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5.0 out of 5 stars I can see why so many are complaining BUT IT'S GOOD, 25 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic (PC) (Video Game)
Having read all the negative comments on so many websites regarding this amazing sim i can now see why there is so much criticism regarding its playability and Ubisofts hold over the owner player.

Never before have i downloaded a game that said my system was below par to successfully play it and having read the system requirements on the back of the box i can now understand why.

To beable to play SH5 successfully you certainly need a minimum of 8Gb disc space on a hard drive as quick as a Western Digital Velociraptor and a graphics card as powerfull as a 8800GTx with a Quad Core processor.

I can comfortably play the amazing game "Crysis" at its highest settings without any software issues but the reason UBisoft require total internet connection is to see whether your system will play the game.

Yes i was surprised at the extent Ubisoft have gone to to safeguard piracy and the way you have to register every time you play the game can be unnerving to some players.

Once i had downloaded the large software quite a few automatic updates from Ubisofts main website downloaded themselves and even an updated copy of the game was downloaded.

After all this intrusion was the game worth it ?

A most definate yes has to be the answer because the graphics and gameplay have been moved on to such a high level from SH3 and SH4 that i can see why so many people are complaining.

Being able to move around the submarine and talk to the crew is extremely impressive and even though there are hardly any instructions on how to play the game it didnot take me long to learn how to operate the torpedoes and other instruments as they are almost identical with SH3 & SH4 aswell as the ability to adjust all the graphics and sound levels to make the game more realistic or easier to play.

I can fully understand why the DRM software will annoy and upset the majority of owners some who may not have continual internet access to make the game work but i can put up with it even though i was more than surprised at the lengths Ubisoft have gone to ensure the player is who they say they are.

This sim is the very first game that i have ever had playability issues with in over six years of playing many games and simulators.

I suppose Ubisoft should have informed those purchasing the game thinking it will play on a standard machine that it requires a top end gaming rig to successfully play the game without any crashes or blips.

I will certainly not neglect my copies of SH3 or 4 because you can instantly play those at the click of a mouse but SH5 is reserved for those only with sufficient computer power to run it, but the incredible step up in graphics quality and realism make downloading it worthwhile.

Even at its easy level this sim requires total immersion in the game because it is far from easy to play let alone hit a target.

There are so many things you can do within the sub that its understandable it will not work unless you have the processor and graphics power to make it happen.

There will be few laptops powerfull enough to run the sim which is a shame because this is as close to a real WW2 sub on a computer we are likely to get.

It's a shame that you need real firepower to run the game because the graphics are worth the effort alone.

Now i realise why there is so much criticism against SH5 but if you can play it it is worth the effort.

The shipping lanes outside Malta are incredible with fabulous detail in the weather and land.

Therefore not an easy game to play but if your computer lacks a minimum of a 8800GTx and powerfull processor with a minimum of 5Gb of memory it will be a disappointment as so many people have discovered.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2011 20:26:56 GMT
V. Ago says:
Nah - its bad - unless its Moded - which is not what you want to pay for. Its like buying car, then having to put in your own engine.

Posted on 3 Jan 2012 09:54:22 GMT
Unless you are running a fairly powerfull computer with fast memory and powerfull graphics card SH5 is bound to be a

SH5 is a very hungry piece of software that demands a lot from your system.
Its similar in certain respects to the original game Crysis, the more you can throw at it the better the experience.

As soon as i downloaded the lengthy software i had an automatic update which downloaded an entierly new version of the game.

I have no teething problems with the game, my only issues is that unlike SH3&4 you cannot get instant action.

The Bismarck section takes ages to confront the enemy, beautiful to look at but a bit boring waiting for the King George V to appear on the horizon.

SH5 is designed for the serious gamer who has the time and patience to play the sim properly.

I love looking at SH5 but prefer to play SH3 where you can get instant action.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 16:22:14 BDT
I was surprised at how demanding on my computers software SH5 is to play.

My graphics card a Nvidia 8800GTX KO was the most powerful graphics card money could buy 2 and a half years ago costing a crazy £354. I did not buy it but was given it by a well off friend who owns a computer repair shop.

It takes computer hardware of the heighest level to comfortably play SH5 and this kind of hardware is only purchased by the select few of gamers.

A standard computer will crash trying to play this game which Ubisoft forget to tell anyone.
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