One of the first games I ever played was on my cousins Intellivision. It bore the rather self-explanatory title, Sea Battle. This might sound a bit silly but as far as second generation consoles go, the game was surprisingly deep. Two players face off against each other among a chain of islands in an unnamed ocean. Thirteen ships are available for deployment from each player's respective harbor. Up to four squadrons (consisting of up to three different vessels) can be formed and while the number and position of all active ships is clear from the strategic map, the composition of each squadron is something that each player decides in secret via the the controller inputs. When two rival squadrons get close either player can choose to start an engagement at which point the map zooms in and combat begins. Ships are true to their class in that battleships are tough, PT boats are maneuverable, and submarines use torpedoes instead of guns. Additionally, torpedoes go in a set direction hitting the first thing in their way, while guns, on the other hand, have a target zone that can shoot over land or even other vessels. Sinking happens when a ship takes too much damage from either enemy fire or do to running aground. Players can choose to disengage, but must survive 15 more seconds of combat after opting to withdraw. Otherwise, the battle ends once one side has been completely annihilated.
I can only hope that Wargaming and Gaijin Entertainment take some of the lessons of this old game to heart. Granted, Sea Battle had certain limitations necessitated by the hardware. Still, I think that this old game really shined at a conceptual level. At the very least I'd like to see submarines and auxiliary ships introduced to World of Warships. I know submariners tend to think of themselves as the "silent service," but that doesn't mean they play a less important part than other aspects of naval warfare. Besides, if video games had combined fleets that included submarines 25 years ago, I don't think it's too much to ask for them now.