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:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=305376639
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:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=336958764
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.