Monday, 26 November 2012

Submarine Simulator Game - Silent Hunter 3

One of the most popular submarine simulator games that you can find on the market, must be the Silent Hunter series. Personally, I think Silent Hunter 3 is one of the best games in the list of Silent Hunter games. Man, I spent a lot of hours on that game!

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Basically, Silent Hunter 3 puts you in command of a World War II German sub (U-boat). It’s your mission to sink as many enemy merchants as possible, this way no supplies can reach the Allies, consequently this makes it easier for the German army to be victorious over the Allies. Of course this mission is not without peril, most merchants will be escorted by destroyers, or will be organised in large convoys. For everyone who’s not familiar with the Silent Hunter games, there are several tutorials available. These tutorials, help you to get familiar with the different aspects of the game (controls, map, attacking). There are also some standard tactical mission (historical and non-historical).

In the campaign mode of Silent Hunter, you’ll be able to choose in which period you want to start the game. You could say that each period has it’s own difficulty level. The sooner you start, the easier it will be. For example the 1940-41 are referred to as the ‘Happy Times’ for German submarines, in this period the German U-boats sunk a considerable amount of enemy vessels. The technology for hunting submarines wasn’t up to date and British warships had a hard time detecting subs. This is also reflected in the game, you will not find too many destroyers in the beginning. But when the campaign moves on, merchants will be organised in heavily defended convoys, merchants will be equipped with guns...
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As the campaign moves on, you’ll also be able to acquire new technology for your sub, this also depends on the tonnage you sink on your missions. Each time you sink a ship, you’ll get renown (practically points) and with these points, you can acquire different items: from a new engine, to a new deck gun. There is also the possibility to enlist new crew members, to promote them, you can upgrade their skill levels (for example making them better at shooting down planes) and so on. When starting your campaign, you also have the possibility to change to realism level. You can change every aspect to your liking, or you could go hardcore full realism in this submarine simulator game (no game speed up, no automatic aiming, ...). Setting the voices of your crew to German is also really cool.

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You’re pretty much free to do what you want on the campaign missions. You can sail everywhere you want: United States, Mediterranean, but you need to keep a close eye on your fuel level, or you can set it to unlimited fuel, in the realism options. If you want a real challenge try to sail through the Strait Of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean, and try to intercept some convoys trying to get to Malta. I tell you, you’ll need a lot of patience and skill to get past the Strait, the amount of enemy warships is just crazy (at least in my game). If you want to see the British aircraft carriers, try to sneak through the port Scapa Flow (I think). But watch out, most of the time, these ports are heavily guarded with destroyers and anti-submarine nets.

Silent Hunter 3, is one of the best submarine simulator games I’ve ever played. You get totally immersed by the game, and after some time you get really attached to your crew and sub. It’s definitely still worth a play and must have for every gamer who’s interested in naval warfare during World War II.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Free Download Naval War Game - World Of Warships is a rather popular development studio, that is based in Belarus. They are most known for their real-time strategy game named Order of War which was released back in 2009. They then went on to develop Massive multiplayer online games, like World Of Tanks and later on World of Warplanes. Both MMO's were received with open arms by the internet community. World of Tanks even broke a Guinness World Record, having the most players online simultaneously.

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Now, what does this have to do with naval simulation games? Well, is developing a new free download naval! war game, which is called World Of Warships. The game is still in development, but it really sounds promising.

The game immerses, the player in 20th century naval warfare. You'll get to command various types of vessels: carriers, destroyers, battlecruisers. It will probably be like in the previous MMO's, with each ship having their own strengths and weaknesses (like in real life). The developers are talking about joining the three MMO's together. This means that you'll be able to transfer your economies between each game. There will also be a global map which will gather tank men, mariners and airmen fighting for world domination.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Naval Simulation Game: Enigma Rising Tide

Enigma Rising Tide The next game I want talk about is a game, that has been released back in August 2003 and was developed by Tesseraction. The game is called Enigma: Rising Tide. It’s a naval simulation game, where you get to control a destroyer, a sub, a corvette or a PT-boat. You can man all the stations on the vessels, from the AA-guns to the deck guns. Enigma: Rising Tide looks like it’s set in World War II, but actually the game is following an alternative storyline. World War I has been won by Imperial Germany. France and Great Britain have been occupied by Germany. The United States never intervened, because in this storyline the Germans never sunk the Lusitania. The remainder of the British Fleet sails to Hong Kong, together with its Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
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There are three major factions. First off, you have the United States. They never entered World War I, this is why their navy is so strong in the game, at least if you compare them to the British fleet. The US fleet has some carriers and a lot of destroyers. Fun fact is that the US, isn’t led by Roosevelt, but instead it’s being led by Truman. The small cut scenes, will make clear what’s happening in the world around you.

The second faction is the Imperial German fleet, with Kaiser Wilhelm at its command. Their fleet mainly consists out of submarines, with battleships under construction (available in the Gold Edition).

Last, but not least, you have the League of Nations, with two important members namely the Japanese Imperial fleet and the Royal British fleet in exile. The British fleet suffered some losses, mainly because of her defeat in World War I. The main goal of the British fleet, is to reconquer the British islands, at all costs.

Enigma: Rising Tide, doesn’t have a tutorial. So in the beginning, it’s all about getting used to the commands, once you’ve mastered those you’ll be ready to send the enemy to the bottom of the sea. The shooting mechanism in the game isn’t too advanced, ultimately it’s really a game of hit and miss. If you’re not satisfied with AI’s shooting accuracy, you can always jump in and do it yourself. There are also a lot of submarines in the game, which are rather difficult to sink when they are submerged.

Little tutorial: You need to react fast when you see a submarine heading towards you. You first have to dodge the torpedoes, once the submarine has launched all of its torpedoes, you need to set up an attack run. When you’re right on top of the submarine, and you see it on your radar then it’s time to launch the depth charges and hope it hits the submarine underneath.

Conclusion, Enigma: Rising Tide was quite innovating when released, back in 2003. It had quite some bugs (planes crashing into each other), but I think they were resolved by the later patch releases. Enigma: Rising Tide doesn’t follow the historical storyline, but this doesn’t prevent you from having a great time playing this game. This naval simulation game does have some great potential, too bad they haven’t created a recent sequel. Maybe in the future...

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Battleship Game For Pc - Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

After PT-boats: Knights of the Sea, I would like to talk about another naval strategy game, namely Battlestations: Pacific. Like most battleship simulator games, it's set in World War 2, more specifically in the Pacific (duh). Yes, you could compare it to Pacific Storm, although it lacks the deeper game play of Pacific Storm.

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So Battlestations: Pacific is the successor of Battlestations: Midway, which had a great success on the PC, but also on the consoles (Xbox for example). Battlestations is one of those naval games, that has known a little more public attention, then most other naval games. The concept is the same as in Pacific Storm, you can control anything you want on the battlemap (ships, planes, submarines, PT-boats you name it). Each unit has its strenghts and weaknesses and it's your duty to inflict as much enemy casualties as possible.

In Battlestations: Pacific, you'll get the chance to control the mighty Japanese Imperial Fleet. The game is set in a fictitious scenario, where after the destruction of Pearl Harbor, you have the expand Japanese supremacy over the Pacific (Japanese campaign). The game focuses a lot on missions, unlike Pacific Storm where you have total freedom, some examples of missions are The Battle of Okinawa (US) or the Invasion of Hawaï (Japan). So in some missions you'll only be able to control a single airplane, in others you'll be able to control various units, from ships to planes. Each campaign (US vs Japanese) has about 14 missions, so 28 in total, and they have great replayability rate, because you can always choose different ways to tackle a mission. On top of the single player missions you'll have the chance the play on 8 multiplayer maps and if you get the Volcano and Carrier Map pack you'll have 6 new maps to play on. The multiplayer aspect of the game, is really one of the best aspects of the game.

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Eidos Hungary did a great job in developing this game, it's a great mix between a flight combat simulation and a battleship pc game. The game does feel a bit arcady, but the graphics really make up for it. It's definitely a game you should add to your collection of battleship simulator games.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Check Out This Naval Warfare Game! PT Boats!

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If you're not really into Pacific Storm or Arctic Circle, because you don't like to manage a whole fleet/army, then PT Boats Knights Of the Sea is a valuable alternative. It's another type of naval warfare game, not really comparable to the previous games I talked about before.

In PT Boats Knighs Of The Sea, you don't have the control over a whole fleet, you just have the control over a small PT boat (PT, standing for Patrol Torpedo). Your mission is to escort friendly merchants or war ships, and protect them from enemy plane or ship attacks. PT boats weren't only used for escorting duties, thanks to their maneuvarability and speed, they were also very effective in attacking enemy ships, often using guerilla tactics. In PT boats you have the possibility to choose from 3 factions namely Great-Britain, Germany or Russia, with action taking place in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean (in the South Gambit - stand alone!).

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In the game you have the possibility to man the different positions on the PT-boat, from the gun-emplacement, to attack enemy vessels, to the AA-gun, to shoot down enemy planes. PT-boats Knights Of The Sea is a great naval warfare game, but the missions in the game can be bit confusing, sometimes you don't really know what to do in certain missions. But nonetheless, it's a great game with real decent graphics, which is pretty rare for a naval warfare game.

If you want to fight in the Mediterranean with your PT-boat you need to get PT-Boat: South Gambit self standing add-on! This standalone add-on has enhanced graphics, and new units have been added to the game (new ships, planes, PT-boats, ...)

Friday, 2 November 2012

Recent! Naval Strategy Game: Naval War Arctic Circle

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Arctic Circle is set in the near future 2020 (I think), and action takes place near the British and Norwegian coast all the way to the North American coast. The game is set in 2020, this means that you have the possibility to control the most modern vessels and air forces, belonging to some of the strongest NATO forces and of course Russia. You need to find the enemy through the use of radar or send out scouts like the AWACS. Once you have found the enemy, you can blow them to pieces using the long range missiles. Article Circle is definitely a naval strategy game that is worth following!

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Two campaign modes, telling a narrative from Russian and NATO sides On-line play through LAN as well as over the Internet Enormous area of game play space, with over 35 million square km of open sea and coast line

Extreme long range guided and self-guided weaponry; if you can detect the enemy, it will be possible to strike

Vertical game play, from orbit aerial units to the bottom of the ocean floor through a seamless zoomable map of the entire North Atlantic Ocean Detection and evasion focus with realistic sensory measures and countermeasures yielding a strategic game experience based on stealth rater than head on tactical battle

Great detail in unit management with fewer but more powerful units making selection and management more distinguishable and less cluttered with an unparallelled level of individual detail

Realistic weather model, with real world implications for tactical and strategical deployment of resources at hand

Real world units, with all major powers. Both contemporary and experimental surface, subsurface and aerial units

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Naval war simulation game: Pacific Storm

Pacific Stormis one of the best naval war simulation games I've encountered, while searching for these particular kind of games. It was released by Buka Entertainment, a Russian developer, back in 2006. (but have been acquired by 1C Company, yes the one who created the Men of War series!)

This games is taking place during the Second World War in the Pacific. This is the main reason why you can only play as the Americans or the Japanese (duh). This war simulation game gives you the feeling you're really fighting those famous battles that occurred during WOII. Sure the graphics aren't that great, but it's a wonderful game to play!

When you begin playing the game you'll have the option to take the tutorial. You should absolutely begin with the tutorial, because the learning curve for this game is rather steep. Especially the campaign/world map is a bit difficult to master (building bases, resupplying troops), but no need to worry, the tutorial explains everything.

Now to the battlefield! When you start off a battle, you'll have the chance to position your ships/submarines. (you could compare it to Rome Total War at the beginning of a battle.) Once you finish this, you're ready for the battle! In this naval game you don't not only have the power to control ships, but you can also control fighter planes and bomber planes. If you want, you can even choose what type of ammo/bombs those planes need to carry. As for the ships, you can control their AA-emplacements and their route of course...

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Once the battle is underway, you'll see clouds of AA-barrages, which are quite spectacular. The ships will start shooting at each other and you'll have a nice fireworks display on your screen. The game really gives you the opportunity and freedom to choose your attacking strategy. Will you send a formation of planes to destroy the enemy, send your ships, or both? Will you let the computer do the work or will you lead your air/ship formations to victory? It's always a great feeling when you can critically hit a ship with your plane and destroy it with one bomb! Sure, as I said before the graphics are pretty old school, but for me this wasn't a reason to not play this game. Hell, I grew up playing games with old school graphics! Definitely one of the best naval war simulation games I've ever played!

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I'll be posting some stuff/reviews on my favourite Naval War Games. There aren't a lot of new naval simulations games, but some new ones are looking very promising. I'll be writing reviews about the new ones, but also about the older ones, because some of them are actually still playable (imo). Stay tuned!