UBOAT (PC) Review In About 4 Minutes!

UBOAT (PC) Review In About 4 Minutes!

A detailed and honest short format review of UBOAT; A world war 2 submarine simulator and crew management game published by PlayWay. We make game reviews, without the fluff.

Imagine you’re in a German u-boat during the height of world war 2, about 300km off the southern coast of Ireland looking for enemy supply and transport ships. It’s taken 5 minutes to get there from your home port of Bergen in German occupied Norway because the open world map’s so big that travelling anywhere takes a while even at 6500 times the normal speed.

Suddenly a British aircraft appears overhead and sees you. You crash dive as deep as you can without touching the seabed, but you’ve been caught in a shallow stretch of water and can only go down about 50 meters. You reduce your speed and switch on the blue lights to reduce noise and hope the enemy aircraft moves on.

Then you hear a faint clunk followed by a string of massive explosions as depth charges go off on either side of you. A couple of your crew members need medical attention and you’ve started taking on water in the forward torpedo room, so you tell the first aid trained radio operator to get to work treating the injured crewmen and get one of your engineers to try to plug the leak.

You manage to stabilize the wounded crew, but you’re taking in a lot of water and the leak is getting worse… You need to rescue your engineer and close off the forward bulkhead to prevent more compartments from flooding, but if it continues to fill with water you might not make it back to the surface.

On the other hand if you close the bulkhead and order your engineer to stay inside to try and fix the leak then he might drown, and he’s one of your highest level sailors that’s been with you since your first mission which might have a negative impact on your future missions.

Those are the kinds of epic, tense and difficult situations you’ll find yourself in in a game called UBOAT – A submarine simulation and crew management game published by PlayWay, and after finally playing it after it’s been sat in my wishlist since it went into early access in 2019, my only regret is not playing it sooner.

In U-BOAT you take command of a Type VII submarine serving the German Kriegsmarine on an a huge open world map that’s almost too big to be true and includes everything from Britain, the Mediterranean and mainland Europe, all across the entire Atlantic ocean to the east coast of the united states, and even at 6500 times the normal game speed, it still takes a good few minutes to go from A to B.

Graphically speaking it’s really nice looking and I could happily stare at the cold waves of the open ocean lapping up against the side of the boat for hours. Sound-wise it’s all good as well, but where the game really shines is its deep and rewarding gameplay that manages to make every engagement feel tense and every kill feel like you really accomplished something.

You can play it completely in first or third person view, using one of up to 7 different officers you have onboard to take control of all the critical systems onboard, including manually calculating torpedo firing paths and manning the 88mm deck gun and anti aircraft turret mounted on the conning tower, plus loads of smaller systems dotted around the ship shown with a little green cogwheel icon to make them easy to find.

The game lets you automate as much or as little as you like to increase the challenge and level of realism, but even the more advanced stuff like identifying ship types using a book and calculating the speed and heading of an enemy ship is made relatively easy by the intuitive controls and helpful in-game videos that show you what to do, not to mention the complete tutorial which, although it’s abit boring like most tutorials, it did a great job at showing me everything I needed to know as a complete rookie.
Detecting ships is done using the hydrophone which is pretty much an early sonar device that listens for enemy propeller sounds and then flags up their rough locations on the map which you then travel over to until you have a sight on the target.

Everything on your boat makes noise so you have to manage whichsystems to turn off when you want to stay quiet. Things like the diesel engine which you can run underwater once you unlock the snorkel upgrade are very loud and shouldn’t be used if you’re looking to avoid detection, and turning on the air ventilation system or water pump can alert the enemy to your rough location and bring down a bunch of depth charges on your head which more often than not doesn’t end well.

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  1. SuperSlob on August 19, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Did you just change your channel name today? Anyways keep it up you’ll get the recognition you deserve eventually.

  2. Trent Hogan on August 19, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Interesting how you completely ignored Canada and mentioned the USA instead. BOOOOO

  3. Chuck Dugas on August 19, 2022 at 2:37 am

    Where can I buy this game? Thanks for the video.

  4. Pqfire 09 on August 19, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Are you the only uboat in the water or are there allied/enemy subs?

  5. Junior on August 19, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Here it is 😁 appreciate the review mate 👍

  6. Edward Small on August 19, 2022 at 2:50 am

    1st time viewer, I already owned the game and wanted a short video to decide whether to play it now or later. Thanks to your concise and detailed video, I decided to give it a go! I had some unfortunate bug in the tutorial where the air quality decreased to zero while waiting for the crewman to calculate a targeting solution 😀 I’ve figured out the problem and now I’m hooked into figuring the game out. Thanks for the video!

  7. RedcoatViking on August 19, 2022 at 2:51 am

    I hope you find this review of UBOAT useful and if you did then here’s some reviews of similar games you might be interested in!

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    Thanks for watching!

  8. Lone_Wolf on August 19, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Such a good review! I thought hmm is it worth switching over from Silent Hunter 3? Yes . . . yes it is.

  9. d j on August 19, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Looks really interesting but had read on comments in steam that combat is based on card buffs, is that true or is this a different game?

  10. SirBear on August 19, 2022 at 3:07 am

    honestly bro it is scary how close your current channel format latches on to the one i’ve been working on for the last month
    there are of course differences, you have an interest in racing games and simulation games whereas at least racing does not interest me in the slightest but you’re seemingly going into what youtube experts coin the 50/50niche wich is where 50% of your channel focuses on a specific niche (aka predominantly has videos within that niche) wich for you i would say is military games with the other 50% being variety content (including simulation and racing games) for me that first 50 is Survival games and the second 50 would be shooters and strategy games
    the format also, we both focus on short content and i can see you are a fellow believer in the art of giving people what they want FAST and not wasting their time just by watching some of your videos

    you are definitely a channel i want to keep my eyes on and i look forward to the day where our paths might meet and we might be able to work on something together

  11. Colrilla on August 19, 2022 at 3:08 am

    is it multiplayer or coup?

  12. Rix xy on August 19, 2022 at 3:10 am

    THANK YOU!! I’ve had on my wishlist for years but never sure about taking the plunge. Get it? Lmao I’m hilarious.

  13. Dance Dance Communist Revolution on August 19, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Absolutely love this game, just bought it today!

    Are you planning on making a discord server? I reckon it could help you keep in touch with fans, great video anyways!

  14. PublicWifi on August 19, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Your introduction to the game was really well done. Subscribed.

  15. Ilham Tony on August 19, 2022 at 3:24 am

    The translate is going rapping

  16. jester55 on August 19, 2022 at 3:24 am

    "You switch on your blue light to reduce noise as much as you can and just hope that the enemy AIRCRAFT moves on" ….. sorry, but underwater noise versus aircraft during ww2 are not related…just a thought 🙂

  17. Nodens Bertilak on August 19, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Not big on playing as Nazis

  18. DishDoggie Gaming on August 19, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Stop getting my Monitor Screen Wet. NOT Cool… Now I got to go Pee watching all that water. Thanks Dude. Don’t like Micro Managing everyone’s life? Do What I am told to do and Play it with your Wife it work for me…So She Tell me.

  19. J Daves on August 19, 2022 at 3:26 am

    well done, mate

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