Good PR i would say...
Heir conclusions are:
As a game, Silent Hunter 5 fails because the bugs and UI render it a chore. As a simulation, it fails because the bugs and UI render it ridiculous and incomplete. As a product, it's just overwhelming disrespectful to this long running series' fans. And finally, as one of the first games to receive Ubisoft's new copy protection, it's an embarrassment.
In case you're not aware (or at least not actively part of the PC gaming community that's been frothing with rage about this), Silent Hunter 5 requires you to be connected to the internet at all times so that Ubisoft's launcher program can stay connected to the game's authentication servers. Without internet access the game won't begin, and if your internet connection drops while you're playing then it saves your game and quits itself.
Now, this works the other way- if Ubisoft's authentication servers are down, you can't play your game. Staggeringly for a company introducing something like this, this Sunday and Monday Ubisoft's servers were in fact brought down, and myself and many others were left with a game we couldn't play. There's no way of knowing whether this was just the growing pains of a new service, but it's worth remembering all the same, especially so when a patched Silent Hunter 4 can be found cheaper and is, for now, the better game.
Doesn't sound like dood PR to me....
That was a horrible review. It was obvious the guy only played an extremely short amount of time (tutorial and maybe the first mission, if that) and his "review" was two pages of childish "humor", vague trolling and one page of actual early-game problems.
Sure SH5 isn't perfect, but that view was unfair in it's lack of actually playing the game and badly written.
The reviewer focused on a serious problem with this new DRM scheme. Sure, it was unfair to focus on it, but that's probably all he could get out of playing the game, or not being able to play because the servers were being attacked for two days.
We, the gamers, voiced our concerns about it on this very forum and we were ignored.
My friend, according to your sign up date, you have been a member here long enough to know how Ubisoft operates as a game developer/publisher.... It hasn't been good. At least not for us the consumers and rabid fans of the Silent Hunter series.
Plain and simple, the new DRM is an exercise in paranoid futility. It's not going to prevent piracy. It's going to prevent sales. Either way, Ubisoft loses money. Now we wait to see how long it will take before the Ubisuits wake up and fix it. The reviewer is just being the messenger of truth. Please don't shoot him.
Proud to be an Amoosican: Frostbite Falls is a cool place.
Just finished reading the review. I agree with just about everything the reviewer had to say except for the final score. I would have given it a 1/10.
Emmm where is this mod to remove the morale system? I looked on subsim.com and they don't even have a Silent Hunter 5 section yet.
Yikes man ...
The topics starting with [REL] are released mods. The first post will summarize the mod and provide a link to the download.
imo the reviewer has a few HUGE frustrations (as do all new players without the patience to try, post, read & learn).
1. no proper tutorial
2. no proper manual
4. explanation that enemy AI are ****poor the first year
had thoose things been in order im sure they would've scored 7 or 8/10
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by quantumpawn:
Just finished reading the review. I agree with just about everything the reviewer had to say except for the final score. I would have given it a 1/10. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Agree with you here. It's unplayable without mods.