In a world of 3rd-person shooting….have you ever felt the desire to do all of that, but under water? Well that niche as finally been filled with Deep Black. You star as an overtly manly character named Syrus Pierce, who seems nearly welded into his suit, which I’m quite sure if the suit was able to support a collar, it would be there and firmly popped. In fact, he is so bro-tastic, the line “You crazy bitch” in reference to his female handler was dropped not 30 seconds into the game. Characters aside, the game runs through a quick tutorial and simple mission: Investigate a disturbance within the general area. As you can probably tell, there isn’t a whole lot of story involved at this point and if there is, not enough to care.
You then dive head long into some actually very interesting game mechanics. Being under water allows for 360 degrees of movement which is kind of a new feature, allowing for some tactile moves like using a grappling hook to pull enemies under water and drown them, also you can float behind virtually any cover and fire from it which was helpful. The downside is that you get brought back on land to do some minor operations. I would have liked this title more if it felt a bit more like Dead Space, except under water. Hell, they could have even called it The Dead Sea! I mean the ocean is unexplored for the most part…so you could just write in whatever monsters you want created by under water radiation or something!
Where the game gets old quick is a standard bad guy who looks like a distant cousin to the hydro-bots from Terminator Salvation. They move quick, are hard to shoot, you can’t hack them, and once they attack you’re locked in a button mashing contest with the computer to stab them as rapidly as you can before they drain your HP. Oh well, you can’t have your cake and eat it too…and Deep Black doesn’t give you cake or even let you attempt to eat it. Just avoid this one till it goes on sale. Available on both XBLA and PSN now.