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« on: March 06, 2007, 09:07:34 PM »

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Looks like I'll buy at least one PC game this year!
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2007, 10:06:17 PM »

Any word on whether it will have Starforce again or not?
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2007, 10:33:20 PM »

Quote from: Zimix on March 06, 2007, 10:06:17 PM

Any word on whether it will have Starforce again or not?
Ubisoft doesn't use Starforce anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2007, 11:40:01 PM »

Nobody else excited for this one?
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2007, 04:22:13 AM »

I'm planning on picking it up along with God of War 2 next week.  They'd better get some copies in on release day, or I'll be one mad panda, especially since they will definitely hit me with the "You should have preordered" schick if I don't get a copy.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2007, 04:27:55 AM »

Excited to say the least - I loved SHIII but havent reinstalled it ever due to the Starforce.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2007, 07:05:45 AM »

Worrying about Starforce is like worrying about ebola.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2007, 02:09:53 PM »

Quote from: Kratz on March 07, 2007, 11:40:01 PM

Nobody else excited for this one?

Feels too much like being at work to me (former submariner) icon_wink Give me a few years.  SH3 was pretty damn excellent though and this one looks even better. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2007, 05:11:16 PM »

I'm really, really excited. I know practically nothing about the game, except the "thrill of the kill" in SH3 was simply awesome. For that alone, I'm eagerly awaiting my chance to get this game.
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2007, 06:36:24 PM »

I'm in. Already pre-ordered. Will be fun to see Pearl Harbor in the 40's, along w/ Aloha Tower. Listening to Tokyo Rose, Glen Miller while on patrol. Getting orders to rescue downed fliers, inflitrate Marine Raiders, and sink Marus. I can't wait!
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2007, 03:59:08 AM »

I'm interested in this too, but I'm gonna have to wait and see how this runs on everybody's machine before running out to get this.  Too bad there won't be a demo.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2007, 04:58:01 AM »

Quote from: Mattc0m on March 08, 2007, 05:11:16 PM

I'm really, really excited. I know practically nothing about the game, except the "thrill of the kill" in SH3 was simply awesome. For that alone, I'm eagerly awaiting my chance to get this game.

the thrill of the kill didn't hold a candle to the tension of sitting your sub silently on the ocean floor with destroyers pinged all around you, quietly hoping that the next depth charge explosion wouldn't be too close...
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2007, 08:07:00 AM »

Quote from: disarm on March 09, 2007, 04:58:01 AM

Quote from: Mattc0m on March 08, 2007, 05:11:16 PM

I'm really, really excited. I know practically nothing about the game, except the "thrill of the kill" in SH3 was simply awesome. For that alone, I'm eagerly awaiting my chance to get this game.

the thrill of the kill didn't hold a candle to the tension of sitting your sub silently on the ocean floor with destroyers pinged all around you, quietly hoping that the next depth charge explosion wouldn't be too close...

Yeah, definitely. Moments like those were really intense, and I was actually holding my breath during some of the more intense moments. I've never really enjoyed sims in general, but SH3 is still one of my favorite games, simply because of those intense moments.
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2007, 01:17:16 PM »

I bought SH3 early on and just couldn't get into it for some reason and feel I missed out on something good.  I won't make the same mistake with SH4, either I will buy it and play it, or I won't buy it. No middle ground, no creating backlogs.

Will be nice to hear impressions soon.
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 08:51:19 PM »

Anyone seen any system reqs for this game yet?
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2007, 05:03:00 PM »

How do i get my hands on the limited edition?  anyone know?
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2007, 05:41:29 PM »

Order at GoGamer?  They had two editions... or are you referring to the OMGUBER version?
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2007, 06:26:23 PM »

I can't find system reqs anywhere.  How is the performance on this and for what level of systems?  I've also heard that the resolution is hard-coded?  True?
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2007, 06:32:39 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 22, 2007, 06:26:23 PM

I can't find system reqs anywhere.  How is the performance on this and for what level of systems?  I've also heard that the resolution is hard-coded?  True?

Don't have the game but I've heard repeatedly that the game will always render in only 1024x768.  Changing resolution beyond that strictly changes the UI with all of the 3D being scaled to the new res.
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2007, 06:35:07 PM »

Found the system reqs. Pretty tame really...

System Requirements:   

    * Operating System: Windows XP
    * CPU: Pentium 4 or equivalent AMD Athlon, 2GHz processor
    * RAM: 1GB
    * Hard Disk Space: 6GB
    * DirectX 9 video card with Pixel Shader v2.0, Vertex Shader v2.0 with 128MB of RAM
    * DirectX compatible sound card
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2007, 07:24:45 PM »

The resolution was the case w/ the last two Silent Hunter games.

My copy arrives tomorrow... I'll report back on how it runs on my machine.
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2007, 07:38:38 PM »

Quote from: Kratz on March 22, 2007, 07:24:45 PM

The resolution was the case w/ the last two Silent Hunter games.

My copy arrives tomorrow... I'll report back on how it runs on my machine.

Starforce was the problem with the last one.  I spent 5 minutes playing and 3 hours in recovery console 'playing' Recover my XP install.   icon_evil
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2007, 08:26:35 PM »

Never had a Starforce problem.
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2007, 10:49:33 PM »

There's a workaround for Starforce with SH3 involving installing, patching, and installing the no-cd crack before actually starting the game.  Apparently Starforce won't install until you try to run it for the first time.  Note I didn't have Starforce issues, so I never tried this.

SH4 is Starforce free!
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2007, 02:10:42 AM »

Quote from: Kratz on March 22, 2007, 08:26:35 PM

Never had a Starforce problem.

I can't imagine being that lucky.  Multiple times Starforce has caused serious problems for my system. 
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2007, 03:08:14 AM »

I thought the new versions were supposedly pretty clean... you know, the ones that nobody is using.
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2007, 04:37:02 PM »

Quote from: Kratz on March 23, 2007, 03:08:14 AM

I thought the new versions were supposedly pretty clean... you know, the ones that nobody is using.

Its a lesser form of the protection, but it still installs a driver for Ring0 access iirc. (I might be mistaken though)
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2007, 05:23:36 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 22, 2007, 06:32:39 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 22, 2007, 06:26:23 PM

I can't find system reqs anywhere.  How is the performance on this and for what level of systems?  I've also heard that the resolution is hard-coded?  True?

Don't have the game but I've heard repeatedly that the game will always render in only 1024x768.  Changing resolution beyond that strictly changes the UI with all of the 3D being scaled to the new res.

It would appear to be true.  I was quite excited when I was able to select a 1920x1200 resolution from the in game menu, but the 3D engine looks like its being scaled up.  Here's an ingame pic that I took myself.  All options set to  maximum, with the exception of the film grain effect filter disabled.



As you can see, the interface is all nicely rendered at 1920x1200.  The ships and water however have noticeable jaggies from being stretched to a higher res.  The game looks gorgeous and the water is amazing, but when you're trying to spot a spec on the horizon, I wish the engine would run at a true 1920x1200 res.
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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2007, 06:30:32 PM »

Wow, that image is definitely being stretched. What crap.
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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2007, 08:55:45 PM »

Is there an ingame tutorial??
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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2007, 09:07:11 PM »

Wow, I think I cut myself on the jaggies.  No widescreen please.
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2007, 10:53:00 PM »

Quote from: Goldchamp on March 23, 2007, 08:55:45 PM

Is there an ingame tutorial??

I think there is supposed to be.

My copy is sitting on my porch in the rain right now...
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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2007, 11:56:53 PM »

An impressive package by today's standards:

Game DVD
Bonus DVD
100pg manual
full color japanese ship identification poster
full color pacific map
totally awsum coupon for some show underwater on dvd or something...
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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2007, 03:18:19 AM »

Too late i paid $50 to see if there is one.
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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2007, 03:58:03 AM »

There is a sub school, but the help is rather limited from what I've seen.  SH3 had a video that would show you what to do once it was your turn at the controls.  SH4 just has a short text summary of what you need to do before the mission starts.  Again, its pretty straightforward if you've played SH3, but for first timers I think there should be more help (which maybe I just haven't found yet).
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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2007, 06:06:10 AM »

Yeah that is not the type of tutorial i was looking for. Poorly done. I am never gonna learn this game
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« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2007, 06:18:17 AM »

Hey, ask for help and you shall receive.

I also forgot to list a keycard in the packaging.

You will be okay.
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« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2007, 06:22:55 AM »

Oh dont worry i will:) i got the hang of moving the sub, thats not too tough, the 2nd tutorial was shooting planes down, I think i shot two of mine down first and then couldn't hit shit smile But the game oozes atmosphere. I'm gonna keep at it.
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« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2007, 02:29:13 PM »

Quote from: Goldchamp on March 24, 2007, 06:06:10 AM

Yeah that is not the type of tutorial i was looking for. Poorly done. I am never gonna learn this game

Goldchamp, go to Filefront here and look at the official video files they have for Silent Hunter 3.  There are 4 tutorial videos, navigation, flak gun, deck gun and torpedo use.  While the control layout in Silent Hunter 4 is a little different then 3, it will give you a pretty good idea of how everything operates.  The basics of the game aren't too hard to pick up after watching the videos.
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« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2007, 05:58:34 PM »

I've never played a game so long without accomplishing anything...

Played all weekend, pretty much... Tried to do the first War Patrol mission several times... went too deep once because it was my first attempt at the game and the depth meter was in meters, not feet (as it says in the manual and which has since been fixed by a patch).  Crashed to desktop once.  Couldn't save anywhere in the War Patrol because I needed a save to be able to save, and the only thing that apparently generates that first save is the career mode.

Started a career mode... went to Hiroshima from Pearl to photograph ships.  Ran out of gas on the way home, like 1000 miles short of Midway...

Okay, checked the forums, it said 'just use 2/3 speed'.

Redid the mission... got to Hiroshima w/ OVER a half tank of gas... LEFT Hiroshima w/ over a half tank of gas... ran out of gas 600 miles from Midway.

What the fuck?
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