Pros Thrilling game!
Cons Buggy, but less so with the 1.1v Patch
Summary Silent Hunter 4 Review
Great Game! And I’m not a sim type person!
I just got my SH4 last Monday around 4PM and could not stop until after midnight – and I have been playing every minute I can since then. I am not a Sim type person. I usually play Real Time Strategy or First Person Shooter type games. However, I am totally hooked on SH4. I always wavered on SH3 because it seemed just to Sim for me.
The compression time is now much faster so I travel great distances within minutes instead of hours. I can now switch off many of the sim features which would bore someone like me, who is not interested in all the nuts and bolts of the ship. Most of the control buttons are easy to locate: S for surface, C for crash dive, D for dive, etc. I can choose unlimited fuel, Batteries, compressed air, oxygen, and 11 other more sub-friendly choices which make the game less taxing for one like me. I was hoping for unlimited torpedoes and other ammo or at least choices for double or triple amounts of these – but no go. Also after 3 hours of being under water I must surface or my crew die – even though I uncheck realistic oxygen.
The crew manages themselves in SH4. I do have to keep telling the crew to manage the AA gun and deck gun when surfaced. I hope one of these control buttons will automatically man the guns when surfaced (I am still learning), as I really could care less about this type of micro-management. I like the ability to operate these guns with a simple click from time to time. The Crew does quite well when I order them to attack a target (push SPACE BAR when the center cross in your binoculars turns red when it is crosses over a target such as an enemy plane or boat.
It would be nice if the game would automatically remove all the non-usable buttons and controls from screen when one chooses to play in non-sim or reduced–sim mode. This would leave on the screen only the controls which the player still has control over– less clutter and confusion! Perhaps this is possible – I have more yet to learn.
I have learned how to aim the torpedoes. The red, yellow and green indicator arrows over the targets indicate the chances of hitting your target: Green =best; yellow = maybe; red = no good. The closer you are to 0 degrees for a forward shot the better and the closer you are to 180 degrees for an aft shot the better. So much to learn yet!
I had a lot of fun and excitement playing the Sub School. I’m on my first career game (off the coast of Japan) and I played the Midway Quick Mission twice. The first time I learned the hard way how not to attack a *** Task Force – both periscopes were damaged and I wasted a number of my LIMITED precious torpedoes. The second game was great. I sunk three military ships and played a cat and mouse game with a destroyer for about 30 minutes. I went deep and ran in silent mode and went dead still and then I would move at flank speed when his propellers were facing me as he could not pick me up on sonar then. It was quite thrilling. He was dropping depth charges – but in the wrong places! He was guarding a cripple destroyer which I wanted to finish off. I had one forward fish and one aft torpedo. I had no chance to surface and sink him with this determined destroyer so close – he was too fast for me and looking for me in a mean way! In the Sub School (which I love and one can replay over and over) during the torpedo practice I was able to take out two smaller type *** gun boats with my deck gun – but this destroyer was too big and fast for that! I kept moving away at flank speed every time his sonar couldn’t detect me and it worked. Eventually he left, and with one aft fish I finished off the crippled destroyer and moved on.
I have a 37” TV screen, Nividia XFX 7600GT 256 Graphics Card, 1 Gig Memory, AMD Athlon 64 3100+ with a DVD-ROM drive. I have the graphics set for low and it looks great to me. I downloaded the patch v1.1 before I played the game and so far I’ve had no major problems. It does freeze up from time to time but it has always gotten out of it by itself after a few seconds or so or after I push the ESCAPE key and then click RESUME – so far no crashes. The game has some glitches for sure but it is still fun to play.
This game is really like an underwater chess game. You have to carefully weigh many pros and cons while engaging a really wily enemy, choosing when to fight and when to run! It takes hours to play but the excitement is great. I recommend this wonderful this game even to newbies like me. You will be sinking *** ships in no time!