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Endless Boredom

October 13, 2007

petting fish

A little while back I got to play around with the scuba simulation game Endless Ocean, also known as Forever Blue in Japan. It’s one of those titles you really hesitate to call a game. It’s more of a interactive screen saver/insomnia cure. But it is of course of the many upcoming non-games for the Wii made inevitable by the success of all the non-games that are so popular on the DS. Click on for impressions.

The first thing that really struck me was how good it looked. When you first dive into the ocean, it is quite beautiful, and I wondered briefly if the graphical power of the Wii had been underestimated. Then as I swam around, my second impression was, “is that all?” The diver in the game swam about quite easily with the Wii controls, and I was able to touch some fish, and feed some fish. It seems the purpose of the game is to touch and feed different fish and sea creatures, and by doing this you learn what is the name of said fish. The different fish and animals you discover by touching and feeding can later be added to your personal aquarium roster, which you can then use to pick and choose which ones you want to touch and feed.

I turned the game on during a lazy Sunday after it had been gathering dust in the game stack to once again try to see if I could find something to lure the wife into my world. My wife hates games, but every once in a while a certain title will hook her in. Games Like Animal Crossing and Chibi Robo would become her obession for a couple of weeks, and then never touched again. She didn’t want to play, but she watched me swim around for about an hour before falling deeply asleep on the couch. I continued playing for a couple of hours until she woke up and muttered “You’re still playing this crap?” “Not anymore.” I replied and shut it down.

The game is quite hypnotizing and peaceful. The music really captures the mood (or creates it?) , and the soothing bubbles and breathing as you swim around is pretty immersive. During my swim I found and fed (or touched) various tropical fish, penguins, seals, dolphins, and sharks (they can’t hurt you). All of them swam convincingly, and smoothly through the water. The whole experience would have almost been a game if you had to actually learn about how to scuba dive. But all you really basically do is swim about. So basically I am putting myself to sleep just remembering the experience.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2007 1:42 pm

    Hey Billz, you couldn’t hotlink that second image so i took it down. It said “MAXCONSOLE.NET” instead. Wanna replace it?

    Also, there’s an ‘e’ in boredom.

  2. October 13, 2007 9:44 pm

    It would have been interesting if this game had ecco the dolphin type mechanics.

  3. October 13, 2007 9:55 pm

    Why the hell hasn’t anyone made a new ECCO game? I loved that impossibly hard, frustratingly unplayable Genesis title.

  4. October 14, 2007 1:23 am

    Thas coz you like dolphins. fag.

  5. Ruben permalink
    October 16, 2007 12:55 am

    Don’t forget, they made an Ecco the Dolphin on Dreamcast and PS2!

  6. October 16, 2007 8:09 am

    Forget? I never knew!

  7. October 16, 2007 11:33 pm

    Ecco the Dolphin on Dreamcast had some of the most impressive graphics on that system! The swim mechanics were also interesting, once you got used to it.

    I read somewhere a rumor that you could use your own tracks as musical background for this game… can’t wait to swim to the tunes of Van Halen on this thing!

  8. October 17, 2007 12:18 am

    You’d have to swim really hard when you hear:

    Panama!

    dun dun duh-dun dun dun

    Panama-huh!

  9. jess permalink
    March 10, 2008 8:19 pm

    i think this game is cool even tho its kinda boring….its adictive!! kinda like The Sims i LOVE that game!!!

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