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Silent Hunter 5 (PC DVD)

by Ubisoft
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 12 and Over
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM

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  • ASIN: B002U0KBT8
  • Release Date: 5 Mar. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,600 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Internet connection is required to play game.

Step behind the periscope of a German U-boat and take on the Allied Forces in famous battles across the vast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

The best-selling submarine series of all time continues with the highly anticipated Silent Hunter: Battle of the Atlantic. For the first time, you can live the life of a submarine captain from a first-person view as you lead your crew in a truly dynamic campaign.

Minimum System Requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core2Duo e4400 or AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000

Manufacturer's Description

A permanent Broadband internet connection and creation of a Ubisoft log-in are required to play.

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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful
By D. S.
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I am going to disregard the need to connect to the internet for my review. My review will be about the game itself and my summary (if you can't be bothered to read the rest) is that this game is too difficult to play (not by game design but by poor deisgn of the mechanics) and full of bugs. It looks beautiful but is frustrating to control and the enemy AI is absolutely abysmal.

Firstly, I am a BIG fan of SH3. SH4 was very good too but not my cup of tea just because I preferred playing as the Germans. I have been eagerly awaiting SH5 in the hope that it would be every bit as good as it's predecessors but with sounds, graphics and AI that today's PCs can cope with. I have been very very disappointed.

On the positive side the game looks awesome with some wonderful weather and environmental effects. The ships and the u-boats look great, there is much more contact with other friendly vessels (including other u-boats). Also you can now walk about inside the u-boat where there are crew memebers to talk to if you wish.

But that is all that is improved over the previous games. Unfortunately the UI has been radically changed for the worse. There is no method of steering the u-boat other than by plotting way-points on a navigational map - very frustrating if you are trying to evade a destroyer. The ability to walk thorugh the sub has become a pain as now you HAVE to walk through the sub to get all the reports you want. Very very frustrating when you're trying to evade a destroyer! In fact there are far too many things to list on here what is wrong with this game. Look on the official SH5 forums, there are plenty of people on there spouting it all off.

It is also very buggy. Certainly it does not appear to have been tested very well but I suspect (hope) these will be rectified with patches. I'm going back SH3. It may not look as good but it is a much more enjoyable experience.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined A Good Series of Games! 13 Aug. 2010
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I owned all the Silent Hunters from 2 to 5, I have to say this is a major disappointment.

First, I'll get the DRM out the way by saying, ridiculous!! Plenty has been said on here about it and I ain't going to dwell on it anymore.

The draconian DRM I could tolerate if the game was good. Unfortunately it isn't. The few points that are major problems for me are as follows:

1) The walking about the sub is a gimick and nothing more. It actually becomes annoying after a while when you can't dive because you forgot that you left yourself on the bridge! It has replaced the use of function keys to go different stations which was simple to use.

2) The AI is dumb!! If the Royal Navy was like that in WW2 we'd all be talking German. Eg: On two consecutive patrols I sneaked into Scapa Flow (copying an actual event that happened in WW2), sunk a Battleship on each occasion and the destroyers just kept moving around on it's programmed track!! I got out without a depth charge dropped!! Same again when I caught an Aircraft Carrier group at sea. I was sat in daylight submerged but with my periscope up, a destroyer went right by me (I mean any closer I would've been rammed) and the escorts didn't react until the torpedoes hit the carrier. This brings me nicely onto.....

3) The damage required to sink enemy ships seems really inconsistent. An armoured Battleship sinks rapidly after 2-3 torpedo hits. The Carrier I just mentioned sank instantly after two. So why does an unarmoured merchant ship plow on after being struck twice without even slowing down? I've hit them, followed them expecting them to slowly capsize but nothing!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The end of Silent Hunter 26 Mar. 2010
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I have to agree with all the other comments on Silent Hunter 5. Nice graphics, nothing else.

I have all the other versions of Silent Hunter and have found that SH3 with the Greywolves expansion and a few sound track files from subsim is the best version. Why couldn't SH5 have been SH3 and GWX with updated graphics? Why have Ubisoft thought that the sim fans that want to play Silent Hunter now want a Nintendo shoot em up? The game doesn't score for either side. It is not a sim and the people that buy hack and slash games for the Nintendo aren't going to buy this either. The guy/s who made the decisions on, this was the way to take the franchise, should be sacked as this will probably be the end for Silent Hunter. A real shame!

And as for being online all the time enough said!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SUNK WITH ALL HANDS 8 Mar. 2010
By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Recently UBISOFT has released a number of games with minimal or no DRM nonsense. Is this the other half of the experiment, where a game sold consists mostly of...DRM?

Once installed, STEAM hunts for an internet connection. If it is successful it automatically downloads advertisements and updates for both your STEAM-activated games and STEAM itself. If it fails to connect to its mothership, it offers you the option to restart in the offline mode - which, for me, it works about 25-30% of the times.
STEAMed games become worthless the moment they are activated as they cannot be transferred to another user, in other words they cannot be gifted or sold second-hand. Having our paid for games stolen-back from us by STEAM and its fickle offline nature are the two main reasons I hate it (others include snooping on us and reporting back to its occasional masters and. If, like me, you thought it could not become any worse than that, guess again. UBISOFT made sure to prove us wrong.

Games that require activation never actually become yours to keep as the possibility of you replaying it in the future depends on the existence of the original publisher and him willing to allow you to do so (both major doubts!).
Now, having to stay online all the time to play even a Single Player session is an idiotic requirement. Apparently UBISOFT considers legitimate buyers to be thieves, has us jumping through hoops to prove we are not and even prevents us from using the product we paid for whenever we cannot get online.
Pirates, of course, have nothing to complain about, as I just googled it and the game has already been cracked!

Way to go UBISOFT! Even from my orbit I can detect the implosion sounds and see the debris oil-slick.

This sub is dead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment !!!
I should have listen to the reviews . I install it , played about 3 hour and then uninstall . The way you have to walk all around the ship and in in harbor ( in Mario you had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tury
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle stations torpedos!
Recommend reading Das Boot and Thunder Below, then launching into this game with a pair of headphones and several months to kill. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Rupert Willard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
better than version 3 I had
Published 3 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good game
Published 3 months ago by dam hall
1.0 out of 5 stars this is annoying in the extreme
I have to agree with most of the other reviewers: this is annoying in the extreme. SH3 a far superior game.
Published 4 months ago by S. R. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Even with the latest patch installed and a load of ...
Even with the latest patch installed and a load of fan made mods that attempt to fix the game, there are serious issues with this game. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 months ago by Whytesnake
4.0 out of 5 stars No expectations = A decent experience
As someone who has not played the other Silent Hunter games, i can say that, as a game this is quite enjoyable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SpookyDan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by ms samara williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Great game still playing it now, When is Number 6 out???
Published 7 months ago by D. Cole
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