The Silent Hunter Commander's Edition submarine combat simulator was developed by Aeon Electronic Entertainment and published by Strategic Simulators in 1997. It represented the final version of the original simulator, which was published in 1996. The Commander's Edition included all patches issued for the original Silent Hunter (version 1.0) plus some additional patrol zones and a scenario editor. The simulator was made for MS-DOS and Windows 3.1. Users soon found it was also possible to run it in Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me. In October 2000, Ubi Soft published the Commander's Edition in its "Super Savings Series." This issuance sold out very quickly resulting in a sharp increase in the price for the limited supply left in the marketplace. Most American submarine simulator enthusiasts consider it the best of the early Pacific theater submarine simulators. The involvement of WWII submarine commander William P. "Bud" Gruner, captain of the USS Skate (SS-305), in its design, helped to make it a very realistic simulator. You can also gain new insights into submarine tactics and operations from the sixteen video interviews with Bud Gruner included in the simulator. On my Silent Hunter Commander's Edition webpage you will find a large assortment of tools, editors, utilities, and mods for this venerable submarine simulator. You will also find an article that will show you how to get it up and running in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (32x and 64x) using DOSBox.
Silent Hunter Wolves of the Pacific is the fourth iteration in the Silent Hunter franchise. It is popularly called Silent Hunter 4 and is based on American submarine combat in the Pacific theater during World War II. Following two previous Silent Hunter editions which were based on German U-Boats and the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II, the publication of Silent Hunter 4 by Ubi Soft in 2007 was greeted with skepticism by American submarine simulator enthusiasts. The Silent Hunter 4 programmers and graphic artists were headquartered at Bucharest, Romania. Early editions of the game were very buggy and prone to crash. Plus the simulator raised the bar substantially for its minimum hardware requirements. For these reasons many people waited until the bugs were fixed before investing in new hardware and the game. On October 31, 2007, Ubi Soft announced the U-Boat Missions add-on to Silent Hunter 4, which focuses on the German U-boat campaign in the Indian Ocean during World War II. It also included several additional improvements to the American campaign and upgraded the game engine to version 1.5. Thus, to get the completely debugged game with all the additional improvements, you have to pay about $10 for the U-Boat Missions add-on and purchase Silent Hunter 4 separately, or purchase the Silent Hunter Wolves of the Pacific Gold Edition, which includes the U-Boat Missions add-on. The latter is the best alternative because it comes on a DVD which you can use to install the game on as many PCs as you wish without the need to leave the DVD in the drive when you play the game. In addition, installation does not require online activation or the entry of any codes or serial numbers. I always caution people to stay away from the digitally downloaded versions of the game and the add-on because of all the codes and activation numbers you have to keep track of and use each time you install the game. On my Silent Hunter 4 webpage you will find some useful articles on how to install Silent Hunter Wolves of the Pacific in a Windows 7 64-bit operating system and on how to make the Silent Hunter 4 program use more memory. In addition, there are several unique mods there, including the Guerrilla Submarines Spyron Mod.