Today we honor GAFfers with great taste.
Originally Posted by Parshias7
I just about flipped my shit at E3 years ago when Nintendo cut to that aquarium thinking that Endless Ocean 3 was coming to Wii U. It turned out it was just Splatoon, which was nice and all, but where are my HD dolphins, Nintendo?
Originally Posted by DragonGirl
I'd love an Endless Ocean 3 to exist.
Originally Posted by Makonero
I've shouted it once
I'll shout it again
ENDLESS OCEAN 3!!!!!!!!!!
Endless Ocean needs to come back. We have EverBlue 1 & 2 on PS2 (1 was Japan/Europe only) from the same company, but Arika just keeps doing Nintendo C-team projects. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arika#..._Classic_Games
Endless Ocean 1 was incredibly innovative. At the time, some review organizations didn't know what to do with it. EMG refused to review it, saying it "isn't a game". http://gonintendo.com/?p=34258
Now we have games like Mountain, Windosill, Gone Home, and so on. Gaming has finally moved past a mandatory fail state as a precondition for enjoyment.
Endless Ocean 1 especially, but also 2, had a great sense of mystery. There was always something out there you hadn't seen. Even now, there's VERY small community on GameFAQs still exploring the game and discovering new things about it. Some of the animals have very specific behavior that only get triggered rarely.
There's also the mere hints of a story in EO1 that sleuths in the game community have tried to piece together. It invokes island myth for a really interesting world that feels like it predates the player character, and will last long after the player is gone.
The very structure of the game is interesting, too. They set up the player as a researcher with no real deadlines or assignments. The player can take clients and escort them on dives, but they don't have to. Almost the entire game map is available very soon after the start of the game. You can sidestep the story and/or take it at your own pace. The game continues from day to day and each season has different patterns for where the animals are. I think some change from month to month but I'm not positive.
There have been a few SCUBA games since EO2, but they are not the same thing. Subnautica, Depth Hunter, and World of Diving all are so eager to add video game elements to the pure experience of EO. I crave an educational mod / expansion pack for any of those games that really captures the open-world atmosphere of EO. The hubs in both EO games are so chill, and you can learn so much by examining the undersea animals.
And for those who basically 100%ed Endless Ocean 2, you know there's a story thread left unfinished. The character "LL", who IIRC is the missing son of the old guy on the island who is your mentor. Then there's a photography chain of missions that implies LL is still alive? But it's never fully resolved.
I'm going off years-old information here so I may be getting some of it wrong.
That's why we need Endless Ocean 3.