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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.
Release Date: Mar 15, 2005
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Includes 4 items: Silent Hunter®: Wolves of the Pacific, Silent Hunter® III, Silent Hunter®: Wolves of the Pacific U-Boat Missions, Silent Hunter 5®: Battle of the Atlantic

About the Game

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
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
95 products in account
3 reviews
62.6 hrs on record
One of the things I demand from any game is that is draws you in & immerses you in the experience it's trying to create.

Silent Hunter 3 does that massively.

The premiss is simple; take your U-Boat out, reach a pre-determined sector by what ever course you want, patrol it & try to sink any enemy ships you find. Simple, easy to remember.

That is, until you get dud torpedoes that cheat you out of that BIG score, a swarm of aircraft just won't leave you alone by swooping down time & again, your crew are all exhausted, an escorting destroyer is determined to depth-charge you back to the stone age, sweeping over you again & again while you desperately try to contain any damage & sneak away to safety...

The game allows you to fast-forward the cruising bit, you don't strictly have to return to base once you complete your objectives, you can program each torpedoe manually or let the game manage it, manage & train up your crew, upgrade you sub, go whatever route you want, sink what you want, Silent Hunter 3 really is what ever you want it to be.

If all you want is to drool over high resolution textures & realistic faces, go somewhere else, but if you want a fairly unique, utterly immersive & tense gameplay experience, Silent Hunter 3 really is a great game. Highly recommended.
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
225 products in account
79 reviews
58.7 hrs on record
Best WW2 Submarine simulator game I ever saw.

There is a sequel, however it takes a look at the Pacific Ocean rather than the Atlantic, and the association created by making a game about German submarines in this area immediately sinks us into the movie "Das Boot".

For 2005, this game has the most depth out of all the other naval simulations that exist, and there aren't too many of them, which is quite a shame.
The game itself, is easy to learn but hard to master, especially when enabling the realism settings, such as dud torpedoes, no external camera view (meaning that you are limited to the periscope which, in terrible weather really gives you a feeling of what it's like to be in endless ocean) etc. etc.
It's a game better played with a cup of tea, prepared for hours of searching for enemy ships or convoys, planning an assault and getting away (or maybe returning). It's quite simple.
But the idea - of making ships go to the bottom (that's very well detailed as well) simply grabs my attention irreversibly.

If you're into ships, this game is one you should try.

Although it's nearly 10 years old, a marvelous mod called "The Grey Wolves" breathes some life into it, while a small but friendly community on www.subsim.com keeps this legendary game alive and sailing.

I'd say it's quite sad that we don't get these types of games more often.

Also, yes - this is probably better than Silent Hunter V at least without mods (not many of them (up to today - 23/07/2014)).
Posted: July 23rd, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
12 reviews
62.5 hrs on record
Great submarine simulator. Plenty of free mods available @ subsim.com. Good interface. Personally, I prefer SH4 Wolves of the Pacific better, and both of these games are more fun to play than SH5. But for only 30 bucks, you can buy all 3. Even better if you get them on sale.
Posted: March 16th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28 products in account
7 reviews
51.6 hrs on record
A timeless clasic I never get tired of playing.
Posted: April 7th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
61 products in account
1 review
14.8 hrs on record
Awesome oldschool game! Gets your adrenalin pumping when a destroyer is searching for you...
Posted: April 19th, 2014
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92 of 95 people (97%) found this review helpful
206 products in account
1 review
196.6 hrs on record
SH3 is one of those games that you need to invest time in. It is a perfect example of a "Dad game," as Yahtzee Crowshaw once put it. It's meticulously detailed, and you must learn all of the different eccentricities of the sub to be a great captain.

It uses the real-life technological limitations from WWII to define the gameplay. Want to fire off a torpedo? A standard gas-powered torpedo leaves a trail of bubbles in the water, which ships can detect in advance and will swerve to avoid your torpedo. You can fire an electric torpedo, but you'll need to be close, or else the battery in the torpedo will die and it won't reach your target. SH3 is filled with these sorts of tactical nuances that really make it satisfying to play.

Difficulty is customizable. It can be as simple as "point the periscope at a target and shoot," to manually identifying and anaylizing your target's position relative to your own. Difficulty is increased by making the game more akin to real life (limited air, limited fuel, no periscope stablilization, etc.) This helps tremendously, since beginners can relax the difficulty while they familiarize themselves with the ships' systems.

The player is awarded more renown following a mission with high difficulty, compared to a mission with a lower difficulty setting. Renown is SH3's version of experience points. It allows you to 'purchase' upgrades for your sub like improved batteries, hydrophones, conning towers, or even a completely different sub altogether. Medals are awarded after each mission, which you can assign to your crew. This is probably the single most satisfying part of the game; the medals allow your crew to function more efficiently, thus improving things like torpedo reload times.

There's a lot to cover here, so let me just wrap this this up by saying that this is probably the best simulation game I've ever played. I find myself coming back to it every couple of weeks. It's aged quite horribly, but I don't care, since the gameplay is just too good. Forget the sequels in this series, SH3 is the best.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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