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Originally Posted By jomni (3 JUN 2012 5:10am) I only have 3 which people say is the best of the lot.
It's not the best. Even comparing the mods for them. The later two versions are better - even 5.
Those "people" who say it's the best are just nostalgic for GW. SH3 has been, and always will be, frustratingly buggy. It also lacks numerous features of 4 & 5 - a thermal layer being just one example.
Many of the SH4 haters are axis fanboys who refused to play in any sub but German ones. There was a lot of bad blood started on the Subsim forums because of some of these fanboys' added nasty political comments, and a few people understandably fired back at them. SH4 was far superior to SH3, but you'll hear a fair amount of ppl complaining about not wanting to play Pacific & US.
Although I tend to further mod a couple small things in that mod. There's a ReadMe on how to turn one or two things on/off that he changed from vanilla that people tend to wanna keep (like external views).
SH4 is the best at the moment, SH5 nearly as good but you have to have many MODS installed to get a decent game.
SH4 ver 1.5 (need the U-Boat Missions add-on) with Trigger Maru Overhauled 2.5 (with small patch) and RSRD (TMO compatable) make this a brilliant game, without mods it is too much of a turkey shoot (IMNSHO of course).
Great representatioon of submarine warfare essentials. i.e. there are very long periods waiting for targets and then you are rewarded for proper planning of attacks with successful sinkings and if you cock up you are likely to spend several hours desperately trying to escape the wrath of escorts. Can be very immersive.
Can anyone confirm whether these games can be registered with Steam? If not I may just wait for the summer sale.
Not sure about Silent Hunter but all the games that I have bought from the website in the first post so far are all Steam serial numbers. They don't have a download client.
I've bought something from GetGamesGo, and it was just an installer package & key. I'm sure it solely depends on the game you're purchasing and what kind of DRM it used.
In the case of SH4... the buggy DRM was completely removed in one of the early post-release patches so you shouldn't need to do anything other than install & key it. If it's the standard version, anyway.. who knows perhaps Steam got them all and started pushing their own keys out to other retailers?
It's not that I'm worried about DRM-I like to keep my games all in one place-two counting Gamersgate. I think Steam will probably be around longer than gamesgetgo so if I want to install it in a couple of years it would be nice to see the game right there in my list of other games rather than having to hunt around for some website which may or may not still be around.
I'm not even sure if the Silent Hunter series is on Steam at all.
Just make sure that you get either the Gold version, or also buy the U-Boat missions expansion, if picking up SH4. Sure, it adds stuff.. but it also contained the latest update for SH4 that you need. The base SH4 wasn't updated to that version.
If you get the DVD versions - I don't think there's a disk check or anything at all DRM-wise. At least there wasn't when I got them.