Abzu – GameInformation

Roughly translating as ‘to know water’, this is Matt Nava’s aquatic successor to Journey and Flower, the debut effort of his new studio Giant Squid. Thatgamecompany’s former art director is a master at visual storytelling, and this has fathoms of it. You play The Diver, a mysterious character descending into the ocean’s heart on a quest for knowledge, along the way hitching rides on manta rays, schooling with groups of fish for speed boosts, encountering fearsome great white sharks (don’t worry, you can’t die), and weaving amongst vast fields of flowing kelp. The fluidity of the movement particularly impresses during our hands-on, with the left stick soaring our diver joyously uninhibited through the deep blue.

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