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Endless Ocean II : Blue World Review

Info : Endless Ocean II Released in 2010 as Blue World in the US and Adventures of the Deep in Europe the game like Endless Ocean launched at E3 in 2009 with largely positive reviews. 

Availability 

Like Endless Ocean 1 this was also a Wii exclusive and again made use of the Wii-mote and this is long out of print. so its a case of following the same method I mentioned in the review for the first game to grab a copy of this one

Gameplay and Control’s

Like I said above Endless Ocean makes full use of the Wii-mote, but in my view Nintendo nor Arika not using the Wii-mote’s Nunchuk accessory or taking advantage of the newly released motion plus accessory.

Endless Ocean II changed the base mechanic of how the game worked. Instead of being based and operating entirely from a boat as you did in Endless Ocean 1.

This time you operate from a base on a tropical island called “Nine Ball Island”  in the fictional Pelago Commonwealth in the south pacific.

You find out a bit more about the company you are working for quite quickly and then but the story starts after the scene during the tutorial part of the game.

However there are parts in the story where you will operate from a boat which is understandable as this is a diving/exploration title and I still think it makes a really nice change from the first game and add’s extra feeling to it. 

Like endless ocean 1 this game also had a fantastic soundtrack being provided by group Celtic Woman. At the time of the making of the soundtrack artist Hayley Westerna was part of the group.

The group produced a beautiful soundtrack and I have every song from Endless Ocean II on my pc. 

Graphic’s

Endless Ocean II shows some big improvements over the first game the graphics generally seem sharper than the first game but again with dolphin its easy to push it up and even at 1080p.

You still need to look quite closely to spot the difference between standard 480i and 1080p. But by looking at the menu screen when you first load the game the normal logo seems slightly blurry where the HD one seems a lot sharper.

Below is some screens in both HD and then some SD shots like I did for the first game.

Hi Def

Standard Def

Performance Dolphin Only)

I made one big change between running Endless Ocean II and that was I changed the graphics options in Dolphin.

Well everything went to hell in a fruit basket. My frames dropped from a locked 30fps to less than 12 frames a second.

That’s ok this was before the 60 fps era and started experiencing some sound stuttering which is reported by others. It is down to the HLE DSP codec’s in dolphin they don’t play 100% nicely with this title. But on the real Wii of course, there are no problems whatsoever.

Community Love 

Sorry! I know but hey it works here for this. Anyway Wet Wet Wet aside Endless Ocean II has its fans. Some have rebooted the graphics to HD and the ongoing projects look fantastic.

How does Nintendo view these modifications? well that’s anyone’s guess but considering how its responded in the past to other releases its likely to be aggressive.

In closing

Endless Ocean II is simply a beautiful sequel to the first. And additions like the boat and the island base are a nice way to improve on the first game. It just feels good despite some complaining that the soundtrack is not very good.

This game was never designed to be a heavy title like Modern warfare or Halo. If it was i am sure Nintendo and Arika would have put more intense music to it. And it would not be called Endless Ocean.

For me its still a delight to play.

If you are interested in checking out the graphics mods this is a link to one of them

https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-endless-ocean-2-hd-re-texture-wip

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