Subnautica  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Subnautica  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Forget Movies, These 5 Video Games Need Their Own Comics https://www.gameskinny.com/qbu5q/forget-movies-these-5-video-games-need-their-own-comics https://www.gameskinny.com/qbu5q/forget-movies-these-5-video-games-need-their-own-comics Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:00:01 -0400 stratataisen

Video games have some amazing stories and deep lore, most of which can be told, or retold, in other forms of entertainment. Just look at the Warcraft and Assassin's Creed movies from last year or the Uncharted movie in the works. While many games certainly have the potential to become good movies (and some cringe-worthy ones too), other forms of storytelling media are often overlooked. Comic books, for instance, are an excellent way to visually tell a story without all the cameras, actors, and expenses.

Here’s a list of 5 games that don’t already have a comic about them or their lore, but seriously should!

SOMA

SOMA is from the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While not nearly as scary as Amnesia, Frictional Games gave SOMA a thoroughly in-depth story that made the player sit and ponder the question “What does it mean to be human?”. This plus the underseas location of PATHOS-II, and the mechanical horrors lurking within its confines would make for an amazingly dark and gruesome, sci-fi horror comic. A comic of the game could follow the story exactly or even expand further into the game's lore, such as the events leading up to PATHOS-II’s demise, Catherine's struggle in trying to save the small remnants of humanity, or digging deeper into the protagonist's past.

Final Fantasy Franchise

The Final Fantasy franchise has a long history of fantasy based games--that never seems to be the final fantasy, oddly enough--with many rich stories, interesting characters, and breathtaking locations. This gives Square Enix more than sufficient material to create several great manga series. This includes squeals like X-2, Tactics, and the Dissidia games, but excludes Final Fantasy XII and Type-0 as both already have manga series of their own.

An excellent first candidate for a manga would Final Fantasy VII. It is by far the most popular of the series, with a number of prequels and sequels, as well as a remake in development. The main story would obviously make an excellent manga series, expanding on what we already know from the game. However, a perfect stand alone would be of Sephiroth's past, seeing what made the games greatest villain who he is.

There’s also some outstanding potential for very silly manga, where characters like Biggs and Wedge get together for a hilarious side character convention.

Paladins

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a team based FPS created by Hi-Rez Studios. While Paladins is a great game, there isn't much of a story, leaving a few unanswered questions. What is this realm? Who are these champions? Why are they fighting? Unfortunately, a story is something which Hi-Rez stated is not a priority for them. However, if they did decide to switch gears and start expanding on lore for this vast, vibrant world and intriguing characters -- they could easily do so through a series of comics.

Comics would be a great start for origin stories for characters such as Ying or Viktor. I know I’d like to find out more about Torvald. I mean, what is his...um ‘power glove’? It appears magical in nature, made of stone and carved with runes. My assumption is that he’s a scholarly explorer that stumbled upon an ancient magical weapon. Am I right? I don’t know, but this is something we can find out if there were more lore to the game.

Transistor

Praised for its visuals and soundtrack, this ARPG by Supergiant Games would serve as a fantastic comic series. Transistor has a phenomenal art style, color scheme, and enthralling story that would blend well with a comic format -- creating a gorgeous visual novel. It would even do well as a motion comic, so more can enjoy the amazing and beautiful soundtrack that the game has to offer.

While I would like to see the main story show in this way, there’s also the potential of seeing the story from another point of view. Maybe Red’s dead lover, or the enemies that you face as Red.

Subnautica

Subnautica, the crafting survival game by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, is one of those games that pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know more. In the game, the lore and story are discovered through exploration and finding data pads. If comics were made, I think they would do well as prequels, such as following the survivors of the Degasi or seeing more of the expanded universe. They could even delve into the precursor aliens and their research into finding a cure for the life killing disease.

While it’s fun to watch a video game come to life on the big screen, they don’t always delve into the story or lore as much due to time, money, and real world limitations. Comics are a great alternative to this, and all the games listed have potential to become fantastic, unique series.

Do you agree with these picks? Did we miss a game that you think would make an excellent comic? Let us know in the comments below!

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Survive or Die: Best PC survival games for early 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/3pgbi/survive-or-die-best-pc-survival-games-for-early-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/3pgbi/survive-or-die-best-pc-survival-games-for-early-2016 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:21:00 -0400 Taranis8

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On the rise: Subnautica

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While Subnautica did not make the list it is something to look out for. Developed by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Subnautica provides a different twist to survival games.

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Taking place in what looks like the water covered alien planet in Interstellar, you are forced to survive with no land around you. The map is vast and the dev team provides updates and content often. The focus right now is on exploration and the game was recently optimized for better performance. 

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The downfall is right now there is not much of a story line even though one is slowly developing. While that is not an issue for many survival games, this one is single player only currently.  The plan is for it to be a multi player game but the developers have said that it takes converting from single player to multiplayer. 

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Subnautica has a bright future if it brings a multiplayer aspect to the game or a storyline for a single player game. Currently, the exploration aspect is very good and it is developing at a steady pace. Follow the progress of Subnautica here.

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Leave me comments below on what you agree with and disagree with. Which survival game is your favorite and why?

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1. ARK

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Price: $30
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Where did all the zombies go? ARK, published by Studio Wildcard, comes roaring in at #1. ARK has beautiful graphics and a community that is surprisingly friendly. The biggest downfall would be the optimization needs work and a low-end computer could struggle to run ARK.

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ARK takes a step in a different direction by dropping the player in an era where dinosaurs are the king of the world. While the community is friendly it is tough to solo play in ARK with it being a big time sink to build and survive.  Custom servers can help with that adjusting what is accessible and the taming timers. They also provide low-tech servers which help those that are not fans of guns in a dino-filled world. For the more on hands type, ARK offers mod support for those who like changing things themselves.

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Like H1Z1, ARK split into two games and now has  ARK:  Survival of the Fittest which is a last man standing battle as well. It has already been announced as an eSport. The difference between this split and H1Z1's is that ARK has made their last man standing game completely free.

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What separates ARK from the rest of the pack is the content updates are constant. The developers are in touch with the community and the game never seems to get stale with the updates coming fast and often. I want to stress again though that the optimization is the biggest downfall to ARK.

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If you are sick of all the zombie survival games and you prefer to ride a T-Rex with a friendlier community then ARK is for you.

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2. The Forest

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The Forest, developed by Endnight Games, is a gem of a survival game.  This is Resident Evil meets survival. You are not fighting zombies, but instead cannibalistic mutants that have beliefs, families, and even morals. 

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The Forest is different compared to the other survival games on the list in the fact there is a slight story here. You are looking for your son after your plane crashed and the mutants dragged him away. Unlike the zombies in previous survival games the mutants don't always attack you. Is the cannibalistic tribe a threat to the player or are you a threat to the tribe? You have to discover what is going on for yourself.

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The graphics and lighting in The Forest do an amazing job of setting the mood of a horror survival game. The AI has some bugs to work out but overall is better than that of H1Z1 or 7 Days to Die.  

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The developers do a great job of releasing new content and patches around every 3 weeks.  Another benefit of The Forest is the save option. If you are playing and a griefer comes along or you just die due to unfortunate events you can load into a different server at your last save point. While some will not be a fan of this it allows you to continue the story line that you prefer. The Forest is easily playable solo due to this mechanic. However, like most of these survival games playing with friends seems to make it more enjoyable. 

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If zombies are not your thing and instead you prefer mutant cannibals then I would recommend The Forest. Make sure to play it late at night with the lights off. Feel free to get more information at The Forest's website.

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3. 7 Days to Die

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7 Days to Die, developed by The Fun Pimps, cracks our top 3 and is the only zombie survival game among them. Just like the title says, this is a survival horde crafting game. If you are a fan of Minecraft and survival games then this most likely is the game for you. With less focus on PVP and more on crafting, 7 Days to Die adds a different element to the normal zombie survival games.

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That's not to say it does't come with its share of downfalls. The updates are few and far between. The current patch -- "Alpha 13" -- seems to have brought more bugs than fixes. The developer team seems to have slowed down immensely with the updates to this game, which appears to be the theme of games closing in on 3 years of development.

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The game does not need a top end computer to run though, and offers private servers for up to 8 people. There are some private servers that have up to 20-30 people but those are exceptions.  There are few vehicles in the game and the pathing from the zombies can be pretty clunky at times.

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There is not much to say about 7 Days to Die besides the fact that if you are a big fan of crafting and building then this is the game for you. Spend 6 days exploring and crafting and then wait for day 7 to fight off the horde of zombies. Check out 7 Days to Die's website for more information

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4. Hurtworld

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Hurtworld, developed by Bankroll studios, comes it at #4.  Hurtworld took elements designed for the more hardcore gamer as well as for the casual player and brought them together.  There is no armor or healing items of any type in Hurtworld and the survival is tougher than the other games. You raid for territory more than for items due to the fact when you die whatever was on your hot bar you keep. With this, you see less kill-on-sight activity because people do not get as much off of you.  

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Your body doesn't stay in the world when you log off so you don't have to worry about logging in dead. Guns are expensive and tough to come by as well so not everyone is running around with shotguns. The best part of Hurtworld comes with the cars. Driving them is just fun compared to Rust or H1Z1. You will be flipping off ramps and doing 360's over buildings.

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Some of the downfalls to Hurtworld are also some of its appealing aspects. You start off knowing every crafting recipe. That's not exactly realistic and the whole "not losing loot" can cause an issues as well. You will kill your enemy and the people will spawn and jump back into the fight with all of their stuff.

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The dev team is constantly putting out updates and talking to the community. That's the benefit of a game being so new that the dev team is still excited about what they are doing . Whether that continue 6 months from now is yet to be seen. 

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For more information you can visit Hurtworld's website.

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5. Rust

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Price: $20
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Rust -- developed by Facepunch Studios -- is a game that has also been in development for almost 3 years. The graphics leave more to be desired but the optimization is a lot better compared to pretty much every other game on this list. You start off naked and looking to get some shelter and clothes right away.  Rust falls into the same category of H1Z1 making it more kill-on-sight than some of the others. 

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What Rust brings to the table is a deeper crafting and building system than some of the previously listed games.  The weapons in rust are a bit more realistic in the fact that the guns have decent recoil.  You don't worry about starving as fast as you would in other games, so you have more time to explore. With that said playing with friends is your best bet. 

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The map size is adjustable depending on the server, which helps a bit compared to H1Z1. Rust is also a very big time sink, with the way the developers have implemented the "decay system," which is a way to combat too many player made structures. Basically, the health of man-made structures will decay over time if not used. If you are not able to log in often to stop this then you will fall victim of decay. Below is some of the decay timers.

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  • Twigs - 6-hour delay , 6-hour duration
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  • Stone - 18-hour delay , 48-hour duration
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Rust is a bit more grindy than some of the other games but it has a lot to do. The dev's still communicate with the community even after almost 3 years. If you are not a fan of mass nudity in a game then Rust is not for you. I also would not recommend for the solo player. You can look more into Rust here.

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6. DayZ

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Price: $35
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DayZ developed by Bohemia Interactive began as a mod for Arma 2 that turned into its own stand-alone game. DayZ has been in early access for almost 3 years.  With H1Z1, you have a smaller map that allows you to run into people often, while in DayZ you will run around and not see someone for hours. 

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A benefit to DayZ is that you can host your own private server and be selective about who you bring into it. For being in development for almost 3 years the game doesn't feel like it is bringing content fast enough. Bohemia spoke about an offline mode coming but that was almost a year ago and we still no idea when or if it is coming. Updates seem to have stalled on DayZ. You can mod the game with the Steam Workshop which is a plus for gamers who like tinkering with mods.  

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The optimization is pretty bad, especially when compared to games who have not been in early access as long such as H1Z1.  If you are interested in DayZ it is more beneficial to just play Arma2 and use the DayZ mod which is smoother. Plus it will cost you a total of $13 compared to the high price tag of $35. You can check out DayZ here

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7. H1Z1

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Kicking off our list is H1Z1 developed, by Daybreak Game Company.  H1Z1 started off with a lot of promise and is a classic example of how fast things can change. Daybreak Game Company took over H1Z1 and one of the changes was the price. H1Z1 was first scheduled as an F2P game now will have a price tag of $20 (for one-half of the game). 

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H1Z1 is a zombie survival game that drops you in the middle of the forest of a zombie infested world.  The current state of the game is a kill-on-sight grief fest. One of the issues with H1Z1 is the map is 1/4th the size of DayZ so you constantly run into people who have a kill on sight mentality.  They do not offer private servers to the public so most are left having to play on a public server. The graphics are nice and the game runs smoothly compared to most of the other games on our list.  Pathing and the overall intelligence of the AI is a little off. Keeping in mind that this is early access though, this is not a bad survival game if you are looking for non-stop PVP.

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H1Z1 did split into two games, H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill with the latter being the last one standing slugfest.  The issue is while this game, at first, was included with H1Z1: Just Survive, it now costs an extra $20 and has a pay 2 win model around it. It looks like Daybreak Game Company is looking more towards getting money than producing a good product. You can check out H1Z1 here.

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Zombies and Cannibals and Dinosaurs (Oh my!). As more and more survival games launch each year, they try and bring a new and refreshing twist to the classic survival feel.

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This list will help you decide which one is for you. All of the games on this list are in early access which means the game is not ready for release. Keep that in mind as all of them will be changing constantly and will have their share of bugs. This list rates them in their current state and has nothing to do with previous patches or future promises. While it doesn't hurt to see what is promised by the developers, we have to keep in mind that not everything promised will be given. 

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Subnautica releases farming update and more https://www.gameskinny.com/m3jue/subnautica-releases-farming-update-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/m3jue/subnautica-releases-farming-update-and-more Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:35:59 -0500 KendraG

Previously Unknown Worlds made Subnautica look super realistic in their H2.0 update, know they have added more to the early access game on Steam. 

The latest update is called the Farming Update and players can now create underwater farms. The update makes "grow boxes" available that can be housed in or out of water. In the grow boxes players can use any of the twenty-five plus seed types. The possible seeds include flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, and killer plants

There are many ways to decorate with this new farming update such as living walls and potted plants. 

Players can now create aquariums that can house captured creatures and plants. 

While this update has a lot centered around the new alien fauna players can set their green thumb on, there were other things updated as well.

LED lightsticks are now available and are a great way to stick on the seabed to light up wide areas as well as be held while exploring. Floodlights and Spotlights are also available for placement around your base. Spotlights will automatically track nearby predators.

Abandoned bases have been added to the game. These abandoned bases from unknown past explorers can be sources for new technology.

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Subnautica gets a super realistic update https://www.gameskinny.com/8tgzt/subnautica-gets-a-super-realistic-update https://www.gameskinny.com/8tgzt/subnautica-gets-a-super-realistic-update Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:09:56 -0500 KendraG

Unknown Worlds just released the H2.O update for Subnautica, which completely changes the graphics of the game. The graphics went from Finding Nemo to "holy mother of pearl can I touch it?"

Subnautica is an open world adventure game where the player descends into the ocean of an alien world. And much like our own oceans, the world is not a static place. You can go into the depths of the ocean and fight to survive through all sorts of obstacles.

While the game was beautiful before, now it takes on even more with the H2.O update. The update added new surface water, longer draw distances, richer colors, pitch black night-time, and solar eclipses. Basically, the whole rendering system has upgraded. 

Of course, the H2.O update was not just aesthetically pleasing. The player now has a Scanner that provides information about the different organisms and technology fragments they find. The Fabricator was fixed and is less confusing to use. Also, story voiceovers can display as text. And the Seamoth, a vehicle in the game, now has the ability to turn it's headlights on and off. 

screenshot of subnautica

You can gain early access to the game via Steam.

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