Is it just me or do other people here feel there is a lack of life in this game? I wish they would have added comms with other allied ships in. I really wish they had added AI subs that could be contacted to come to your patrol zone to participate in wolfpack tatics. I sort of feel like it's Me Vs. the Japanese navy in a way. There's no sense of accomplishment at all. Maybe a successful patrol could trigger a slight change in the oddes of winning the war. Have blue represent the allies on the map and red represent the axis on the map and after each successful patrol and depending on how much tonnage you sink, a portion of the red would be taken over by the blue. Nothing significant, but a small amount to lead the player into feeling like they are contributing to the war effort.
There's rarely a chance encounter between allied warships vs. Japanese warships, so most of the time I'm all alone in the vast Pacific ocean. There's nothing to keep me oocupied on the long uneventful trips to the same old patrol zones either. It would be great if they had thrown in some form of RPG features into this sim.
It would be great to be able to walk around the sub and see crewmen cleaning their spaces, playing cards, smoking cigarettes, sleeping in bunks or writing/reading letters to and from their loved ones. It would be great to have an Officers mess where you could communicate with off-duty officers and chief petty officers about key issues onboard the sub as well. These officers and chief petty officers could inform you about the crews morale, about rations and how long they will last, about the mission, about their lives, anything!
Underway replenishment would be great as well. I wish distress signals could be passed and ships could come to your aid when you're in need. I wish these events would be interactive as well. I hate just clicking on a link and then abbra cadabra I have a full tank of fuel and 24 new torpedos onboard in less than a second.
The crew in this game is lifeless as well. Sure, there are people manning critical stations, but they don't talk or do anything else life-like. The only thing that makes this sim feel like there's any sort of life is the radio mod packs with the old commercials and music of that era. That is the only thing that makes the game feel somewhat real, but even then, the game world still feels lonely.
We need the SDK to be able to add features like this in!