I’m not sure what happened, but I went from being overwhelmed and exhausted after playing to being eager to log in and regretting logging off. Subnautica has been one of the best gaming experiences for me in a while.
The game starts off massively overwhelming. You have nothing, and suddenly you’re thrown into an ocean. You make goals like building a submarine and a massive base, then you realize what it takes to make those things. Shortly after that feeling of dread settles in, you actually DO make progress. Suddenly you have a thriving base with a sustainable food source, thermal power from volcanic activity, and a submarine mobile base.