Bought SH3 a while ago, and never really got serious about playing it until yesterday.
I did a few of the tutorials, then started my campaign. I chose the flotilla that starts out in Williamshaven... or something like than. I was told to go patrol AN81. I set up my course, and when I got there, I made some more waypoints inside the zone, looking for ships. My problem starts here. All the ships go faster than my sub. I can see a ship, and I'll try to catch up to it, but it practically always makes it away. I try ahead flank speed, surfaced, and still can't catch up to it. Which brings me to my next question... if a red "dot" appears on my map and is heading towards me, how do I set up an intercept course for it? Right now all I really do is bring my sub into the area where I think it will come through. So...
1) I need some tips on how to catch up to ships I spot, and how to set up intercept courses.
2) Right now all my patrols consist of is setting waypoints to the zone, and once I get there I just make a bunch of random waypoints in the zone, kind of patrolling it. I feel like this is too simple, and I'm leaving something out, such as the radar/sonar. I haven't even touched these stations yet. What should these be doing?
4) I let the computer do all the torpedo solutions for me since I just got the game... but... I've noticed that sometimes if I "lock" onto a target and fire the torpedos will be waaaaaaaay off. Why is this?
5) During my patrol, should I make regular breaks to go under water, turn everything off, and activate sonar/radio/whatever they're called?
If I think of any more questions I'll post them here... I really need to get more kills. So far I've only gotten one. It was night, and I was sneaking up on a merchant, but from a distance of 3km I think he saw me because he started to go away from me. At about 2500 meters, I was frustrated that he was getting away from me (still have the crappy sub) so I locked on to him and fired two torpedoes. The first one missed by a couple meters, and the 2nd one hit him right next to the proppelors, cleanly knocking them off. He was immobilized, so I moved into a closer posistion and finished him off with one torpedo... this was another strange thing. He was at about bearing 15 from where I was, so I locked onto him, and with my last torpedo I shot. Well, you would think that since I was stationary and so was he, it would have been a perfect center shot. Wrong. It hit near the tail... why? It still sunk him, but the innacuracy was strange. Maybe it had to due with the fact that it was storming and the seas were really rough.
Please help with my questions.