Roundup: Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Still Wakes The Deep

Another day one Xbox Game Pass release is right around the corner in Still Wakes The Deep, and early reviews of this spooky Xbox game are now cropping up online - including our own opinion on the title here at Pure Xbox.

However, it's always good to get a broader gauge on video game opinions, so we're going to round up some Still Wakes the Deep reviews here to see what other folks think. Then, the game comes to Xbox Game Pass tomorrow, June 18th, if you'd like to try it out for yourself!

Pure Xbox (8/10)

"Still Wakes the Deep is a tight, narrative adventure dripping in atmosphere and oozing in that sweet Scottish personality we've all come to love (shouting and swearing lots, as it turns out). If you're happy with a total lack of combat and more of a focus on story and exploration, then this one is definitely worth playing through on Xbox Game Pass.

We found ourselves rather engrossed with Still Wakes the Deep and its personal tale of loss and family, even if more player agency around the game's spooky oil rig wouldn't have gone amiss. If you've played anything from The Chinese Room before you'll know what you're getting into - Still Wakes the Deep is another successful effort for the British developer to add to its growing repertoire."

TheSixthAxis (9/10)

"Treat Still Wakes the Deep like a Netflix mini series and you will have a whale of a time. Its excellent script, acting, and atmosphere make it just as good to passively watch as to actively play, so grab your partner, turn off the lights and binge it over a few evenings."

Push Square (8/10)

"Still Wakes The Deep may not stick around for long, but it'll have an iron-clad grip on you across its runtime. There's clear inspiration here from horror movie classics such as Alien and The Thing, and we adored seeing those inspirations play out through its highly-detailed settings and salt-of-the-Earth cast of characters. It may not be the most engaging gameplay experience on the PS5, but The Chinese Room smartly lays a solid foundation in the Beira D and its gaggle of staff, that'll keep its viscerally focused horror on your mind long after the credits roll."

VGC (4/5)

"Still Wakes the Deep is a short but effective game with brilliant performances, a deeply atmospheric setting and fun creature effects. Critics of the hand-holding found in the 'walking sim' genre likely won't be converted, but those looking for an engaging story they can play through in a night or two will strike oil with this one."

GamesRadar (4/5)

"It's a totally linear game and, if you follow objectives without dwelling, I could see it being cleared easily closer to four hours. Obviously, there's a bigger conversation to be had here about sustainable development and game pricing but it is something to consider. That said, the brevity is the only sticking point on what is otherwise a good game and a moody, ambient piece of short-form horror fiction channelling some great ideas and influences."

IGN (6/10)

"I want to give Still Wakes the Deep all the credit it deserves for its fantastic art, dialogue, voiceover work, and setting. But it's frustrating to play with its nearly on-rails structure that actively scoffs at the idea of exploration. And as much as I wanted to be freaked out by it, I almost never was, trying as I might to set the mood as best as possible. It's the kind of game where I think watching someone else play through it and playing it yourself would be nearly identical experiences, and that doesn't make it easy for me to recommend."

Dot Esports (4/10)

"Still Wakes the Deep tries to dig beneath the surface of Caz and his crewmates, but doesn’t go far enough. Without a sufficiently riveting story, we’re left with a horror premise that feels like it’s been done before and more questions than answers at the end of the slog."

At the time of writing, Still Wakes the Deep has a Metacritic score of 73 and an Open Critic rating of 77, and as we mentioned up at the top, this one is playable on Xbox Game Pass from June 18.

Well, are you dipping into this Xbox Game Pass title? Tell us down in the comments below.