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Dave the Diver

Jun 28, 2023 - PC

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PC Gamer
91 / 100
5 / 5
9 / 10
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
8.8 / 10
9 / 10
God is a Geek
9.5 / 10
Game Rant
4 / 5
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DAVE THE DIVER | Official Launch Trailer

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DAVE THE DIVER | Official Accolades Trailer

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DAVE THE DIVER Early Access is out now!

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Critic Reviews for Dave the Diver

Charming, deep, and constantly surprising, Dave the Diver is packed with activities and full of heart.

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Wholesome, harmonious and completely unwilling to settle, this is one of the most generous games in years.

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Dave The Diver is an aquatic adventure RPG that’s wholesome, wonderfully complex, and delightfully hard to put down.

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Metro GameCentral

8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A wonderfully strange and imaginative indie adventure that delights in terms of its visuals, storytelling, and enjoyably unpredictable gameplay.

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You might question whether a sushi restaurant management sim crossed with underwater diving is your cup of tea, but that would be missing the point. Dave the Diver is a unique and memorable vacation away from expectations, and it’s the very fact that you don’t usually play games like this that makes it so satisfying.

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Dave the Diver combines two excellent gameplay elements, but still feels like more than the sum of its parts. Deep sea diving and sushi restaurant management are equally enjoyable and complex, making for a supremely addicting gameplay loop. Not only is it the surprise hit of the summer, but it’s one we’ll be having a discussion about when it’s time to look back on 2023’s best games.

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Whether you're diving into the depths or managing a sushi restaurant, Dave the Diver is full of ideas and engaging from start to finish.

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Every moment in Dave the Diver feels unique the first time through. The constant changing of side-missions, the cutscenes when upgrading weapons or fish dishes, and the eccentric cast of characters, all blend together so well into a game that, when viewed just from the surface, might seem shallow. But players willing to dive into the meat of the game will find even more enjoyment than they bargained for, especially with its official 1.0 release. It’s a single-player adventure with heart, good music (‘Hot Pepper Tuna’ will likely end up on a lot of people's personal playlists), and a cast of characters that feel right at home around The Blue Hole. Its eccentricities make it memorable, and Dave might be the kindest and most fun adventuring protagonist players encounter in the world of video games this year.

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