I was instantly drawn into Below Zero’s world, always excited at what new discoveries lay before me on my next trip out to gather supplies. The first dive into the water is always satisfying, as is the moment you begin to swim around and encounter the wildlife of the beginning area. Towards the beginning of your playthrough, you will be pretty restricted in terms of the distance and depth you can travel as you will only have a small oxygen tank and no flippers or vehicles for increased movement speed, though it isn’t long before you can craft upgrades to the oxygen tank. As a result, you will spend most of your beginning couple of hours close to your small base station, venturing out a little further each time to see what new areas and discoveries await you. That’s not to say that you can’t travel out far from the start, because you most certainly can if you wish. Though doing this whilst ill-prepared is a recipe for disaster.
Instead, you will spend the first few hours getting accustomed to the controls, the inventory system, crafting, and various materials you can find and create. Slowly but surely you will craft some useful tools like the scanner, knife, and flashlight, which will assist you with your expedition. Before long you will be creating massive underwater structures that become your base to store vehicles and items. From the outset, you are really left to your own devices, and Below Zero does a decent job at assisting you without holding your hand. For the most part, you truly are on your own from the get-go, free to search in any direction and make your own way in this arctic world until you have enough resources at your disposal to feel like a well-versed expedition extraordinaire.