Obvioulsy, when Tiberius and crew, arrived at E3-2004, they knew Silent Hunter III was going to face the sub sim public in a major way.
Alpha build or not, the buying public was about to see what the potential of Silent Hunter III held.
Some time has now passed since E3, and the evidence collected as reported by eye witnesses, leads to the following observations.
One, based upon the fine reporting of Mr Neal Stevens, of Subsim.com, we are informed that Silent Hunter III has no dynamic campaign built into the game engine. This is futher collaberated by Gamespy, and Gamespot, and a few other independent observations posted on the various game forms.
Silent Hunter III will have scripted missions, which lead to a random selectiion of three missions, that apparently take you through a campaign. Built into these missions, is a variable chance encounter matrix, seemingly to allow replay.
Gamespy, reports that missiion advancement will be based upon tonnage sunk.
Another preview of the future, though not seeing much print, is the comment made by Mr Stevens that indicates that Silent Hunter III, will have sub and destroyer battles "balanced" to make the simulation more interesting. Mr Stevens indicates he has a minor conern regarding this. I share his concern, in a major way.
It should be noted that while there is a large amount of disquiet over the above elements of Silent Hunter III, on this and subsim.com forms, the graphics are fantastic! It was reported that there was a constant crowed around the Silent Hunter III demonstration.
So, while the evidence points toa game that is not living up to most sub simmers expectations, it is certainly drawing crowds of potential buyers.
It is concievable, that a sub simmer is expected to buy Silent Hunter III, due to the fact it is a U-Boat game.
And, that may in fact be the verdict. You are going to buy it. This game is going to be praised for what it does do right. Does this sound familiar? Not only for a subsim, but how about a flight sim?
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