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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: 88 out of 255
  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 22, 2014
    10
    This is a free to die game and verry expensive to win, about 200€ to start. However is the verry best flight simulator of WW II inThis is a free to die game and verry expensive to win, about 200€ to start. However is the verry best flight simulator of WW II in multiplayer on-line (MMO) mode. Expand
  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. Dec 20, 2013
    5
    If you are searching for something more than Arcade and less than a sim to play online you came to the right place! There is still much workIf you are searching for something more than Arcade and less than a sim to play online you came to the right place! There is still much work t be done and the game is on open beta yet, but even now this is a great place to spend your free time. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2019
    3
    I'm play "Realistic" "(A loose term with regards to this game)

    Visuals are great. Aircraft modelling is good. Handling of the aircraft is
    I'm play "Realistic" "(A loose term with regards to this game)

    Visuals are great. Aircraft modelling is good. Handling of the aircraft is realistic enough to present challenges, but not so complex to be unmanageable for a new player.

    The historical aspect of the game is sadly lacking. When one hears the term "realistic battles" one expects to see aircraft operating in their specific theatres against their historical opponents. Realism is not Japanese and German planes flying side by side over European maps, or facing Russians in your Spitfire or indeed "mixed" battles with all nations side by side. There is a specific, simplified mode for this type of battle in the game, "Arcade mode" yet it seems arcade mode has crept into the realistic and is there to stay.

    Team balance, seems to be a major issue. I play all factions with decent k/d ratio and consistent wins in Axis aircraft. In fact it seems very hard to lose as an Axis player in most tiers. The substantial diference in climb rates for US aircraft to axis doesn't lend to an equal footing for air combat. This is more than a simple "sideclimb more" issue. I'd suggest an airspawn for more allied fighters, as it appears a large portion of players on the allied teams simply don't bother trying, knowing they won't get any form of altitude or energy advantage. Makes it hard when you are the only person who does climb, you watch your team die, bag one or two then die yourself against 5-6 opponents. It also removes the fun from playing Axis. Essentially you are racing to get a kill before the entire allied team folds like origami. Like playing god mode, bit of a novelty for half an hour, then repetitive and annoying. Where is the challenge?

    IMO, this game is devolving rather than improving. Rather than address balance issues, it seems developers are more interested in marketing new aircraft tanks etc... than addressing some fundamental flaws in the game. I understand a large part of this is making the game profitable, but at the same time, players are departing for IL-2, DCS and other simulators.

    So much potential....squandered.
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  6. Jan 23, 2018
    1
    An interesting setting ruined by bugs and sadly the company itself. They have little interest in fixing problems but as long as whales keepAn interesting setting ruined by bugs and sadly the company itself. They have little interest in fixing problems but as long as whales keep giving Gajin their teets they won't change anything.

    Overall, unless you want to pay through your nose, expect nothing, especially customers support.
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  7. Jul 13, 2019
    0
    The visuals and variety of game play elements are fantastic, but the game has major issues with pay-to-win micro-transactions and matchmakingThe visuals and variety of game play elements are fantastic, but the game has major issues with pay-to-win micro-transactions and matchmaking balance. This is the only game I have played in 30 years that punishes winning by forcing players to be uptiered (communist matchmaking system). As with most successful games, over the years this game has evolved from features-created-to-be-fun to features-created-to-generate-revenue. This game will be a lot of fun for the first few dozen hours, then you will see that it is nothing more than a treadmill to make you pay money due to communist matchmaking. Expand

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