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Subnautica – Pushing Boundaries and Facing Fears

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Let's talk about fear. Minor mechanics-based Subnautica spoilers follow.

What Had Happened

Last night, Subnautica evoked the single most intense emotional response I've had to a game. Let me set the scene.

Twilight was falling, and the water was beginning to get dark. Visibility was already poor in the red water, but I felt relatively safe. After all, I had my one-man submersible, with its bright headlights and zippy movement.

I felt safe.

Beneath me, I saw a piece of debris with shiny new technology. So, of course, I hopped out of my submarine and pulled out my trusty scanner, pointing my submersible's lights towards the technology. First mistake.

Swimming down, I was about 20 meters from my sub, ready to scan whatever the new technology would have been. 20 meters. Second mistake.

Right before I reach the technology, an unearthly ROAR comes out of my speakers alongside the "you are so fucking dead music", and I turn, just as a Reaper Leviathan about 30x my size snaps my sub in its jaws, throw my light source and my heart into disarray. I scream FUCK before beginning to mutter the same thing over and over again as I leave my sub for lost, pulling out my handheld Diver's Propulsion Vehicle and praying praying praying that it chooses the sub over me.

Fear.

For the next 15 or so minutes, I sat in my base. And then went out into the shallows. but never so far that I couldn't see my base. Thinking back, I can feel my mind recreating last night's feeling and my adrenaline still spikes recounting this.

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The Aftermath

Now, I think it's probably clear from that story that I'm not a horror guy. I don't watch horror movies, I avoid games like Soma and RE7 like the plague. Subautica, though…the bright colors and beautiful atmosphere made it feel approachable, and safe. How wrong I was. And I'm so thankful I was wrong.

If I'd never tried Subnautica, I never would have felt this emotion so viscerally. I never would have been willing to explore it – I would have remained afraid of fear itself continually. And, honestly, I never would have experienced the thrill of seeing a Reaper up close – and surviving.

So, to all you patient gamers out there like me, I have a recommendation: give Subnautica a try. The experience is something incredible, and you might end up learning something about yourself in the process.

(That having been said, I think once I finish Subnautica, I may need a while before I hit up Below Zero…)

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