Ship Simulator Extremes is a naval and ship simulator game based off of the same principles as the original ship simulator game that was released in 2006. The idea of Ship Simulator is to create your own strategy as a ship captain so that you can battle enemies and work to manage your very own ship as any good captain would.
The game can be downloaded through steam or through the VSTEP website and is probably one of the most comprehensive ship simulators available to date.
There is a bit of a learning curve to get used to the controls and the instruction manual can provide you with a good outline of all of the menus, options and overlays as well as some of the issues that you may encounter as a captain that might endanger your boat.
When you start the game there are several different modes of play including a campaign, free roam and the multiplayer mode.
Free realm is a good way that you can learn how to use the controls and how to manage a variety of ships. In free roam you start with any port in the world as well as selecting any ship in the game, from here you can set up whether options and then just go out exploring using your ship.
The single player campaign comes with a variety of missions that will help you to learn how to control several different ships within the game. One of the first missions involves using a small tugboat to maneuver a massive tanker into a very tight location. This can take some time especially if you haven’t had enough experience with the ship simulator games. If you have proper controls you can actually work to control each of the engines as you would in a real ship which can give you an extra amount of control for tough challenge like this one.
There are multiple ways to complete each simulation and you can get very creative. You can also swap between the tug ship and the main ship to adjust rudder positions and to make the challenge a little bit easier.
As you are playing you will need to switch between multiple ships so that you can complete the challenge as the computer AI can occasionally mix up rudder positions and not follow exactly what you are trying to do.
If you are a fan of sim style games or you have an interest in boating, Ship Simulator can be quite a lot of fun. Taking the controls of a large tanker ship or even a small tugboat can be empowering especially when you learn how to control the ship really well.
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Learning about all of the elements that make a ship work including how to read radar and other devices within a ship can help you become a better captain in the game.
Seeing some of the reward postcards and videos after each mission can also be interesting for naval enthusiasts and give you a great sense of accomplishment for completing each mission.