first, but you quickly master it, in much the same way as you would master neutral bouyancy! On your dives you can be accompanied by another diver or, when you get to know some, you might find a dolphin to go with you.
I found the educational aspect of the game superb. I learnt a great deal of little facts about all kinds of marine life. In order to give the player as wide a variety of exciting environments to look at as possible, there was a compromise with the reality of diving. One of the locations you can dive is The Abyss, a mid-ocean trench. While it was exciting to poke and stroke my way around the murky depths, I was always conscious of the fact that were I to do that for real, I'd have been crushed like a tin can.
However, I didn't really look at the game as a diving simulator. I chose to view it as an interactive version of the BBC's excellent Blue Planet series.
Technically I would best describe Endless Ocean as elegant and soothing. If you want action and end-of-level bosses, you'll be disappointed. This is a game that unfolds slowly. Visually, the rendering of the underwater environment is superb, as is the way in which the marine life interacts with the player and its environment. Shoals of fish swim in unison, sharks lurk indifferently and anemones sway gently.
The game has its own soundtrack, a collection of songs from Hayley Westenra. Her immaculate voice and the calm music compliment the player's undersea exploration. It's a shame you only get the songs the first time you explore a new environment. You also have the clicks of whales and dolphins as well as that sound of air in your regulator which I love.
Other features include multi-player
If you want to you can play out the game's key plot-line very quickly. It's not difficult or challenging and the satisfaction of the game shouldn't come from its completion alone. I don't feel the game has much longevity, as after a while you do start to get a little scuba'ed out. It is a nice idea and I certainly enjoyed paddling around for a few days. But, you can't beat the real thing!
---------- Product Information ----------
Available from Amazon for £17.66, but given its relatively short life-span, you can probably pick it up much cheaper second-hand from Game etc.
Watch out for the sequel, due to be released in 2009
I had read a lot of reviews of this product prior to purchasing and admit I was a bit sceptical about all the hype, however I was pleasantly surprised!
The storyline is a bit naff at times but is in it's own way rather entertaining! The actual underwater scenes though are absolutely fantastic. I've done a fair bit of scuba diving and have to say the graphics are really spot on and the whole experience is just so relaxing.
If you are looking for a game that you can play to chill you out after a long day at work, then look no further. It's amazing how many hours you can spend just floating about and interacting with the many fish and sea creatures. It's also a great way to learn about all the different species that live in our oceans. Go out and buy it, you really won't be disappointed!
Do you like adventure, sea life, discovering things, do you have a Nintendo Wii?
Well then this might just be the game for you.
Endless Ocean costs around £20.00 from most stores.
It uses just the one controller, but no addons, such as nunchuck.
It also uses the Wifi feature for the game, but it is not required and can also use your own MP3 track using the SD slot on your Nintendo Wii.
The game is about you as a diver looking for fish under water and learning about them and getting there names. Now, to get there names and information you just simple rub them, bu pointing at them and pressing A, so that's the simple parts to the game.
You can swim around the ocean on missions send to you by the federation which you get on the boat as well as you save game feature, and the sea life book.
I think this game is ideal for stereotypical girls tho, but not to be sexist maybe some lads will like it too, just not me.
I do wish I bought a different game now, but its not too bad so ill still play is rather than waste £20.00
I got endless ocean from Amazon for £18 and played it today. It first seams quite a relaxing peaceful game and the music makes it seam even more like this.
The game is based on a boat with you as the diver going under water to explore and find new species, might sound all that exciting but its simply, click the animal move the controller a little bit and you have the fish's name.
On the boat you have a mobile phone for emails which you receive missions from the federation, you then go and explore.
It is an adventure game and you can go for miles under water, but I think its too light with not enough action, its all swimming, no speed boats for fun, well not as I've found anyway. The whole game I think is for a little kid, who would probably also get bored of it, you need to have patience for the game aswel and like calm peaceful things and nature.
The actual footage its self is OK, the underwater graphics are good, but some moving objects aren't so good, I would give it a 6/10 for graphics.
I would reccomend that you do check this game suits you before you buy, as you may be disappointed.
I have had this game for quite a time now and I think it is fab. The gameplay and story is great and it took me a long time to explore everywhere. I think that it is more a game for women personally as there are no enemies or gun fights or anything like that. The graphics are fantastic and the range of fish that can be seen is extensive and the descriptions of fish are detailed and quite accurate. I have used the wifi feature numerous times and have found that it works very well and is fun to do although the communication that you can make while diving with your friends is quite poor as you can only use preset messages. Another disadvantage that I have found is the music. Personally I find it quite annoying and cheesy and I have tried the add your own music function but it hasn't worked in my or my friends' experience. I would recommend for children and teenage girls.
I picked this game up for rental as I thought the concept looked really good and it had some great reviews. After I had played this game for awhile, I found I loved it and I think it is a fantastic game that is very fun.
The graphics are very good and are some of the best on the Wii. They look beautiful and will impress you by itself.
You will explore the sea, observing the creatures and interacting with them. The game records your finding in a log.
You can just do as you please, sometimes completing the various side tasks and missions.
You will keep playing it for hours and will always come back to it every week to explore the sea over and over again.
The game doesn't suffer from any slowdown and it great. The sound is very good and it feels like you are floating in the ocean when playing. It is a great and cheaper alternative to the real thing!
The game also has online capabilities where you can explore with a friend.
Overall, the game is very fun and a great purchase. It is a must buy for every Wii owner.
Endless Ocean is one of those niche games that tends to get underrated by those who do not understand its concept. Sure if may sound dull but if you are the type of person that enjoys games like pilotwings read on. If not, this game may not be for you.
The game is all about you, as a diver exploring the world under the sea, watching, observing, interacting with sea creatures in a serene environment. The game does have a goal, and that is for you to have interacted with all species of sea creatures; the game records this in your 'logbook'.
There are no time limits, just its up to you to explore how you wish too. There are optional tasks and missions available if you wish to choose so, which involve exploring areas, accompanying divers, searching for things etc..
The graphics in itself are beautiful, calming and serene. A really beautiful attempt at a first generation Wii game. The creatures and the world itself underwater is believable and it does draw you in. (the over world has a bit to be desired but its not what the game is about).
In all, a beautiful niche game which has online capabilities where you can swin and explore with a friend with random sea creatures thrown in to keep things exciting.
Navigating their way through the depths of the ocean using the Wii remote, players guide their character using the pointer's cursor, visible as a bright blue dot. When players wish to interact with fish or plants they can highlight them with the pointer and press the A Button. By doing so, players discover new species and build up their fish log. Whats more you can also befriend companions like a dolphin which will become your partner and with whom you can train and swim with.