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Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    60
    World of Warplanes will continue to evolve, now let’s await the third and final game of the World trilogy, Battleships.
  2. Feb 16, 2014
    60
    World of Warplanes is a fun, arcady game with quick and exciting battles. It should have a bit better presentation and immersion even though the game isn't about that. Its easy action, and hopefully a small taste of something that the developers will add with more functions.
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    70
    Simplified flying is not even remotely as grabbing as tank battles. [Dec 2013]
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    60
    World Of Warplanes is a neat addition to Wargaming’s repertoire, but it all just feels a little too shallow to really make waves.
  5. Jan 31, 2014
    70
    As something to mess around with for no money down, World of Warplanes offers a wonderful arcade flying experience even if the richness of the gameplay modes is about ankle deep.
  6. Flying a warplane never felt better! This is a must play for warplane fans and alike.
  7. Jan 14, 2014
    72
    Give it a year or two and this will be a high flyer. For now it's more Goose than Maverick. [Feb 2014, p.70]
  8. Jan 10, 2014
    70
    Not only will World of Tanks fans enjoy Wargaming’s new game. The gameplay is simple yet satisfying – you can feel the differences between planes, but some crude elements distinctive to hard core simulators were avoided. [01/2014, p.44]
  9. Jan 4, 2014
    50
    It's a collector's dream. But more than anything, it needs a better camera, and better, more accessible controls — especially for gamepads. Without fixes and more diverse gameplay, my squadron is grounded until further notice.
  10. 60
    An okay way to kill time, with inevitable changes looming on the horizon, just as it was with World of Tanks. It’s dubious though that the retail version struggled to get off the ground, while War Thunder, still in beta, soars. [Issue#237]
  11. Dec 25, 2013
    80
    From beautiful airplane models and solid sound work, to a very accessible flight model that works for any skill level, World of Warplanes is a worthy successor for Wargaming’s stable of titles. It does need a bit more time in the hangar, but you can’t beat the price of entry.
  12. Dec 24, 2013
    57
    World of Warplanes is a solid game, but one that suffers from poor controls and a lack of options. If there is one thing that Wargaming has shown us, it is that they support their games with post-release updates. That is promising. In the future, many of the issues currently plaguing the game may disappear entirely. Others, such as its soft-edged art style and poor sense of speed, are likely here to stay. But, as is the case with all free-to-play games, your best bet is to try it for yourself and see. There is a good game here, if you can get past its wrinkles, and one that will only get better with time.
  13. Dec 23, 2013
    50
    World of Warplanes needs fleshing out. In time it could be what arcade flight buffs are after but at the moment it's lacking.
  14. Dec 22, 2013
    70
    Another problem is the lack of variety. I had a lot of fun playing Warplanes, but if you're not keen on going in for dogfight after dogfight (constant team deathmatches, basically) you're going to get bored a lot quicker.
  15. Dec 20, 2013
    77
    Enjoyable arcade shooter in the sky, free to play and free from annoyances like flutter and engine torque.
  16. Dec 18, 2013
    65
    World of Warplanes‘s is a decent game, but its ultimate undoing is its leveling system and its economy, turning what could have been a competent, if limited, arcade flight experience into an expensive trial that can only be overcome with time or money.
  17. Dec 17, 2013
    80
    World of Warplanes is easy to learn but hard to master. It offers an easily accessible way to join in online dogfights, but survival is a matter of skill, practice, and experience. In its current state, it is very playable and provides a strong foundation for future development but may not have a lot of staying power due to limited strategic depth.
  18. Dec 16, 2013
    78
    With its appealing graphics, stable servers, huge aircraft inventory, and no-cost entry fee, World of Warplanes is full of opportunities for dogfighting rookies and veterans alike to enjoy the thrill of the aerial kill.
  19. Dec 16, 2013
    78
    If you've got some friends to battle with this games holds many hours of fun. With better controls and more variety in its contents the experience would have been better, but still it delivers its promise of intense and fast action.
  20. 75
    In the end, is World of Warplanes worth your time and possibly your hard-earned cash? I think it is as it is fun and something different than the multitude of FPS’s out in the market today, and certainly anyone who is an aircraft enthusiast should check it out.
  21. Dec 10, 2013
    74
    With lovely graphics and great matchmaking stability, World of Warplanes remains entertaining even as its simplicity wears thin.
  22. Dec 10, 2013
    76
    Despite the flaws and the unused potential, the game is still a lot of fun as a casual game. But as a dogfighting game doesn't offer enough realism or a big enough plane selection.
  23. Dec 4, 2013
    60
    World of Warplanes is not bad, but it's not nearly as exciting as World of Tanks. It's a sometimes enjoyable, occasionally tiresome arcade shooter that's forgiving to fly and a challenge to master. Compared to its smart, successful older brother, it's not nearly as sophisticated and, most importantly, it's not nearly as much fun.
  24. Dec 4, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, it's the variety of planes and unlockable goodies available for each aircraft that keep you pushing through the more limited, recycled stretches of this airborne assault freebie. There's room to grow here, but World of Warplanes leaves the runway with a sound foundation intact.
  25. Dec 4, 2013
    65
    Those who fully appreciate the fast-paced, arcade action may not be fully appreciative of the attention to detail paid to the planes on show. Likewise, those who fully appreciate the attention to detail, may be disappointed to not be given a deeper flight simulation with which to fly their historical birds.
  26. Dec 3, 2013
    70
    World of Warplanes delivers fast-paced and comprehensive gameplay, aeroplanes overflow, and short intensive combats to fill your free time. However, to get ahead of War Thunder, the game's creators have to try really hard, and they have to deliver plenty of content in coming updates.
  27. Nov 29, 2013
    60
    We would have loved to like World of Warplanes but wargaming.net's title misses its target. From a small margin indeed but the aiming system that hesitates between arcade and sim ruins the experience. It's even more sad because the rest of the game is pretty neat. Nicely made and plentiful, the aircraft are the true star of the show, and the environment does its job. And the economic model is very nice for a free-to-play. You can actually play for free, without ever feeling you can't compete with paying players. Do not hesitate to try this imperfect but nice game, and the devs swear they would improve it in the coming months.
  28. Nov 29, 2013
    70
    Wargaming.net delivers yet again a solid free-to-play experience.
  29. Nov 28, 2013
    70
    Planes for tanks, not much else has changed. Enjoy hundreds of lovingly recreated planes, just don't expect a simulation or the plethora of features of its time-tested precursor and you'll find this to be a worthwhile package with a fair business model.
  30. Nov 28, 2013
    65
    After months of tests World of Warplanes still looks unfinished. Gameplay balance allows for enjoyable matches with machines up to level V, an old engine delivers mostly choppy framerate even on powerful machines and the game itself isn't easy or accessible. The developers have a long way ahead of them to create a truly great aviation online shooter. Right now the game is only "ok".
  31. Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, World of Warplanes is lacking the features to keep players coming back for more. With only one game mode, early adopters of the game will have to wait for a little while until Wargaming begins supporting it with more content. That said, it’s an inevitability that this will happen, and at its core WoWP is a very fun, addictive game,that is destined to carve itself out an ardent fanbase.
  32. Nov 25, 2013
    85
    Wargaming takes off and moves war's focus behind the clouds, without making any mistakes in the process. World of Warplanes is a great game: it stands tall and can sit beside its bigger brother, World of Tanks, with pride and honor. It can be difficult sometimes, but it's always rewarding.
  33. Nov 23, 2013
    78
    The good impressions from the beta prove true: World of Warplanes celebrates arcade dogfights full of intensive arcade action. With a little more depth and a more detailed damage system this could be a sure hit.
  34. Nov 22, 2013
    75
    World of Warplanes is a very nice arcade flyer. It steers nicely, shoots nicely and dogfights are also, well, nice. Every awful pilot can play tens of heroic and enjoyable games. Unfortunately the game plays it very safe and doesn´t do anything that hasn´t been done before because of that.
  35. Nov 21, 2013
    80
    Halfway through simulation and accessibility, World of Warplanes indeed finds a sweet spot, although, in the long term, what will make or break this game is support from the devs.
  36. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    The start of World of Warplanes is promising: the dogfights are intense, the graphics are impressive and in-game purchases are not necessary to win. However, we would have liked to have gotten a cockpit view and more content.
  37. Nov 20, 2013
    90
    Like an insane stunt pilot in the Red Bull Air Race, World of Warplanes manages to leave an excellent impression. But Wargaming has to keep proving themselves in the future if they want us to remain impressed. It's easy to find great satisfaction, however, when you roam the game's skies with Ride of the Valkyries on the background, while you're bringing death and destruction in your own personal aircraft.
  38. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Wargaming learned perfectly from World of Tanks how to manage a free to Play game and World of Warplanes simply expands the base concepts of the previous game.
  39. Nov 18, 2013
    76
    World of Warplanes is finally here. A direct arcade that delivers good moments dogfighting among the clouds. A free to play that is not too deep but constantly evolving.
  40. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    Despite some minor issues, the great World of Tanks structure is replicated very well in World of Warplanes, which proves to be fun and effective. World of Warplanes has just left the safety of his hangar, but the conditions for a long and successful flight are all already on board.
  41. Nov 13, 2013
    80
    World of Warplanes provides good aerial shooting fun, but its future lies in the future support that Wargaming will provide it with.
  42. Oct 28, 2013
    60
    World of Warplanes is a P-51B Mustang; out-turned, out climbed and outdived by the superior P-51D that is War Thunder. [Nov 2013, p.82]
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 262 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 41
  2. Negative: 21 out of 41
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    9
    Nice arcade for those who are not deep into flight simulators. The game has changed greatly since alpha and I do see a great future for it.Nice arcade for those who are not deep into flight simulators. The game has changed greatly since alpha and I do see a great future for it. Single premium with WoT makes things even better... haha Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    10
    Best fun I've had with friends in ages! Great game! It's fast and furious! Just love the airplane models and some of the maps are downrightBest fun I've had with friends in ages! Great game! It's fast and furious! Just love the airplane models and some of the maps are downright beautiful. Full Review »
  3. Dec 4, 2013
    3
    I was a closed and open beta tester for this game with 500+ games under my belt before release. Saying that, I want to make it perfectly clearI was a closed and open beta tester for this game with 500+ games under my belt before release. Saying that, I want to make it perfectly clear that Wargaming has only itself to blame for the mess this game is compared to their flagship product. They did not listen to constructive feedback or criticisms of the game during the beta stage. Most of the matchmaking and balance issues did not get addressed at all.

    Just like in beta, once you get to level 2 you are boned. While still flying biplanes you wind up getting thrown against WW2 planes that outclass you in every possible way and can almost instagib you in one burst. A few games of this in a row and it gets old fast, plus you get massively reduced experience and credits from a loss and/or from being cannon-fodder for tricked out planes 2 levels higher than you. It's worse than World of Tanks by a mile in this regard.

    Even worse is the ramming. You actually get a kill for committing suicide and ramming people. That said, ramming is rampant in WoWP. It's also extremely difficult to avoid someone who is deliberately trying to ram you do to the crappy flight physics and over-sized plane models. This was a big problem in beta, an extreme source of frustration and it hasn't been fixed.

    I've played the release version of this game and I've played War Thunder from Gaijin. That being said, I want to make the following points from an objective standpoint and not as a "fanboi".

    Simply put, this game is inferior to War Thunder in every possible way. To start, visually, War Thunder blows this game out of the water, and it plays much smoother with much more stable frame rates. The maps in War Thunder and the plane models are gorgeous, especially if you have a powerful video card. The sound is also very well done as are the controls.

    The controls in Arcade mode in War Thunder are more responsive than in WoWP and the flight physics are superior. Furballs are much more hectic (and fun) and you can pull off some extremely impressive moves with your plane if you are a good pilot.

    Instead of using a "hit point system" like World of Warplanes, you have much more realistic damage models. It's possible with a lucky shot to hit the enemy pilot and knock them out. You can still fly a severely damaged plane, and the plane handles as you would expect if you had one wing shot to pieces and a damaged engine.

    There are many more planes, and, unlike World of Warplanes, most of them actually saw combat. They weren't just prototypes or blueprints. More importantly, they are actually rendered much more "in scale" in War Thunder than they are in WoWP.

    If you are in a low level plane, you actually stand a chance against a higher level opponent. I've shot down level 5 planes with a level 1 biplane (I-153).

    Also, the variety of game modes in War Thunder is better. There is much more variety in the maps. It is also nice to be able to play more than one plane in a single match.

    I still like and platy World of Tanks, but Wargaming came late and a dollar short to the aerial wargaming scene. War Thunder is a more refined and superior product. Maybe WoWP will improve in time but, at the moment, they are definitely out of their league compared to what Gaijin managed with War Thunder.
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