PC Gamer (U.S.) awards DW a score of 85%
(April 2005 issue, page 68)
by Andy Mahood (Sim Columnist)
The multi-platform theme adds considerable depth to an already full-to-overflowing simulation experience. The action here isn't so much about torpedos and explosions as it is about streaming towed arrays, narrowband sonar detection, and Target Motion Analysis plots. You can't kill an enemy you can't see, and learning to master all of this remarkably complex and authentic naval technology is the heart and soul of Dangerous Waters.... You won't find Dangerous Waters at your local software store - it's available only on-line through Battlefront.com. But for simmers with real saltwater in their veins, it's a must have.
Bottom Line: A near-ultimate "meat-and potatoes" meal for naval simmers.
Score: 84% ("Excellent")
Computer Gaming World (June 2005 issue)
Dangerous Waters awarded a score of "4 out of 5 "
pages 94-95 by Jeff Lackey
Dangerous Waters simulates modern naval warfare in all of its complexity, with a plethora of options in terms of weapons platforms you can command. It's a sandbox of sorts, with a superb mission and campaign editor, a solid quick-mission generator and enjoyable multi-player... Dangerous Waters is the game for those wishing to explore modern naval combat.
Verdict: Dangerous Waters is a suberb
modern-naval combat simulator.
Score: 4 / 5
PC Gamer UK gives DW a 82% score
(April 2005 issue, page 84)
by Tim Stone
Configurable quick missions ably demonstrate the compelling high-seas hide-and-seek that is at the core of the play experience, but you'll need to explore the ample single sortie selection, tense semi-dynamic campaign, and straightforward scenario editor to sample some of the more exotic activities DW has to offer. Trashing island targets with Tomahawk cruise missiles, sweating your way through minefeilds, navigating bergy latitudes, delivering SEAL-teams, bringing down prowling planes with deck MG's and SAM launchers...it's all here and thanks to an innovative multi-player mode - can be enjoyed co-operatively with up to ten human ratings sharing a single vessel.
Dangerous Waters in the latest Pelit-magazine - 90/100 points!
(March 2005 issue, pages 46-47)
by Niko Nirvi
S.C.S. Dangerous Waters hits the mark. The new non-sub platforms add a tremendous amount of interest and work wonders for the multiplayer mode... those that have played games such as Sub Command or 688 Hunter/Killer, this is the best game made on the subject, ever.
Game Boyz dishes out an
overall score of 8.75
Gameplay itself is scalable as to the amount of responsibilities which the player must take on, and it is extremely fun; a blend of tense approach and exhilarating chase. From hunting submarines in a helicopter whilst utilising sonar buoys or making a tense approach into an all too shallow harbour to stick your periscope up and take a peek at what's there, Dangerous Waters manages to simulate all the thrills and spills of modern naval warfare seamlessly.
by Aarron McKenna
Just Press Play reviews gives DW
Dangerous Waters has pushed
the limits of military type simulation games. Opening the
box and seeing the size of the manual should give you a hint
for what you’re in for.
Take the time to read
through the manual and check out the tutorials. Those impatient
gamers that like to jump in headfirst might find this game
overwhelming. However, the detail put into the controls and
the realism is what makes this game a very interactive simulation.
This is a MUST own for anyone into military type simulation
games. Sonalysts Combat Simulations did a fine job putting
this together and you’ll find hours of game play on
Press Play review
GameZone gives S.C.S. Dangerous Waters a 8.8
S.C.S. Dangerous Waters is
an immersive and thoughtful game that is rife with challenge
and options. Though there may be a learning curve, the game
does provide players with the opportunity to take full command
of various ‘platforms’ in a wide range of mission
types. It looks good, and plays well. Those who remember the
Jane’s lineup of sims fondly will thoroughly enjoy this
title. Those who are looking for an accurate military simulation
would do well to check out Dangerous Waters.
by Michael Lafferty
Italian website gives DW 9 out of 10
Dangerous Waters is an experience
without compromise but thanks to the helpful documentation
even the novice will enjoy it. It is undoubtedly the best
game with high quality and a good price.
Wargaming Italia review (Italian language)
Subsim awards Dangerous Waters a 'Direct Hit' and 97% Score
Dangerous Waters is by far
the most advanced tactical modern naval sim on the market
and Sonalysts have delivered a product modeling air, surface,
and subsurface units with meticulous detail. With the re-playable
campaign, player created missions, and a new “quick
mission” generator, Dangerous Waters has enough features
to keep us busy for years to come.
full game review
by Frank “OptimusX” Reynolds
Waters is my first foray into modern naval warfare and it
has been a pleasant one. Sonalysts have captured the feel
of commanding a vessel whilst still allowing access to the
various stations. The game play is great, exciting and tense.
The implementation of the battle field through the Navigation
station is superb, something WWII simmers have been after
by 'Teddy Bar' and Tom Cofeild
Sonalysts Combat Simulations
really delivers on this score, authentically recreating the
processes of combat, from identification to engagement, in
a variety of exciting missions. Though it's very detail-oriented,
Dangerous Waters eases the burden of command with a convenient
interface and a comprehensive manual. It's still not everybody's
cup of tea but fans of the genre will surely love it.
by Steve Butts
It is really hard to sum this
game up and provide all the relevant information about Dangerous
Waters in the space available but its suffice to say that
this game is the best military sim that I have had the privilege
to play. The diversity in gameplay, multiplayer potential
and mod possibilities all add up to make a game that many
of us will be playing for a long time to come. Sinking your
teeth into the game will take some time, but with the help
of the manual and tutorial videos it is not that daunting
by Simon Hutchinson
Dangerous Waters is a deep,
rich game that is grand in scope and offers a rewarding gaming
experience. Its modeling of sensor technologies and weapon
systems employed by the game’s playable air, surface
and submarine platforms, combined with the game’s intuitive
navigation interface and quality visual and sound effects
will ensure that Dangerous Waters appeals both to novice and
advanced gamers with an interest in modern naval warfare.
by Andrew Glenn
Peliplanteetta.net awards Dangerous Waters a 91 out of 100
Waters is a must for die-hard war strategy game fans, and
everybody else should pretty much stay away from it. In this
ultra-realistic game, you can command the surface, sub-surface
and air platforms, all in one game. Learning to use all the
controls of the vessels requires a lot of time and concentration.
The game manual is thick as a brick (way over 500 pages) and
there is about one hour of tutorial videos included on the
CD. Although the graphics are not top notch and the engine
is sometimes a bit slow, the gameplay itself feels very realistic
and playable. One of the best innovations in the game is that
you can command your vessels with your own voice. This game
has so much to offer, and just learning to master the main
features takes more time than it takes to play through an
average PC game. To make sure this game practically never
gets old, the developers have also added an easy-to-use mission
editor. Stunning piece of work, this one! Aye!
Review (English summary at end)
by Jarkko Rotstén
Combat Ace scores Dangerous Waters a 9.2 out of 10
Battlefront has released Sonalysts latest
game in Naval Simulation, it is Dangerous Waters, and the
title certainly reflects the intense game play modeled. If
your interest lies in tactics, correctly employing the sensors
of your platform, exploiting the environment, and enjoying
the thrill of the hunt/prosecution of the enemy units to the
fullest extent of the rules of engagement, this is a must
by Jim "Beer" Thelen
Strategy Informer 9.3 rating out of 10
Dangerous Waters is a simulation
strategy game by the folks over at Sonalysts Combat Simulations.
Thus far, all their naval sims have been deep, complex and
most importantly satisfying. Their newest game; Dangerous
Waters, manages to take the best elements of their previous
games, and ties them all together.
by Anton Shcherbakov
Cyber Gaming Network (4.25 / 5)
... To sum it up, Dangerous Waters is one of the best simulators I’ve ever played. However, it’s also one of the most difficult I’ve ever played. Surpassing the initial learning curve is one of the most frustrating aspects of the game, but that primary obstacle is the only thing that limits you from limitless fun on the open seas. With unutterably deep strategy involved, a vast array of features, and some amazing surface, air, and sub ships available at your disposal, one of the most authentic naval experiences is here for the taking. Though mainstream gamers will probably find it too detail-oriented, simulator buffs will bask in its glory.
CGNO - Review
by Mark Williams
PC GameWorld Review - 90%
Dangerous Waters from Sonalysts Combat Simulations is from the same team that brought us Sub Command, the excellent modern naval submarine simulation. This time however, they take two steps forward and bring us above the waves and into the air...
In spite of some minor problems DW is the best modern naval simulation out there.
PC Gameworld - Review
by Gus Lane
Jippii Review (91/99)
A humongous, ultra-realistic and versatile monster of a game which will keep you busy for ages."
JIPPII - Review
by Jarkko Rotstén
Dangerous Waters earns an "Editors Choice" from
Worthplaying.com (90% score)
Dangerous Waters is a genuine hit in a world that will never appreciate it... If you crave strategy and realism, Dangerous Waters is a simulation that'll have you playing for years to come. It's a whole lot of fun and will appeal to everyone who's ever wondered what it'd be like to take command of your own ship, submarine, or aircraft and engage in combat with the enemy.
by David Wanaselja
Loaded Inc. Review -
("Hot Property Award")
I just finished playing one of the most impressive naval simulations I have ever set eyes on...
Dangerous Waters was very well conceived and produced. I am not sure if any but the most die-hard naval sim fans will be able to truly appreciate what they have at their fingertips when playing. It is always difficult in a review to give a score as high as I did knowing that the general gaming population will probably be overwhelmed by the scope of a game like this. However, to the true fan of simulations, this game is pure gold.
Loaded Inc - Review
by Steve Macek
Boomtown Review - 8/10
If you have Sonalysts' previous sub-sim you may wonder if it's worth plumbing for this one. I have to say an unreserved yes. It's worth the admission price for the Kilo class subs, which are perhaps the most fun aspect of the game.
However with a full range of attack subs, surface vessels and the introduction of aircraft it's amazing that a simulation can remain so detailed and focused. Playing the cat and mouse naval game has never been so much fun. While perhaps not as exciting as the hands-on knife-range sub combat of WW2 sims, it's never-the-less a great modern naval sim.
Boomtown - Review
by Harry Neary
Digital Entertainment News Review - 9.0/10
Put simply, there is so much that is good about this game that it would be easier to say what was wrong with it, if there was anything wrong...
An astounding and minutely detailed simulation of naval warfare, this is as good as it gets.
Digital Entertainment News - Review
by Darren Hollet
GameShark Review - 80/100
Dangerous Waters is a very good simulator for naval combat that includes realistic ships, aircraft, mission types and mission areas. This is a great naval experience whether you have legs born of years at sea or if you are just looking to get your feet wet (that pun was intended).
GameShark - Review
by Will Lally
Game Vortex Review - 86%
Suffice it to say, Dangerous Waters is a massive collection of naval warfare, one that stands alone for it's use of modern technology, wealth of platforms and attention to detail... for those sea dogs out there, this game is a perfect fit.
Game Vortex - Review
by Tyler Whitney
GamerDad Review - 4/5
Where it counts, in the categories of technical details, variety, and overall quality, this is a fine title... anyone with an interest in a serious modern submarine warfare sim will be pleased with Dangerous Waters.
GamerDad - Review
by Bernie Dye