The water is no longer calm. The undersea world has undergone a transformation from tranquil environment to a place of unspeakable violence, graphic murder and horrific danger. It is now the 27th century and mercenaries such as 'Emerald' Dead Eye Flint ply their deadly trade among the warring forces of man and nature.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (85 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 30, 2001
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Recommended By Curators

"A unique underwater post-apocalyptic action game with a thick dark atmosphere and distinctive characters. Chances are you will either hate it or love it"

Reviews

"Gorgeous, with great lighting effects, tremendous fireballs, and richly detailed models"
— Computer Gaming World 70 %

"Massive has set a new bar of measurable aesthetic luster in the PC market"
— IGN 70 %

"Clever AI, awesome sound, great story, brilliant graphics,..."
— 4players 88 %

About This Game

The water is no longer calm.

The undersea world has undergone a transformation from tranquil environment to a place of unspeakable violence, graphic murder and horrific danger. It is now the 27th century and mercenaries such as 'Emerald' Dead Eye Flint ply their deadly trade among the warring forces of man and nature. Gamers take the role of Flint, taking command of a loosely aligned force of fellow mercenaries who hire themselves out to the powerful leaders of this inhospitable world. Players fight vicious battles against crazed mercenaries, mighty military forces and hideous sea monsters. The frantic pace never lets up in Aquanox: True adrenaline-rush action for today's gamers.



Key features:

  • Mission based action with stunning and violent individual and team-based combat
  • Superbly crafted 3D graphics in a real-time, richly rendered underwater world of steep mountain ranges, intricate caverns, deadly currents and glittering underwater cities
  • 34 dangerous missions giving hours of action packed gaming
  • Multiplayer options for LAN and Internet for gripping deathmatch and team-based battles
  • Over 40 incredible enemies and vicious monsters to battle to the end
  • Atmospheric 3D soundtrack and music

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000
    • Processor: Intel P3 or AMD Athlon/Duron >400MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB
    • Graphics: 16 MB AGP2X Video Card or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 500MB
    • Sound: SoundBlaster or compatible
    • Other Requirements: Joystick or Mouse

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000
    • Processor: Intel P3 or AMD Athlon/Duron >700MHz or Intel P4 > 1000MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB AGP4X DirectX 8.0 Class Hardware with VertexShaders V1.1 and PixelShaders V1.0 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 800MB
    • Sound: SoundBlaster Live or compatible, 4 speakers
    • Other Requirements: Joystick or Mouse
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Extremely short, but pretty fun. Voice acting - absolutely terrible. The concept altogether though is cool.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
It's like Descent in the water!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I get to that series when aquanox 3 will be released
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Maybe there's an emulator or something this runs great in, so look into that if you just can't get enough of fast-paced underwater 3D FPS gaming.

Is this actually worth writing an un-recommendation? I'll never know, because despite trying to look up how to fix my problems, I still couldn't get this game to play worth a damn. After spending an hour tweaking mouse dpi, vertical sync, and sundry in game settings... I can't ask for my money returned since I got this game for free, but I sure wish I could get that small part of my life back.
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This game is so bad.... Like really bad. The controls are buggy. The voice acting is terrible. And the game is just so bland especially with its dated graphics. I'd give it a 2 of 5
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
It's bad. The voice acting is nothing short of terrible, the plot severely lacks focus, and you'll spend about as much time in a dialogue screen as in the actual game.

But I like it. It's got a bit of Descent so the combat's fun, it's got a bit of Elite: Frontier so I enjoy upgrading my ship, and it's got a bit of Metal Gear Solid in that the story feels like it's sprawling to the point of incomprehensibility - though admittedly it outdoes even Hideo Kojima in this regard. At the end of the day, Aquanox tries so hard that I can't help but find it endearing.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
AquaNox is one of the best games I've played. Not a very strong story, ♥♥♥♥ty graphics for 2014, I'll give you that. But the amount of customization for the time it was released, the amount of different enemies and the freedom you had was really new for its time.

It's a masterpiece, just like Myst, just like Jak and Daxter, even if this game, AquaNox, is not so widely known. The mechanics work wonders.

Only a side note: If you have a high DPI mouse, be sure to set it on lower values, or try to get a patch for it, otherwise the game will go crazy with your mouse speed.

Great game: 7.5/10. Would buy it again (and so did I, I bought it the first time long before Steam was even a dream...)
Worth: 10 dollars.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
An awesome, FPS-like game. Underwater action, and even now, you can't call this graphic "outdated" - after 13 years, it's still not that bad on maximal settings.
Game is really addictive, I've played it for the first time in 2003, in my childhood times. Now, when I play it, I still enjoy it really much.
It contains a campaign with about ~40 missions, 4 fast-battle maps and a multiplayer mode, so it will give you at least 10 hours of great gaming. Totally worth that price.
Also the soundtracks are awzum - while shooting all the enemies, you'll listen to "nightclub-great tracks" :3
Would recommend, 10/10, even 13 years after release.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Pros:
.Fairly pretty for an old game, despite its age.
.Soundtrack is hectic and enjoyable, if a bit repetitive.
.Blowing up enemy craft is satisfying and fun enough to keep one playing.
.Giant tentacle monsters are cool.

Cons
.Most light-craft enemies are almost impossible to hit, kiting your shots endlessly and zooming around outside of your vision.

.Torpedoes are a joke, a bad joke. While 1-hit KO'ing most enemies, their targeting is terrible. One often has to resort to firing even high-end torpedoes at point-blank range; despite this, they will often veer off at the last moment. It is a small mercy that enemy rockets are almost as bad at hitting you.

.Auto-lose conditions. Aquanox has DOZENS of missions to the tune of 'protect the transport' or 'kill the target before time runs out'. Dealing with veritable ♥♥♥♥ storms of enemy craft over and over again because you couldn't blow them up fast enough to protect your mark is the pinnacle of frustration.

.Incomprehensible story. The story of Aquanox is vague, at best. Add to this the frankly atrocious voice acting and sound balance so bad one often can't hear characters over background music, and you'll find yourself skipping most dialogue.

Final thoughts:
Aquanox is one of the most frustrating games I have ever played. I saw it through to the end on the promise of giant sea monsters, though not without suffering puke-inducing rage brought on by endless escort missions. While it's great blowing up easier-to-hit craft, the sheer annoyance of most of the story campaign kills the fun factor.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Pretty fun game actually. Very difficulut personally. WHile the game is fun to play and has high replay value if you like this type of game the story is interesting but not powerful and the voice acting is terrible. I mean this game is still great but just in general this is a good but meh kind of game. I would give it 8/10 for Visuals, Voice Acting: 0/10, gameplay mechanics 9/10, fun 8/10, and instructions or tutuorials a fat zero as it doesn't show you how the hell you do anything so overall just a big 7/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I played this game way back in the day. It has always been a great game, FPS/Sim/Action all underwater.

My issue is not with the game itself but with the Steam version. Constant errors, crashes and glitches that were never present in the original game. It seems like any time I play an older game through steam it is plagued with errors like the steam code is broken.

So that issue aside, it is a great game...just be prepared for it to crash every hour or so...save constantly.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I have this game for over 5 years and never regretted buying it. For its time(2001) it was a awesome game and graphics but it isn't worth the five bucks no more even so get recommend you get this game when its on sale people rarely have servers up for multiplayer, but the concept is pretty original never saw a storyline like it. It also as a badass soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Camera controls are a bit wonky and the voice acting is painfull, but other then that it's a damn fine game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Its a older game so the sounf and graphicss are aged, vioce acting is crud and the dialoge in the cut scenes dont make much sense. The Mechanics of the combat is solid and the sontrols take alittle to get used to but its is a challanging and enjoyable game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Very fun and addicting for such an old game! The Graphics are nothing ground-breaking though. One thing though that this game suffers from is ABSOLUTELY HORIBBLE VOICE ACTING!! The voices in this game sound like two devs manipulated their voice to form new characters. Other than that the game is fantastic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Very good submarine shooter, you are like a wing commander and earn credits to get new ships and upgrades :) In my experience I loved it 9/10
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's easy to get into, easy to control, and easy to enjoy.
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5 of 14 people (36%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Reminds me of colony wars for ps 1, its not bad, bit repetitive, my biggest complaint is all the intermission dialoge is long winded and unnessesary, and with that i wouldn't recommend it unless you like the whole dogfight flight sim genre
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
it might seem crazy what i'm about to say
Nakey he's here, you can take a break
i'm a gamer who likes outerspace
this is water, like i don't care baby lets play

because i'm Nakey
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here comes bad news they start to fire back, yeah
so you need to start dodging this way and that, yeah
locked in a submarine you'll be just fine, yeah
water comming in when you were hit last time
SINKING!

because i'm Nakey
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sink me down
can't nothing
sink me down
cause i'm bailing
sink me down
i said (bring me a beer now)
sink me down
can't nothing
sink me down
cause i'm bailing
sink me down

because i'm Nakey
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because i'm Nakey
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because i'm Nakey
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because i'm nakey
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