The king of submarine simulations returns with an all-new 3D engine, new crew command features, and more realistic WWII naval action than ever before. The movie-like graphics and simple, tension-filled gameplay make this the perfect game for the realism fanatic and the casual gamer.
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Very Positive (344 reviews) - 88% of the 344 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 15, 2005

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

 

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The king of submarine simulations returns with an all-new 3D engine, new crew command features, and more realistic WWII naval action than ever before. The movie-like graphics and simple, tension-filled gameplay make this the perfect game for the realism fanatic and the casual gamer.

  • Realistic and immersive environment: The suspense-filled atmosphere includes realistic 3D water modeling, day/night cycles, and historically accurate subs, ships, and aircraft. The detailed U-boat interiors, changing weather effects, and engaging audio represent the ultimate in WWII submarine warfare.
  • A deadly array of U-boats and weapons: Playable U-boats include Type II, VII, IX, and XXI submarines. Take aim against Allied convoys and warships. In recreating the great submarine battles of WWII, players will hide in silence just below threatening escort ships, fire deadly torpedoes, or surface and pound enemies with the deck gun.
  • Dynamic campaign: Create your own realistic naval war story. Your military career will be influenced by successful command decisions in an unscripted and non-linear WWII campaign.
  • Accessible to players of all skill levels: Players will experience a simplified learning curve that will be easier to handle than standard simulations. Use the naval academy tutorial to learn the basics. Customize the realism settings for play that appeals to a variety of WWII combat fans.
  • Command your crew: The crew will take orders and evolve based on the results of each patrol.
  • Multiplayer cooperative play: For up to eight players via LAN.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000 / XP(only)
    • Processor: Pentium® III 1.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 1.4 GHz (Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 2.0 GHz recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB (128 MB video card recommended)(see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
    • Sound: Direct X 9.0 compliant PCI card
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GB
    • *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release Nvidia® GeForce™ 3/4/FX series (GeForce 4 MX NOT supported)ATI® Radeon® 8500/9000 families or newer
      Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. These chipsets are currently the only ones that will run this game.
Helpful customer reviews
44 of 44 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
This game reminds me of the movie "Das Boot". It is a remarkable experience to play.

You would never dream putting on a pair of headphones and listening for hours on end to white noise while staring at a static screen could be fun. And the first time doing this I remember thinking "I really made a big mistake buying this game".

Until... there! There's a ship out there at such and such a bearing! Let's go find out what it is!

Silent Hunter III goes through the full emotional experience of extreme boredom and painstaking listenning - it's an almost Zen-like meditative state. All the way to the intensity of hitting that torpedo fire button and knowing all hell is about to break loose. Watching a ship sink and patrols on their way to take you out. And then getting a destroyer to unload depth charges and praying your sorry ♥♥♥ you'll live through it all.

If that isn't enough - there are enemy airplanes out patroling.

Recommended.
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
234.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Silent Hunter III .... a 2005 game but..... Remember what i already tell you before.....
Old but gold...

SH III is the best of the series..... !

Why ?? I will tell you why.

Because Silent Hunter III is very close to whats happen in 39 45 under the water.....
Yeah i am a big u-boat fan, i live close to the sea in a place where still WW II Bunker.
The sea the wind and the bunker....
I collect WW I and II insignia u-boat insignia, and Ritterkreuz, bayonet bullet....
This dont make me a nazist x)


Ok back to SH 3, why is this old game realistic ?

Easy as that man.

You create a new carrier, you select your u-boat type + u boat crew, your torpedo,
select your Realism % then you start the game....

Your BDU will tell you that you have to patrol 24hoo in AL47 grid for example
but you can decid to avoid this, and patrolling where the fI_Ick you want.
THIS is badass !

You want to patrol in Gibraltar ? Go my friend GO !
You want to patrol in Reykjavik ? Go my friend GO !!
You want to patrol in Scapa Flow ? Go my friend GO !!!
THIS is badass !

Silent Hunter 3 is easy as that, you select your period time + u-boat type and your u boat crew.
Then you go where you want !
And again this is badass !
You wont receive any message saying like.
Hey you have to go there and destroy this \/essels.


NO ! In Silent Hunter 3 YOUR FREE to patrol where you want !
Just like in 39 45 period !

So what made this game badass ???

MOD ! My preferate one is for sure GWX gold + other couple of mod.
It can make your game looking like that >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UcWvCfXNCY

Hé héyyy !! Not bad mein Freund !
In any Silent Hunter game you can customize everythings, gramophone tracks,
texture from your u-boat, vessels, your crew men and way more...

But remember... If you are like me... A u-bot fan.....
You have to play and stay on Silent Hunter 3.
The 4 is okay but definitively not my kind, and Silent Hunter 5 is a big joke....

The mod i am running, not so many but enough for me.
I also changed the texture from the inside of the u-boat, the sound,
gramophone tracks and other stuff...

http://hpics.li/d21d141

What else ? ....
Go for Silent Hunter 3....

/-\LAAAAaaarrrrmm !!

Ps: AM FRENCH MY ENGLISH IS NOT PERFECT x) ....
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Legit review time.

Pros
- Open world
- Loads of upgrades/new u-boats
- Nice balance between relaxing sail trips and planning/executing your attack
- Large and helpfull community
- loads of mods(some large enough to be concidered complete overhauls)
- free to do as you please
- Can add own music to the gamophone (add the .mp3 to the gramophome folder in the installfolder)
- Easy to get in to, but plenty of room to increase difficulty (i.e. disableling auto targeting, dud torpedoes and unlimited fuel/O2

Cons
- one loading screen 3mins+ (very annoying if you need to re-load in a short amount of time)
- most upgrades are late in the war (last 2 years)
- Has an abrubt ending ( may 1945, will not be able to dock or set sail, and cant revieuw history)
- In the late game its nearly impossible to get away from enemy warships (due to better sonar tech)
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Ah, I missed this game. I used to run wolf packs with my clan mates back in the day, when we needed a break from BF2.
It's so intense when destroyer are hunting you down. This game is easy to learn to play, and is definately worth the $4.99 sale price, even all these years later.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
This is the one! In this genre nothing comes close.



The best, most atmospheric, immersive and satisfying U-Boat sim ever made, vanilla is better than all the competition including both sequels, with mods it condemns them all permanently to the great trash can in the sky.


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