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  • Summary: Ship Simulator 2008 includes the following new features: Dynamic ocean waves, with realistic ship motions. Long distance travels , open ocean voyages between ports. Visible damage system. Thirty new complex and challenging missions. Extensive day, night, and weather systems. Three new environments: San Francisco, Southampton/Cowes/Solent, and Marseille. Six new ships, each with walkthrough functionality and interactive bridge controls. Controllable container crane. Advanced vector graphic sea chart based on realistic 3D seabed models, with full-screen display option, transparency setting, and level-of-detail on text & depth readings. Advanced damage system showing dents and holes in the ships after severe collisions. Free-roam mode where players can choose a ship, an environment, set all weather, day & time parameters and get sailing. Realistic bow splash water, with support from an advanced physics simulation model. Extensive mapping options for keys and joystick buttons. Advanced rope system, which allows you to connect and disconnect player ships to other ships or mooring boulders at will (anchoring is now also possible). Addition of icebergs which cause damage when you collide with them. [Lighthouse Interactive] Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. It's slicker, more varied and better-looking than its predecessor. [Oct 2007, p.84]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  1. CihanU.
    Aug 9, 2007
    8
    I like this game because Ship Simulator 2008 is a huge improvement over Ship Simulator 2006.Ships are developed.Control of ships are good.There are bad things in this game too.Sometimes Ship getting out of control.In the game there are graphic bugs.I thing they fixed in first update.I recommend to everyone. Collapse