While this title should appeal to a fairly wide audience, it definitely appeals to ship and naval enthusiasts. The missions can be a serious investment in time and effort; damaging your ship at the last minute of the mission because you became lazy or distracted is heartbreaking. In this sense the game often plays like a strategy game as you pick and chose your way through the mission. VSTEP has included the ability to compare your mission completion times to the rest of the community through the posting of mission results to their website, something you can enable within the program.
Ship Simulator 2006 also includes a comprehensive mission editor that allows users to create and modify their own missions. I expect that once people learn the ins and outs of the mission editor the community will start generating unique and challenging missions that will test the skills of the most accomplished helmsman.
Ship Simulator 2006 is a great product with some small issues that will hopefully be worked out in the next version. If you have the patience and desire to slow down a little and get away from the frenetic pace of most PC games, Ship Simulator 2006 should fit the bill perfectly.
Reviewer’s System Specs
- Alienware Pentium 4, 3.4GHz
- 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT PCI Express 256MB
- Saitek X52
Note: For illustrative purposes some of the images in this review were cropped in order to highlight certain aspects of the software.
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