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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Endless Ocean: Blue World is a scuba diving simulation game with a story that provides you reasons to dive in the oceans of the world. Unlike the first game in this series where you couldn't get hurt as you swam, in this game you will encounter sharks and other menaces that can frighten you. While you won't die, the scary moments exist making this a game best explored by kids ages 10 and up. You can swim and talk with friends (you must be friends in real life) using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and the optional Wii Speak accessory.
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What's it about?
In ENDLESS OCEAN: BLUE WORLD, you become a professional scuba diver who works for a small family-owned diving company. While you earn money by going on dives to map the oceans of the world, you can also help you co-worker Oceania solve the mystery of an underwater tune called the \"Song of Dragons\" by following clues left by her deceased father. As you travel around the world's oceans, you will explore coral reefs, sunken ships, kelp forests, and sunken castles while meeting more than 300 aquatic species. You can swim up close to most and even interact with them by feeding, petting, or, in the case of dolphins and whales, grabbing onto a fin to take a ride. You can also heal sick fish and build your own coral reef.
Is it any good?
As a sequel to the 2008 Endless Ocean, this game has much more depth. The adventure story provides a reason to keep diving; and the game's improved graphics and more aquatic species translate into a more realistic scuba diving experience.
By adding more tools to use while swimming in the ocean (you can heal sick fish with a Pulsar and find treasures hidden under the sand with a Multisensor) you have more to do when diving. And the addition of dangerous situations makes for more intense and focused dive situations. However, the danger also means that, unlike the original Endless Ocean, this game isn't a good introduction to the ocean for little kids. But for tween, teens, and adults old enough to swim with menacing sharks and navigate around whirlpools, this is a magical game.
Online interaction: Using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you can dive with friends (you have to have exchanged friend codes off line) and talk to each other using the optional Wii Speak accessory. However, while swimming with a friend, you cannot advance the story and you cannot save information about creatures you encounter.
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