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Jul 4, 2014

Ship Simulator: Maritime Search and Rescue Review and System Requirements

This is not a simulator!

First of all, the producers mislead you with the title: Ship Simulator, while it is clearly not! The only controls you have access to are: speed controls, steering wheel, bow thruster and a fire extinguisher. You can also tow other ships and deploy a smaller boat that you will use to rescue survivors or pull dead bodies from the water. That's it when it comes to "simulation". There is also a first person view, but you will definitely not use it as it is incredibly jerky in movement and it's really difficult to go around the ship.

The gameplay gets incredibly boring after just several minutes. Looking for survivors is a chore. You have no devices to help you - you can only spot people in the water which is extremely difficult and tiring for your eyes. Getting to the spot where you have some rescuing to do takes a lot of time and is also boring. You can only accelerate time 4x. The voiceover is quite poor and sounds artificial. On the positive side I must say that the graphics are fine: the water looks quite good and the ship is worked up to the detail.
My recommendation: avoid unless you are a big fan of sea games and it's exciting for you to look at your ship sailing without any action for hours.
Verdict: 40/100

System Requirements
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: AMD ® Athlon 64 X2, Intel ® Core2Duo or comparable dual core processor min. 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with Shader 3.0 support (min. 1 GB VRAM, 1.5 GB recommended), AMD CrossFireX is not supported, AMD Radeon HD3870/NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or better (AMD HD5870/NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card 

Genre: Simulation
Developer: Reality Twist GmbH
Publisher: rondomedia Marketing und Vertriebs GmbH
Release Date: 1 July 2014


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