Uber Alles Under The Waves
by Kevin Turner
How To Have A Long And Lethal Career In ACES OF THE DEEP
TAKEN SCENARIO BY SCENARIO, ACES OF THE DEEP IS A GREAT U-BOAT SIMULATION.
BUT WHEN YOU STRING the U-boat scenarios into an entire career, then you
truly get to experience what separates ACES OF THE DEEP from its
contemporaries. An ACES career accurately depicts the rise and fall of the
U-boatwaffen in WWII with an attention to historical detail that borders on
the obsessive. Once you've started in the U-boat heyday, stealing candy
from the naive Allied navy, and then felt the heavy hand of Allied anti-
submarine tactics slowly press upon you, you cannot help but walk away
with a better understanding of the war as fought on and under the Atlantic.
The career, once begun, will start the player in a small, Type IID U-boat
based in Bremen in 1939. This is the first of the eight time periods
depicted. As you move through these time periods, you'll see the development
of the convoy system, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) tactics, and the
effects of the U.S. entry into the war. It is important to monitor time
periods, as it will enable you to understand what is going on in the war
and, more importantly, what to expect at sea.
Once the decision to start a patrol is made, the coordinates for the patrol
area are given. But before leaving that screen, it is critically important
to take the time to select the level of realism. The level of realism is
basically a level of difficulty selection. If I could only impart one
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