Fleet Command

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Naval

I am still getting to grips with the encyclopaedic Command Modern Air Naval Operations but sometimes you need a quick fix and Fleet Command provides that really well. This strategy game came out in 1999 under Janes Combat Simulations and then somewhere along the line Sonalysts, the same company that made the great Dangerous Waters took over. Sadly they don’t make Naval warfare games anymore. This recreational military game presents realistic graphical depictions and accurate modelling and simulation of the manoeuvring and combat system capabilities of U.S., Allied, neutral and potentially hostile forces. The radio chatter is pleasing and has that sort of Tom Clancy feel to it. If that makes sense?

If you like this sort of thing it runs well on modern operating systems.

Fleet Command has been on my PC for a long time and it’s game icon sits proudly right next to CMANO and rightly so. You can get it on Steam for as little as £6.99. Well worth it.

 

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Cold Waters

Written by Phil on . Posted in Cold Waters, Latest, Naval

Great news! A new game in devlopment that has made the hairs on my back (a lot i’m afraid. Think Yeti) that is set in the cold war era. Please go over to Greenlight and click yes to show your support for this. You can do that through this link. Steam Greenlight page.

This is the blurb from there website.

Inspired by the 1988 classic “Red Storm Rising”, take command a nuclear submarine in a desperate attempt to prevent “mutually assured destruction” when the Cold War gets hot and WWIII begins. Which you can find here.

You will be tasked with intercepting convoys, amphibious landings, insertion missions and battling it out with enemy warships, submarines and aircraft. Thankfully, an arsenal of wire-guided torpedoes, anti-ship and cruise missiles and the occasional SEAL team are on board to keep the Iron Curtain at bay.

Major Features:
– Real-time naval combat
– Over 40 classes of ships and submarines all meticulously researched
– Dynamic Campaign where your performance matters
– Realistic sonar model
– Authentic Soviet combat tactics

And here is a link to the trailer that was responsible for the hair thing.

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Silent Hunter 4 – Manual Targeting.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest, Naval, Silent Hunter 4

 

It has been about 4 years since I last had this Submarine Simulation on my pc. With a full mod installed on top of the standard game it is challenging and demands you get the manual out. I never managed to learn how to do manual targeting when I last played and always felt like I was cheating when you just point the periscope at a ship, sort of line up and fire.

So last night I sat down with a brew and some PDF files and had a go at full manual targeting. I set up a small scenario just of the Australian coast with a large Japanese merchant ship approaching from about 15 miles away. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to hit the target after spending a good 40 minutes calculating speed, bow on angle and numerous other factors and then hearing and seeing the boom of a hit after a tortuous wait for the torpedoes to hit the target.

This is of course just a small part of what is a great game after the realistic and historical mods have been installed.My next move is to try these new skills on a convoy with escort protection. The enemy AI is lethal. If they find you it’s a tense depth charge session. Looking forward to this and I’m glad I blew the dust of this.

Old Games

Written by Phil on . Posted in Danger's Waters, Latest, Naval

 

I have spent far to much of my time learning and playing this sim. This is no game just look at the size of the manuals. It’s a good old Naval Warfare Sim concentrating on the crew positions such as Sonar and Radar. It’s very complicated and demands a lot of reading before it can be tackled in any way. I have had this for years and it’s just been sitting on my shelf after a few attempts at it. Anyway I read an old review i happen to come across and this got me to blow the dust off and have a go. I’m glad I did. I know this is supposed to be Flight Simulation and to justify that you can fly the MH-60 Helicopter. 🙂