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.
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Mostly Positive (149 reviews) - 71% of the 149 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 30, 2001

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"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
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Mostly Positive (149 reviews)
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May
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
While I'm not sure how interested anyone would be in picking this game up today, way back then this game was incredible. I mean, in 2001, this game looked this good.

I still think the storyline is great. Maybe it wouldn't be so great if not for all the characters. This is a fascinating game, with a very interesting world. It's not all just float here, shoot this, there's a lot of dialogue between missions, all of it fully voiced, and a lot of it talks about things like life underwater, among other things.

I don't know, I just find the conversations in this game entertaining in the extreme. Maybe that's just me. I love this game and it was totally worth buying again, since it's still a lot of fun. Blowing enemy ships to bits is just too satisfying.
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Ryalb
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I found this game really hard to masturbate to.
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^7ja^1co
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Very uninteresting, nothing to captivate attention. Very unclear menu.
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Gotta Catch 'Em All
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Underwater ♥♥♥♥ 5/15
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Deco
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Too much talking, after 10 minute intro i got bored. And menu is confusing, but if you like to play it vs friends or single fight. Than it's ok, but story is bad.
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Knoffi
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
What is Aquanox?

Aquanox is a sci-fi-underwater-shooter. The story is pretty weak, the voice-acting is horrible (german version), but gameplay-wise I had a lot of fun playing this game. Despite it´s age, you can choose high resolutions and the graphics are not too ugly and colourful. You can buy different ships, weapons and upgrades, which is a lot of fun. The missions vary quite a bit and you need to talk to different people on every underwater-station for the story-progress. This part can be annoying due to the terrible voice-acting and the slow story progression, but somehow it´s a charming trash story. The AI on the lowest difficulty level can be pretty challenging. The dark atmosphere and the upgrade mechanic of of the game kept me playing, even if it just plays underwater, the devs put effort in designing interesting landscapes, ships and enemies. So if you prefer games like X-Wing/Tie Fighter or Wing Commander you should give Aquanox a try!



Technical details

The game is pretty old, but it runs fine on windows 10. Higher resolutions can be chosen in the graphic-settings. You will need to adjust the sensitivity of your mouse, otherwise your movement will be too fast during your play. It is possible to do this in the game in the setup menu or outside the game in the "ini-file". It also might help to lower the resolution of your monitor a bit to get a better experience while moving.

There is a bug in mission 29 where enemies keep on respawning until the mission fails, so just restart the mission and play again.
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RedCom
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
A cool vehicular FPS, like Descent, but underwater. For it's time it had a good game engine often used as a benchmark. Story is interesting but gameplay is somewhat symplistic. Like it.
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Erkler
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Unfortunately, the game is clotted with unending dialogue, or rather monologue, about a world that has not yet been presented to us. Most missions are about protecting something or someone. The game itself works fine, graphics aren't really that bad, especially since the game is from 2001.

See the Swedish version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBiyD80bb94
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Viishnahn
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
AquaNox
Underwater Flight Simulator, Shooter
a spoiler-free review

Release Date: 30 November, 2001
Rating: Recommended

It’s the 27th century on the planet Aqua, formerly known as Earth. Nuclear war and radiation fallout have rendered the surface uninhabitable, though there isn’t really much of a surface left after the polar ice caps melted and flooded the planet. Humans still survive and even thrive in underwater stations and cities, but no one has seen the surface in centuries.

- Gameplay -
AquaNox plays like a flight simulator combined with a shooter in an underwater setting. Gameplay is comprised of several linear missions with set objectives that give Credits to you, the mercenary protagonist Emerald “Deadeye” Flint. These credits can be used to purchase torpedoes, guns, shielding units and repair units for your ship. You can even buy new, improved ships.

- Visuals -
The game was published in 2001 and shows it, although it was praised for its cutting-edge look back when it was released. The water’s light refraction patterns are fascinating to watch on the sea floor. The HUD is rather confusing, with many unlabeled progress or health bars (I’m not sure even after playing the game). The enemies are rather stiff for living beings (those that are alive, anyway).

- Sound/Music -
Sound effect quality is better than contemporaries such as Half-Life, but the music is completely comprised of early 2000s electronic/industrial (probably not the exact genre, but gives you an idea). Deadeye Flint’s voice acting is normal; the rest, not so much. This game probably has the worst voice acting in any game I’ve ever experienced. From perpetually drunk/high-sounding actors to “women” who are obviously painfully high falsetto male voices, be thankful the dialogue is skippable.

- My Thoughts -
I really liked this game after I got used to thinking in three dimensions. Unlike flight simulators, this game has swim up and down buttons, which got a lot of use from me. I also really liked the game physics and attention to detail, like if you press back twice your engine shuts off. The missions were varied enough to provide a challenge and keep things interesting. Enemy variety wasn’t fabulous, but not boring either. There are no checkpoints in the missions, so each time you fail you have to play the whole thing over again. It’s a short game, less than eight hours for me – it will take longer if you up the difficulty.

- Conclusion -
Buy this game. It’s a short, good oldie from the turn of the millennium that’s only $5 regular price. If it goes on sale for $0.49, there’s no reason not to pick it up. Just don’t expect flawless voice acting. Despite how terrible they are, it’s actually quite funny at times. Light! (standard Aquarian greeting/goodbye)

Not Recommended
Recommended With Caution
- Recommended
Highly Recommended
Recommended as Essential
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Sanita_*
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
Couldn't fix the disgusting mouse lag/accel, finished the game on hard but quick enemies almost made me destroy my mouse.

Played it because I already finished it years ago, definitely worth the 50cents
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
While I'm not sure how interested anyone would be in picking this game up today, way back then this game was incredible. I mean, in 2001, this game looked this good.

I still think the storyline is great. Maybe it wouldn't be so great if not for all the characters. This is a fascinating game, with a very interesting world. It's not all just float here, shoot this, there's a lot of dialogue between missions, all of it fully voiced, and a lot of it talks about things like life underwater, among other things.

I don't know, I just find the conversations in this game entertaining in the extreme. Maybe that's just me. I love this game and it was totally worth buying again, since it's still a lot of fun. Blowing enemy ships to bits is just too satisfying.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Beautiful game, even though the graphics are getting dated.
Lots of fun. Terrible voice acting. Okay plot.

Plays mostly like a space shooter, under water.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2013
World of Aqua. Full of pirate scum, bionts, crawles and squids. Good targets for mercenary Emerald "Dead Eye" Flint. Fights are fast and funny. Nice stylization in green color and obviously completely awesome looking undersea environment. Attempt for new conversation system did not fare best but it's still remarkable. One Tsunami Booster please. 79/100
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2013
The setting is certainly unique, with a cyberpunk, dystopian world set UNDER DA SEA. While conversations are far too numerous and often serve no more than cyberpunk cliche fluff (Drugs! Genetic engineering! Megacorps!), the main storyline and missions make great use of the underwater setting and world that's been created. The gameplay, however, felt slow, clunky, with little or no strategy involved. A lot of strafing and leading shots, and outfitting your ship often feels like just buying the most expensive equipment and unleashing hell. The menus tease at a Freelancer style roaming world where you can jump between stations and find side-missions and do trading and the like, but for the most part you're railroaded onto a series of missions to complete, and odd visits to the shop. It clearly has an emphasis on action style shooting than swift maneuvarability, smart outfitting, and working with wingmen. I found it far too slow and boring to venture beyond the third chapter, and escort missions are a nightmare. Which is a shame, I cared for the story, characters and progression I could have made, but doing missions was just very, very boring, even with a thumping techno soundtrack that's right at home in the late 90s.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2015
A good way to describe this game, would be a Post-Apocalyptic-Underwater-Minisub-Shooter-Noire. The length of this description is appropriate given the ceaseless exposition and shoe-horning of story and game world terms into the script.

The game is not without charm though.

I would suggest it is a good reference for the would be game writer. The problem presented is that the player's interaction with the world is almost entirely made up of flying a combat mini-submarine and shooting at things. The experience itself tells little story without all the radio chatter and docking bay dialog around it.

As a result, many of the characters between missions will have highly convoluted political opinions or possess absurdly esoteric knowledge. Your point of view in the story is the role of Flint, who himself seems to have some very developed opinions. This makes it quite challenging to relate to the character effectively.

An attempt to make the game relatable seems to have been made in the form of a stylistic choice in the script. The game is strewn with metaphors and similes and delivered in a film-noire-esque monotone meter. Ultimately, the game asks too much of that stylistic choice to fix its over-riding problems.

It's a shame, since if you dig into the script, you can tell a lot of effort has been made to flesh the game world out, but it's just too esoteric. Players can handle detail, but they have to have been along for the ride that tangentially cobbles together that detail.

As for the game mechanics themselves - well your first problem on a modern system will be attempting to get the controls to work. If your optical mouse has a high polling rate which you cannot lower, you're going to have a bad time and I would suggest trying to use a pad.

There are some attempts at underwater physics in the form of currents and water resistance seems to effect the motion of the turret control (although, this could just be the modern peripheral issues). There is a ballistics system which is nice as you have to lead your target and you would expect water to have some effect on projectile velocity. The lack of speed boosting (at least up to the point I have played) is disappointing - speed as a limited resource makes for an exciting mechanic in this type of game.

On all fronts, Aquanox is a reference game that has a lot to teach the would be game-maker about the mis-use of talent. It is rough around the edges and perhaps ruined somewhat by modern computer equipment. But if you pick it up for cheap or in a bundle, I think it's worth a look.

My highlight of the game, has to be the drum & bass music with a 1950s bbc radio announcer accent layered over the top.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
AquaNox
Underwater Flight Simulator, Shooter
a spoiler-free review

Release Date: 30 November, 2001
Rating: Recommended

It’s the 27th century on the planet Aqua, formerly known as Earth. Nuclear war and radiation fallout have rendered the surface uninhabitable, though there isn’t really much of a surface left after the polar ice caps melted and flooded the planet. Humans still survive and even thrive in underwater stations and cities, but no one has seen the surface in centuries.

- Gameplay -
AquaNox plays like a flight simulator combined with a shooter in an underwater setting. Gameplay is comprised of several linear missions with set objectives that give Credits to you, the mercenary protagonist Emerald “Deadeye” Flint. These credits can be used to purchase torpedoes, guns, shielding units and repair units for your ship. You can even buy new, improved ships.

- Visuals -
The game was published in 2001 and shows it, although it was praised for its cutting-edge look back when it was released. The water’s light refraction patterns are fascinating to watch on the sea floor. The HUD is rather confusing, with many unlabeled progress or health bars (I’m not sure even after playing the game). The enemies are rather stiff for living beings (those that are alive, anyway).

- Sound/Music -
Sound effect quality is better than contemporaries such as Half-Life, but the music is completely comprised of early 2000s electronic/industrial (probably not the exact genre, but gives you an idea). Deadeye Flint’s voice acting is normal; the rest, not so much. This game probably has the worst voice acting in any game I’ve ever experienced. From perpetually drunk/high-sounding actors to “women” who are obviously painfully high falsetto male voices, be thankful the dialogue is skippable.

- My Thoughts -
I really liked this game after I got used to thinking in three dimensions. Unlike flight simulators, this game has swim up and down buttons, which got a lot of use from me. I also really liked the game physics and attention to detail, like if you press back twice your engine shuts off. The missions were varied enough to provide a challenge and keep things interesting. Enemy variety wasn’t fabulous, but not boring either. There are no checkpoints in the missions, so each time you fail you have to play the whole thing over again. It’s a short game, less than eight hours for me – it will take longer if you up the difficulty.

- Conclusion -
Buy this game. It’s a short, good oldie from the turn of the millennium that’s only $5 regular price. If it goes on sale for $0.49, there’s no reason not to pick it up. Just don’t expect flawless voice acting. Despite how terrible they are, it’s actually quite funny at times. Light! (standard Aquarian greeting/goodbye)

Not Recommended
Recommended With Caution
- Recommended
Highly Recommended
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
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.

Edit 11/3/2015
1) Since Multiplayer servers were provided by GameSpy, there is no chance for multiplayer gaming after GameSpy has been deleted. So if you want to play on Multi, the only option would be through a VPN client with friends through LAN mode.
2) Some of you may have trouble with movement. I don't know why, but with optical mouses it's sometimes very hard to look around. Lowering your sensitivity helps you a bit, but if it still too annoying for you then the best solution is to play either with controller or oldstyled mouse (that ones with a ball inside instead of a sensor, I don't know how this is called)
3) If anybody else got addicted to game music as much as me, look in YouTube for "PVCF" - all soundtracks would be listed there - HYYYYYPE /o/

Enjoy the game ^^
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
It's like Descent in the water!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
The last war will be fought beneath the waves.

Even though this game has been released 12 years ago, it still manages to capture the feeling of underwater Sci-Fi Combat in a great fashion. Its graphics are very colourful and atmospheric (and some may argue better than the graphics of its darker successor because of this), sound effects are satisfying and fitting.

The voice acting is mostly done pretty well, and the story is being told by well written conversations between lots of intriguing characters that are presented through well-drawn images in a fitting art style.

The combat itself is good, firing weapons feels satisfying, torpedos find their targets somewhat too rarely and the difficulty and length can vary greatly between missions, but overall the game manages to capture the vibe of submarine combat very well.

The plot can be confusing at times and the cutscenes between chapters of the game are of lackluster quality for some reason, but nonetheless I enjoyed my playthrough a lot.

I you liked games like Freelancer, and generally prefer action over realism and rpg-elements, this is for you.

Considering the very low price you can get it for these days, I recommend picking this game up for a few hours of submarine action, and if you do happen to like it, you may also take a look at the great sequel.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
This is a game that clearly has not aged well, unlike some games from its era. The graphics are decent, for the time period, but that's about it. You'd exepct a game that's essentially a six degrees of freedom shooter to have appropriate controls, but the controls are more like a FPS, which does not mesh well with what's going on.

The story is... Confusing to say the least. I was able to determine that, after a terrible nuclear war, humanity began living underwater. Beyond that, I'm not sure what's going on. The audio balancing on the cutscenes is so bad I could barely make out the voices past the music. The conversations are so seemingly random, with the plot simple jumping in several points without warning.

Perhaps the game's worst offense, and it's one that's seen a lot in games of this era, is the terrible escort/protect the objective missions. The game throws so many enemies/turrets at you at once and your allies will blindly follow their programmed path that protecting them, or an objective, is so incredibly difficult that it's hard not to just skip levels. Even playing on Easy, which was proving overall unchallenging, I failed each and every protect/escort mission several times.

The idea is great, the world is interesting, but the game itself is more of an excerise in patience.
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