It's 1944. January.
The Wermancht is slowly being pushed back by the Soviet Union, and the Allies plan their invasion of France. Things are looking grim for the German war machine. Many look to the renmants of its once-mighty U-boat fleet to perform a miracle and strangle Great Britain's supply line, but you know better.
You are the commander of U-99, and you patrol the North Sea in a vain attempt to find something, anything, to sink. Then, your spot something on the horizon. Smoke. Possibly an unescorted supply ship. You try to get a better look at the distant ship, and your heart sinks when you spot more smoke. Not a single supply ship, but a fleet of destroyers. A fleet coming right toward you. You give the order for a crash dive, and the sub quickly sinks below the frigid waters.
Minutes pass. Hours. Eventually your hydrophone operator reports them cruising right above you, apparently oblivious to your presence. After another nail-biting hour, their engines fade into the distance.
You got lucky. With a deep breath, you order the sub to silently cruise underwater, before surfacing to recharge its batteries.
Silent Hunter III is a U-Boat simulator, and probably the best one in the series. Your objective is simple: sink as much of the Allied fleet as you possibly can. This goal becomes more and more difficult as WWII drags on, and by the end you're thinking less of how many ships you'll sink during one tour than whether or not you'll survive.
This game can be as tense as any survival horror. If you're a fan of any kind of vehicle simulaton game, or just a WWII buff, buy this and buy it right now.