Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
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  1. Silent Hunter 5 is the most accurate simulation of World War II submarine conflicts in the Atlantic. With more testing and less bugs this game could have been the best in the series.
  2. 81
    Essentially, Silent Hunter 5 is what it is: the fifth installment of a submarine simulation series. Graphically, it’s bounds and leaps forward and the new inside perspective adds to the realism. Sim fans will get what they want, with loads of options to make the game even more realistic if required. It’s accessible for those not particularly seeking realism. Sailing, simple manoeuvres, firing torpedo’s. The new interface adds to this ease. Everything is reached with simple mouse clicks and intricate menu’s are nowhere near this game. However, everything takes its time, which some people might not appreciate. Sailing from one point to another, searching for enemies, sinking them, getting new supplies, finding enemies again, etc. SimCity and Anno also require lots of time investment, which is what this title also has, and that’s how you discover the true strength of the game. That’s what makes Silent Hunter 5 mainly a game for those with patience.
  3. PC Format
    81
    The DRM alone could sink this sim, but the core Carrier Command-style gaming is worth the battle. [May 2010, p.99]
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    79
    Campaign, graphics and the visual contact model are excellent but this simulation desperately needs a damage model for merchants, better usability and lots of small bug fixes and short-cut keys before it can be played. [Apr 2010]
  5. 77
    Very recommended for players who feel curiosity to know how was the war in the seas, and of course, for series followers.
  6. PC Gamer UK
    77
    Gorgeous and pleasingly free form. Without the bugs and oppressive DRM, it would be the best Silent Hunter 5 yet. [May 2010, p.102]
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. May 28, 2013
    2
    Rushed and half Broken. Having played SilentHunter3 (a good but very mixed experience), I waited till 2013 to get SH5 for £4, hoping most ofRushed and half Broken. Having played SilentHunter3 (a good but very mixed experience), I waited till 2013 to get SH5 for £4, hoping most of the flaws had been ironed out. No luck. I really wanted to like this game, but even with all patches and some mods, its still a mess. It takes forever to load, the interface is bad, the graphics are not as good as the trailers suggest, It is too arcade (no matter the difficulty setting), the music and voice acting is bad, and the Uplay DRM is still horrible (but it does have a half-baked offline mode). As of May 2013 there is still no decent fix-all super-mod out there. AVOID! Full Review »
  2. Jul 22, 2012
    8
    With more bugs that the bottom of a toilet seat, it is quite hard to recommend this game. That is until you discover www.subsim.com. With theWith more bugs that the bottom of a toilet seat, it is quite hard to recommend this game. That is until you discover www.subsim.com. With the help of the community, SH5 is something quite special. I still think SH4 is better overall (again, with mods), but SH5 does have a trump card... you can walk around the sub - adding to the realism. If you're dead against modding the game, be prepared for some serious issues; no 1 being sensors and distance tools being effectively broken! Full Review »
  3. Apr 7, 2014
    10
    The game is the best in the series under one condition.... MODS realistic navigation and open horizons and better crew and realistic waves andThe game is the best in the series under one condition.... MODS realistic navigation and open horizons and better crew and realistic waves and damage are a MUST. Full Review »