Silent Hunter®III

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"It lets you feel like you are a submarine captain in charge of a powerful but fragile U-boat, it provides a sobering history lesson, and the campaign makes you feel like you are a small but important part of a much larger conflict. Those are the hallmarks of a truly great simulation." GameSpot

"The variety of realism options let novice and experienced gamers each get a satisfying experience." IGN

"The amount of care and detail lavished on this (from the cheering crowds as you leave dock to the sausages and bananas hanging from the sub's interior ceiling beams) is phenomenal." CVG

The king of submarine simulations returns with an all-new 3D engine, new crew command features, and more realistic WWII naval action than ever before. The movie-like graphics and simple, tension-filled gameplay make this the perfect game for the realism fanatic and the casual gamer.

Key features:

  • Realistic and immersive environment: The suspense-filled atmosphere includes realistic 3D water modeling, day/night cycles, and historically accurate subs, ships, and aircraft. The detailed U-boat interiors, changing weather effects, and engaging audio represent the ultimate in WWII submarine warfare.

  • A deadly array of U-boats and weapons: Playable U-boats include Type II, VII, IX, and XXI submarines. Take aim against Allied convoys and warships. In recreating the great submarine battles of WWII, players will hide in silence just below threatening escort ships, fire deadly torpedoes, or surface and pound enemies with the deck gun.

  • Dynamic campaign: Create your own realistic naval war story. Your military career will be influenced by successful command decisions in an unscripted and non-linear WWII campaign.

  • Accessible to players of all skill levels: Players will experience a simplified learning curve that will be easier to handle than standard simulations. Use the naval academy tutorial to learn the basics. Customize the realism settings for play that appeals to a variety of WWII combat fans.

  • Command your crew: The crew will take orders and evolve based on the results of each patrol.

  • Multiplayer cooperative play: For up to eight players via LAN.

Customer reviews


The first modern WWII subsim

vipe_1 | Dec. 3, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »

Silent Hunter III may be a bit dated now, but is possibly the best out of the box Atlantic subsim that gives the player command of a German U-Boat.

The first true Silent Hunter game away from SSI, SH3 establishes the framework used in the later sequels, and is a solid combat simulator. Graphics still look nice, sounds are well done, and gameplay is easy to pick up. With a wide range of realism settings, beginners and veterans alike can enjoy this game.

The backbone of this type of game is the campaign, but adequate training and single missions are provided as well. A historical array of WWII equipment is well modeled and expansive.

By this point, a large modding community (Grey Wolves) has significantly expanded SH3, and this is worth a look. With the graphical enhancements, sound mods, and gameplay tweaks, SH3 is firmly the best U-Boat combat sim that will run on a modern system.