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Ship Simulator 2008


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"Number One Ship Simulator"
5 stars"

Its best game. Looks like real life oceans. Explore on the ships. More fun with long missions. Free run on waves with powerful boats. Sweet ship simulator 2008.

I just want to drive the ship longer…I love doing stunts with the boats.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Better out of all ship similations I have played." Purchased on Mighty Ape

More challenging and easy to operate programming. Hours of enjoyment ahead. Will frustrate you completely until you find the technique and then you will be moving cargo and people around the northern hemisphere.

"One word: 'Disappointing' "
2 stars"

I purchased Ship Simulator 2008: Collectors edition from, with high expectations, of both the graphics quatlity and of the realism of the ships controls. Unfortunately, neither of these came anywhere close.

For those of you who like your games served with modern graphics, don't look for it here. While the sky looks nice, and the ships look good (from a distance), upon close examination, this game is not really up to scratch – for a game from 2008 anyway. While walking around ships, I found them to look quite ‘unpolished’ in places, with unsatisfactory textures and model complexity. When you are in the smaller boats, any bow splashes pass straight through the windscreen, obscuring your vision and detracting from the simulation experience. While sailing around in the (way too quiet) environments, such as Rotterdam and Hamburg, I was disappointed that the waterfronts were not more believable. Large empty areas sparsely covered with trees (looking like cardboard cut-outs) seem to be a commonly used placeholder. Also, when you approach other AI ships, particularly the barges, they sometimes begin to bob up and down excessively.

As for the ships controls, these too were far too simple in my opinion. The large container ship, for instance, has its controls dumbed down to a rudder, throttle and bow thrusters; no more complicated than the speedboat's con­trols. The instruments on the bridge are pretty much just for show, there is no consideration of fuel, engine health, radio, onboard cranes, just a basic looking screen with a chart. Whats more, when sailing many of the boats from inside the bridge, the controls/display sort of jitter around the place as you move along (not much, but enough to be quite annoying). Overall, the ships controls are pitiful, if only they could be more like the controls in Microsoft Flight Simulator…

Also disappointing were the missions, which were basically a set of waypoints that you have to sail to, maybe drop anchor, and then move on. No radio, no sound effects, just a simple text box tells you where to sail next.

My overall impression of Ship Simulator 2008 is not a good one. The graphics of the game are nowhere near modern standards, and the ship controls -which you would think would be the focus point of a ‘simulator’ – are, to be frank, quite pathetic.

My final rating for SS 2008 has to be 2 out of 5 stars. If you are a serious fan of ships, then go ahead and buy it, but be careful not to spend to much money on it as you are bound to be disappointed to some extent.


Ship Simulator is a simulation game that puts players at the helm of some of the most varied and detailed ships to be found at sea, all set within stunningly realistic 3D environments. Players can take control of a wide array of ship types, from massive cargo ships to speedboats, yachts, water taxis and even the mighty Titanic. The waters you sail are also as varied as the ships, from the biggest harbours in the world to calm aqua marine tropical waters. Perform tasks in the many pre-fab missions or just steam ahead freely.

  • Ocean waves, with realistic ship motions
  • Advanced day/night/weather system
  • Large-distances trips between harbours (open sea missions)
  • Multiplayer - Walkthrough options on all new ships
  • Mid-mission save function
  • Visible damage on ships after a collision
  • New navigation instruments, like a depth meter
  • Advanced towing and mooring rope operations
  • Complex and challenging missions, like chasing other ships, container loading, fire-fighting, rescue operations
  • Three brand new exciting sailing areas: San Francisco, Southampton/Solent incl. Cowes, and Marseille
  • At least nine new vessels, under which several ferries, a hovercraft, a massive container ship, an offshore drilling rig, an oil tanker, a rescue boat and a jet-ski.
  • Two cranes for container loading and unloading, which can be controlled by the player
Release date NZ
August 28th, 2007
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