Design, build and take first-person command of battleships, planes, submarines, space ships, hot air balloons and more!
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Release Date: Aug 7, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“From the Depths was released via our website on the 1st of January in a pre-alpha state and the involvement from the community was amazing. We averaged a new release every 4 days for 6 months and the experience of developing with the help of the player has been absolutely priceless. By releasing in early access on Steam we hope to grow the customer base and make sure the game is tailored to new players and veterans alike!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“From The Depths will be in development for approximately 6 months before the entire wish-list is included, however development will continue for as long as there are players!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full game will have more multiplayer support, include more story missions, a more advanced Campaign mode, and more components. Funding from the early access stage will also allow us to add a professional artist to the team to rework the graphical side of the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Approximately 50 player tested releases in and very stable. 225 different components, not including 19 missile parts. A totally free-form designer mode, structured story missions and an extremely challenging open world Campaign mode all exist. Multiplayer is being added and is testable in an extremely early state.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price may increase slightly in the full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The forum at http://www.fromthedepths.com/forum is the main hub of interaction between developers and players. Almost every player comment is read and replied to by a developer. The vast majority of the features in the first 50 versions of the pre-alpha were added due to player request or through open discussion with the players.”
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"Impressive vehicle building sandbox game that allows you to build battleships, planes, submarines, space ships and so much more."
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December 29, 2014

1.564, 1.565, 1.566 patch notes

Notes on drag

Over the Xmas period a lot of things changed regarding the drag calculations. Drag is now applied in three axes (forwards/backwards, left/right, up/down). "Form Drag" as usual depends on speed and cross sectional area in the direction of movement (and the submersion in water of that cross sectional area) but now also contains "skin drag" components from the length of the vehicle. Sloping the vehicle can reduce the "form drag" but cannot reduce the "skin drag" components. Press V to see the form and skin drag components in the forwards dimension. Due to this series of updates both planes and ships handle slightly differently. Some of your old designs might not control very well anymore and may need some tweaks. Some tips for updating vehicles: reduce the number of propellers and size of sails; Increase size of buoyant air pumped compartments; Place keels made of lead below the center of the ship; keep heavy components as low down as possible.

Other changes


[Bug fix] AI control of cannons improved

[Bug fix] Bug fixed with display of resource costs

[New feature] Water mode with jets... jet thrusters now work too

Inventory arrangements tidied up

Default options changed (text hud enabled by default)(build marker rotation locked is now the default option)

Tutorials updated to reflect changes

[new feature] Custom jet build guide added

[new feature] Text hud shows colored filling bars where appropriate

[Bug fix] Rudders are no longer more efficient when reversing

Eyrie added for Onxy watch

[new feature] More meshes displayed in build mode (not just slopes and corners now)

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December 24, 2014

1.561,1.562,1.563 patch notes

Merry Christmas!

Here's the patch notes for the last three minor updates. Nothing too major with the exception of sloped blocks now reducing drag (due to both air and water resistance).

Changes

[Feature] Slopes and corner blocks reduce drag
[Feature] Text regarding drag cross section added to 'text' HUD

[Bug fix] Harpoon cable drum adds 400 metres, not 200

[Bug fix] Window is now resizeable when not in full screen

[Bug fix] Story mission GUI bug fixed

[Bug fix] You can no longer retreat a structure

[Bug fix] Cannon with no barrel will no longer draw ammo when requested to fire

[Bug fix] Linux loading bug fix

[Improvement] Missile GUI sliders are like the other sliders (mouse wheel controlled, text input box)

[Bug fix] You can no longer cut and paste or make folder in 'built in blueprints'

[Bug fix] Load and save file browsers share a common folder / selection system

[Bug fix] Overlap checks for forces fleets and constructable spawns has had some bugs fixed in it

[Bug fix] Saving of jet control prefs for vehicle is now fixed

[Bug fix] Issues with accidentally overwriting other blueprints due to confusing save GUI operation fixed

[Bug fix] Issue with exposing large enclosed spaces to the outside world causing crashes have been fixed


[Bug fix] Costs and weights of inverse corner blocks fixed (was 0.25, should be 0.75)

[Bug fix] Buoyancy volume of slopes and corners reduced



Have a great Christmas and the next major update should be out by January 5th!

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Reviews

“My jaw almost hit the floor when I installed a few community made vehicle blueprints. The creativity and ingenuity on display was simply incredible [...] there is no doubt that this game is going to be truly epic”
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“The game’s physic system is especially impressive. Giant galleons feel like absolute tanks trudging through the ocean, while speedboats slice through the waves at a precarious pace [...] Combat is chaotic and intimately customizable. There is perhaps no greater pleasure than executing a successful broadside”
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Workshop

Share your vehicle blueprints via the workshop

Feature List

  • A huge game world explorable from the ocean depths into outer space.
  • A full and accurate physics model including dynamic damage simulation, sailing mechanics and weather effects.
  • Battle against fleets of AI craft and build your own to meet the menace.
  • Build fortress bases, mine for resources and battle other factions in campaign mode where strength and diplomacy are the keys to victory.
  • In-game Steam workshop support to share your creations with the world.
  • RPG-Style character progression with levels, perks, skills and inventory systems.
  • Available now on PC, Mac and Linux.

About This Game

Summary

In From the Depths you can build and take first-person command of battleships, planes, submarines, giant terrible geese, space ships, hot air balloons and more! The game is currently in alpha and contains a wide range of single player content including:
  • A creative mode allowing you to push your designs to the limit and ensure the total annihilation of your opponents.
  • A campaign waged over hundreds of islands against eight unique factions.
  • A Story Mode where you can (eventually!) play 15 missions as each of the eight factions - a fantastic mixture of strategy, design and wild battles! Defend your fleet against waves of enemy forces in a series of extremely tough challenges that unlock new components.
An expansive multiplayer and co-op element is planned for the coming months!

Key Features

  • Design and build your fleet, fortresses and structures however you want. The alpha currently has 279 unique components blocks, not including 19 different components for making missiles, torpedoes, depth charges and bombs.
  • The sky's the limit, you can equip your vehicle with - cannons, lasers, mines, bombs, missiles, torpedoes, propellers, rudders, jet engines, wings, hydrofoils, hot air balloons, anchors, fire control computers, blueprint spawners, repair bots, air pumps, automated control blocks and many, many more!
  • Realistic physics - every block destroyed or added affects the vehicle's functionality, physics and control. Drag, inertia tensors, buoyancy and sealed compartments are all updated based on the design of your vehicle and the damage sustained.
  • Be part of a fantastic community (http://www.fromthedepthsgame.com/forum), with new releases made on average twice a week. Community organised challenges and blueprint sharing make it an extremely friendly place to hang out!

Customisable Components

The customisable components in From the Depths allow a unique level of engineering customisation:
  • Design custom missiles, bombs, depth charges and torpedoes by combining various warheads types, fuse types, IR seekers, laser beam riders, laser designators, thrusters, navigation algorithms, fuel pods, sonar seekers, buoyancy compartments and propellers, to deliver a truly bespoke weapon.
  • Design custom cannons by combining four different barrel types and lengths with autoloaders, warhead types, ammo boxes and auxiliary components to create everything from AA cannons to howitzers.
  • Design custom AI by combing an AI mainframe with 'AI cards' slotted into motherboard blocks. Add radar detection, laser detection and tracking and local weapon controllers to give partial or full control to AI. Create anything from a fully AI controlled aircraft carrier to a battery powered drone.
  • Design custom engines using crank shafts, cylinders, carburetors, super chargers, exhausts and fuel injectors. Electric engines, generators and chargers are also available for backup power supplies and drones.
  • Similar systems exist for the creation of anti-vehicle and anti-missile lasers, as well as drills that can cut even the largest of battleships in half.

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.0 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible on-board
    • Additional Notes: Steam connection required to play the game
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 @ 2.5 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 7800 series
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Steam connection required to play the game
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Steam connection required to play the game
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
269.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
An absolutely fantastic building game based around combat vehicles. You can build ships, planes, submarines, airships, helicopters, spaceships and pretty much anything else you can think of.

There is a beautiful amount of customization in this game. You can build your own engines, cannons, missiles, lasers and jets from individual components.

Sloped armor and angling makes a difference in this game. Shells that hit at an odd angle are more likely to ricochet. The size of the cannon and the kind of ammunition can change how easily a shell can bounce.

It is very stable for an early access game. I've never crashed once.

Definitely recommended to anyone who likes block-based building and vehicular combat!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
I got this game during the winter sale, thinking it would be a minecraft clone. It's turned out to be so much better. If you like Space Engineers, or similar types of games, I highly reccomend getting this game. While it does have a bit of a learning curve, there is nothing close to what this game allows you to do. 10/10 would have memory wiped to experience the game new again.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
242.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
Take all the best bits of Mincraft, Space Engineers, Robocraft, Starmade... Throw them together with a campaign and story line missions, then add a large dose of cool and youre getting somewhere close to this game.

It has a steep learning curve, but there are plenty of videos and tutorials available to get you started. You can get your first small boat up and running pretty quickly but it will take some time and experimentation before you can make some of the crazy stuff you see on the videos and You Tube vids.

The Dev is active, responsive and listening to the community, with updates coming thick and fast.

Definately give this game a go... but please give it more than 10 minutes before making your mind up (like your standard steam reviewer).
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
430.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
I though robocraft was pretty good. I like this game far more than robocraft.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
404.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
This is BY FAR one of the best titles that you will find in Early Access. The Devs are very active and devoted to creating a new and brilliant style of gameplay. If you want proof of this, just check out the forums; Nick Smart (one of the devs) is constantly interacting, updating, explaining, and accepting new ideas with members of the forum. From the Depths is a very unique RTS, sandbox, and RPG mashup that flows together very well.

The biggest feature that this game has to offer is the vehicle designer gamemode (In a way, the creative mode that many of you understand well). You start out an a little wooden raft and are free to build whatever your creativity can come up with. 17th Century Sailboat? (Yes there are sails in the game) Done. Civil war ironclad? Done. Speedy figher jet that drops bombs everywhere? Done. Alien spaceship invasion force? Done. Rocked powered speed boat? Can do. You add an AI mainframe onto the ship and suddenly, it comes to life, full sail with lasers for broadsides. You test it to ensure its absolute domination on the sea against other creations. It works, you tested it, and it looks great; now, you use it to take over the world.

The next step is the campaign gamemode. You spawn in the world on the bottom left corner of the game's map. You have a starting fortress and a limited amount of resources. Soon, you'll have an enemy fleet coming for an attack. You fix your fortress, gather some resources, and build your first dinky wooden warship. With that warship, you capture enemy resource territories and build a fleet to take on the world. You build several of that hulking mashup of a sailboat and science fiction and wipe the other factions off the map, all while acting like you're some space pirate here to steal the world's loot.

And that's just scratching the surface.

From the Depths has a whole other level of detail that goes into the creation of your weapons and ship internals. Engines are the first step, with the engine block connected to crank shafts, connected to cylinders, connected to carbeurators, connected to fuel tanks as well as.... You get it. You can customize fuel efficiency vs. power production. You make power so that your cannons can work... with their firing pieces, various barrel types, explosive amunition... Same sort of thing. This pattern continues with the lasers, the missiles/bombs/torpedos/mines, the drills, the custom jet engines. and the AI. But you also have to pay attention to the hull, because if you make a large rectangle with a flat frontal surface, it will barely move due to drag. But watch out for that armor, because if you neglect it your ammunition barrels will get hit and explode.

THAT is the level of detail that you will find in From the Depths.

All vehicles are affected by physics. A missing wing will cause you to spiral out of control. A damaged engine won't provide as much thrust. A hull breach caused by ammunition storage going off will cause your heavily armored battleship to sink to the ocean floor.

The wonderful thing about it: there is no ONE way to play the game. There is no single prediscovered tactic that if-you-don't-use-you-won't-win sort of thing (Civ V I'm looking at you). Any branch of tactic can work, AND WORK WELL. It's very well balanced. A fleet of airships can do well, a fleet of submarines can do well, a modern navy can do well also.

Basic features:
-Vehicle creation
-RTS campaign
-Diplomacy
-Underwater warfare, naval warfare, land warfare (soon to be ironed out as it is not fully fleshed out yet), air combat, and space combat (soon to be fleshed out as well)
-Story missions
-Limited Multiplayer (currently undergoing major optimization and expanding)
-Strategic control of forces
-Epic explosions and vehicle destruction!

Bugs:
Very few, and the few there are are very quickly stamped out by the Devs. None will be game breaking.

Preformance:
Decent, as it currently uses up a whole lot of CPU once the bigger battles commence. (However, there are options in the gameplay that allow you to limit immediate size of battles so that you can keep your computer at a decent FPS.) It can get quite laggy, but it's not horrifying if you have a moderately decent computer.
To give perspective, when I originally got this game, all I had was a Macbook Pro (sad days). I could run the game with a few fairly large ships in and still have plenty of FPS to have a good experience.

In all, I love it. Many Early Access titles have reviews that say a game shows "promise". Many of these games never fufil their promises unfortunately. From the Depths, however, has already fufilled its promise! The game is already more immersive in Early Alpha than many games become in years. The promise of From the Depths is now being told in what comes in the future to further gameplay and depth.

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BUT,
this all obviously takes some time. It will take a while to learn how to use the game. You will spend up to several hours making a ship. This will only appeal to certain people. If you are looking for a small game to pass a little bit of time, this is not for you. If you do not have the patience to use the game to its fullest extent, look somewhere else. It will feel like a waste of money if you cannot afford that.
IF you have all of these, as well as some creativity and desire, you will love it as well.

Please give the game more than 15 minutes before you get mad and post a negative steam review, it is well worth it if you look past the game's surface. It's a bit weird when a game gets a negative review because it's complicated..... when that is what the game was designed around: complete customization.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Early Access Review
Genius Game.
Incase you hadn't figgured out, its about building ships, planes and submarines, then using them to blow up your enemies. The campaign is so unique and definitley the main selling point. It's all about expanding territory and building bigger and better ships to declare war on tougher factions. You wont get bored of building new ships, or watching the shockwaves as they take out the ammo supply of enemies. Admittedly, it is hard to learn the controls and how to build properly.
Well Worth The Money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
Collecting resources, building your army hand crafted, and fighting your enemies, what more do you want? Oh i know the great challenge that comes with designing your ships/stations/planes to be usefull instead of duckfood!! :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
Basically, when I first saw the game on YouTube, I didn't expect too much. I just bought it to have some fun with other peoples desings.
As I tried to build my firs little vehicle I struggled with engine desing, guns, controls.
To be honest, I had no Idea. But after a few hours of building you really know what to do, learn how to build engines and gianormous cannons.
At first the build-mode is a bit unusual in comparison to games like Minecraft or Robocraft. After a short time you'll figure out how genious it is. You can build even huge vehicles very fast.
The phisics are really good.

Short and sweet: It is one of the best alpha-games I ever played, till now I only encountered one bug! Of course, some content may still be missing, but all in all it's really addicting. (Not sure if thats good or bad ;))
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
311.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
As I hit the 300 hour mark on this game, I can definitely say, this is one of the best if not the best sandbox build-your-own war machine game out there, not to mention that it is in alpha! The only warning I give is this: be prepared to tackle a very high learning curve and a very high complexity of mechanics. I have seen a few bugs here and there, but the dev is fast and usually fixes them right away. As for those complexities I was talking about? Well, you can build completely custom cannons, lasers, missiles, engines, jets... You get the point. Not to mention the fact that you can build any vehicle you want, except for land, which has not been fully incorporated yet. (Wheels are there though). I just finished building a battleship, and was enjoying watching it crimple up enemies until a larger ship came and took out my cannons. I fired my torpedoes and missiles... No good! They had laser missile defense. Thus my battleship sank...
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
255.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
make good looking ships -> meet shrikeS -> got rekt .

11/10 would get rekt-ed again .
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
just a great game !
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
Good concept but VERY VERY early in devolpment.


As of now, The negatives outweigh the pros, But I got a good feeling this will change in the near future.

The controls for building really need polishing, The physics are pretty bad as of now and there is very few "blocks" for building.

But why recommend it? Because there are regular updates, Great dev to player communication and an excellent concept.

This is the kind of EA that deserves finacial backing, Not games like Dayz, Stomping land or whatever else is released and forgotten.

As of now, The game is a 3/10... Upon completion, This could be an easy 10/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Early Access Review
Quite simply an amazing game, can't wait for further development - space combat looks promising!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
fun game, loads of hours fun for ppl hwo like to buld thir own boat´s, airplanes, ect ect
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
169.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
A little Glitchy, and very hard.... but if you take the time to figure it out.... so much fun


10/10 would paddlegun again
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129 of 144 people (90%) found this review helpful
112.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Early Access Review
10/10 Would recommend

I have never reviewed a game on steam before, Usually they don't hold my interest for too long (Except KSP). But I've enjoyed playing this game a lot. I've had this want for a deep physics based building combat game and when I saw this game back in January I was like WHOA NICK SMART YOU NEED TOTAKE MY MONEY RIGHT NOW. It has so many things to make and mess around with that it keeps me delightfully interested and curious, exploring new aspects of this massive sandbox.

I have probably put around one hundred hours just making a large ship in the sandbox mode and having it face large ai ships. Watching as my watertight compartments become breached and seeing a rush of repair drones fly over frantically trying to keep the damage under control as the bow starts to sumberge, I continue to engage. A shell from an enemy heavy deck gun punches through the armor protecting my ships forward magazine, and the majority of the front deck of my ship disentregrates and flies everywhere with a huge explosion. My stern's array of 24 missile launchers fire possibly one last volley at the enemy battleship, and I score a hit on their fire control center, stopping their weapons from firing and giving me a small bit of time to do repairs to keep her floating.

Of course if sandbox isnt your thing there are missions and campaign mode as well. Soon there will be multiplayer as well, and I think that will be amazing, considering the copius amounts of fun I have only against the AI.

Cannons, guns, missiles, lasers, drills, rams... All are yours to build, and you don't just place them, you put down each block of that cannon to tailor its size, range, damage output, speed, and armor penetration to your liking.

Check out Youtube videos of this game if you need more convincing, espically the AplhaMaster tournament to see some crazy designed ships/aircraft on a budget. I made a goliath cannon that ran the length of its hull, turning into a fireworks show when it was hit once. It was quite amusing.

Theres something that the developer here does that almost no other early access game developers are doing: He actually works!! Wow! I have had a few buys of early access games that have become stagnant and unfinished, and that have not considered the players wants and suggestions (StarForge I'm talking about you). I feel that the developers from some early access games have stolen my cash and everyone elses cash, making empty promises. Not only do updates for From the Depths frequently come out with new content and fixes/optimisations, but Nick(the dev) is extremely active on the forums. It shows that he really cares about making this game for his players to enjoy. This is one of the few early access games that I can see the progress and feel satisfied that my money went to helping the developer make a game, not sit around.
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82 of 90 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Early Access Review
Day one I was so proud of myself because my boat floated.
Day two I was so proud of myself because my boat moved.
..three, so proud my boat moved where I wanted it to.
...four, so proud my boat took out the simplest enemy with simple cannons
....my boat is fitted with The Worlds Biggest Cannon and I shred through a four enemies
.....I refit my boat into a destroyer with mega rocket torpedoes and can take out most sensibly sized boats one to one
......I rig AI to my weapons and my boat becomes massively more deadly
.......I rig AI to movement and my boat becomes self-aware
........I launch a whole fleet of boats
.........My fleet of boats is joined by a fleet of light helicopters
Tomorrow? I think I need a new flagship... Maybe a space station? Or a giant submarine... Who knows!

The learning curve isn't that bad either, despite there being a lot going on. Just focus on one thing at a time - don't look at helicopters until you've grasped boats (or vice versa). There's lots of (good) teaching material, and the creative mode editor is great to play around in. I suggest giving your character the cheats early on in creative mode as they will help you move around and deal with "I really shouldn't have spawned that yet" enemies (I'm inside your megaship, death raying your ai mainframez).

I absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes creating stuff.
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Early Access Review
10/10 This game is the PINNACLE of an early access game This is EXACTLY what early access should be. It's a near-finished product with the developer Nick Smart taking an interest in the community and taking their advice. This game deserves SO much more attention. than it's getting now. Buy this game, and you WILL NOT regret it. I'll even play with you add me! :D
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126 of 180 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Early Access Review
I was only 9 years old. I loved Deepwater Guard so much, I had all the Deepwater Guard story missions completed. I pray to Deepwater Guard every night before heading back to the fortress, thanking them for the resources I've been given. "Deepwater Guard is love" I say; "Deepwater Guard is life". My fleet hears me and calls me a traitor. I knew they were just jealous of my devotion to Deepwater Guard. I call them scrap. They fire missiles at me and send me back to the fortress. My ship is damaged now, and my hull really hurts. I stay at the dock and it's really cold. Suddenly, a fleet is moving towards me. It's the Deepwater Guard. I am so happy. They come closer to me and whisper into my ear "CREEEEAAAK". They grab me with their powerful harpoons and pull me under the water. I'm ready. I spread my hull for Deepwater Guard. Their cannonballs penetrate my ammo supply. They explode so much but I do it for Deepwater Guard. I can feel my engine tearing as my ship fills with water. I push against their force. I want to please Deepwater Guard. They creak as they fill my ship with their cannonballs. My fleet arrives. Deepwater Guard looks them right in the AI mainframe and says "CREEEEAAAKKK". Deepwater Guard leaves through the ocean. Deepwater Guard is love, Deepwater Guard is life.
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53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
Early Access Review
Starting out in From The Depths can be a discouraging experience, the amount there is to learn may seem overwhelming but is met with some of the most rewarding results I've come across in the vehicle crafting sandbox genre. This is a game that requires patience to be put in but gives back in copious amounts, learning the usage of every tool is key to creating the most enjoyable experience as you'll have plenty to use at your disposal.

First and foremost, every player from the curious new builders to the most seasoned of engineers will want to delve into the playable tutorials and building guides supplied by the game as you'll quickly find the learning curve is no joke. Although it may seem tedious at first the more patient of players will begin to slowly learn important hotkeys and shortcut tools such as copying and reusing large sections of previously created vehicles that will make your building endeavors quick, seamless, and enjoyable.

Creating vehicles is way more than just their visual appearance and basic form, you'll have to get into the guts of each machine and engineer their inner-workings putting you in full control of everything from connecting series of logic up to thrusters, distributing equal amounts of power evenly across your ship, to creating your own missiles and ammunition as well as defining their behavior. The limits in From The Depths are determined solely by your own creative capacity.

Aside from the vehicle creation and building mode, there are some ambitious features to battle it out in including a progressive campaign that expands with each update and quick skirmishes you can set up for testing your new creations in the heat of battle. Terrain in the game varies from sea, to land, to air/space giving you lots of types of traversable landscape to consider when creating your specific dream vehicle.

The campaign itself is impressively engrossing for those well versed in the mechanics of the game throwing you into the world with a starting base to gather resources from and expand off of as you fight for survival and resourceful territories. This campaign mode is already very addictive and continues to grow rapidly with each update, promising the addition of more enemies, factions and objectives to spice up your survival in this free-form sandbox adventure.

Currently in development is the story based mission mode but it already features a couple of the basic starting missions which I found to be some of my most exhilarating moments with the game. The few story missions we have already do a great job of setting you up with some pre-determined scenarios, getting you into an operable pre-made vehicle and dropping you into the midst of a full-scale battle. These missions are a really excellent way to get a glimpse at what all-out war looks like in From the Depths.

Considering the complexity of what you can do and the scope of freedom you have doing it, From the Depths is a game I feel deserves way more attention and hype from sandbox and crafting enthusiasts. For me it's certainly the next biggest sandbox game on the market and one I've already put more time into than KSP or Space Engineers, and the prospects shown from constant updates and a very close relationship between the developer and the community make it even more important to get involved early to watch something already engrossing turn into something huge.
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