Realistic and detailed sub sim
Silent Service is one of games industry legend Sid Meier's earliest games, and demonstrates his fascination with making ultra-detailed military sims (see also Gunship and F-19 Stealth Fighter amongst others). This one takes to the seas and places gamers in the shoes of a submarine commander, tasked with knocking out Japanese shipping in the Pacific Ocean during World War 2. Although graphically crude, Silent Service scores highly for its intense realism, attention to historical detail and its complexity. Real world submarine tactics can be used to achieve your missions, adding to the game's sense of immersion and although there is none of the claustrophobia that most people associate with subs, the sense of tension that accompanies your covert assaults is palpable. Gameplay is suitably tricky, and success requires finesse and forward planning so this will suit those of a tactical nature. Players expecting hi-tech graphics and fast-paced action will be disappointed, but for those with more patience, this remains a rewarding and engrossing title. It also acts as a significant record in the career of a highly influential designer and as a noteworthy part of gaming history.