Being both a ship fan (both naval AND sci-fi) and a steampunk fan, I smiled at the idea of this game and quickly slapped it onto my wish list, which then my friend got for me for Christmas. I really should have looked at the reviews first.
The ship models themselves look nice, but that's it. The skies all look bland and the water has no real detail except for the reflection of the ships and sky. The damage the ships take only amounts to brun marks, tattered flags (the flags that ALL point in the same direction ALL the time) and fire. There are no break models, so when a ship is destroyed, it just sinks. Also, there are NO graphic options. No resolution choice, no graphics scailer, nothing.
The sound seems fine except, for me, it is tied to where the camera is in relation to the ship, and if you're off center, the sound ALL comes from one speaker. The music quickly gets boring. Also, THERE IS NO VOLUME CONTROL TO SPEAK OF! The sound literally jars you unless you turn your computer's sound down!
You don't get to actually DO anything except control the game speed (slow, less slow), ship speed and ship direction. And it takes several seconds for the game to repsond to those commands. I am not sure if this was an oversight or intended for more realism, but it does this game NO favors. Also, having NO control over your weapons ensures that you will just sit there, occasionally toggling controls and waiting for something to happen.
WHAT GAMEPLAY!? All you do is pick a battle, pick a side, see a little paragraph about it, and then you are thrown into the battle. NO ship or fleet customization, no weapon setups, nothing. You get what you get and hope that you move just right for ships to think about firing. And then you play the waiting game until soemthing happens. Most of the time, it's either your ships or the enemy ships running away. I have no clue what triggers this, but it happens often. You lose control of that ship and watch it run off to do God knows what, leaving you do fend for yourself. One by one, your ships flee. I would guess it is because of damage, but since there is no way to fix damage or anything, it's just a matter of praying that more of their ships flee than yours; and also praying that they don't decide to stay around and keep shooting, which they are prone to do. Your ships MAY also come running back, but will more often than not, just sit sail by and give your the middle finger. Most battles take the ENTIRE hour and a half time limit (if not most of it) and after it's over, you feel like you just sat there, screaming at a movie and not a game.
All in all, avoid this game and ALL of Toten Game's lineup (reviews on this games mirror the sentiment of this review). There are battle naval combat games available on Steam.