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Hydrophobia (Xbox 360)

Hydrophobia (Xbox 360)
alaScore 78

38 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability. The gameplay also gets good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the controls.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Xbox 360 Games the Hydrophobia (Xbox 360) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 38 reviews)

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Hydrophobia

 

Does it sink or swim? It is hard to believe that it has been almost three years since we posted the first screenshot of Dark Energy Digital's action/adventure title. Hydrophobia...

Amazing water effects ; Deep back story ; Environmental kills

Combat gets tedious ; Controls sometimes floaty ; Monotonous game design

It is hard to believe that it has been almost three years since we posted the first screenshot of Dark Energy Digital’s action/adventure title. Hydrophobia is the first out of the gate for Microsoft’s Game Feast promotion and has been touted as once...

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Hydrophobia Review for the XBOX360

 

Keep the ship, see if I care!

Great gameplay ideas

but terribly executed; Frustrating controls; Awful checkpointing; Weak story and forgettable plot; Painful voice-acting

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Hydrophobia - Xbox 360 review at Thunderbolt Games

 

Hydrophobia is the perfect example of a game where development is focused almost entirely on its central mechanic. In Hydrophobia's case, this mechanic is water. Developers ‘Dark Energy' have created a hugely impressive engine where water appears...

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Hydrophobia Review

 

An unusual take on survival horror with incredible water effects, Hydrophobia is ultimately let down by frustrating gameplay issues.

Impressive water physics ; Good sense of atmosphere and tension ; Challenging gameplay

Frustrating checkpoint system ; Clumsy, sometimes unresponsive controls ; Poorly conveyed narrative

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Hydrophobia [Xbox Live Arcade]

 

When I first saw Hydrophobia at PAX East 2010, it grabbed my attention more than any other downloadable title at the expo. Dark Energy Digital’s survival/adventure offering stood out visually among the other Xbox Live Arcade titles, and looked to offer...

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Hydrophobia

 

Shock To The System

Interacting with the environment and experimenting with the HydroEngine is fantastic fun over and over again. Characterization is done well and the game is backed by a strong story

Player control is at times sluggish, particularly during combat and objectives are quite repetitive. The game is very short without sufficient replays

Due to her vulnerability, much of the gameplay places you as inferior to the well-armed terrorists. Kate's main weapon is the LP4, a small pistol that fires off sonic rounds with different types of ammo. In addition to regular bullets, there are energy...

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Hydrophobia

 

It's been a long time in development, but Dark Energy Digital's foray onto Xbox Live Arcade has finally arrived, armed with the dynamic water-based HydroEngine in tow. The concept is simple enough, pitting woman against environment in a desperate bid...

Technically, the HydroEngine may be a step forward for water physics, but everything else has taken numerous steps back in Hydrophobia. At 1200MS points, we weren’t expecting something especially long, but quality should never suffer this much...

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Hydrophobia

 

Hydrophobia's wholly loathsome experience drowns out the potentially impressive water physics.

A wholly loathsome experience drowns out the potentially impressive water physics; Dark Energy Digital should focus on turning their water into a piece of middleware. Maybe then we could finally see something good come out of this mess.

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Hydrophobia- Xbox 360

 

In spite of its flaws and quirks, Hydrophobia manages to provide a compelling adventure that is made unique by the very physical presence of the wet stuff. What's more, for a price that is a fraction of a boxed, retail game's RRP it's a surprisingly...

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Hydrophobia- Xbox 360

 

The story is interesting, though some more background about why Kate hates the water - or showing her express some real fear about the water - would have gone a long way in strengthening it. It would have also helped if the ending didn't feel so...

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