VSTEP and Paradox are proud to announce the next installment of the acclaimed Ship Simulator series. With over 550K copies sold, the series returns to take you into the most extreme conditions on earth… Ever wonder how it feels to sail a half-million-ton supertanker through the perfect storm?
User reviews: Mixed (490 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 27, 2010
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Includes 6 items: Ship Simulator Extremes, Ship Simulator Extremes: Cargo Vessel, Ship Simulator Extremes: Ferry Pack, Ship Simulator Extremes: Ocean Cruise Ship, Ship Simulator Extremes: Offshore Vessel, Ship Simulator Extremes: Sigita Pack


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Ahoy! Ship Simulator Extremes is celebrating its 2nd anniversary! To celebrate, all players will now receive the Customs vessel DLC for free!

In the Customs vessel DLC, users get the chance to experience the day-to-day activities of a maritime customs officer. Responsible for upholding the law and making sure there is no smuggling going on in the harbor, you embark on two exciting missions piloting a brand new customs vessel called “Zilvermeeuw”. Inspect vessels for illegal cargo and apprehend & chase vessels that want to avoid inspection.

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VSTEP and Paradox are proud to announce the next installment of the acclaimed Ship Simulator series. With over 550K copies sold, the series returns to take you into the most extreme conditions on earth…

Ever wonder how it feels to sail a half-million-ton supertanker through the perfect storm? To take on illegal whale hunters in the Antarctic? Or to feel the rush of being part of the Coast Guard as you evacuate a cruise liner in distress? Ship Simulator Extremes has players take on exciting missions all over the world as they pilot an impressive array of vessels and live the stories of real ship captains. With missions based on actual events in realistic environments at locations all over the world, the new Ship Simulator game is sure to take you to extremes!

Key Features:
  • From the very hot to the very cold, sail to the most enchanted regions in the world. Explore the Antarctic or take in beautiful Bora Bora. Includes famous harbors and locations from around the world.
  • Wide range of vessels to captain, including hovercraft, Coast Guard interceptors, mammoth tankers, tugs, cruise liners, and many others.
  • Includes exciting storylines and missions from all over the world.
  • Save the environment campaign: sail famous Greenpeace ships and take on ecological missions based on real events!
  • Realistic water and weather system. Sail calm waters or take on the most extreme weather ever witnessed at sea.
  • Online multiplayer mode. Sail online with your friends.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (Min. service pack 2), Windows Vista or Windows 7. 32 and 64 bits OS supported
    • Processor: 3 Ghz P4 Intel or AMD equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2GB (Windows XP) or 3GB (Vista or Windows 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 3.5 GB
    • Video Card: Geforce 8800GT or ATI Radeon 4850 with 256MB ram (At least Shader model 3.0)
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
This game has great trailers, it does look amazing.

What it does fail to deliver is a good game, it plain sucks.
The damage model of the ships is super basic, it clips through whatever you crash into, there's no visible damage.

You can walk on your boat, a great feature, but you can't jump, you can't open doors, those few boats that do allow for moving around on them usually have closed doors that you just walk through, like a ghost.

When a ship sinks, the water just clips through everything, I realize this is not really an easy thing to code, but it's as if you played GTA vice city, perhaps that looks beter still.

When a boat is going fast through the water, the water does look extremely good, but the disturbed water "animation" slows down" when you go slower, doesn't look good when you know that.

I can barely play this at all anyway, I have a pretty beast game PC, (60FPS in most games) but here I can barely scrape 20 at times, due to the fact that the developer has not patched the issue of AMD videocards not really being optimized for this game.

If you have an NVIDIA videocard, you'll not have this issue, if you have an AMD card, don't bother buying this game, it'll not run playable.

Good game? The idea is good, but it's poorly performed.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Do NOT listen to the negative reviews. They know not what they say. The people who wrote those negative reviews are hardcore gamers who don't know what a SIMULATOR is. This game is a SIMULATOR. It SIMULATES actual nautical operations. The only action you'll find in this SIMULATOR are the Greenpeace missions, which is basically an approximation of what you see on Animal Planet's Whale Wars...only without the acid being thrown on decks or the legal troubles, yet still involving Japanese whalers in the Antarctic.

For users of the previous editions of Ship SIMULATOR, the RMS Titanic did not make it in. Seems the MS Orient Star replaced it. But don't worry. There's still a crapload of cool ships to use.

If you're wondering why the word "SIMULATOR" in all-caps, it's to drive home the point that this is NOT a game for hardcore gamers. Unless you're into causing massive maritime disasters for your own amusement, this is not the game for you. So hardcore gamers, go back to CoD, Halo, and TF2.

As for simulator junkies, GET IT. Especially before October 6. The core game and all of its DLC, at time of writing, are 75% off. ALL OF THEM. Use this golden opportunity NOW!
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I have only been able to get this to work once. Ever since, it just says questviewer stopped working. I have sent many emails to support and never received a reply. Do not waste your money!!!
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Have Custom Command.dll problem, on two computers, not impressed
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
i recommend it
it good game and fun but get somtimes laggy but still a good game
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271 of 343 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Quite a relaxing game, its a boatload of fun and a hull of a good time, if its on sail you cant afford knot to buy it for a smooth sailing time. Did I mention there are boats?
Ship is what this games all a-boat.
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56 of 71 people (79%) found this review helpful
133.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
This is a very focused simulator, it is not hard as previous reviews suggest. It is not a game as the name suggests that is why some people struggle to use it. If you do want a reasonably realistic ship simulator than this is for you.
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50 of 65 people (77%) found this review helpful
196.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
I love this game, it is a really detailed and focused simulator, now all the people below who have voted this game down do NOT want to play this game properly, in a simulator it excpects you to try and play the game properly, not go around ramming other ships and such, if you're planning to play this game properly I would 100% recommend it, and the DLCs DO work, I have all of them
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
If you like simulators and want a different change of pace, then this is the game.

With this game you get to play multiplayer which is the best part of the game.

There are some amazing features in the game too, like walking around the boat while in full power, jumps from the waves, and even getting a toe from boats etc.
The graphics are really decent too when maxed out and I enjoyed the time I spent on this game.

This is worth the time you would play but make sure you play multiplayer because that is the fun.
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64 of 97 people (66%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2014
I was deeply disappointed with this game. Having owned both Ship Sim 2006 and 2008, i expected Extremes to be the step up, but it sure wasn't.

It's as if they took a step back. The graphics are absolutely apalling, and for some reason my boat keeps 'shuddering' in the water, it spasms out. The controls feel clunky and unresponsive. Compared to Ship SImulator 2006, this is a complete degenerate of that. Sorry VStep, but this game is not good enough.

EDIT: Upon further playing of this game, I still stick to the original review. It's just so buggy. In stormy conditions the water wobbles like jelly and occasionally has these weird flashes. Snow and rain are just thick white lines that flash violently across the screen cutting off visibility completely. I was playing with the Esperenza and got one of the RHIBs stuck underneath the hull:
Ship Sim 2008 is far better. It has better physics, and despite a smaller selection of vessels it's still solid.

I just can't explain the water glitches, it just baffles me on so many levels. This game is a simulator for ships so water has to be a big thing, yet the water feels like it was designed and coded in an hour. The boat feels like it hovers over the water, the water wobbles and jingles like jelly and when the camera clips the water the water texture flashes all over the camera for a second as seen here when I managed to take a screenshot: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=336548312

Also, the ship controls have a small delay. They could have made this educational, instead they just plop you into a random scenario and say "do it yourself" leaving you with a bunch of controls that you have NO clue what they do and you just move the different wheels and levers until your ship goes forward. I want to love this game, I really do but it's just too buggy, too ugly and too broken.

EDIT 2: I am aware that this game is a simulator. The negative review is because of the execution of it. Extremes is the buggiest game of the lot. In a recent playthrough I spent nearly an hour in the Sherpa, doing all the objectives with precision. As I changed the map to the Antarctic for the final objectives the whole ship fell through the water and vanished, leaving me with a camera that jerked and spasmed violently. Sadly I didn't take a screenshot, but I did when I was doing a random chase mission in the Zilvermeeuw which is a slow boat in general. When the chase boat is activated and shoots off you have to deploy your RHIB to catch it. Upon doing so I found this:

The glitched RHIB ould proceed to fall into the water and vanish, when I switched to it the mission ended with a game over. I enjoyed Ship Sim 2006/2008 very much. The ships were smooth in the water and it was a very satisfying experience watching them slowly make their way to their destination. Here, especially the smaller boats, they jerk in the water. It breaks the immersion. That, and the graphics haven't changed a single bit since 2008. Also, just a quick thing to add. Couldn't they have tried programming something underneath the water instead of infinite space? If you manage to get the camera underwater all you see is the skybox, what an immersion killer. I know that Vstep is an indy developer and money is scarce, but couldn't they have invested money from the successes of 2006/2008 into a better Ship sim? One that actually looks good to the eye, is smooth and glitchless?

Also don't get me started on multiplayer, which is virtually non-existant.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
MARKETTING BLURB: "Ever wonder how it feels to sail a half-million-ton supertanker through the perfect storm?"

Yes I do, however The "EXTREMES" part of the title is entirely misleading. I set the wind to maximum "hurricane" setting and went out into the Atlantic in a speedboat, sailboat and tanker and the waves are nothing like a "perfect storm", more like a choppy 3 mtr swell. Couldn't tip the boats or damage them in the slightest. Waves don't even break over the bow. When I do manage to "crash" into waves it glitches and either spins the boat chaotically into the air or stops its momentum dead. Not at all realistic and absolutely NOT EXTREME. The water is a 2D plane with no attempt to deal with the camera dropping below the waves - which happens constantly - so the water appears hollow. Scenery is dull. Textures are average. Simulation is as simplistic as it is inaccurate.

Conclusion: Meh. Not even worth $10.
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56 of 96 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
I am a student at a Maritime Academy so I should be the target market for this simulator but I just can't get past it's flaws. First off, I have a quad-core i7 processor w/ a GeForece 555M that gets great framerates on Crysis 2 and Skyrim but no matter how I adjust the graphics this game has an awful framerate, so bad as to make the sim unusable. Second is the fact that I have to enter the product keys every time I start the game. Between these two flaws, but expecially the performance lag, I can't even get started with this simulator even though it would be a help to my career to have a tool like this. I just can't reccomend it to anyone unless they patch it to improve he perfromance issues.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
managed to play 2 hours of this game when i first downloaded it but now for some reason, no matter what i try, it wont load past the VSTEP initialising window, it just stops working, no client to close, nothing in the task manager, NOTHING! ive tried numerous suggestions to get it working and with no luck, £25 down the drain! like i said, the demo worked and for the first time trying it worked but now nothing, tried clean installs the lot, no official response, dont waste your money!
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
The only thing impressive is the boxart, not the game itself.

After only playing the game for exactly 66 minutes I find it safe to say the game is purely terrible. First off there is a decent selection of naval vessels but the game lacks anything interesting. The maps are undetailed and there is no boat traffic at all posing no level of interest. The game offers missions or rather scenarios where you have to use a ship they give you and complete a task which STILL fails to make the game anything fun. I realize the game is a simulator and I do enjoy simulator games but this simulator just isn't worth your money. Save it for something better.

Bottom Line: The gameplay is boring, the graphics are out of date, map visuals are terrible and outdated and the game is half empty.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
If you enjoy simulation games and, you are into boats or ships, take it for a spin. There are some pretty cool wheather physics and dynamics. Such as wind direction, ship listing and rolling. Calm beutiful waters or hurricanes belched from Posiden himself.
Not as much interaction with console interface as I thought but, still a bit of fun to play. Check it out and see for your self.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
I really like the concept but i wish the online community was there but apart from that the game can be long winded but if you like skill games then you would like this also you can learn about how a port functions as well as the importance of each part of teh port
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Buggy, prone to crashing, and no support from the developers.. I wish I had read more about it..
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
This game gets undeserved criticism, simply because it is a ship simulator.

Don't let that deter you from playing this game. If you have the smallest hunger for an awesome nautical experience on PC, I highly recommend this game.

I enjoy all the missions because I get to try my hand at piloting all kinds of ships in varying difficulties and conditions.

When I'm not playing missions, I hop onto the servers and take to the seas with other players, form fleets, make channel crossings together etc

And sometimes I'll go into freeroam mode under horrible weather conditions, aka middle of the night on the Atlantic Ocean with extremely low visibility from fog and hurricane force winds, and have to use just my radar and instruments to track down the other AI ships that are also weathering the same storm as me.

This game is a ton of fun. Buy it, play it, enjoy it, and friend me if you want to take to the water together!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
This game really isn't very good. I have a $600 radeon 7970 3gb video card and i thought it would easily be able to run this game at 300+ frames per second. But the water has a quality slider and there is only one setting where it looks halfway decent and that is when it shows whitecaps.. But at this setting my framerate drops to 18fps? In the first greenpeace mission i was literally driving on a boat down a port getting 11 frames per second. I had to set the water to cartoon setting to be able to play at a constant 40+ fps.

If you select "very rough" the waves just look awful and clip through your screen and do all sorts of strange things, you can not run off the ship into the water, you can not climb the ladders to explore the second floor of the ships, you can not sink a ship. (it just says your ship is sinking game over)

Besides the poor performance the graphics are too cartoony for my liking. Sure outside it looks alright but the second you enter first person mode and walk around the ship the colors/surfaces make it look like you are on a childrens playground.

Other than that the controls are absolutely horrible, you have to physically click the steering wheel with your mouse and rotate it.. At first i was fine with it but the problem is that it begins rotating the wrong way once you start turning the wheel. Its almost impossible to turn your boat around.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
On paper this game looks very promising but as the saying goes 'never judge a book by its cover' ... For starters the amount of hard drive memory the game uses up is enormous! Though Ship Simulator Extremes ran smoothly with no frame-rate issues the amount of memory used caused significant problems for me elsewhere on my PC. I also found the gameplay to be quite fractionated in terms of continuity mostly due to having to change terrains all the time in free roam (or Sandbox) mode.

There are only two terrains which allow realistic free roam experiences to the player. These are Bora Bora around which attention to detail is essential when selecting larger ships and the English Channel which allows Dover to Calais (and Isle of Wight) ferry crossings. So many of the others allow the player to navigate their way out of one of several huge real world ports ... Before having to change terrains which can only be done manually involving the rather disruptive selection process. The appearance of many of the ships also tends to be quite 'cartoony' rather than photo-realistic especially when viewed internally from the Bridge. There are some good points which mostly relate to the phenominal level of detail featured within each terrain. Also the DLC Content available through Steam greatly enhances the game in a number of ways: Especially the Ferries pack which was my favourite DLC download. Ship Simulator Extremes also features a built-in Mission Editor facility but it is strongly advised to read up on how to use this before attempting to do so.

Am I sad about this non-recommendation? Yes as Ship Simulator Extremes did genuinely appeal to me when I bought the game along with a number of the DLC downloads. But with so much hard drive memory required and generally fractionated and disrupted gameplay SSE receives a no-no from Me.
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