The RAE novelist and academic does not hide his passion for one of Ubisoft’s best games, which was, along with others, one of his remedies for confinement during the pandemic.

Arturo Perez-Reverte is an author who does not leave anyone indifferent. Biting, incisive and precise in his observations, the writer and member of the the Royal Spanish Academy is featured in everything related to historical novels focused on the most controversial and intense periods in the History of Spain: the saga of Captain Alatriste in the Golden Age, his altarpieces regarding the wars in Europe in the early 19th centurythe spy plots Lorenzo Falco in the period before the Spanish Civil War… It is an author that may not please everyone, but it is undeniable his expertise in historical detail and his ability to convey those details to the reader and make them easily appreciable and understandable for the less educated.

Forgive me the author to whom I am referring and the scholars of his work, but for me Pérez-Reverte is the historical novel of our country, which Tolkien It’s in the fantasy genre. And still someone from him extensive cultural baggage and historical knowledge not a foreigner either to the love of video games. In the first months of the pandemic, when everyone we were forced staying at home to avoid COVID-19, Pérez-Reverte was one of the many personalities who used twitter to stay in touch with your circle of colleagues and your audience. In a topic about your opinion after having seen Player Ready One by Steven Spielberg, the subject came up of video games as a possible remedy for the fact that we find ourselves prisoners in our own homes, and the author of Cartagena revealed your preferences: strategy and simulationspecifically the call to actionO Close Comba Sagat strategy, Scourge of War: Waterloothe Total War (though without specifying which period, but if I had to bet I would say that the Empire or its “autonomous” expansion, Napoleon), and a well-known saga and appreciated by simulation fans and that you currently have one of your best titles at an “almost free” price on Steam: Silent Hunter III.


Silent Hunter III: the Nessun Dorma of underwater simulation games

Not long ago I could relive my experiences as a captain on the Kriegsmarine aboard one of the many feared U-boats that were almost a century ago the nightmare of Allied convoys and patrols across the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel during the second world war. The “wolves” of the Third Reich’s German navy posed a real problem for the supply lines Americans to their allies in Europe and, unfortunately, were also responsible for the sinking several civilian ships during the same period.

It is noted that a good part of the original materials were heavily retouched or directly reconstructed.

Historical details aside -partially- Silent Hunter III is, for lovers of the simulation of the Second’s “silent service”, the game that best represents the management, government and combat aboard one of these infamous submersibles. Ubisoft Bucharest made one good job with the game at all levels by the time of its debut in Compatible (2005); in the sound and appearance of waves to the ship’s behavior and how it should fit for combat.


There were several games that now they are trying to revive that passion for underwater simulation (the recent indie UBOOT to name a few), but they still haven’t achieved what the third part of the iconic simulation saga is a master of today: make us feel that we are one of many hunters operating in Western European waters in the midst of a war for control of shipping lanes.

It is not surprising that Pérez-Reverte liked the saga. (…) It’s one of the few games that made me sweat without requiring feline or quick reflexes to play

Not surprisingly, Pérez-Reverte was a fan of the series (and I imagine the game too). An immense amount of realistic detail permeates the entire simulation, and I don’t just mean the combat part. Planning our route, knowing where the hunt would take place, avoiding the main armed convoys or being bold enough to attack them. It’s one of the few games that made me sweat without requiring feline or quick reflexes to play. It also highlights your dynamic campaignvery innovative at the time, in which my actions, whether they were successes or failures, determined the defeat (of course) that my superiors in the army they assigned me to patrol.

As a fan of simulation of this type – and of the game, as for me it is the apex of the genre Today- I couldn’t agree more with the author to whom I am referring in these lines when it comes to agreeing that it is one of the most recommended simulation sagas -if not the best- for the incomparable sensations it gives me, how well it has aged (although age also weighs a little) it’s because it is accessible to everyone. It’s much more fun at its advanced difficulty levels, but it has options to teach us how to command a submarine in a fun and entertaining way.

The point is that is recommended by one of the great names of our literature current It’s for sale on Steam for a price that is almost a bargain: only €1.24. It’s not an all-time low, but fans who haven’t yet had a chance to try it out, or who want to experience the feel of this excellent game for the first time, will rarely get a cheaper opportunity. But don’t delaybecause the offer won’t be valid for long before returning to its normal price: 4.99; now a menu will cost more than the afternoon carajillo. In any case, when Pérez-Reverte tells you that he likes a game (and is a man of firm ideas), it will be for a reason.