So this game, it is on Steam Early Access. And it is a little bit buggy, but it comes to me well-recommended. It bills itself as a survival/building game, set mostly underwater.
Something I learned from my wreck-diving stint when I was 15, in North Carolina: Water I can't see the bottom of and low-visibility shipwrecks (they're the uncanny valley for boats) give me the creeps. (I'm okay with high visibility shipwrecks, and weirdly, if I'm near the bottom, or looking up, I'm okay with any kind of depth.) So, naturally this is the perfect game to give me plenty of mental trauma.
Join me, as I put some psychologist's kids through college!
So, we start off aboard the starship Aurora
, which for unknown reasons started going down over this planet. I jump into an escape pod, which gets damaged on the way down, and wall panel flies into my face. I black out.
Wake up, disengage harness, and...JESUS CHRIST THE POD IS ON FIRE GRAB THAT EXTINGUISHER!
Okay. Fire out. Let's climb out the top and see what's going on.
Water everywhere, and...I do believe that was my ride. The pattern of damage seems to suggest multiple distinct points on the outer hull, which either means it was hit multiple times from the outside, or had an internal problem that reached out in multiple directions.
It'd be nice if that was Mars, but I'm betting it's not Mars. That said there's something moving; that crescent shape in the top right corner appears to be some kind of bird.
There's something sticking out of the water over there. Not sure what. My next thing to do is actually go into the water, but it's night, and that sounds like a spectacularly bad idea. We'll wait until morning.
Dawn coming up, so here's the the thing in the water. It looks like a trumpet.
So, having no way to orient myself to anything save my life pod, here's "forward" towards the pod's status screens.
Here's "aft" towards the broken comm system.
The game is actually quite pretty.
Are those some kind of seacows? They appear to have glowing green holes in their butts. I'm just going to leave those alone. (Also pictured: my hands)
I have a shopping list for titanium and quartz, for air tanks. I picked up some metal scrap, but I'm not sure how to find quartz yet, so time to fumble about some more. I do have a secret plan for how to get more titanium to be handy, though, I'll show that if it works. (And describe myself as a moron if it doesn't.)
Getting dark again. Time to go back to the pod. Waitaminute...oh ****. (Also pictured: the UI.)
I don't know how close I am but I'm guessing the answer is "too goddamn close". The only protection I've got is the pod.
...and, the water. I could hide underwater from the explosion, and probably be safer. Water transmits explosion pressure waves better, but for shorter distances, than air, and any radioactive pulse would be reduced...
Okay so I'm going in at night.
It's actually quite beautiful, lot of bioluminscence involved. Those seacow things seem to have gotten a little closer. Ah well, at least it's not because they sense prey. They'd be moving faster then.
I finally emerged, to stare up at not-Mars again. From space I came, to space I shall not return at this rate. It looks so close, like it's taunting me.
Since the explosion seems to have happened, and I'm not dead, and the pod's intact, and I'm not irradiated, I'll just watch the sunrise from here.
So far my secret evil plan seems to be working.
I'm carrying metallic scrap to the area under my life pod and leaving it there, where it seems to persist. That's a positive. It's quite large in my inventory.
Here's some quartz in the grass. You collect this to make fuzed quartz glass for liners and other purposes.
This is the fabricator, which turns natural materials into useful stuff. It also tells you what you need, so it gives me shopping lists. Right now, I just made a couple oxygen tanks. They're small but refillable, and extending my dive time with two of them from 45 seconds (not Olympic-level but suggesting I'm in reasonably good shape) to 105 seconds. So they're worth about 30 seconds each.
Oxygen tank, two bits of fuzed quartz, a fire extinguisher I'm still carrying around, and a bunch of medikits. You might have noticed awhile back with the UI pic I'm at 80% health, presumably from getting hit in the face by a metal panel during the pod's reentry. I should probably get around to actually using a medikit. I don't have a limited supply of them. Technically.
This is the other fabricator, which makes only medikits. It generates a new one every once in awhile, and has just now. I've been stockpiling in the assumption bad **** will happen to me at some point.
I'm back out into the wild, looking for salt, which can be turned into useful things, and anything else I might find. At night. I got over that fear fast... I'm pretty sure these things are harmless. A predator this close would be moving to attack me.
Purple brain coral. It expels oxygen bubbles, three in a row, at short intervals. Each bubble gives you 10 seconds of air. The whole cycle is shorter than than thirty seconds so you can hover over one and refill your O2
Some kind of safe? It's marked "Seaglide Fragment" but I can't collect it. I must need special tools.
Kelp forest at dawn. That's new.
This is an interesting-looking little fella. Mostly eyeball.
Those critters look predatory. Long, thin, barracudalike, lots of pointy bits.
They're definitely predators, they're chasing me!
He broke off and went back to the kelp after a little bit.
Found some stuff I think is salt deposits.
They are. Okay. Let's continue our circuit.
Some wreckage, presumably bits of the Aurora. I'm not going to go visit, I saw a sharky-looking thing down there too. Long, flat body with fins.
...that's rather large, whatever it is. And while it's only faintly visible, it's moving
, and I have no desire to get any closer to something which can probably crush me by accident and not even notice.
One of those predator things is...playing
, with scrap metal? Huh.
Acid mushrooms. Not named such because they give you good trips. They're literally acidic. You can combine them with some copper I picked up earlier to make batteries.
Your pod is always marked on your HUD, like so, so you can always get home.
I caught a fish! It's easy when you have disembodied hands! You have to catch them for food, in survival mode; make water too. I have the game in Freedom mode, where I don't have to eat and drink, but do have to deal with literally everything else.
I did mention this game was early access? I'm not sure what happened here, but I'm betting it's a bug. They actually have an integrated bugreport system in the game, which I think I need to make use now.
Making a battery.
To make a scanner.
Time to go out and scan things!
...just maybe not here. I must be closer to the Aurora
, I hit some radiation.
And that was my first sojourn in Subnautica. Next time: more blundering around and trying not to get eaten as I explore the non-starter biomes.