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Historically accurate, great fun throughout

I can't bring myself to think of Silent Hunter II as a classic, or retro game, I just spent too much time with it, and for some reason, in my mind it hasn't really aged quite as much. Sure enough, those of you that are more in tune with high realism in terms of graphics, the kind you'd get from recent, next gen games, my love story with the way Silent Hunter II looks would probably feel a bit off. But what I'm trying to say is that Silent Hunter II achieved, at least for me, the kind of graphical sweet spot that I could be alright with, never to evolve or get better, and I wouldn't mind. At any rate, apart from my rant, what Silent Hunter II did great was to create a very believable game world, with great detail and great attention to simulation details, and a player interface that was just right. You see, with as deep a simulation as this game offers, the ways in which you can conceive of controlling it can be so diverse. Heck, you can even create a control and interaction scheme 9as some modders have done!) that would bring the game to feel like a total arcade game, but nope, the basic version of the game controls half way between hardcore simulation and easy to sink into arcade. Plus, the missions are very true to the Allied and American side of the WWII real life interactions, which can just be sank into (sic!) for hours and hour on end. Definitely the epitome of U boat simulation, for me at least, only bettered just slightly by later games in the series, but as good as you'd ever want it to be, again, for me, and believe me, I can be quite pretentious, me, hehe!

WW2 naval war simulation

It is U boat combat simulation game which is based on the dynamics of the World War 2. The plot in the game is basically history but this solid game play makes it stand with the present of naval war simulation games. You will be controlling a submarine here with all its crew and dynamics to be organized and executed well through different mission and battles that you will fight against different enemies in the game. The submarine dynamics in the game are very realistic and competitive to handle and the game really indulges you in the role of a naval commander. Apart from the war or the combat action that you will witness here, you also have to make strategic decisions for inflicting the greatest amount of damage to your enemies and to use your resources to the fullest. There is a good variety of U boats in the game that you may use during the course of missions. The game has both campaign mode and single mission mode and both are very fun as they are supported by a very good AI. The graphics in the game are well implemented and the controls have been well synced. The original version in the series Silent Hunter was far superior to this one but the whole series has been overall good.
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Silent Hunter II (pc game)
4.4 out of 5 (10 votes)

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  • Game introduction title screen - cover
  • Option menu
  • Mission selection
  • Looking around
  • Torpedo room
  • Something about your submarine
  • Submarine is on surface
  • Going deep down
  • Map: approaching two enemy units
  • Engine room
  • Periscope view underwater
  • Periscope view: surface
  • You're very near your target
  • Target lost!
  • Night view
  • Inspecting the exterior
  • Enemy ship sighted!
  • Prepare to launch torpedoes!
  • Everything is quiet. Too quiet!