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Endless Ocean: Blue World game review

C’mon in: The water’s fine in this newest version of Endless Ocean.

Want to go deep-sea diving? How about getting up close to a massive whale and its one-month-old calf? Even if you’re a licensed diver, you’ll enjoy the underwater adventures and the attention paid to detail in Endless Ocean: Blue World.

ENDLESS OCEAN: BLUE WORLD
Nintendo for Wii, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older

Graphics: 8.5
Gameplay: 8.0
Sounds: 7.0
Replay Value: 8.0
Overall Score: 8.0
Pros: Good story line and quests, multiplayer via WiFi connection, tons of sea creatures.
Cons: Characters don’t talk via audio, just text; petting wild animals such as bears makes it seem unreal; not enough weird undersea creatures.
Official Web Site: www.endlessocean.com

You’ll like Blue World even if you didn’t care for the first version of this game. That’s because Blue World is not just about exploring the sea and its creatures (which is pretty cool in itself). It’s about completing quests and becoming involved in a story that’s almost as deep as the ocean is blue.

GETTING YOUR FEET WET

Before you can begin, you have to complete a system update. This takes longer than usual, about five minutes. But then you’re ready to jump in.

Right away, you’re introduced to the sea during a scene at a long wooden dock leading to a tropical island. You hear the soft splashing of the sea. Then you hear a kind of sappy opening song sung a little too seriously. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long.

As you watch the opening, you discover an undersea building. Who knows? Maybe it’s part of the lost city of Atlantis. You’re also introduced to tough Captain Louvier, who reveals that he can no longer dive because he got a bad case of the bends during an adventure. It’s a warning to you that the sea is not always kind to adventurers.

You also meet Oceana, the captain’s cute daughter. This independent-minded girl will be your undersea guide during expeditions. You’re also asked to customize your character, but there’s not much here. Choose male or female, skin color and a couple of facial features. That’s about it.

The captain and Oceana tell you about the mysterious Song of Dragons, bit by bit. As you journey to solve the mystery, you go from coral reefs to the rivers of the Amazon filled with sharp-toothed piranhas. In the Arctic, you find penguins and polar bears you can pet. In the distant Pacific, a scientist helps you find Okeano’s Treasure.

Unfortunately, you must read the characters’ words and scroll through the text with the ‘A’ button. But you get used to it pretty quickly. It’s the diving that you want to be exciting, and it really is.

DIVING IN

What’s it like to dive? It’s pretty easy. The game starts you off much the same way a real-life instructor would if you were just starting out in open water. The water’s no deeper than 13 feet. You see a magical paradise full of tropical fish, some a few inches, some a couple of feet long.

To check out a fish, point your Wii remote at one and press ‘A’ to focus in on, say, a goby or clown fish. Press ‘A’ again, and you get a pretty detailed story about the species, including some cool trivia.

You can feed and touch some of them, too. (Some don’t want to be fed or touched, though.) You have useful tools at your disposal, including the Pulsar device, which helps you cure sick creatures and slow the more aggressive ones that might come after you. The Underwater Pen lets you mark locations in case you need to go back and search more carefully. With the Camera, take and save pictures of any of the 300 forms of wildlife you encounter.

Eventually, you’ll come upon a smart dolphin. You’ll be able to teach the mammal tricks and marvel at his jumping. Then you can latch on to his fin for some super-fast swimming. (You can also latch onto the whale at the beginning of game.)

You can explore these new worlds with a friend via your WiFi broadband connection. And since the game comes bundled with the WiiSpeak microphone, you can chat as you check out the reefs and caves.

ON A QUEST

It’s the story and quests that keep you curious. What is that underwater civilization all about? (You’ll eventually check it out. Just don’t run out of air in the maze of ruins.) And what’s the meaning of those coins that you find along the way?

Of course, the aquatic lover in you will constantly check out the various rays, sea turtles and more.

As you complete your quests, you’ll level up and be able to dive deeper into the sea. You might even see an oarfish or a 30-foot-long giant squid, something real-life scientists rarely find. This beast has giant eyes, the biggest of any living animal on the planet. I won’t tell you the trouble he gets into. It’s pretty awesome, though.

Be careful of that shark. Swim away as fast as you can if he decides to head your way.

As you root around underwater, you’ll come across salvage items. Keep them and take them to a trader named Nancy on Nineball Island, your home on land. In exchange, you’ll get new wetsuits, masks and the like.

Finally, Endless Ocean: Blue World has a nice price. Compared to other Wii games, it’s about $10 less. If you’re willing to take a chance on a game that isn’t full of crazy action every second, you’ll be rewarded with a truly memorable experience.

105 Comments on Endless Ocean: Blue World game review

  1. i want the polar bear!!!!!!!!!!

  2. i will get the game this week soo pumped, looks awesome.

  3. im trying to find the sea serpent and i cant find it anywhere!!! what do u have to do in order ot find it? ive hears rumors about it and even seen a video of it. help me!

    • You have to complete over three maps then talk to oceana. Keep talking to her about it and then she will tell you where to look.

  4. sweetwater // July 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    how do u find the turtle?!?!?!

    • Ok you to buy a campfire from nancy. Then you have to get a dog in the northeast island of gatama atoll. Once snorkel ( The dog ) is by the campfire, pet him, and a little cutscene will appear. You have a little talk with jean eric. Then you abviously go to the west of cake rock, then you must surface. You can take it from there.

  5. i love it but i cannot find the cave in southwest gatama atoll

  6. games coolio just stuck on the part right after the dolphin trainer shows up idk who to befriend?help?

  7. ok i have finished the game but jean-eric keeps saying “why dont you go back to the cavern of the gods maybe there is something you missed before” does anyone know what i may have missed?

  8. Can someone help me with this question too. I can’t find the treeasure of pelago.

  9. I have another question. I don’t know how to find the legendary leatherback sea turtle. PLEASE! I’m beggin for someone to help me!

    • you have to buy a telescope from nancy and place it on the island look through it at night or on the night of a full moon and you will see a large shadow in the water jean-eric will say something to you about where he thinks it is then you go dive and find it

      • fishguy // July 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm //

        I was talking about the legendary leatherback turtle. And the info that you gave me didn’t really help at all. I know because I tried it.

    • If you have found the dog it barks at a dissapearing island, near cake rock.

    • do you mean cocha maujuha? go to gatama atola at night and look near atola gate or dought rock plese reply if it works that is how i got it

      • Good guess, but that’s not it, heres how to do it, you need the campfire and dog. Pet the dog by the campfire, then there’s a cutscene with the dog barking and Jean-Eric. You go to cake rock and surface at the west, go to Gatama’s Navel so you get to see him. No offense, and I hope you don’t take this in a rude way, but you spelt most of the letters wrong. What did you mean by dought rock, don’t you mean “Cake Rock?”

    • find dog pet him by camp fire and he will point you were it is

  10. A bit shrimpy // June 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm // Reply

    I love this game but diving deep and facing the sharks TERRIFY me, not for the faint of heart…. that’s for sure.

  11. I meant sea serpent

    • A bit shrimpy // June 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm // Reply

      to see the serpent complete over 3 maps. Ask oceana about a shaded part on the cieceros strait a few times and she’ll tell you where the serpent is

  12. What I really so badly want to know is where is the serpent

  13. I already have the game (I got a long time ago and my mom really likes it) and I have already found a bunch of legendary creatures.

  14. This game is the best I play it every day

  15. danger girl // May 2, 2010 at 2:40 am // Reply

    Does anyone know how to get through the river without being eaten alive by piranhas or the alligator thing?

    • falcon5.0 // May 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm // Reply

      swim trough the piranas

    • You can sometimes just swim right through them, sometimes they will attack, they won’t attack as long as they have a good food supply so it is best to give them some food.

      Sometimes you can just swim right through the caiman. But remember, sometimes they can be aggresive, especially with young, so just to be safe, you should always have your pulsar out when near them.

  16. The game is great but i dont agree with the cons if you really get far in the game there are some weird creatures

  17. sparkplug6 // April 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    I want it bad!

  18. Gamemaster // April 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    Who knows how to befreind animals?

    • danger girl // May 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm // Reply

      If you find a dolphin or any other animal you can heal it and then you can befriend it so you can taake it along with you in dives.

      • A bit shrimpy // June 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm //

        I can’t befriend animals does anyone know how??? Does finly have to come first????

  19. Gamemaster // April 1, 2010 at 9:23 am // Reply

    Who knows how to find Thanatos, the Kraken jr, and the Sea Serpent?

    • fish 5678 // May 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm // Reply

      idont know what to do since i beat the game

    • The thanatos is in ciceros strait on the far right down corner of your map. It will take him awhile for him to get there. If you don’t know where this is, go to your marine encyclopidia, go to other fauna, go through the pages until you find a big black shark that takes up the whole page. Click on it, (This won’t give you any info on it) it will show all the maps you have already been to, go to the ciceros map, and there you will find some orange squares, this shows where the animal you were looking for is.

    • The kraken jr. is in the cavern of gods, I can’t quite explain the squres he is in. So do the same thing as last time, go to your marine encyclipidia, go to other fauna, go through the pages until you find it (It will appear to be all black shaped like a giant squid and take up the whole page) click on it, and go to your last map, the cavern of gods, and find the orange squares it is in.

      • blabla354 // July 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm //

        kraken jr is in the altar of isis swiming near the ceiling. Hint: he is not as big as you think he is, i swam right under him without even noticing.

    • The sea serpent will not be in your marine encyclpidia at first. This is what you must do first: Complete over three maps, then talk to oceana, she will give you a reward then mention a shadow on the map of ciceros, keep talking to her about it and she will tell you all about it. After you have found it, it will automaticaly be in your marine encyclopidia at the end of other fauna.

    • find triton ruins at midnight and you should find gg he will get very scared and go awey and then thantoes will pop up

    • what is the best or most weirdthiing u have found while scavenging please tell me my best is the same as my weirdest it was 9550p and was a jar of king tuts organs p.s i am the brother of tate tate

  20. prettypony24156 // March 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    i want this game bad

  21. CONS AGREED. THERE SEEM TO ONLY BE THE SAME ‘OL FISH.(I GOT THE GAME TWO WEEKS AGO.)

  22. its cool

  23. BORING!!

  24. I recentyl got this game yesterday.And i think its cool.I have the mic. and everything. :)

  25. looks so awesome , but also scary!

    • Gamemaster // April 1, 2010 at 9:28 am // Reply

      I got the game a while ago, and it isn’t scary. A few parts are creepy, (like Thanatos the giant shark, and diving really deep) but you eventually get over it. It’s the only game I’ve ever played since I got it. Even my mom likes it. (And when she likes a video game it’s got to be a good game)

  26. i want that game so bad. (:

  27. seems weird

  28. WANT IT NOW SO BAD

  29. 00Mushroom // March 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    what happens if the shark gets you?

    • danger girl // May 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm // Reply

      IF YOU GET NEAR A SHARK YOU WILL BE CHARGED AT AND PUSHED OR IF YOU RUN INTO THANATOS THE MAN-EATTING SHARK HE WILL WACK YOU WITH HIS FIN.

  30. I finished the game and at the end of the game you unlock the Singing Dragon and the Oknenio’s Guardian!

  31. I like it!

  32. Gamemaster // March 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm // Reply

    I would never have the courage to go diving myself, so this game has my name on it.

  33. i love fish i think it will be awsome.

  34. AWESOME game!!!

  35. j k roilling // February 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm // Reply

    bla bla bla bla bal

    boring

  36. pee wee haris // February 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm // Reply

    look’s kinda cool

  37. looks pretty cool

  38. i don’t think it will be fun.

  39. :)hahaha

  40. it looks cool i cant wait till it comes out

  41. awsome game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. so ausome

  43. I do not like this game.It is V-E-R-Y B-O-R-I-N-G,I think it is!

  44. sounds great

  45. ocean swimmer // February 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm // Reply

    I played the original and I loved it. this looks like an even better one. (The wiispeak will be cool, too.)

  46. it l00ks ok

  47. Looks cool

  48. endless ocean blue world is great and i,m going to love it

  49. i have to have this game i saw the preview!

  50. COOL!!!

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