Barotrauma Review

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Barotrauma is a submarine survival game created by FakeFish and Undertow Games, but published by Daedalic Entertainment. The game relies heavily on multiplayer aspects, along with tight cooperation for success. Communication is key, along with having players do their jobs on the submarine correctly.

About the Game

I found that Barotrauma is a very niche game. You have to be willing to play the multiplayer version of the game, ideally over microphone, and either with a group of friends or with strangers. With 2 to 16 players on the submarine, everyone is in-charge of doing their own job, and communicating with others to stay alive.

If you’re unable to do multiplayer to the fullest extent with people, the game does have AI bots that can be put in place, but aren’t nearly as reliable.

Classes

Featured in Barotrauma are six different classes of workers:

  • Captain
  • Engineer
  • Mechanic
  • Medic
  • Security Officer
  • Assistant

Each one is outfitted with skills that benefit their abilities, but also a lack of other skills. It’s important that they stick to their strengths.

When Playing

I guess the major aspect of Barotrauma to consider is that it is a very chaotic game, where your role matters. The voice chat is also in-game so when you die you won’t be able to converse with the other players. Instead you’re destined to spectate their decisions in silence. When playing in your class, you can see just a bit of the ship around you, but when you perish the entire ship becomes visible.

The game has a “quest mode” that is really missions involving the creation of the submarine, and tasks to be completed. The only major hindrance in this is the necessity to keep the submarine functioning normally, while fending of aquatic creatures who are after blood.

Being a 2D game, I found the graphics to be very pleasant, and the controls to be easy to function using a mouse and keyboard. I personally don’t think this game would fair well with a controller.

Final Thoughts

Though Barotrauma is still considered an Early Access game, I think it’s very polished with a perfect concept in mind. It’s clearly a game that relies heavily on having clear communication, and understanding what you need to do in your role. Personally, I didn’t find the game as enjoyable as someone with 15 friends to play it with. A bit of the magic is having a tight-knit group playing together, and I just didn’t have that available for this review. Playing the game with random people is just not a great experience in the slightest. Not to mention the AI itself isn’t fantastic at realistically replacing people, so single-player isn’t as fun.

My other major drawback for Barotrauma is that you have to be in the mood to play it. This isn’t a game you can just pick up and play, or relax and enjoy. It’s chaotic, nervous inducing, and the aquatic creatures attacking are pretty scary. It’s a good game if you’re in the mood for some chaotic fun.

You can get your copy of Barotrauma directly on Steam for $29.99!

Good

  • Great Niche Game
  • Provides Clear Objectives and Communication
  • Very Well Done for Early Access
  • Graphics are Quite Enjoyable

Bad

  • Finding a Group Can be Difficult
  • AI Isn't Great
  • Learning Curve is Steep
7.6

Good

Quest/Missions - 8
Character Classes - 10
Graphics - 8.4
Sound - 7
Replayability - 6
Learning Curve Difficulty - 6
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