The date was Feb 8, 1904. Steam-powered ships from Japan pinned the Russian fleet in Port Arthur. The naval conflicts that followed this onslaught were massive and fierce, as each side vied for power on the seas between Manchuria and Japan.
This game may not be specifically "life-like" in the graphics department, but there is an extreme amount of detail in every ship, dingy and artillery piece in the game. I can look out across the sea and see ships on the horizon with their stacks billowing black smoke as they race to gain position in the battle. The graphics, keep in mind they weren't trying for anything extreme, are surprisingly immaculate and immersive. I rarely get sucked into games by graphics alone, but you can't help but feel like you're commanding a massive fleet for real. You can see men on deck manning guns and see damage from incoming shells. I was impressed with the level of detail for as low a video card as you are required to have.
The music is period-driven and equally immersive. Powerful marches and instrumentals push the sense of war and bravado. Though the sound had a little glitch in the opening selections, it quickly evened out once you began gameplay. I will not find myself humming along on any of the movements, but it did further push me into the game.