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Written by Shigamoto   
Thursday, 31 March 2005

Thanks to Virtual Sailor 5 you can sail the seven seas safely in front of your computer. Is it any fun? Read our review to find out.


The market for sailing and ship simulators isn’t really crowded mainly because it’s such a narrow group who plays these types of simulators.

In Virtual Sailor 5 you can control anything from a small motorboat to the Titanic. However the main focus in the game is sailing. Sailing in the game is pretty straightforward; there are a couple of terms that you have to learn if you aren’t familiar with sailing.

Other than that it’s just pressing the right button at the right time. However there are some things that can make your sailing adventure a bit more difficult. For example the weather and height of the waves.

The weather is an important part of the game, you can select how high you want the waves, the visibility, the time of day and the strength of the winds. Changing the weather makes the game much more realistic and fun. For example it’s really a challenge trying to hold a straight course in 20 feet high waves and with winds that could turn over a tank.

If you aren’t in to sailing there are a number of motorboats and ships that you can fool around with. Actually speeding with a motorboat around small Caribbean islands is pretty fun. If you feel lonely you can always add AI boats or meet other players through LAN.

After a while you will get fed up with the boats that comes with the game. The real power with Virtual Sailor is the add on boats and scenery that you can download from fan sites. For example there are a number of naval and historical ships available.

The games come with pretty decent sceneries and maps. You can choose to sail in the Caribbean, around the British Isles, the Mediterranean, outside Nice and Venice. Sure the environments lack some dynamic scenery, the only dynamic building there is are the lighthouse.

Virtual Sailor 5 also has some built in battle features. The player can fire at other boats and they will fire back. However the battle feature is just a fun feature and has no real value in the game at all. The battles themselves are pretty boring.

The game also tends to become boring after a while since there is not much to do. Sure there are a couple of missions in which you can navigate using a couple of waypoints but other than that there is simply nothing to do.

I think that the game is well done compared to many other simulators. The graphics are pretty decent and so are the sounds. But the game gets boring after a while and if you couldn’t download add ons the game would have been mediocre.



Developer: Ilan Papini, Quality Simulations
Website for Game: http://www.qualitysimulations.com/index.php?m=morevs
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 98/ME/XP/2000
Cost of Full Game: N/A

Requirements:
Pentium 2
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card




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