Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Very well conceived and produced. I am not sure if any but the most die-hard naval sim fans will be able to truly appreciate what they have at their fingertips when playing.
  2. The diversity in gameplay, multiplayer potential and mod possibilities all add up to make a game that many of us will be playing for a long time to come. Sinking your teeth into the game will take some time, but with the help of the manual and tutorial videos it is not that daunting at all.
  3. One of the most detailed non-classified naval simulations available to the public. Definitely has the “Military Channel” wow factor.
  4. If you crave strategy and realism, Dangerous Waters is a simulation that'll have you playing for years to come.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    The new non-sub platforms add a tremendous amount of interest and works wonders for the multiplayer mode. I hope to see add-ons with even more surface units. [Mar. 05]
  6. This title is detailed enough to be used as a training tool for Navy cadets but is still accessible to the persistent player.
  7. Deep gameplay overlaid with challenge in a seemingly accurate playground of modern naval combat.
  8. From hunting submarines in a helicopter whilst utilising sonar buoys or making a tense approach into an all too shallow harbour to stick your periscope up and take a peek at what’s there, Dangerous Waters manages to simulate all the thrills and spills of modern naval warfare seamlessly.
  9. Dangerous Waters plays to a small audience, the war sim market… but delivers the goods!
  10. PC Gamer
    A near-ultimate meat-and-potatoes meal for naval simmers. [Apr 2005, p.68]
  11. 84
    Short of actually enlisting, games like Dangerous Waters are as close as many of us can get to knowing the how and why of real world navy operations. Sonalysts Combat Simulations really delivers on this score, authentically recreating the processes of combat, from identification to engagement, in a variety of exciting missions.
  12. A highly-detailed, multi-platform naval simulator, perfect for fans of the genre. However, Dangerous Waters is also quite unfriendly toward newbies, so enter at your own risk.
  13. PC Format
    Easily the most engrossing and authentic sub sim out there. [July 2006, p.92]
  14. Leave it to Sonalysts to create a modern-day naval survey simulation that has the breadth and depth of the oceans where the combat it simulates takes place.
  15. With the ability to create your own missions and campaigns as well as pass them on to others ensures there is plenty to offer with this title and the difficulty making a game that should last hours per mission.
  16. Computer Gaming World
    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]
  17. 80
    Only certain people will appreciate it, but they'll love the hell out of it.
  18. With a full range of attack subs, surface vessels and the introduction of aircraft it's amazing that a simulation can remain so detailed and focussed.
  19. If you know sod-all about sea-faring, and don’t have the desire to spend several hours learning about it before getting to blow stuff up, then watch The Hunt for Red October and get Silent Hunter III.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. JimC.
    May 15, 2005
    In a word... Innovative! No other simulation has tried to simulate an entire mode of war like this one. With it's new platforms In a word... Innovative! No other simulation has tried to simulate an entire mode of war like this one. With it's new platforms (fixed-wing aircraft, guided-missile frigate and it's accompanying multi-mission helicopter, and a stealthy diesel submarine) Dangerous Waters is a true anti-submarine warfare simulation. And then the devs decided to throw in the nuke subs from before just to keep things interesting... It's a truly bold game design, and I hope it succeeds so more games like this will be created! Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    When I first got it at launch, I didn't really like it, as the tutorials on cd 2 really sucked, and the GFX were so plain compared to SHIII..When I first got it at launch, I didn't really like it, as the tutorials on cd 2 really sucked, and the GFX were so plain compared to SHIII.. and reading the entire 700 page PDF-manual weren't as fun as in the even older days, when you got a complete bible of information, in paperform.

    So it collected dust for a few years, then I noticed the modding community, mainly the RA mod.. and great tutorials on youtube.
    The GFX might not be topnotch by todays standard, (or even at the original time of the release), but they are sufficent, as you are really busy keeping track of all contacts and firing solutions and calculations to have time to complain.

    With the RA mod I'd give it a 9.5 at least.
    I still play SHIII with mods (GWX3 gold with the 1920x1080 fix, and LSH3 mod). It looks a lot better, and plays realy great.
    But DW is one step ahead! And is the #1 naval sim in my eyes. (if it would be subsim only it would tie with SHIII modded)
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  3. AdrianN.
    Jan 30, 2007
    This could be an aeronaval simulator. It is better than a game.