Step behind the periscope of a German U-boat and take on the Allied Forces in famous battles across the vast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The best-selling submarine series of all time continues with the highly anticipated Silent Hunter: Battle of the Atlantic.
User reviews: Mixed (184 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 2010
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Buy Silent Hunter 5: Gold Edition

Includes three famous non-playable U-Boats, four famous Allied ships, and the Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic Official Guide

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Buy Silent Hunter Collection

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


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"Amazing series, praised by those who get really into it. Purchase the collection on steam. Start hitting those supply convoys for the Reich!"

Gold Edition

Includes three famous non-playable historical U-Boats:

  • U-99 (type VIIB) – submarine of U-boat ace Otto Kretschmer
  • U-30 (type VIIA) – submarine of U-boat ace Fritz Lemp
  • U-552 (type VIIC) – submarine of U-boat ace Erich Topp
Includes four famous Allied ships:
  • HMS Duke of York (King George V battleship class) – the ship responsible for sinking the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst and carrying Churchill to America in one occasion.
  • HMS Walker (V&W destroyer class) – ship commanded by Donald Macintyre during the battle for convoy HX112 which led to the capture of top U-boat ace Otto Krestschmer (U-99) and death of U-boat ace Joachim Shepke (U-100)
  • HMS Stork (Black Swan sloop class) –flagship of the famous commander Walker, leading the 2nd Support Group flotilla assigned to U-boat hunting
  • HMS Suffolk (Kent cruiser class) –famous British cruiser involved in the battle of Norway and the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck
Includes The Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic Official Guide:
  • 110-page PDF guide detailing the crew, submarines, ships, and weapons of Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic.

About This Game

Step behind the periscope of a German U-boat and take on the Allied Forces in famous battles across the vast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
The best-selling submarine series of all time continues with the highly anticipated Silent Hunter: Battle of the Atlantic. For the first time, you can live the life of a submarine captain from a first-person view as you lead your crew in a truly dynamic campaign.
  • Put on the captain’s uniform For the first time, walk through highly detailed submarines, access every part of your U-boat, and manage your crew in the new first-person view.
  • Become a real leader Directly command your crew and experience the tension and fear inside the U-boat through the new advanced order system.
  • Test your war strategies Choose your own strategy and select your targets with a new objective-driven, dynamic campaign.
  • Make the enemy react to you Open new locations, upgrades and resupply possibilities, while the Allied ships adjust dynamically to your approach. Your actions will directly impact the evolution of the campaign.
  • Accessibility Enhanced Prowl the waters with a brand-new user interface. Now, every beginner can successfully command a sub free of confusion. In expert mode, experienced players will be provided with all the necessary information and controls to command the sub completely on their own.
  • Cinematic Experience Experience the most realistic and immersive Silent Hunter ever created. Improved environment graphics create a powerful level of immersion as you operate authentic, highly detailed U-boats and surface ships.
  • Multiplayer Mode Play in cooperative or adversarial modes in scripted and generated missions.

About the Franchise

Silent Hunter is the most award-winning submarine series of all time, with nearly 1.5 million sold copies worldwide. Silent Hunter®: Wolves of the Pacific was voted 2007's "simulation game of the year" by PC Gamer.
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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista® (Service Pack 2), Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo E4400 2 GHz / AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4000+ 2.1 GHz or higher (Intel Core™2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz or higher recommended)
    • Memory: 1 GB (Windows XP) / 2 GB (Windows Vista, Windows 7) (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card(*see supported list)
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB (15 GB recommended)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compliant mouse, keyboard
    • Internet Connection: 256 kbps Broadband connection (512 kbps connection or better recommended)
    Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / 9 / GTX 200 series

    ATI Radeon HD 2600 / HD 3000 / HD 4000 / HD 5000 series

    NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
163.3 hrs on record
This game have to be heavily patched to correct the HUGE bugs it has.
The problem is, they didn't.

I bought this game for 55€ (special content inside)
In the future Ubisoft will never get even one euro cent from me.
Posted: July 23
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
If you want a good sub-game look at Silent Hunter 3 instead, this game is seriously sub-par...
Posted: June 21
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
I love this game for what it is. Freeroam sailing the atlantic and blowing ♥♥♥♥ up. I just can't find enough time to play it XD
Posted: April 2
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Overall I haven't had very man problems with it, it really isn't that bad, but it depends upon your tolerance for bugs and glitches, I suppose.
Posted: April 15
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Unlike the brilliant Silent Hunter 3 and 4, Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic suffers from an identity crisis. One that holds back what could've been a fun game. I went into this expecting something inferior to 3 and 4 which, realistically, you can't top. The problem with this game is that it tries to do two things and fails at both. 1.) It tries to be a Sub Sim and 2.) It tries to involve the player more in the setting. It fails at both.

The game takes a new approach to the series and allows you to wander the vessel as you please. This could've worked amazingly well to sucking you into the experience, but any and all effort to do that is squandered. It's painfully clear that Ubisoft Romainia had Das Boot playing on a loop through out the entire development process. It could've been done, but it never is. While you can interact with the crew, never once do you get anything out of it other than gameplay choices. Not once do you hear your young radio officer mention his wife back in Munich or some where and how he misses her. This could've been a pretty artfully crafted experience in that regard, offering a less than jingoistic view of war that doesn't hit you over the head with its simplicity. But, that's never done. Turning Silent Hunter 5 into an artistically crafted game could've been done and, sure the core audience would've been alienated and upset but I could see them coming around and enjoying the experience either way.

Now, more damning still is the sub-sim aspect of the game: It's gone. Lazy is an understatement. Gone is the more realistic area based damage model that represented actual damage and, in its place, we have healthbars. Yes, health bars. Ships tend to take an obnoxious amount of damage before sinking. In addition, everything is dumbed down and automated. They took the sim out of the game all together. With that additional simplicity, surely that must mean more content given how much easier it would be to add boats. Right? Maybe even some wild stuff, like Seehunds? No, you got the Type VII. You get 3 flavors of Type VII. Now, don't get me wrong: the Type VII is the iconic boat of the U boat flotillas, but that's essentially one single play style. There's no tiny but nimble Type II that offers you a unique challenge with its strengths and weaknesses. There isn't a wonderfully obselete boat like the S-18 and S-42 that can given you the enjoyment of having to work around its short-comings. There isn't even the satisfaction of using the badass incarnate of a Balao or Type XXI. You have 3 variants of Type VII and that's it. On top of that, the game is lazily put together with men staying on conning towers as subs dive and even running on the decks of ships as if nothing happened while they're slipping past the 50m maker in depth after being sunk.

So, in short, it's a game that tries to dumb down Silent Hunter without adding in anything else.

In the end, of the 3 games on modern systems, Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic is the weakest. Sure, it looks great, but that's it. It's actually a lot like dating. Silent Hunter 5 is a model. Sure, they look great, but they aren't very fulfillling. They don't offer much other than looks. Silent Hunter 3 and 4 might not beat it there, but they'll stimulate you so much better. You'll find them to be infinitely better companions. It's not a necessarily bad games, but it suffers from not even half-realized ideas.

It will not endear itself to fans of the series all that much. Sure, some will pick it up on sale and mod it. That would make it decent, but the core game itself is just poorly executed. Fans of the series and subsims will leave due to the lack of depth when compared to the previous. Newcomers might pass on it due to the lack of excitement. Despite its forsaking of its roots, it still possesses that slow and calculating tension that Silent Hunter does so well. This will bore most others.

In the end, I can't recommend Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic. It's half-realized and lazy. Those looking for Sub simming goodness need to get 3 and 4.
Posted: April 15
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83 of 115 people (72%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
This game is an incomplete piece of crap. Beautiful in theory, its final execution is spectacularly underperforming and inept in almost every way. More importantly, the host of bugs that leave the final product quality trapped in what should rightly be the early development phase are now permanent, since Ubisoft has long since stopped providing any fixes or customer support for it. I don't blame them; no one likes to be repeatedly reminded about their shoddy workmanship. On the other hand, they shouldn't be asking money for it either.

Thanks to insanely die-hard fans of the series, there are numerous mods available online to improve the game. Still, you shouldn't have to clean up someone else's mess. Stick to SH 3 and 4, two really nice games for this genre.
Posted: December 5, 2013
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