Just received a copy of PT Boats from here
. Delivery time of 1 month to the UK!
I wasn't sure what to expect. There are some mixed reviews on Russian sites, but it was cheap enough and it's fun working through the process.
Graphically it's generally similar to SH3. In the bridge view you get the shadows of your own vessel that shift as you manoeuvre but I have found that some smoke effects vanish and re-appear depending on distance. Might be an issue with my PC, though. Crewmen do not seem to animate much unless there is a target to track.
I'm not too far in, but gameplay tends towards arcade style as far as I can tell. I've only run a couple of tutorial missions and not fired any guns yet. I have noticed that vessel speed decays very quickly if you stop engines, but ship handling generally feels realistic.
My copy is, of course, all in Russian. I have been able to change to an English menu so that helps, but all mission text and tutorial speech is Russian.
There is a multiplayer option, but I see no servers listed. That may say a lot about the game...
It looks like PT Boats could be modded in a similar way to SH3.
Performance is good. I have an old system and framerates in the tutorial missions are good, even with 'all sliders to the right'.
At the moment I feel that the game I have may not be what the developers intended all those years ago. I will get further in and try to get some weapons fired!