Silent Hunter V
Tactics & Tips
a new campaign will find you at sea, as the First Officer. The beginning is
scripted to introduce you to the U-boat, crew, Captain, and most
importantly, game interface. Once you complete the objectives in the first
mission, the rest of the campaign is dynamic.
The watcher officer will wake you and tell you
the captain wants to see
you on the bridge right away. Use the W-A-S-D keys to navigate. To climb
a ladder, approach it and you should start climbing. It may take some
The captain will wax poetic and then the war
Your first target, a Polish freighter, is ahead of you.
are displayed by the golden exclamation marks. There are several objectives
to complete, including going to the conning tower and manning the periscope,
sinking the freighter, using the TAB key to display the TA chart (or use the
small corner marks on the top-right of the chart, and finally, sinking two
up your scope, press the space bar to lock, then fire away.
No TDC at this point in the game. Weep with me.
As you complete your first objective, you will
get a flashing yellow box around different parts of the interface with a
message icon, showing you how they work.
the remaining two ships.
to set a course with the mouse. You can remove the alert icon simply by
clicking the X.
to use time compression. This feature becomes available after you play part
of the first mission in the campaign.
Returning to port
Once you complete all your tutorial objectives, you will return to Kiel and
end the patrol. When the next patrol begins, you are in the U-boat pen with
men busy working everywhere. Your U-boat is manned and ready, to get
underway on your first patrol as the Captain, you need to speak with the
representative from BdU and the dock foreman. The officer is wearing a
uniform, and next to him is the dock foreman in brown work clothes.
You click on the dock foreman for upgrades and to reload torpedoes.
Click on the officer, then "What are my mission
orders?" to launch the mission briefing.
will be a short video, and once it is finished, click on the small mission
objective icon for details...
...then click on Start Mission, then hit the
Esc key to see the officer again, then click him and finally, "Let's
start the new patrol".
Returning to home port: Always check where your small blue port symbol
is. That's where you are supposed to go home. Once I ended a patrol Kiel and
then the next mission began out of Wilhelmshaven. I guess Doenitz moved my
sub while I was in the bar.
If you are returning to port after finishing a patrol,
and you cannot get the "Dock" icon to appear, so you can end patrol, hit
SHIFT Z and toggle the UI and it will appear.
Here is a demonstration, the anchor never appeared until I was
completely in the pen I hit Shift Z and it appeared.
Dropping off the Liverpool
This can be tricky, no one knows
exactly what triggers the popup message. You have to get pretty close to the
drop icon, but probably not right on top like I did in this picture. I even
bumped the shore and took a little hull damage, but still had to wait 6
hours before the spy was "ready to leave". So, be patient, sit and wait.
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