Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
|Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic|
|Release date(s)||March 2, 2010|
Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic is a submarine simulation for Microsoft Windows developed by Ubisoft Romania and published by Ubisoft. It is the fifth and so far latest installment of the Silent Hunter series franchise and the successor of Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific. Like its predecessors, it places the player in command of a German U-Boat during World War II – hence the Battle of the Atlantic.
Silent Hunter 5 takes players behind the periscope of a German Type VII U-boat to take on the Allied Forces in battles across the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Players command the U-boat after the first captain, Rahn, departs for another submarine. They assume the role of the next submarine captain from a first-person view in a campaign that spans 1939-1943.
- Ability to walk through all of the submarine in first-person view.
- Direct crew interaction and a simulation of the tension and fear of the crew.
- A new objective-driven dynamic campaign mode
- Allied ships will respond to players advances and new locations, upgrades and resupply will alter the campaign dynamically.
- A brand-new user interface supporting a beginner mode and a mode where the player can control the whole submarine on their own.
- Improved graphics and realism.
- A DRM-system which requires a constant connection to the Internet. (No longer needed to be constant as of Nov. 2010.)
- crew AI recommends things (search patterns, targets, etc.)
The game's reception has been mixed. GameZone's Steven Hopper gave it a 5 out of 10, saying "The game offers some deep elements, but the overwhelming interface and steep learning curve make it very difficult to get into. The campaign missions are fairly low-key, with quick missions not really matching the depth of the gameplay. Many bugs and performance issues will also bog down your ability to enjoy the game."
3DJuegos' Álvaro Castellano Córdova gave the game an 85 out of 100, saying that "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", while PC Gamer UK awarded it a score of 77 out of 100, criticizing the bugs and DRM but saying that without them, "it would be the best Silent Hunter yet."
Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic uses Ubisoft's Uplay for digital rights management. Initially Uplay required a constant connection to the internet for Silent Hunter 5 to run, halting the game if the connection was lost during gameplay. The scheme quickly came under fire after a denial-of-service attack attack on Ubisoft's DRM servers in early March rendered Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin's Creed II unplayable for several days. The always-on requirement was quietly lifted towards the end of 2010, being changed to a single validation on game launch. Silent Hunter 5 was later made playable in Uplay's "offline mode" the following year, effectively eliminating the online requirement entirely.
The Collectors Edition of the game has been recalled in Germany, after it was discovered that the publisher failed to remove a portion of Silent Hunter 5's World War II symbols, such as swastika flags which was not in accordance with German law. German law prohibits the distribution of video games with certain Nazi symbols such as swastikas and SS runes.
As a result of the general disappointment with Silent Hunter 5 among long term fans of the series, user created mods have been seen as necessary. The three most highly regarded mods are: MightyFine crew mod - this mod gives the watch crew and engine room crew new animations and, in some versions, changes how the entire crew looks by altering beards and different faces etc. IRAI - this mod improves the AI of all units and makes wolfpack attacks possible. Open Horizons II - this rewrites all campaign objectives and extends the war from May 1943 to May 1945. It also extends the Black May campaign and adds two new campaigns, one for July 1944-May 1945 and another based around the Monsun Gruppe. It also adds many new ships and nations into the game. Some players use a TDC-interface mod, this gives more options and buttons for the expert-gamers.
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