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Steel Diver (Nintendo 3DS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the gameplay. The controls is also appreciated. Many are less positive about the story and action. Opinions are divided on the value for money.

single player, controls, gameplay

action, story

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo 3DS Games the Steel Diver (Nintendo 3DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 50 reviews)

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Steel Diver (3DS)

 

Steel Diver is a drastic departure from what you'd expect in a game made by Nintendo. The company that created countless franchises with an emphasis on accessibility has taken a sharp turn in the opposite direction, and that shift is not for the...

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Steel Diver

 

Right from the word go you can't help by being impressed by Steel Diver's beauty and good use of the 3D on Nintendo's handheld. Sunlight dapples across the hull of your submarine when close to the surface, reducing as you dive to the depths below in...

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Steel Diver Nintendo 3DS Review

 

Periscope Strike, one of three mini games, tasks you with firing torpedoes at enemy ships, identifying said ships through a periscope and then watching them sink to the ocean depths; we love diving to watch the battle cruisers make their slow descent....

Gyroscope controls, 3-D wave effects, three unique game types, attractive graphics

Not enough Periscope missions, no online play or leaderboard support, wrestling with the sub controls

It's easy to understand why so many people dislike Steel Diver. Nintendo's 3DS launch effort is a collection of different genres, mashed together to produce a slow moving submarine sim that's clearly not for everyone and a tough sell at $39.99. Spend...

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Steel Diver

 

A game that can be explained as "vaguely reminiscent of Silent Service" doesn't have a large audience.

It's like looking in an aquarium ; Battleship-style mode is great fun ; Weird but fun controls

Unlocking decals is a chore ; Little content ; Limited multiplayer options

For me the only money-time relationship I use is that if a game keeps me interested for one hour per Euro spent then it was a good game. That's just if I'm unsure whether I like a game though, I can like games that are way below that ratio if they're...

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Steel Diver

 

In short, Steel Diver is an extremely underwhelming launch game. The eight missions can be knocked out in about 2 to 3 hours and the two player Steel Commander mode is buggy in addition to boring when playing against the AI. It doesn't make any sense...

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Steel Diver Review

 

This tedious underwater adventure is as short on content as it is on thrills.

Nice implementation of 3D visual effects ; Periscope Strike is fun in 30-second bursts

Uneven balance between simulation and action ; Long, grueling boss fights ; Only a few hours of content ; Banal competitive mode relies too much on luck

In addition to the regular missions, three bosses stand between you and survival. These oversized enemies follow a specific pattern that ensures they're only vulnerable during certain moments, and this is where the sluggish controls become downright...

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Steel Diver

 

Steel Diver sends 3D gameplay under water as players take control of three different submarines and explore the briny depths, avoiding mines, battling enemy ships, and fending off giant sea creatures. The action is controlled via the 3DS's touch screen an

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Steel Diver review

 

Steel Diver is an oddity. Originally developed as a tech-demo for the 3DS, it's been fleshed out as a full-priced retail game to fit inside Nintendo's generous launch window, where it joins the trickle of titles emerging for the 3D handheld. Up to a...

Some addictive gameplay

Not enough levels, extremely frustrating at times, lacks polish

At heart, Steel Diver is an interesting game with a handful of strong ideas, but those ideas should have been developed over a longer and more polished campaign. Until you see it in a bargain bin, leave this one to sink.

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Steel Diver Review

 

A wet fish, with nowhere near enough depth or firepower

No Mario, Miis or Pokémon? Yes Nintendo have ventured out of their comfort zone with their latest 3DS release.Steel Diver is a submarine game, or rather a collection of underwater diversions.At the

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Steel Diver

 

This tedious underwater adventure is as short on content as it is on thrills.

Nice implementation of 3D visual effects ; Periscope Strike is fun in 30-second bursts

Uneven balance between simulation and action ; Long, grueling boss fights ; Only a few hours of content ; Banal competitive mode relies too much on luck

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