View Full Version : Microsoft Ship Simulator 2008

11-12-2007, 04:39 PM
I know this may be entering into ANORAK territory but I was just wondering whether any of you lot will actually own up to having Ship Simulator 2008 as it has some really good reports. Is it worth getting?

11-12-2007, 04:49 PM
I googled and found this..

I'm not exactly sure the point of the game after looking at it :P I think I will stick to the pacific in SHIV :P

11-12-2007, 05:09 PM
I think you're right - what is the point?? BUT... Imagine how much fun we could have if Microsoft Ship Simulator 2008 was combined with Ubisoft SHIV - ONLINE. Yeh I know - talking ****. Just a thought.

11-12-2007, 07:08 PM
id get it if it was 5 bucks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif but otherwise... whys the point

11-12-2007, 07:17 PM
Ok, I'm gonna fess up. I own it... 2 bucks at the store where they priced it wrong the day it came out... But it wasn't near worth what I paid.

I really enjoyed it... for the first 5 minutes.

The missions are like 3 days long (no time compression and no saves) The missions are so bugged (example: Hauling a oil rig, for no apparent reason about 3 hours in, the ******* would just spontaneously destroy itself and go flying into oblivion (thus hauling my 3 freight haulers with it)

No I didn't play for 3 hours, I set the boats to go full speed and went to lunch.

Another thing, there is only like 3 ports, none of which have any playability. You can't dock anywhere accept where you started, you can't actually go up, load your boat and head off into the evening sun, the ocean is full of nothing and with no time compression it's like playing SHIV with no time compression in the middle of the Atlantic (ATLANTIC) There is no "Ground control" like any other vehicular Sim, and the only real thing you can do is turn right, then left, hook onto another boat (which you have to find first that is able to connect) and then wait 45 mins to get up to speed and then wait for it to blow up for no reason.

For the love of god don't get it unless you get it for free or you are PAID to get it.

(side note, titanic was pretty realistic, to the extent of not being able to drive it without beaching it. PLUS realistic where only the first 3 stacks were actually used as exhaust for engines (fourth being for looks and a over sized restaurant duct)

11-12-2007, 07:23 PM
I'd rather drive a train

MS Train Sim2 (http://www.tsinsider.com/en-US/Pages/default.aspx)

11-13-2007, 12:12 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif Just on a technical point, it isn't by Microsoft. It's just cleverly designed to look as though it is!

11-13-2007, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by longam:
I'd rather drive a train

MS Train Sim2 (http://www.tsinsider.com/en-US/Pages/default.aspx)

When does this come out? I enjoyed the first one, but it was buggy and crashed out a lot. Hopefully this one won't be the same!

11-13-2007, 12:50 PM
I was intrigued by the idea when Ship Simulator was first announced. It sounds to me like they've totally failed to make the most of the idea. I think it could work if they did it properly.

On a similar note, I came across a Bus Driving Simulation at the weekend... now that could be fun (ever heard the Bus Driver's School sketch by Bob Newhart? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif)

As for Train Sim 2 - bring it on! I have been a fan of the original for a long time. Great fun, especially once the community gets the hang of it and starts bringing out their own routes.

11-13-2007, 01:00 PM
Virtual Sailor is a MUCH better sim by far. The graphics aren't bad and they get better over time as devs are constantly working on them. It has time compression, go anywhere in the world you want, missions, and a host of extras. Great sim.

Virtual Sailor 7 (http://www.hangsim.com/vs/)

11-13-2007, 04:23 PM
I actually have Bus Driver as well, got it the same day (haha) and it's not as bad as Ship Sim but it's incredibly hard to drive a bus and not hit anything. You can press the brakes or else you injure your customers, and if you don't, you go pass their stop. I get points taken off for not using my signal light, and theres only really 3 buses because they all look the same.

On another note, I LOVED TRAIN SIMULATOR. I wish I hadn't lost it. I loved that you could download custom trains, custom places and it wasn't even hard to play really. Ever since I was a kid I was fascinated with trains anyway so I really enjoyed just watching it... Unlike ship or bus sim where it's soooo bad to watch or play.

This might be off topic but is there any Deer or Big Game hunter games that have good graphics and playability?

11-13-2007, 04:42 PM
Originally posted by TalladegaHack:
Virtual Sailor is a MUCH better sim by far. The graphics aren't bad and they get better over time as devs are constantly working on them. It has time compression, go anywhere in the world you want, missions, and a host of extras. Great sim.

Virtual Sailor 7 (http://www.hangsim.com/vs/)

HEy look it has a submarine!!


A happy yellow submarine, but it might still be able to get a paperclip rubberband torpedo launcher together :O!

And I don't mean to be rude...but what is the fun of a train simulator? You can't even turn left or right! :P

11-13-2007, 07:07 PM
I admit, the modern trains suck... Forward and Backward... But the old hunks of iron run by steam are quite challenging. Alot of levers and buttons and such to get it to stop in the right position. It's just a fun challenge with the old iron horse. Train sim does have a time limit and your scored on that.

11-13-2007, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by TalladegaHack:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by longam:
I'd rather drive a train

MS Train Sim2 (http://www.tsinsider.com/en-US/Pages/default.aspx)

When does this come out? I enjoyed the first one, but it was buggy and crashed out a lot. Hopefully this one won't be the same! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is canceled. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

11-14-2007, 01:57 AM
I was a heavy user of MSTS (Microsoft Train Simulator) when I had a system to run it, and have all the Maple Leaf Tracks (http://www.mapleleaftracks.com) add-ons. Since Vista, though, it has been acting funny.

Version 2 should come out mid-2008 at the earliest.

(And no, it hasn't been cancelled. That was a different MSTS 2. The link posted above is of the new one.)

11-14-2007, 03:48 AM
Ok it might be fun for hardcore ship buffs but it could really need some better graphics and sounds.

Thats just vital to counter boredom in this kind of gameplay. Eye candy is vital but its missing in this simulator http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

11-14-2007, 08:29 AM
Microsoft Flight Sim X was well put together (not very well but just well) but the graphics are great!!! The only thing is you get a very limited number of aircraft. You can download some, but every site I've been to you have to have a "premium membership" to download. It's only like 5 bucks but still, WHAT THE HELL!!! Anybody else have fsx and a good place to get custom aircraft?

11-14-2007, 09:21 AM
if you want a good train sim that lets you completely desing everything load hual good and passengers and feel like a complete dork for playing it a company called auran (http://www.auran.com) make a sim called trainz

11-14-2007, 09:44 AM
Fubar, I'm still using FS2004 as my PC won't be up to FSX properly. I paid real money for add-ons from pss and pmdg and they are well worth it. There is some truly excellent stuff coming out for FSX, worth coughing up the hard-earned for.

11-14-2007, 09:49 AM
on a side note about train sim theres this article (http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/trainsimulator2/news.html?sid=6094833&om_act=convert&om_clk=newsfeatures&tag=newsfeatures;title;1) about it being canned

11-14-2007, 10:32 AM
MSTS2 has not been `canned`, a couple of years back another company was going to bring out MSTS2 but Microsoft canceled it.

They are now making a new MSTS2 based on the FSX engine and it will be out next year.


The article mentioning that it's canceled is from 2004

11-14-2007, 04:17 PM
@ Fubar13666:
Here's a great place for getting free add-ons for Flight Sim:

www.simviation.com (http://www.simviation.com)

Everything is free, and you don't have to register at all.

Be careful though, some of their stuff is really bad, but some are really good.

11-14-2007, 06:53 PM
Great!!! Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for. Perfect!

--- MTS2 should look great on the fsx engine.

11-14-2007, 07:59 PM
sweet.. cuase trainz is cool and all but its not really goign anywhere.. its been on teh same grapics engine for a few years now and 2006 was kinda buggy

11-15-2007, 12:59 AM
If there is a Titanic add-on for the ShipSim, I'd be in the market for the program.

11-15-2007, 08:33 AM
Titanic is in the standard version of shipsim 2008