International waterways become theaters of war when the world's most formidable maritime powers exchange their fatal blows. With entire fleets at your command, you must strategically deploy vessels from every class - frigate to aircraft to nuclear submarine - to maintain the precarious balance of naval power and gain position for the...
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Release Date: May 15, 1999

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About This Game

International waterways become theaters of war when the world's most formidable maritime powers exchange their fatal blows. With entire fleets at your command, you must strategically deploy vessels from every class - frigate to aircraft to nuclear submarine - to maintain the precarious balance of naval power and gain position for the deadly endgame.
  • Campaigns and mission scenarios straight from current headlines
  • Exclusive real-time strategy with cuttingedge, real-world weapons
  • Intuitive point and click game play
  • No need to memorize symbols or complex commands
  • Player designed task forces
  • Complete 3D environment rotates and zooms for intense combat action
  • Effects modeled in stunning detail- time of day, clouds, rain, differing sea states, ship's wake and pyrotechnics

System Requirements

    Recommended: Windows 2000/XP, Pentium III, 256MB RAM, 1.5G Hard drive space, 32MB video card (Nvidia Geforce or ATI Radeon) DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Entertaining and realistic naval warfare simulator where the player acts as a commander of a whole fleet, which includes various ships (transporters, aircraft carriers, battleships), submarines, planes (fighters, bombers, scouting) and helicopters, along with all their instruments. That includes many different radars, missiles and torpedoes. The scenarios allow for creativity and tactics, as in most missions you are given the fleet to command, but how you use it is up to you. Usually the success depends on all units and instruments working together, but as even single missions are somewhat randomized (the same mission plays differently when playing second time because enemy units spawn in different locations and in different quantities etc.) and require adjusting tactics or adapting new ones. Did you use bombers in this mission and replay it? Now you might get surprised the AI has much more powerful air force, but perhaps at the cost of submarines? Moreover the game has a huge amount of vehicles and weaponry from various countries, South and Northern American, European, Middle Eastern and Asian. Missions also happen on different places of the world with many different sides. One time you sink Brazilians as Argentinians, the other you sink Chinese as Taiwanese, and so on (though it seems everybody speaks English). You can also choose single missions of different difficulty, beginning with the easiest and slowly getting into more and more challenging ones as a great way to learn the game and form tactics. This is probably the best and the most fun naval combat game I've ever played. In addition, if you are new to the genre, you can set to automatic many settings, which will make a bit more similar to more popular RTS genre and get you accustomed to use of various radars, weapons and vehicles.

10/10 (Awaiting my doritos!)

PS. install nGlide to get rid of menu flickering on modern hardware.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Fleet command rules! Picked up the complete naval pack but ive been mainly just playing Fleet command. Running windows 7 64 bit. Game hangs up after the intro video, but if you alt-tab out and then back in, the game works flawlessly. One of the best naval sims of all time. Get it.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Detect unknown airborne track.

Don't bother to VID track.

FIRE SM-2s!

Kill track.

You killed an Airbus A300 and replicated Iran Air Flight 655.

♥♥♥♥...

Despite the above scenario occurring, this is a very fun, moderately realistic game where you spend hours watching NTDS symbols move towards each other, sometimes very slowly, and the highest time compression is not very large. However, some scenarios will have you playing for hours in normal time as you desperately try to intercept all Granit "Shipwreck" missiles before they cripple your battlegroup. There really hasn't been an accessible and polished game since to replace this.

Most systems have simplified characteristics; the game's primary focus appears to revolve around carrier operations and the Aegis combat system partnered with the SM-2 missile. Oh, the SM-2. What a wonderful bit of kit. Kills planes, missiles, even ships. A pathetic little gunboat is shooting down all your Harpoons? No problem, send an SM-2 to do the job. All your Tomahawk anti-ship missiles going for the oil tanker next to the ♥♥♥♥ing huge Russian battlegroup? No problem! Semi-active radar homing means no more missiles straying off course and killing neutrals. More than one missile coming at you? No problem! The long range and SPY-1 lets you shoot at multiple targets simultaneously.

Graphics are very dated, it is an old game, but as you spend most of the time looking at tracks on a map, it doesn't really matter. There are graphical issues nowadays, which can be mostly solved by installing a 3Dfx Voodoo glide wrapper such as nGlide.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
A really good simulator (it was even used by the US naval academy to train students of naval tactics).
Pros:
+immersive strategy game which requires you to think because wrong moves can give dire consequences
+tactical options in the game are good you can even choose what weapon will the ship engage the enemy with
+the game offers ships that have the characteristics and weapon's systems that of their real life counter-parts

Cons:
-outdated graphics (because it was made in the 90s and the graphics for this game was good at that time)
-optimization issues(especially when using windows xp)
-some bugs now and then but not to the point that it's unplayable
-tutorial is a bit confusing
conclusion:
overall its a good game but it is the only game of its kind most naval battle games are not as challenging as this so i give it a 10/10
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39 of 63 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
147.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
I really, REALLY want this game. Or what this game should be. I have been trying to find a pseudo-simulator for grand scale battles in naval warfare, and this is it. Sadly, I can't recommend it for anyone. Too many things don't work well. It's hard to get working. It's no longer supported by the developer. And even once you get it working, little things break in gameplay that make it hard to enjoy. At some point, subs broke completely; now they go on autopilot and refuse to engage or come to the surface (yes, I'm aware of the setting that supposedly fixes this; it doesn't work for me). Missiles disappear on launch from destroyers or cruisers. Airplanes disappear on launch from carriers. It makes play kinda worthless.

Gameplay wise, you're a fleet commander and you have to tell everyone what to do. Literally you have to command a combat plane in the middle of a battle to take the mach 1.4 contact that's headed straight towards him. I'm pretty sure a combat pilot wouldn't be waiting for orders from HQ. Ditto subs: they do nothing even at close contacts. Planes avoid missiles only when they get super close, and you can set it so ships self defend (again, only when missiles close to within certain death distance). The level of micro-management necessary is far beyond what a...fleet commander would have to do.

It's also irritating that certain obvious non-moveable targets (enemy airports) are unidentified, and you have to get within range of SAMs to identify them. Enemy ships and planes can ID and shoot you from afar, but you have to close to within visual to ID them. You learn quickly to preemptively shoot at anything moving above mach 0.5. Shouldn't I be able to tell the nature of these enemies from their radar emissions? And forget about cruise missile strikes on those airports once you've figured out where they are. For some reason, SAMs have no problem seeing and killing them, even if you launch 50 at one airport none will land. Jam the SAM sites, kill all nearby planes and literally a plane will lift off, kill all your missiles and flip you the bird before you can do anything. It's just too hard to kill land targets to be realistic. You run out of ammo instead.

A lot of the scenarios are interesting, but many of them fall into the 'gotcha' category: "you're a US carrier fleet, you have no early warning or combat planes in the air, and there are unidentified enemies within 10 miles of you (really, how exactly did I get in this position?). But they apparently know who you are because suddenly there are 200 missiles headed your way! Personally, more interesting to me is the feint, maneuver, initial contact and jabs of the conflict than struggling to defend (yes, you have to tell individual ships to shoot down every one of those missiles in real time unless you want them to get too close to defend properly).

TL;DR: the seed of a great game for those interested in the subject. Lot of little bugs and issues make it tedious and irritating that will never, unfortunately, be fixed.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2014
A wonderful Track killing simulator and probably the best avenue to start playing naval RTS before you move to games like Harpoon or Command: Naval/Air Operations. The addition of the Naval Warfare Project mod improves the game dramatically.

I wish it had faster time compression and a more accurate detection system. The ranges at which enemies are detected and indentified do not feel very believable, and the time compression feels too slow, especially if you're playing with no aircraft.

At the time of this review, the game is $5, and you get 2 other good naval sims along with it ('688(I) Hunter Killer' and 'Sub Command'). Or you can pay a bit more and get Dangerous Waters too!

I highly recommend Fleet Command, but note that you may have some issues with modern graphics hardware.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
Although it is a bit old school, it is a Great game. It is actually a polished version of Great Naval Battles. Scenarios are great and replayability is fine. Actually it is even better than Naval Warfare - Arctic Circle. But beware though, this game has graphical glitch problems since it is using now obsolete vodoo gfx. My laptop has two gfx cards one is Nvidia and an onboard Intel card (HD . This game runs much better in intel be informed.

There is a workaraound for this problem you can easily find a program that immitates the vodoo protocol. Take a look at steam forums.








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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
123.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
Nice simulation on modern day naval warfare. Extra contents available from NWP. It is unfortunate that they don't make these kind of games anymore.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
Played this alot in the late 90's and loved it. Played again just recently and I am now losing sleep playing. Haha. Great sim one of my favorite. I wish you could combine the best elements of this and Dangerous Waters then you would have the ultimate sim.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
THE Naval Wargame, without exception. Harpoon/Command are nice but get really boring, unless you are a diehard tactician, when you want to actually SEE your ships do something! There are a few problems playing this game on newer systems but just about all of them have a fix listed on the community hub here on Steam.

The fact that this game hasn't been remade with modern units/scenarios and up-to-date graphics is absolutely baffling to me since this game has earned and kept the crown of best Naval Wargame of all time for over 16 YEARS. Any developers out there that feel you can handle it, buy this license NOW and remake this game, you will get your ROI off preorders alone!

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beowulf2700
10.0 hrs
Posted: September 17
This game isnt for everyone, but good GOD is it fun.

This is for you if:

- you consider dwarf fortress and other rougelikes good games

- you dont mind micromanaging

- you arent afraid of a one mission play time upwards of 2 hours

- you like in depth stratagy games.

This game is NOT for you if:

-you dont have a lot of time on your hands to play

-the thought of not beating a senario in less then 2 hours repulses you

-you want quick entertainment, not mental excerise.
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musthavecake
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
This is the best naval strategy game I have played. This game is realistic with accurate ship and aircraft statistics, and has 15 different Nations.
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Stefan
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
It's old, very old, it could very well be the subject of the new Tomb Raider movie or the upcoming Indiana Jones movie but damn, it's good. Considdering this game was made when Vanilla Ice still made music instead of attempting to act in B flicks with Adam Sandler it is a gem. Ofcourse when playing it you can't expect it to be something it isn't, like nothing before the invention of unleaded gasoline, but even to today's standards it's an excellent game.

I bet some hippie dip♥♥♥♥♥ would love to confuse this for some hipster-ish indie but it's just an incredibly well designed game with some significant depth to it. Comparing it to other tactical RTS games it still stands out for combining realism/simulation with some decent relativily fast paced fun so damn well.

(I had to run it in compatibility mode on my old PC so it never recorded play time, I topped the 60 hour mark.)
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irfanahmed1979
9.9 hrs
Posted: July 7
Runs on Windows 10 as of 7th July, 2016. I only had a problem with a saved game that kept crashing. Skip intro as the original video doesn't play. Even the campaign vids have been removed. Otherwise no techincal problem. There's also an editor for ships, aircraft, weapons and sensors over at subsim.com (I think). Really fun to use it even though the modified assets are not realistic. In my opinion this game is for those who have played this game before and liked it.
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MOSCKALIN
126.5 hrs
Posted: April 26
ANYONE WANT TO PLAY MULTIPLAYER FLEET COMMAND ADD ME PLEASE. I know how to make multiplayer work smooth.
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zmiksic
88.4 hrs
Posted: April 21
To me this is still the best modern naval sim/strategy game in existence. Mission editor is very powerful and you can easily create numerous scenarios. I wish for an up-to-date version of this game featuring latest military hardware.
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Panzergrenadier Hans
64.6 hrs
Posted: April 11
Best modern Naval sim ever
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Devilross17 PFJ
30.1 hrs
Posted: February 23
I grew up playing this game in 98. It is outdated graphics wise but the whole engine is sound. Its worth looking into the mods out there especially with the naval warfare mod as it will updage the game and bring it more up to date in terms of modern aircraft and ships. The game also offers its own in bult mission builder which provides endless ammounts of playability.
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mink0417
5.4 hrs
Posted: February 21
Wonderful game that based on realistic naval battles! Love it since first play back in 1999.
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srfleckenstein
8.5 hrs
Posted: February 14
I've loved this game for many years. If you love the technical aspects of Strategy and CIC this classic game has got it. An awesome new version of Battleship for the modern age.
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