So this new Simulator called U-Boat has just released in early access this week. I’ve always had a strange unexplained interest in Submarines, not sure why, just the sneaky nature and the technical cleverness behind them… and that some were (are?) known to flie Pirate colours on return from missions.. Arrrr!

Anyway I got my hands on U-Boat within minutes of it going EA and had a very bad experience. Don’t get me wrong, the game is fantastic! but my gameplay was the problem.. ok should read the instructions and perhaps not wander around looking at stuff going ” Oh now this is cool, and what does this do” in the U-Boat… but hey there is not fun in that… surfice is to say I’ll redo this video soon where I might do better and not kill all my crew in slow lost under the sea drowning type of ways…

So my quick overview… I have played most of the Silent Hunter series in the past, and to be honest I found they got slow and lacked connection. I felt like I was falling asleep… and by Silent Hunter 5 things got bad, because the software seemed poorly devised and gremlins were messing with my U-Boat… 3rd party patches fixed most things, but that shouldn’t have been needed!

So I waited with interest for this new Sim. I think they got it right, you can play the game from a more looking from afar strategic management play kind of way, or you can get your virtual hands dirty and walk around that boat, pressing buttons, turning knobs and executing day dreaming crew members..

I liked the graphics, clear, effective although occasionally a mans head would float through the U-Boat bulkheads.. spooky.. as you can see in my video.. But people move fairly well, and speech in German sounds good to me as a non-German speaker (except for a few non-PC phrases from old war movies). On the graphics there are various views – most you will see in my video – and all work well. I find myself panning around the U-Boat and enjoying watching reasonably satisfying waves splashing over its bow as it rises and dips through the sea while surfaced.

Controls will take some getting the hang of as you are doing everything so there is a lot to do, but it felt more intuitive than Silent Hunter 5. I was getting to grips quickly and not needing a sheet of A4 with loads of notes…

Would I recommend buying it? yes if you like slower game play with times where there is nothing much going on but admiring bananas… but it is an intelligent game and requires focus from you to avoid watery demises for those trusty U-Boot-Fahrers. And to be fair right now there is 15% off and it really isn’t an expensive game before that! so give it a go…

10/10 – Would kill my crew with a painful slow watery death again!