Death in the Water 2 – A Review of an Underwater Horror

Released on January 26, 2023, for Microsoft Windows, Death in the Water 2 is a tense underwater horror survival game from Lighthouse Games Studio. Here's what we think of this terrifying title so far.

Death in the Water 2 is a horror FPS set deep underwater and pits you against several mind-controlled sea creatures. You’re dropped into a vast open-underwater world map. You must fight off waves of mind-controlled sea creatures under Death’s control, a vicious Kraken leviathan. Each dive reveals a new nightmare to face, and you can scavenge for weapons and upgrades as you go along.

You’ll also come across various procedurally-animated real and fantasy-based creatures that react realistically to the environment as they hunt you down using sight, sound, or scent. There are also a variety of weapons and gear that you can unlock and upgrade to increase your odds of survival in the ocean.

A Good-Enough Story to Keep You Entertained

The story of Death in the Water 2 is a bit twisted and far-fetched, but it also has its appeal. The story starts two years after a swim meet when a swimmer is dragged under the water and dies from her injuries. When a young woman reaches the end of her tether and drowns, the rest of her swimming teammates try to save her. They even call the hospital to help. However, she can’t be saved as she is dragged underwater and dies from blood loss.¬†

It’s then revealed that a Kraken is lurking in the waters and causing all sorts of sea creatures to attack humans. As the Kraken’s mind control spreads through the creature population, you are suddenly the main target. There is a lot of aggression, which isn’t always manageable when you don’t have the weapons and upgrades to handle it.

Action-Packed Journey in an Underwater World

Action-Packed Journey in an Underwater World

When it comes to the gameplay, Death in the Water 2 is an action-packed shooter that will have you fighting off hordes of sea monsters on your quest to find and destroy the Kraken. There’s a large open-underwater world map to explore during your dives. This is where you’ll find wrecks, reefs, caves, ruins, and terrifying open waters that will test your thalassophobia.

You’ll also come across various procedurally-animated real and fantasy-based creatures that react realistically to the environment as they hunt you down using sight, sound, or scent. There are also a variety of weapons and gear that you can unlock and upgrade to increase your odds of survival in the ocean.

Another big winner in this saga is the world map, which features a variety of colorful coral reefs and other aquatic landmarks to marvel at during your dives. From hulking ruins to dark caves and skeletal remains of sea creatures, the game is packed with visuals that will keep you on your toes.

Graphics Are Fascinating 

Graphics Are Fascinating 

The game’s graphics are excellent, and the animations are top-notch. The models of the sharks, eels, and snakes are very well-detailed, and their movement is fluid and realistic. The way they jerk their bodies away from you when they bump into walls and recoil from spears is very good.

Death in the Water 2s visuals are gorgeous, and the underwater lighting mimics the glitter and glow of the ocean without letting colors or shapes get lost. The skeletal remains of giant sea creatures are beautifully rendered. The ocean floor pops with color as you move through wrecks, reefs, and caves.

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