Upplagd: 20 februari
Many people have said this in below reviews, but i'll make this short and brief on a critical issue, which will expand into a full review as time passes. Honestly i'm writing this because the War Thunder forums are run by a very strict set of rules that dont really allow much actual discussion outside of vicious attacks against a dissatisfied playerbase by elitist, relatively new players, so I cant even post a mild suggestion that something is wrong with the staff as there is nowhere to put it within the rules.
The game's moderators, forum and community suck ♥♥♥. It takes a very Russian view on the rights of the consumer when it comes to moderating.
This is the reason why so many of the old guard, players who have been around since 2012, have left. People who play the game for a long time usually like to participate in the community to help the game grow. But often they are sensible people, and in Gaijin's view those people can "disrupt new players experience" with vile topics like "Gaijin, can you please fix the netcode?" (banned and hidden, 3/14/2014) and "Beta is not an excuse" (locked and hidden 9/08/2014). But who are the people that protect us from these disruptive and evil comments?http://puu.sh/g5NqW/5c217d7d6d.jpg
25 Year old, foreign-speaking Brony moderators. Let's elaborate on these issues using this single puush image as a base.
The first and most obvious problem that will strike you from this image is that this person is a 25-year-old brony and has moderator powers. Take from that as you will. If you are a sentient human being right off the bat you will feel a shiver down your spine that these are the people who manage your gaming experience in War Thunder.
It does not show it but this moderator, and in fact nearly ALL of them, do not speak English very well if at all. That applies to much of this game. Many patch notes and information released by moderators is written in commie and myself and other dedicated players are forced to try and decipher them with Google translate to figure out what the ♥♥♥♥ they broke this time. Often the reasons given for doing something so ahistorical that it's insulting (when the game claims to try and be historically authentic) is that they found, and I kid you not, "Secret documents in a forgotten russian bunker." This is a real thing. It's even a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ meme!
This lack of english and information also applies to many other trivial things like ban messages and explanations. A friend of mine was banned by this very moderator for having the name "AllahIsWonderful" and we could not figure out why this was offensive when the friend in question is a devout (but liberal) muslim. Appeals are usually met with garbled, confused english that roughly translate into "You're toxic to new players."
The biggest issue with this game's hilariously strict moderation, though, is the fact that topics with criticism that the brony lords dont like can be shut down and hidden because they "hurt new players."
This will not affect many of you, who simply wish to casually play this game and try to participate as little as possible in the mess that is the War Thunder Community. If you do, in between the bans and thread locking, you will find quite a few nice people as the european/american playerbase is wonderful. But even in the chat of public games there are russian brony mods who watch intently what you say.
I wish to expand this review at a later date, but I simply wanted to post this here considering the hilarity of permabanning a friend of mine for having a muslim name when he is, in fact, muslim. I do play this game a lot and enjoy it, and that is because I joined before ♥♥♥♥ hit the fan and the decade-long grind (bypassable by large sums of money) was introduced, and had all my stuff before things went bad.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully I can talk more about these issues that plague War Thunder.
EDIT: After seeing a few comments i'd just like to point this out. I am not angry, nor do i wish to call people out. I simply wish to show you all an example of a terrible idea that only serves to assist Gaijin in censoring and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ting its community.http://puu.sh/gdROS/c45e02f498.png
This comment shows how limited war thunder fanboy's range of thought is.
He picks certain parts of arguments and makes wild assumptions, he does not have the capacity to follow an argument past what he disagrees with, and his reaction to things negative to Gaijin is to shut down discussion and conversation.
The only intelligent way to take it is a support for my review, as it exemplifies how easily gaijin is able to use people like that to aggressively take down criticism for their actions. These people hurt the experience of other players with their judgement, hindered by their stilted view of the developers.
EDIT 2: They just made the grind even longer by removing daily bonuses and making us use this random drop system, which will most likely give you a "Research Point Boost" rather than an experience/currency boost which the daily bonuses gave. Other than modifications Research Points are only usable using real money. The decline continues.