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Subnautica Below Zero (2019) is an open-world adventure game that follows the original game, Subnautica. You play a scientist on an alien planet searching for clues about the research team that vanished there. What develops is a light horror adventure where you must explore and survive the environments while completing objectives to advance the story.

Like the first game, you play mainly underwater. Here though, there are more land-based areas to explore. You find large structures to investigate both above ground and underwater which reveal the story and characters. The day-night cycle affects visibility and dynamic weather such as wind, snow, fog, and hail also hinder progress. You have a range of tools like the first game, with the addition of a Flashlight Helmet, Mineral Detector and Booster Tank.

You can play in different modes:
  • Survival: Dealing with depleting health, hunger, thirst and oxygen. You can respawn if you die but lose items.
  • Freedom: Hunger and thirst disabled but otherwise like Survival.
  • Hardcore: If you die you have to restart from the beginning.
  • Creative: Health and thirst are disabled. You also have access to all crafting without the need for resources.
  • VR: The game can be played in VR mode with headsets such as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, with the additional input of a keyboard and mouse or game controller.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Subnautica Below Zero 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Strategy game with Action, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete. You can spend many more hours exploring every area and discovering the full story of what went on on the alien planet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence and Horror because it features moderate violence to fantasy characters and disturbing scenes. The player's character has to hunt alien life forms, sometimes using blades or a drill arm to attack them. Although wounds are not shown, blood is depicted and alien bodies are left behind to be harvested. The aliens may grunt and squeal as they struggle to escape. Larger alien creatures also hunt and consume smaller lifeforms, shaking them in their jaws before swallowing them whole. The creatures are also able to hunt and attack the player's character. When caught, the player's character screams and struggles in the creature's mouth before being swallowed. These scenes can be intense and add to the sense of dread created as you explore the planet alone.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, and Mild Language. Players defend themselves against predatory alien creatures. Small creatures may attack players if provoked; larger creatures can strike or bite players, causing Robin to cry out in pain. A mechanical suit with tools allows players to grab enemies and incapacitate them; aliens sometimes emit splatters of yellow liquid when hit. The words “damn” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Subnautica Below Zero usually costs £24.99 to £29.99. 

Subnautica Below Zero

Switch StoreSALE Switch £24.99 £8.24 until 23/06/2024
Steam Store PC £24.99
Steam Store Mac £24.99

Subnautica: Below Zero

PlayStation Store PS5 £29.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £29.99

Subnautica: Below Zero

XBox Store Xbox X|S £29.99
XBox Store Xbox One £29.99
XBox Store PC £29.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2021

Price: 67% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Action, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Unknown Worlds (@UnknownWorlds)

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