ORIGINAL: Commander Cody
I just finished reading Massie's excellent "Castles of Steel" and it inspired me to find a Jutland game that worked properly. I checked the Koger version (Storm Eagle Studios) and from the forum over there it looks like the game is fatally flawed and the developers are AWOL. I then tried to find something about the HPS version by Norm Tiller but couldn't find anything during a ten-minute search (if anyone knows a forum where HPS games are covered please provide a link).
Does anyone have any good suggestions for a WWI surface ship simulation?
I have SES Jutland and Steam and Iron. IF you like graphics, the former is it. I never had a problem playing it. But have seen the AI do dumb things. (Like doing a 270deg course change so it sailed through its own line...)
Steam and Iron. There is an AAR I was doing (abandoned due to lack of interest.) Like Jutland, if you want a campaign, you need the expansion. For Jutland, you get the whole of 1916 in the North Sea. SAI you get one for the Baltic, one for the North Sea. But they run the entire war.
One thing I noticed about SAI is that though you're stuck around England or the Baltic, you can zoom the map out to see the entire planet. makes me wonder if some day they'll come out with a game that covers the entire war at sea. (And don't know why, the the map is current day. Not that it affects the game.)
Jutland is detailed. And yes, you can get a demo. Actually it's the whole basic game, but you have to buy it to get beyond the demo. Very impressive graphics.One of these days, I'll load it up again.
SAi is also detailed. The ships are not impressive. All top down view. Not a bad thing, the old RAW Entertainment game Action Stations! used blobs for land, and circles/squares of different sizes for the ships. But the combat/damage/misc details are superb.
I had HPS Jutland. I played it for an hour, and tossed it into the trash.
All in all, if I had to choose one, it would be SAI with the expansion.
< Message edited by Aurelian -- 12/29/2014 11:13:49 PM >
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