I had the great pleasure of checking out Diluvion for the first time this year at PAX West 2016, and I must say it was a surprise to me that a game I hadn’t heard of before could be on the top of my favorite PAX moments. So Let me tell you about one of my newest favorite games!
The world of Diluvion has been ravished by thee Great Flood many centuries ago. Now you and the rest of humanity must try and survive under the water and sometimes darkest depths of the ocean. The top is covered in unbreakable ice and your survival all depends on your desire to not only survive but thrive in this world. You are surrounded by new styles of civilizations, religions, and cultures that may or may not of existed if it weren’t for the flood.
You an aspiring submarine captain must learn how to manage your materials and crew to make in in this world. They are counting on you and you are counting on them. In this game you must manage not only your oxygen level but also collect and loot old crashed subs, who knows what you might find. Crew? Gold? Metals? Oxygen? Diluvion is filled with mystery and exploration, based in an Open World you must craft new parts for your sub acquire new and more expertised crew members to upgrade your sub before you can go certain areas.
I spent 30 to 45 minutes in the wold of Diluvion and at the end opened the map to show I had only explored a fraction of the opening area not to mention the numerous other areas my sub couldn’t handle.
Things like water current, your depth and the pressure that follows all play a major role in guiding and helping you along in this game. Along with every good open world game though there is some danger, and I must say the underwater submarine battles are amazing and fluid.
It’s one thing to be in a shooter or behind the cockpit of a jet blasting things at high speeds but it is entirely different to be behind a sub trying to dodge, and lock on to an enemy when you have currents pulling and pushing you. It felt amazing.
So besides manning a sub what else is there to Diluvion you ask? Well with your brave crew and your sub you head out on a quest to uncover humanities greatest secret while exploring the flooded world of course. As with every great quest you are in for some colorful characters and some dark ones as well as you try to find an end to your quest.
I for one left my experience with Diluvion wanting for more, more exploring, more battles, more scavenging, and more of the story of this foreign world that feels so surreal but also so close to home.