Xbox One Review: Beyond Blue

Should you take the plunge with this deep-sea explorer?

Beyond Blue takes players into the near future, where they will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of our ocean through the eyes of Mirai, a deep-sea explorer and scientist. She and her newly-formed research team will use groundbreaking technologies to see, hear, and interact with the ocean in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted.

Beyond Blue is more of an educational game than most out there, the only real gameplay is swimming and scanning different sealife for “research” across oceans full of different breeds of fish, sharks and whales. It may sound simple and it is, but it’s also incredibly calming and definitely has the best looking underwater landscapes on the PS4, bar none.

It’ll only take a few hours to grab everything you need from the game, but it’s time well spent and it’s very serene and laid back, which is a nice change of pace in today’s fast-paced high octane games, so to just sit back and swim around is different but a good different. In other words, I wish there were more games like this and at under £16, it’s a decent amount of relaxing gameplay for your buck.

The Verdict

While simplistic in design, Beyond Blue manages to educate while making swimming and scanning enjoyable and calming. Can we please get more games like this?

Score: 8.0