Navy war simulation games are a way for players to get an idea of the operations that happen in the U.S. Navy and other nations' sea forces. Some of the earliest games created in the 1980s and earlier are deemed classics in 2011. There are navy simulation games in almost every form, ranging from video game consoles to board games. Some navy simulation games can also be found online and are part of the gaming popularity present in our early 21st century culture.
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"SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals"
The "SOCOM Navy Seals" franchise first debuted on the PlayStation 2 game console in 2002. At the time, this was the first real-time U.S. Navy Seals war simulation game of its kind. It allowed users to carry out missions in real places such as Thailand, Congo and Alaska. The franchise is available on all PlayStation gaming consoles, including the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Sony PSP. There were a total of five titles on the PlayStation 2 system, two on PlayStation 3, and four on the PSP. "SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals" is the most recent title, available in April 2011. With advanced graphics and physics systems, this series truly puts the user in the mind of a U.S. Navy Seal.
"Battleship" is a classic navy war simulation game. A game that almost anyone can enjoy, it focuses on missions carried out in the open waters. Players guess where the enemy's five ships are in effort to sink the ships before the opponent sinks theirs. It brings strategy into sinking ships such as aircraft carriers, submarines, battleships, cruisers and destroyers. This game has evolved into variations that are available in several applications such as board games, phone games and even on computers and gaming systems.
The navy simulation game "Harpoon" is available in four different forms, which stem from the original game that was designed in the 1980s. Harpoon started as a board game, then evolved into "Harpoon Advanced Naval Warfare." The games "H3MilSim" and "Harpoon 3" for the Mac give users naval warfare simulations that train them to carry out missions based on real-life situations. With realistic gameplay scenarios, the Harpoon navy simulation series is regarded by players as one of the best.
"Silent Hunter" is a submarine combat simulation game for computer gaming. This series has been around since 1996 and released the newest title, "Silent Hunter 5," in 2010. The game allows users to carry out battles in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, commanding submarines from a first-person perspective. Players are able to command different submarines and ships in an effort to cut off Britain's supplies by way of operating German U-boats and other vessels. The "Silent Hunter" series is another one to keep in mind when looking for true-to-life navy simulation games.
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