Preview: Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
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OMG... Is This Thing Beautiful
The previous two versions of Silent Hunter looked very good at their release dates, then add-ons like Trigger Maru, Grey Wolves Expansion and Real Fleet Boat took the titles even further by packaging even more realism and graphics detail into players underwater gaming. For example, water effects, which are good in the released games, are now nearly perfect with the mods.
Silent Hunter 5 brings the level up even more. From ports to ships to waves to the sky, the game looks graphically beautiful, almost beyond comprehension heretofore unseen in a game title. Graphically, this is a well-polished Beta that I have been playing, and I have found very few graphical glitches so far. The game looks scarily realistic. The team has done a good job making Silent Hunter 5 come to life.
The detail on ships is now exquisite. Your sub is detailed as you would expect from a game like this, but the ports and ships (both friendly and enemy) are even more detailed than before. The crew member detail is much higher than it was in previous versions. Interiors are rendered in much more detail than previous versions.
Explosions are simply fantastic effects. Not only do you get some really impressive boom-booms from the game, but the fire dances off the ocean waves in a way that I have never seen before. I am sure some of it is Hollywoodish, but it is impressive to see. In fact, you will find yourself looking all around as you slowly pull out of port just to admire how much the team has done to improve the graphic environment in the ports.
I probably cannot describe the game any better than the screenshots. Also remember that most of these shots are on medium to medium high settings. Even with a lot of the effects turned down, the game looks remarkably good. Some of the shots were taken on my laptop (not exactly the greatest powerhouse in the world) and some on my desktop system. What is even more amazing is that the game is still Beta, and suspect it hasn’t been optimized yet. People with high-end systems should see some amazing things while the rest of us, those with average to slightly above average systems, can enjoy the beauty of the game and not feel left out.
Often screenshots are shown on $5000 rigs that the average individual has no hope of ever owning. While its good to show what a top notch game PC can do, it can be a disappointment when the average guy can’t approach the same kind of eye candy. If you box can run Silent Hunter 4 then Silent Hunter 5 should work well on average settings. Kudos to the developers!
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