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+ detailed airplanes and tanks
+ nice light effects
+ good ground textures
+ realistic clouds and smoke
- pilots look like dolls
+ every tank and airplane has pros and cons
+ good balance between air and ground fights
+ tutorial is okay
+ authentic sounds
+ atmospheric soundtrack
+ great engine and gun sound
+ voicemail in national language
+ oculus rift support
+ arcade mode is easy to learn
+ realistic heavy to play
- Unwieldy interface
+ over 300 airplanes and 70 tanks (more come with updates)
+ complexe simulation mode
+ mission editor
+ many maps
+ upgrades for crew, tanks and airplanes
+ arcade, simulation and realistic mode
- some tanks only with real money
- currently only 2 factions with tanks
+/- 60 solo missions (most with dlc)
+ each airplane and tank feel different
+ g-forces important for air fights
+ environmental effect like wind, clouds and gravity
+ play in groups and create clans
+ teamplay very important
+ solo action is deadly
+ every vehicle has a individual use
War Thunder is a popular MMO combat game focusing on the world war 2. Fleets on the sea, air to air combat with fighter planes and fierce fighting on the ground involving armored vehicles.
Whether in the sky or on the ground, the 16v16 matches are filled with beautiful vehicle models.
With War Thunders a lot of people will compare this to World of Tanks. Both share the same weapons/vehicles and on some maps have similar objectives, but they are different enough that playing will give two different experiences. World of Tanks is more like a team death match, while War Thunder plays like game of King of the Hill. The most obvious difference is that in World of Tanks you only get one tank per match, while in War Thunder as long as you have spare tanks and crews you can keep respawning. As soon as a player respawns in War Thunder their previous tank disappears. This is really disappointing and breaks the realism of the game having a tank suddenly disappear in front of you. It also means that you can’t use the destroyed tanks as cover.
You start off with a some (reserve) planes from the games five playable nations (US, USSR, Germany, Britain and Japan). Only two nations currently have tanks: Germany and the Soviet Union
There are 3 Modes. Arcade mode, where vehicle damage isn’t as severe and you have unlimited ammo and multiple respawns. The two other modes for the more hardcore gamers. Realism mode increases the difficulty by adding limited ammo and harder damage penalties. Simulation is very hard, where a single mistake can spell doom, and you’re given no extra planes to respawn with. i tried the simulation... i never finished the tutorial...
The control designed around using a mouse. Point an on-screen cursor where you want to go and the plane follows, rather you controlling it directly. That might work okay for a mouse but it’s horribly imprecise for a controller. I just used the mouse to handle tanks and airplanes. Still using this basic keys, its very easy, in the arcade mode...
One of the best features about War Thunder is the upgrade system. Over a hundred planes and tanks are included in the game, but they have to be unlocked by research
Each battle give you XP and Silver Lions, which, alongside research, will allow you to buy new planes/tanks, new modifications and train your crew. Improve your cannons, engines, bullets, crew member skills etc.
Golden Eagles, the in-game currency you purchase with real money allows you to buy months of Premium status which, like many F2P titles, gives you certain bonuses. It also allows you to buy premium vehicles which come pre-packaged with a locked set of modifications. Which is nice if you just want to have something with all the fixings to go into battle with but does not give you any tangible advantage given how many other factors are always at play. The best planes in the game are NOT premium vehicles.
There are lots of “starter packs” which will be very familiar if you’ve played a F2P game in the last years. For a F2P game War Thunder is not in constantly asking for your money. The biggest incentive I found for spending real money revolves around how long you have to !!wait to research!! things.
Crew upgrades are dictated by their role. Operator gunner, tank commander, loader, gunner, and driver. Expanding into these are keen vision, field repair, leadership targeting, machine gun reloading, gun fire, communication, and a short selection more.
You can create your own squadrons and clans with other players, although it be at the cost of Golden Eagles. While Golden Eagles can used for purposes involving the earnings of Silver Lions, it’s best to think of Golden Eagles as the premium account.
The audio is great. Engines rumble, the sound of gunfire is hard and satisfying. Bombs crash into fortified emplacements.
Inspiring music gets you into the game from the first moment. Choral and martial tunes trumpet away as if War Thunder were a epic movie.
The game supports !!purchasable!! single player campaigns complete with WWII-era footage of real battles in the mission briefings. They are a nice change of pace from the multiplayer experience. They serve as a good place to master the basics and enjoy a bit of history. There’s a number of scenarios and dynamic campaigns you can play with your friends.
War Thunder is a WWII simulation that you can lose yourself in intense combat, hundreds of vehicles, casual and challenging difficulty settings and huge upgrade paths. The game is permanent growing. New Airplanes, tanks, maps, modes and the promise of naval forces.
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