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  • Summary: War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.

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War Thunder: Ground Forces - Teaser Trailer
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 14, 2014
    90
    Overall the War Thunder tank battles are great even at this early stage.
  2. Oct 17, 2013
    90
    Don’t be fooled: even if it's a free to play game, the qualities of War Thunder are so many that the game stands up as the new reference for flight and combat simulations.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jan 25, 2017
    87
    One of the cornerstones of War Thunder is that player’s skill is more important than his wallet. Premium vehicles offer no combat advantages, there is no “microtransaction-only” ammo or consumables, so no amount of cash will buy you a spot on the top of the food chain. [Issue#216, p.56]
  4. Dec 11, 2013
    85
    It offers a lot of different play styles. Let's play in arcade mode or with more realism with g-forces and limited ammunition - or let's play in a more complex simulation mode.
  5. Aug 7, 2014
    78
    War Thunder rules the air but the lack of polish hurts, as does the dull ground warfare.
  6. Jan 13, 2017
    75
    The official launch of War Thunder reminded me why I like this game so much. It's adorably chaotic - in contrast to the reliably designed World of Tanks. That's why it can be really fun and frustrating at the same time. There's tons of great vehicles (and the planes are superb!) and a difficult simulation mode, but there are also balance and technical issues.
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    72
    With strong visuals and convincing audio backing it up, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent inside my P-36 Hawk, and its generous free-to-play model never got in the way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Aug 17, 2013
    10
    This is best simulation of World War II. Take your plane and prepare for best war simulator ever!yet better this game is simulator it MMo mode!!!!!!!!
  2. Nov 21, 2019
    10
    Nice! it`s, realy good work. Recommentin. When i am fly on plane I not remember who i. I am pilot.
  3. Feb 4, 2014
    8
    For all the people giving negative reviews because they "randomly die instantly", i had the same problem. Except, i Googled it. Instead ofFor all the people giving negative reviews because they "randomly die instantly", i had the same problem. Except, i Googled it. Instead of doing nothing and running out of ideas. Turns out you just increase the pilots vitality, and/or get a covered cabin and it's solved.
    Awesome game, i don't think it's really PTW because, it really does reward Human player skill level. And being a well seasoned gamer on all genres & platforms, i know my way around a game. This is what i Love about it, if you are actually good at aiming a mouse and tracking people, then you hit and kill regardless of the other guy spending $1000 bucks. With the exception of fully upgraded AI guns on Bombers, which are tough.
    I give an 8 for the Beta bugs and very complicated (but eventually understandable) menus.
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  4. May 26, 2020
    2
    I have been playing this game for 5 years now and I am sad to say that while this game is fun and interesting offering something differentI have been playing this game for 5 years now and I am sad to say that while this game is fun and interesting offering something different than most other games it has multiple flaws with it. First of all the game has numerous bugs, game design and balance issues are not addressed or are handled with absolute no regard of what it is going to do to the game. Bugs, a lot of them, are just left alone for months years or not fixed at all and this includes even some game breaking ones for example armor penetration when you shoot at someone and you should be able to penetrate their armor with ease it just either bounces or does not penetrate or vice versa when you are supposed to be able to withstand a hit from someone and it just goes straight throw. Then there is also the occasional disappearing shot where you fire your gun and the shot just goes into the void doing nothing. This has been going on for the entire time I have played the game so about 4 years.
    The game design is pretty much done by a 3-year-old since in most cases the map design encourages the players to spawn camp instead of playing the planned objective just because you are either able to shoot straight into your enemies spawn from your own spawn or their spawn is closer and easier to get to than the actual objective. In most maps where the layout is like this the side who gets to spawn camping first usually wins. In the air on the other hand playing as a bomber and trying to win by destroying the enemies bombing targets just does not happen since first you have to take out the primary targets 3-4 of them and for most bombers that takes between half or the entire bomb load they can carry (Only 2 bombers in the game have their real max bomb load the rest can only carry about between a third to half of the real one) then you have to make it all the way back to your own air field to rearm while the entire enemy team and their mothers are pretty much right on you trying to shoot you down and in most cases this is exactly what happens. After that they expect you to repeat the same trip to enemy bombing targets 3-5 times per player in order to destroy the remaining bombing targets. Needless to say that does not happen. So now the bombers are close to useless and don't really help you win the match.
    Game balance is mainly handled in game by something called battle rating or br and has some problems of its own. The way it works is that when you get into a match you can not be put up against vehicles that are over 1 br higher than lower than your highest br vehicle the thing is that because the top br is limited to 10.0 and the game vehicles range from vehicles from the 1920's to modern it causes a lot of brs to become cramped because they are trying to force vehicles into that narrow window and this results in vehicles being put up against something that they just simply can not compete. For example the br 5.7-6.7-7.7 is a good example since vehicles at 5.7 are relatively balanced against other vehicles of their won tier and even against some lower br vehicles but as soon as they encounter vehicles from 6.7 it all goes down the drain since in most cases they are better armored and armed to a huge extent and the same happens when 6.7 meets 7.7. 6.7 is dominated by heavily armored tanks that rely on their armor to stay alive but at 7.7 they go up against post war main battle tanks that will penetrate them in most cases at the thickest point easily. And this type of balancing goes on all the way to top tier 10.0. Another way they try to balance a tank because it just won't fit into their br system is by making its repair cost higher and this is to the point that some vehicles are just not meant to be played. Some vehicles have their repair cost set so high that in order for you to be able to afford get killed in one you will have to pretty much carry your team through the entire match and I am talking about multiple kills, assists and capture points or bombing in order to just be able to pay the repair cost. Just sometimes do they decide that balancing something means changing its statistics and in most cases they will either nerf it to oblivion or buff it to the point where it will make anything it faces wonder why are they even trying to compete against it. And then there are the vehicles they won't even touch and in most cases they are either event or premiums and are just simply OP but it is to the point where most people just ignore them because Gaijins biggest flaw which is not communicating with the player base which my friend made into a dialog.
    TL:TR
    Gaijin : New sh*t comrade
    Players: I want the game to be optimized a little bi-
    Gaijin : NEW PREMIUM BLYAT!!!
    Players: No ı want the game to be more stabil
    Gaijin : TIER 7 TANKS OK!!!
    Players: No it needs more time game is ba-
    Gaijin : BLYAT!!! YOU BUY PREMIUM!!!
    Players: Fix the f***ing ass of a combat system of Aır RB and Ground battles as a whol-
    Gaijin : Free Abrams?
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  5. Apr 4, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Too many scripts, I can't win when I play the game with friends, the game scripts you like an idiot, you can't pen tanks that was ez to pen and the bullets aren't going where you are shooting, and I don't want to speak about airplanes lol. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I downloaded your game, started it, and was disappointed, lame game, infernal ping, good reviews were bought, this is not a game, but garbage, the gameplay is full of horror, they, fu, after 39 minutes of the game I deleted it, the graphics hurt my eyes, adding color saturation they thought hide uzhastnub schedule, failure, I do not recommend anyone! Expand
  7. Nov 26, 2019
    0
    I lost a lot of time in this boring game, it became boring in 10 minutes. Poor graphics, boring monotonous gameplay, online orientation, theI lost a lot of time in this boring game, it became boring in 10 minutes. Poor graphics, boring monotonous gameplay, online orientation, the absence of any meaning. Expand

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