Pubblicata: 20 gennaio
Not overly impressed after enjoying it's predecessor SH3 for so long. Funny way to start recommending a product but I am still in the hospital drying my wet clothes ............
I just traversed the width of the pacific from the south china seas with 70,000 tons to my credit on first patrol, set course back to Pearl saved, used time compression and destroyed the boat running into Hawaii. (last saved in the South China seas) Is there no return to base option? If so I cannot see one! When I approached Surabaya in the same fashion it asked me if I wanted to refit there! (maybe I was speeding this time:D)
Overall I enjoyed the patrol itself (to be fair), however the Porpoise class sub seems to run high in the water and takes too long to crash dive on alarm as the approaching nme aircraft seem to be escaping the eyes of the 'ever alert' watch on deck and drop countless bombs immediately and accurately. This sub has a deck gun at the rear of the conning tower which I will never understand in it's design and nor would a hundred other Admirals, you have to juxta position your boat for a surface gunnery attack which can be extremely dangerous in many ways!
There is a submerged safety factor from depth charging although unfortunately, repetitive at 50+ metres depth ('passing thermal layer') which is a little unrealistic as it seems to occur repeatedly. Also as I said the aircraft seem to carry an enormous amount of ordnance to drop on you instead of the usual two or so that a f/bomber would carry. It could be the amount of realism set in options perhaps but puts it in the 'arcade' genre when this part of the action happens if not.
The crew SHOUT or YELL orders emotionally (similar to SH3) which no skipper I am sure would tolerate especially during the critical phases of battle. (turn down the voices seems to help as you work out your moves).
Three torpedoes successfully into a small old freighter, a quick surface and use ten rounds of HE and AP onto her and still she is not sinking and has headway at a 5O degree list and on fire ...yeah right! Oh hang on she just called up the Imperial Japanese airforce with their ten bombs each and they have immediately arrived!
The message clipboard is tedious even after you send your status reports and old news just sits there unfiltered. SH3 BDU naval message was more exact and relevant for the skipper's info and tactics etc.
You can add your 78's to the gramophone again which is excellent! (What's a '78' ?....look it up)!
It's open world of course, a vast canvas with random friendlies and nme battle groups etc, don't try land like I did, you don't have wheels!
Excellent UI easy to understand and use even on your first mission, all of the controls are important to attack and survival, logical, weather and seascape is excellent as are the models of ships. There is a lot of plankton. The Pacific Ocean is very big!
All in all for me it's 7.5/10 because it has an editor attached which has to keep the interest; it's good fun and perhaps if you are a true purist of the subsim sort then the higher realism options may increase your enjoyment. $20 sounds fair for the scope of the product, it's replay ability and graphic qualities. It has depth (haha) and worthwhile to spend time on despite it's shortcomings and with mods of course it's expansive.