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  • Summary: Command the cunning and deadly U-boats of the North Atlantic and experience the tension-filled atmosphere of a WWII submarine movie. The king of submarine simulations returns with an all-new 3D game engine, new crew-command features, and more realistic action than ever before. The game includes a career campaign, patrols that have both single and historical missions, a mission editor, and a multiplayer feature. Whether it’s stalking destroyers or hiding from depth charges, players will experience their own personal war story. The spectacular graphics, multiplayer options, and suspenseful gameplay combine to create the most impressive submarine simulation ever. [Ubisoft] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. "Dangerous Waters" is a superb modern naval combat simulator but Silent Hunter III is destined to be a Sim Hall of Fam all-time classic. [June 2005, p.94]
  2. As it is, Silent Hunter III is easily the best submarine simulation ever made.
  3. Without a doubt this game is a must have for any Naval Simulation fan, the flexibility in complexity has so much to offer that allows for beginner all the way through to expert.
  4. There's plenty of visceral thrill in wading into the middle of a convoy at night and letting loose with your deck gun. [July 2005, p.64]
  5. It lets you feel like you are a submarine captain in charge of a powerful but fragile U-boat, it provides a sobering history lesson, and the campaign makes you feel like you are a small but important part of a much larger conflict. Those are the hallmarks of a truly great simulation.
  6. From the ridiculous to the sublime: one for fans of undersea combat. [June 2005, p.98]
  7. Unless you've harbored a fantasy all your life to be a Captain of your very own submarine, you probably won't derive too much enjoyment from this exceptionally hardcore simulation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 8 out of 34
  1. RonaldT.
    Apr 25, 2005
    10
    If you liked Aces Of The Deep, you should like this. Almost like a sub RPG with the dynamic mission mode. Read up and know what you're in for before you get it - if you like realistic sub sims (of the WW2 variety) this is your bag! Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2014
    10
    Silent Hunter 3 is one of the best sub simulators out there. For a game made in 2005? It does an amazing job at everything. The game is really easy to play and if you say that the game can't run? Well don't put the installation in Program Files(x86) Put it in your C: Drive instead. Overall I have no complaints about this game. Better than any sub Sim right now! Expand
  3. NexusM.
    Mar 19, 2005
    9
    This game is incredible. The level of deatail, wealth of fun gameplay, and incredible audio/visual effects make this game a must have for anyone. The variable difficulty levels make it a pure joy for sim or action fans alike. The only problem I've had are a few graphical glitches and control hang-ups, but nothing major. The latest patch fixes these minor flaws anyway. Expand
  4. A.S.
    Jun 7, 2005
    9
    First, a user NO-CD patch is a must for this one. It will remove al the issues with the StarForce an let you actualy spend time playing game instaed of debuging it. Wide range of realism alow the player to adjust the game playing to best fit its skill. Still this is not a game for a causual or arcade gamer. Patrol will take long time to complete and the game becomes too familiar after some time of playing. Good thing is that you can go anywhere or do virtualy anything while you on the patrol. SH 3 world is huge, so you never have to take the same path to you patrol point. Expand
  5. Robotron3000
    Mar 20, 2005
    8
    Great game, some technical issues, ie. resolution looked at 1024x768, with no widescreen option. Some important screens only accessible through hotkeys and not the main interface. Manual is very lacking with some things not explained at all. Expand
  6. MarkW.
    Aug 22, 2007
    5
    Great game! Spent many hours tracking down a convoy trying to get the perfect angle of attack. Spent many more hours trying to evade the 3 destroyers who were triangulating my position and tearing me up with charges. I would have given it a 9 but StarForce problems knock it down to a 5. Expand
  7. Starforce
    May 10, 2005
    0
    all because of starforce, it crashed my pc. this product is doomed becuase of the perfect match: UBI + starforce. I won't buy ubi products anymore. Expand

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