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Watch us play the first 22 minutes of Abzu and enjoy life under the sea

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There are games that challenge the reflexes and will of the most determined gamer, and then there's Abzu. Journey art director Matt Nava and his team have created a sort of guided meditation through impossibly lush ocean landscapes for you to enjoy, scored by fellow Journey alumnus Austin Wintory, and it's really something. If you've got a bit of a headache, a slight tension in your back muscles, or you just really appreciate the gentler side of videogames, come and watch Joel and Phil play Abzu's opening. 

Looking for something completely different? Try these breakneck-paced, bloodsoaked FPS games.

The game's introductory few minutes take your nameless diver through more swathes of beautiful colours than any ocean has any business hosting. The plant life sways lazily in the currents. Fish scatter about, reacting to your movements and occasionally falling in behind you.

Larger sea life appears too, sometimes willing to let you hitch a ride. It's open-ended, player-directed gameplay that bears a lot of Journey in it. Which is great news for Joel and Phil, because it means there's very little for them to mess up (see the pair's disastrous Hitman Elusive Target Let's Play for more on that).

If you like what you see here, you'll be happy to know that a) Abzu is out August 2 and b) we do many more of these Let's Play thingies over on the PCGamesN YouTube channel

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1 Year ago

Guys, guys. Hey guys. The correct gender identifier when you're not sure is 'they.' A lot of people have complained about not having words for this, for nonbinary statuses, but that's just how the language is at the moment. The accepted lingual hotfix right now is to use 'they.' Never 'it,' because that reduces a person to an object.

I figured you might actually want to know. If you don't, sorry! But I figured you might. It's important to a lot of people who aren't nonbinary.

That said, I really enjoyed the video. It's a very lovely game to watch and the two of you, while doofs, weren't at all obnoxious or loud. And to an autistic person with hyperacusis and anxiety, that's actually an appreciable thing. So thanks! Some streamers I can't watch because they like to yell unexpectedly, which can drive my tinnitus up to eleven and induce nausea. It's not fun times. So every video I watch with commentators is a risk.

It's weird, but films, TV, and games tend to not do that. Better sound normalisation I'd imagine? Whatever the reason, it means I don't watch a lot of videos like this, but I was very curious about Abzu. And speaking of Abzu? I'm genuinely looking forward to it. I get very much an Okami vibe from it, that this is a dying world and you're breathing life into it so that it might be reborn again, to continue that metaphor, I suppose.

A couple of closing notes:

* I'm glad you didn't blame the controls. I saw a lot of people do that with Lair, which was baffling to me. I aced Lair and I could do incredible aeronautics with it. It reminded me of Drakan in a way. It's just that I had to adjust my perceptions of how a game could be played, I've needed to do that many times. I recall that was necessary with Splattoon as well. Though I know the process of adaption is actually pretty difficult to a lot of people, it's just unfortunate that they project the blame. It's commendable that you didn't do that.

* Good job knowing that killer whales aren't actually 'that killer!' Exceptional. For the most part, when it comes to marine wildlife, 'killer' whales aren't at all dangerous, especially compared to some of the creatures you'd meet down there. The only things they eat are creatures which are appetising to them, which is going to be herbivorous. I forget why this is, but it might have something to do with easier to digest proteins. Possibly! Essentially, carnivores aren't particularly tasty to other carnivores, and since we're omnivores we don't taste particularly good either. Humans just aren't appetising enough for any animal to kill us for food, we don't even smell like we'd be good to eat. This is actually a thing!