Excerpt: There's a long running argument in videogames journalism about what constitutes a "game" as opposed to a "simulation". The shortest (and most disingenuous) answer is that the former is fun, and the latter is not. Though, when you look at what submarining is, a gastric ulcer inducing combination of hours of tedium punctuated by scant seconds of sheer abject terror, you might not think that the above argument is particularly unbalanced.
Excerpt: Once again slipping silently under the waves and moving in for the kill, Silent Hunter III does it like no other. There are ups and downs to this new sleek World War II submarine simulation (No pun intended). Before getting into how absolutely incredible the graphics are, let me run down what's under the hood in terms of game play and game play modes. First off all the menus in game are pulled down or pop up windows when hovering the mouse pointer over certain areas.
Excerpt: The last time the Silent Hunter series broke the surface, we were treated to bitmaps of ships floating on a somewhat realistic-looking ocean. This time you can zoom in and count the rivets on historically accurate 3D ships, just before you explode them into a million pieces and send them to the dark, dark depths. You play a German U-boat commander at the beginning of World War II.
Excerpt: "The game is an extremely comprehensive simulation of naval warfare, allowing players to experience the full gamut of realism options, or to limit them as experience and comfort may dictate...
Excerpt: Every time I read the figures and stories of the Battle of the Atlantic I can’t help but have a double take. Of the 40,000 U-Boat men who put to sea, 30,000 never came back, and the same number of merchant navy men went to the bottom. The men on both sides pushed themselves the extremes of human physical and psychological endurance and never gave up. It was a battle eventually won by the Allies, but only just.
Excerpt: Few jobs in history were more dangerous and harrowing than being a submarine crewman for the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. Three out of every four men who signed up for U-boat duty never survived the war, but their effect both psychologically and logistically on Allied shipping and the war effort in general was undeniable.
Pros: Beautiful to behold, Simulation elements complement gameplay, Compelling dynamic campaign, Packed with detail, More games need a gramophone
Cons: Higher resolutions would be nice, Where are the wolf packs?, Save-game system is annoying
Excerpt: Подводная лодка — относительно новый (по сравнению с той же артиллерией) и высокотехнологичный вид вооружений. Появление подводных лодок изменило тактику и стратегию морской войны. Кто-то поставил на них и стал наращивать подводную мощь, другие сосредоточили производственные и интеллектуальные мощности страны на создании эффективного средства борьбы с подводными хищниками.