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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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  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. Positive: 84 out of 236
  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. Jul 27, 2014
    10
    I have played a lot of flight simulators and this one is the best. I can't wait to see how this game pans out after oculus rift comes out.I have played a lot of flight simulators and this one is the best. I can't wait to see how this game pans out after oculus rift comes out.

    I like to point out that people cry about how this game matches you up with higher tier planes/tanks (VERY RARELY), they don't understand that this game takes in BATTLERANKS of the vehicle, not the HARDCODED tier. This prevents players from using highest planes in Tier X vs the lowest planes in Tier X which helps balance significantly.

    Another thing I want to address is that there are also people crying about how a specific faction's guns are a bit weaker. Ex. 3 Cannons Japs vs 4 Cannons Fw190. Despite historical accuracy, this is a great balancing decision. Using the above example. Fw190 is an energy fighter which requires a complete different style to fly (aka boom and zoom), which means that the window of triggering is only a fraction of a second. On the other hand, Jap Zeros are turn fighters which means they will have more time on target, therefore slightly less fire power to even out the playing field.

    I rarely give games 10s but I think this game deserves every single score of mine. Developers are CONSTANTLY adding more features and new vehicles with World War Mode coming soon (Don't quote me). It is a mode where everyone fight in different threaters of wars which influences each other (i think, not many details are out).

    Keep up the GREAT work Gajin!!!

    Note: This game is by all means NOT a P2W, Strict battle rank system ensures you will rarely be out guned because panzer 2 vs Tiger 2. Progression is VERY reasonable.
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  3. Feb 8, 2015
    9
    First off new players need to understand that this game is still updating in a major way. I've played this game since it was in early beta andFirst off new players need to understand that this game is still updating in a major way. I've played this game since it was in early beta and it was pretty decent back then. Buggy but playable, over the months the game as gotten far better in every way. Wait times are no longer 3 minutes but near 30 seconds in arcade mode, maybe 1 minute or so in realistic mode.

    As for gameplay the game is divided into multiple parts.
    Arcade mode for beginners or people that are casual.
    Realistic for the average player with limited respawns, realisitc controls and realistic damage.
    Simulator mode for the hardcore that know what they're really doing.

    Tank mode is also good but still very buggy. Same arcade, realistic and simulator mode applies for this.

    Pros:
    Very functional flight mode
    Great graphics for a free game
    Paid items that are not too over powered
    Updates come monthly or so

    Cons:
    Tank mode can be really buggy
    Community can be frustrating at times
    Introduction of cross console with PS4 really makes a bad feeling for both ends with their different controls and play styles
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  4. Feb 21, 2015
    5
    Good game with only 1 bad thing about it...
    the DEVS..
    They keep f**king everything up and then they make the mods punish the people who
    Good game with only 1 bad thing about it...
    the DEVS..
    They keep f**king everything up and then they make the mods punish the people who don't like the changes...
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  5. Sep 1, 2018
    3
    I am ambivalent about War Thunder. In many respects it's the best WWII Sim out there - by far. However it's run by one the biggest ****I am ambivalent about War Thunder. In many respects it's the best WWII Sim out there - by far. However it's run by one the biggest **** companies out there. Gaijin is interested in $$. They don't care about their player base and their support is absolutely appalling. Their matchmaking is a disaster and tanks are just frikken broken. Their servers are extremely limited and complete trash. Couple all that with an incredibly toxic player base (lots of cheating and exploits) and you have one very frustrating experience. I cannot recommend this game and would never recommend anyone play it. Expand
  6. Jun 5, 2015
    1
    I wish i knew if this was a game or not. The bit torrent system took nearly an hour to install the base game through DSL & as soon as II wish i knew if this was a game or not. The bit torrent system took nearly an hour to install the base game through DSL & as soon as I started the game, it asked if I wanted to download better graphics. After an overnight torrent session, I still have 5 hours remaining. I really don't like an uncontrollable torrent client running on my PC, especially when it comes from an "ru" domain. Too many red flags (pun intended) in my mind. Uninstalled. Expand
  7. Mar 12, 2018
    0
    Don't waste your time, it's all about arcade mode, not very realistic, super buggy and glitchy, tanks appearing out of know where when theyDon't waste your time, it's all about arcade mode, not very realistic, super buggy and glitchy, tanks appearing out of know where when they should have been visible, hits not registering, full of hackers and cheaters, please don't bother with this game it's complete garbage. Also if you post any kind of criticism in the forums they just delete it and if you persist they delete your account. Expand

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