Verfasst: 24. März
War Thunder is a free to play massively multiplayer online game for the PC and PS4. Developed by Gaijin Entertainment, it started off as a World War 2 air combat game, but has already added tank combat, which this review will focus on. Just like the Aircraft mode all the vehicles are from World War 2. If you’re familiar with tanks from that era, or play World of Tanks then you’ll recognise most if not all the tanks.The game play, just like the aircraft mode, is based around capturing and holding territory. Think of it as one big 15 vs 15 king of the hill match with tanks. Each team has a health bar. If one team has more captured territory then their opponents health bar begins to decrease. A team wins by reducing the enemy teams health to zero. There are two main variations of this mode. One has multiple points (usually three) on the map to capture, and the other only has one point on the map. Regardless which game type is on, almost all matches are won by the team who controls the center of the map.The vehicle physics are great. Tanks move like tanks. Unlike in World of Tanks where the tanks move as if they are slow heavy cars, tanks in War Thunder behave like tracked vehicles. This mean that they slide around, struggling to get traction, especially if you are traveling at speed. This can be used as a good tactic when attacking an enemy tank, skidding around them to get a clear shot of the less protected back of the tank. You can also embarrassingly flip your tank upside down if you’re not driving carefully. Graphic wise the games mostly looks great but there are a few areas that look dated. The tanks and other vehicles look amazing. The developers have put a lot of detail into the tank models, from the detailed textures, weld marks on joints, and just little imperfections on the tanks. These give the impression that the tanks were hand-built in a factory like their real counterparts, rather than crafted using a 3D modeling tool. However the terrain looks a bit dated and can sometimes look very angular. Some of the ground textures also look blurry and stretched.The game’s audio is top-notch. It sounds like a living battlefield. Headphones are a must as you’ll hear every creek and sputter your tank makes, and more importantly the sounds your enemies will make. The best sounds are the ones made when firing your tanks cannon. No other game has weapons that are as satisfying to fire than these!As with War Thunders air combat a lot of people will compare this to World of Tanks. Comparing the two though is a bit like comparing Counter-Strike with Battlefield 2. Both share the same weapons/vehicles and on some maps have similar objectives, but they are different enough that playing both will give two different experiences. World of Tanks is more like a team death match, while War Thunder plays like large 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. This makes a big difference as people are more cautious playing World of Tanks while players are more willing to take risks to grab objectives in War Thunder. Overall War Thunder tank battles are great.The combat is exciting and rewarding.One shotting a higher tier tank is a great feeling. War Thunder is free to play, and while you can play this game without ever needing to spend a single penny, if you get into it then there are plenty of tanks to buy. Don’t worry if you don’t plan on paying for anything though, as the game is balanced enough to stop people from paying to win. If you’re a fan of World of Tanks or enjoy tank combat check this out. War Thunder plays different enough for you to happily play both.