Hunt, hide and kill as you take command of U.S. submarines and crews and navigate the treacherous waters of the Pacific during WWII. Silent Hunter, the industry-leading naval warfare simulation franchise for over a decade, returns to its roots with next-generation graphical realism, immersive gameplay, innovative crew evolution and more...
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Mixed (208 reviews) - 68% of the 208 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 20, 2007

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Includes 4 items: Silent Hunter 5®: Battle of the Atlantic, Silent Hunter® III, Silent Hunter®: Wolves of the Pacific, Silent Hunter®: Wolves of the Pacific U-Boat Missions


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Hunt, hide and kill as you take command of U.S. submarines and crews and navigate the treacherous waters of the Pacific during WWII.
Silent Hunter, the industry-leading naval warfare simulation franchise for over a decade, returns to its roots with next-generation graphical realism, immersive gameplay, innovative crew evolution and more action than ever before.
Developed by the same Ubisoft team that delivered Silent Hunter 3, the "king of sub games", to worldwide critical acclaim, the 2007 installment offers the most memorable, accessible and empowering submarine simulation experience ever.
  • Hollywood Blockbuster experience: Lifelike graphics and spectacular audio/visual effects offer an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Witness the historical accuracy and the amazing attention to detail from the breathtaking Pacific settings to the more than 75 authentic-looking war machines such as the U.S. Gato class submarine, the Japanese battleship Yamato and the H6K flying boat.
  • Large Scale Naval Engagements: Epic naval engagements can be witnessed by players either firsthand or via radio messages and orders from high command.
  • Innovative crew evolution: Earn upgrades and experience to guide the evolution path of crewmembers, making your men the most effective naval force in the Pacific theater.
  • Immersive single player gameplay: Diverse mission objectives and events combined with unique rewards make each campaign a new experience. Commandeer various U.S. submarines and progress your career as a naval officer via improved dynamic campaigns in Career Mode, or dive into 'instant actions' and single patrols for a quick fight.
  • Addictive Online New Adversarial Mode: Join forces with up to 8 friends via LAN or 4 via internet in either cooperative or adversarial gameplay modes. Scripted and generated mission types allow for epic online battles and unlimited replayability.
  • Scalable learning experience: Selectable difficulty levels allow players to choose how challenging of a simulation to play.
  • Easy to control: An upgraded and streamlined interface makes moving around the submarine and controlling it much easier than ever before.

Please note that the online features for this game are no longer supported. The Multiplayer mode / Co-op mode will no longer be accessible.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows® XP/Vista Only
    • Processor: 2GHz Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon (4 3GHz Pentium or AMD Athlon recommended)
    • Memory: 1 GB (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 128 MB RAM DirectX® 9-compliant, video card capable of rendering Pixel Shader 2.0 (256 MB RAM recommended) (see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c or later (included)
    • Sound: DirectX 9 -compliant sound card
    • Network: 128 kbps upstream or faster (512 kbps upstream or faster needed to host online games)
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB
    • *Supported Video Cards: ATI® RADEON® 9600/9700/9800, X300 to X850, X1300 to X1800NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6200/6600/6800/7800
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267 of 324 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Steam only sells you V 1.3 of the game, even if you buy the addon too. Basically all mods require V 1.4 or even 1.5 and there is no way, at least non I found, to patch the Steam version.
Dont buy it here, get the DVD but dont buy it on steam!
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69 of 80 people (86%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
651.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
Well holy crap I am wasting my life away on this game, to bad i dont get paid to play it i would be rich. This game is the best one so far that i have in my library. I say get it and enjoy
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47 of 50 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
97.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
I don't quite remember what drove me to the Sient Hunter series. I think I saw them on Steam one day and thought to myself "hey cool, submarines!". Before that moment I had very little interest in the subject and even less knowlege. To my understanding: a submarine was just a boat that traveled over and under water with a periscope for looking around. I know now that they are so much more than that.

A submarine is a complicated piece of machinery that is designed to stealthily ambush enemy merchant ships. They are no match for destroyers and dive bombers are a constant nightmare. Above water, in daylight, they are sitting ducks. Underwater they are blind as bats, with only sound to guide their eyes. Most of your torpedoes will be duds, and if enemy war ships become aware of your presence your only hope is to submerge and leave the area quickly; and pray that the depth charges don't sink your boat.

There is a reason why German u-boats were called "iron coffins". It's because they had the highest casualty rate during WW2.

In Silent Hunter 4 (wolves of the pacific) you get to play on the American side as a submariner in the pacific theater of the war. With the U-boat Missions addon you can play the German side in the same theater. That expansion updates the game to 1.5, so it is required in order to use a lot of the mods for the game. There is one mod in particular that expands the default German campaign into the Atlantic and North Sea areas; definitely a must if you prefer that side of the conflict. Or just get Silent Hunter 2, 3, or 5 (all u-boat games). Silent Hunter 4 is unique because it's the first game since Silent Hunter 1 that lets players command American subs. Unfortunately Japanese subs are not playable, which would have been a huge bonus.

I think the general consensus of this game is: you will either love it or hate it. I've seen people putting the game down either for some annoying bugs (and they are annoying) or simply because they don't prefer the submarine warfare in the Pacific theater. Personally, I like it. The American subs are unique in their own way, but not completely different from the German u-boats. The threat is still there, but the Pacific Ocean is a vast place. You may find yourself traveling around for what seems an eternity before engaging in any type of action. To me, this is the only drawback of the game. Most of the bugs and failings of the game can be improved with mods, however; and there are plenty of them online.

The entire Silent Hunter series is great, and every game in the list is a good submarine sim. If you are just looking for an arcade experience and want to jump right into the action, then you can do that. However, if you want an ultra-realistic simulator then turn up the realism settings and dive into the plethora of game-changing mods that are available online. This game is a great entry for anyone even remotely interested in the subject. You won't learn everything about submarine life, but you will walk away with a new found appreciation for it!
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2014

I have played Silent Hunter 4 more than any other game on Steam. I was obsessed with it, played it every waking hour. Read up on Submarines. Watched the six-hour cut of Das Boot twice.

I would describe it to non-submarine nerds as a slow-paced stealth game. Very methodical. You can even calculate the trajectories for your torpedoes yourself, in what becomes perhaps the most compelling educational math game of all time. The game is very narrative, and open world in nature, though said world is almost entirely endless sea. I have hounded Japanese ships off the coast of Alaska, hiding in the fog as I used hit-and-run tactics against no fewer than five enemy destroyers, ever wary of their lumbering shadows in the mist. I have stalked convoys for days on end, slowly whittling down their numbers. I have used daring tactics to great success, narrowly avoiding the avalanche of depth charges from the surface. And I have used safe, time-tested strategies only to find myself sliding into a watery grave.

The game is tight as ♥♥♥♥.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4

The only complaint I have is that I can only have one Deck Gun....

For everyone wanting this game or who has it from Steam, you have to manually update it to version 1.4

Its really simple, to do:

Local Disk > Program Files (x86) > Steam > SteamApps > Common > Silent Hunters Wolves of The Pacific > Data > UL

Click on Upgrade Launcher and it will patch the game and update it.

Your Welcome and have fun!
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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
I'm sorry to say, but do not buy this game on steam. I love the silent hunter series, but this steam edition of the game is just full og bugs. When you have spent hours sinking ships and completing task, and suddenly you get a bug and have to restart the campaign and then try to bypass the bug it's just incredably frustrating. This might be okey the first time, but when you meet new bug after new bug every single time, the game just isn't fun anymore. Somebodey have to fix this before i can recommend the game.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
85.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
In my opinion, the best out of the Silent Hunter series. Unlike SH3 &SH5, you can play either the American or Germam campaigns. Plenty of free mods & extra missions available @ My favorite mod is "Ultrasubs". When you run out of ammo & torps, you can "T" bone the other ships & literally cut them in half. Also, you can play with only the mouse, or only keyboard, or combo of both.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Took 4 hours to get from Pearl Harbour to Hokkaido. Then was told to engage 3 Japanese Imperial warships on my first mission. Panicked, dived, and went to silent runnings to avoid detection. Got ran over by a Yamato-class battleship and lost all hands.

11/10 great fantastic game. Would recommend.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
used to run perfect, now it won't launch. Don't know what happened, will update when it changes.

*** Update ***

To solve check the option "disable display scaling on high dpi settings"

You can find this by going to the title in steam, right click on the title, go to properties, browse local files, right click on the application "sh4.exe", click on properties, and the check box is under the compatibility tab.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
this game is awesome! who knew math could lead to gigantic explosions? anyway this game is fun if you like simulators and if you like realtime sims it is also good for you. it takes a bit to get used to everything and after a death or fifty you get used to it and it truly is an enjoyable game once you learn about it. i suck at reviews but long story short, get it, die, learn math and enjoy!
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31.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
I would not recommend this game. Not that intresting, would recommend the uboat version is mutch more fun than this.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 6
Wont start
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King Squirrel
10.8 hrs
Posted: October 3
This game isn't really that good, graphics are fine but it's very hard to play and understand what to do, and how to play Don't waste your time, money, and brain cells on this game. 2.3/10
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Herr Commandant
17.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
No where near as good as the original.
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84.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
Good game, havnt played the others but someone wholikes simulator I recommend it to others. The wide open area is amazing although can be redundant at times it brings a feel of survival, adaptness, and guts. It has a difficulty level for everyone ranging from low to high. At the end of the day its a submarine simulator not much else to exspect, you either enjoy running from a dstroyer dropping depth charges or you dont.
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The CBR Guy
5.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
The last good Silent Hunter game. I'd recommend to also buy U-Boat Missions. If you wannt to know why, just read the other reviews. I just want to increase the percentage of good reviews for this game as it is a really good game.

Have a potato: *
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11.8 hrs
Posted: September 2
>Be me
>buy the game
>Jesus this is hard
>but it works
> start career
> On first mission I ram my boat into an island and lose the game
>2nd Career .. much the same
>third career I choose the Hawaii starting base this time
>Instead of the Marshall islands like they said would probably happen
>I am supposed to take pictures of one of Japans top naval yards
>4 Merchants and 2 Warships later I died
>4th career? Sneaky Sneaky Destroyers got me
>5th? Well Im still playing that one
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18.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
- This game is ****ing awesome. There are many things to learn before properly playing the game, but it will be rewarding.
- This is the only game which featuring WW2 US Submarine Fleet.
- American MK.14 torpedo makes u laugh every 5 minutes.
- In-game graphic is not bad, even though this game is about 10 years old now.
- The campaign quite well-designed and I can see that this is a well-researched game.

- This game is buggy as he11.
- Steam version of SH4 is old and it does not support any further upgrade. This means you cannot download and apply user-made mods to fix bugs or enrich the game system. Thankx UBI Soft for not providing any upgrade to Steam.
- This game is complicated but it doesnt have a proper tutorial. It is much more helpful to learn things on Youtube.
- Some Japanese boats have unreasonably strong durability.
- Japanese were not really skillful with Anti-Submarine Warfare in WW2. This is the same in SH4, and the game becomes bit too easy after few hours.
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