Conclusion: All in all this was a decent game, but it’s definitely for a niche audience. If you’re expecting large explosions or boat on boat racing in your ship based game you’re not going to find it here. Ship Simulator is instead a study of the detailed operations it takes to properly pilot a ship in what are often less than ideal conditions.
Excerpt: Simulator fans are as adamant as they are careful about how they classify a game – the main case in point being that sims are not games, and therefore contemplating how much fun can actually be had navigating a liner down a prerequisite shipping lane is not a relevant way to begin exploring the depths of Ship Simulator 2008. Surprisingly, there is some fun to be had. Slow fun, mind you.
Excerpt: Realism is overrated. So many games strive to be realistic and claiming so is an exhausted marketing cliché. Arcades have decayed into an out of fashion commodity, where once an experience unseen in home consoles and arcade-quality graphics were a common marketing mantra. Since 3D graphics we’ve been able experience racing, flying, sports and battlefields almost for real almost leaving side-scrolling beat-em-ups and platformers passé.
Summary: Ship Simulator puts players at the helm of some of the most varied and detailed ships to be found at sea, all set within stunningly realistic 3D environments. Players can take control of a wide array of ship types, from massive cargo ships to speedboats, yachts, water taxis and even the mighty Titanic.
Excerpt: As recent releases have attested to, the modern PC is still king when it comes to simulations. Titles such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator X (flying) and SimBin's GTR 2 (auto racing) accurately capture the richness of real-world experiences on a computer monitor. From military strategy to sports, there's a PC simulation available for most passions. One notable void, however, is maritime simulation.
Summary: As recent releases have attested to, the modern PC is still king when it comes to simulations. Titles such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator X (flying) and SimBin's GTR 2 (auto racing) accurately capture the richness of real-world experiences on a computer monitor. From military strategy to sports, there's a PC simulation available for most passions. One notable void, however, is maritime simulation.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If OutRun2 was, as we declared , "sex with the prom queen", then OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is surely a dreamy, steamy reunion, with filthier, more satisfying action than before - and this time, it's an experience open to pretty much anyone with a spare thirty sheets.
Summary: Despite the lack of retail success for the original Outrun 2, Sega have thankfully still seen fit to release this latest addition to the series' extended family. Coast 2 Coast continues the long-standing Outrun tradition of eschewing realism and instead allowing you to buckle-up, blonde in tow and fling a Ferrari around lengthy corners without a second's thought for life-like handling.
Summary: Comme l’année dernière à la même époque, Ship Simulator largue ses amarres sur nos PC. Depuis maintenant trois années les développeurs ont pu affiner le concept grâce aux réactions du public et des professionnels.
Excerpt: Een geheel andere game die ik gespeeld heb de afgelopen dagen is Ship Simulator 2008. Het spel is voor de PC uitgekomen en baseert zich op een kleine doelgroep, al wil het zich ook richten op de casual gamers door het simpel te houden. Echt Geïnteresseerden zullen misschien wel omkijken naar dit spel en hopelijk maakt dat een kwalitatief goed resultaat voor diegene.