Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Without a doubt, the improvements that have been made to Ship Simulator 2008 are a giant leap forward for the franchise. There are still a few wrinkles to be ironed out, namely an awkward information display panel, some less-than-realistic physics, and some random game crashes.
  2. I'm convinced that the captain of a supertanker has more to do to shift 350 metres of iron than press cursor keys. [Oct 2007, p.64]
  3. 68
    It's most definitely a sink or swim title, but for those eager to take to the seas they could do a lot worse.
  4. What's still missing is "MS Flight Simulator" levels of realism. [Oct 2007, p.87]
  5. It's slicker, more varied and better-looking than its predecessor. [Oct 2007, p.84]
  6. SS2008 is a pleasant place to spend an occasional evening, but ultimately there's not enough challenge and realism here to distract a seasoned simmer for long.
  7. Despite a great deal of attention obviously being poured into the environments (both sea and land), there’s a distinct lack of various aquatic hazards that would make Ship Sim far more immersive; namely tides and currents.
  8. Ship Simulator 2008 will only appeal to ship afficianados, but even they may find the lack of features a turn-off after a while.
  9. Greater variety in ship types and missions would be nice. A greater sense of threat and better damage modeling (especially rips below the waterline or actual sinking instead of simply stopping) would help a lot.

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