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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. 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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  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, 2018
    10
    This review is on aircraft, mainly. I find this game is flexible and will return what you put into it. If you like fast and furious actionThis review is on aircraft, mainly. I find this game is flexible and will return what you put into it. If you like fast and furious action jump into arcade mode, if you like your planes harder to fly try simulator. I fly predominately realistic air battles with occasional sojourns into tank and naval action, but as an aviator both of these feel slow and cumbersome compared to even the most basic low ranking aircraft. Realistic offers . . . realistic physics, damage and fueling models into the game play, the maps and oppositions are a bit fantasy though, i don't recall BF109's ever serving in the pacific. You must manage your engine and understand the attributes of both your own and enemy aircraft to have any chance of regular success in WT. The greater part of this is flying tactically, doing things like climbing to the side of a map rather than straight at you opposition. I see so many players going headlong at the enemy every game which tends to develop into a 50/50 proposition. By climbing and engaging who and when i choose that proposition becomes more like 70/30. Simple but true. Critics complain about the economy and grinding to get planes. I disagree. At early levels planes are easy to research and upgrade, what you should concentrate on is getting your crew stats up to maximum and then upgrading that crew to expert (free with xp points) or ace (paid gold lions). Then every subsequent airplane that crew uses already have a very proficient crew. I have fighter specific pilots, who fly nothing but fighters and bomber specific crews, as with bomber crews it is important to make sure your defensive gunnery positions are crewed and manned by experienced crew members. FYI - i have been playing this game for years and have almost every plane for every air-force in the game. High rank planes and Jets take much longer to acquire, but so they should. Best fighter IMHO is the MkiX Spitfire, a little weak on armament compared to others but will literally fly circles around anything. Best light/medium bomber is the JU88A. This thing will outrun almost every enemy fighter with ease. It can dive at speeds up-to 680kph before structural failure, well beyond what any pursuing fighters can handle. It has air-brakes so you can do this vertically, also great for dive bombing and high approach speed landings. It also has enough bombs to take out 3 bases by itself or create havoc on ground forces with 2 x 500kg and 28 x 50kg payload. Just fly along a road a convoy is taking and pump out 50kg bombs, don't aim with the bomb recticle, just do it by feel, after a few attempts you will see what i mean. 10+ AI kills in one pass is common for me. The JU88 can also take a ton of damage an just keep going. I have flow halfway across the map at low level with both engines smoking and in the red-line for the whole journey on more than one occasion. My biggest critique and probably the most talked about fault of the game is the match making, where the game selects your opponents based on their and your BR (Battle Rating). It is just a fact that sometimes you do find yourself faced with far superior machinery, but this is realistic and that did happen. Fly to your strengths and only engage when you have the advantage, there's nothing so good as a Rank Does Not Matter award at the end of a battle. There will be times when YOU are the far superior aircraft. I remember spawning in my Meteor and was the only jet in the game and i was shot down by an F8F Bearcat when i was landing. If you are struggling to win, play tactically or join a squadron, its easier when a team co-ordinates it's actions. If you are new to realistic, learn to land as you will need to re-arm, refuel and repair at least once per mission in most fighters. Also learn to land on an aircraft carrier (imperative for Norway map Allied). If its not a carrier based plane with no tail hook land at 180kph, flaps down gear up. every plane in the game has very different flight and performance characteristics, spend alot of time in your favorites to master them and a little time in the planes you predominately fight against so you will know their strengths and weaknesses. Good luck and tally ho!!! Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2015
    8
    After having played this game for....1,415 hours; if steam is to be believed...I still haven't grown tired of it. Each match feels differentAfter having played this game for....1,415 hours; if steam is to be believed...I still haven't grown tired of it. Each match feels different from the last. The game has evolved considerably since I first started playing. I can remember when each nation only had a handful of aircraft. Now the game boasts over 300+ Unique aircraft (Guiness World Record). And the game also now has tanks for Russia, Germany and the US. They just added a few premium British tanks as well.

    WarThunder has a variety of modes to appeal to a variety of different people. Arcade is a good mode for quick matches. Realistic battles are more challenging and remove aim indicators. And full sim battles are particularly intense in that your view is restricted to the commander or cockpit view.

    The vehicles all have distinct characteristics and models and perform differently as a result. You can go a whole match without scoring one kill and still come out on top of the leaderboard if you play the objectives. If you manage to belly land your plane after sustaining critical damage your rewarded for it. If you take a lot of hits your rewarded for it with an adamant reward. Playing in a squad and assist your team mate killing a tank; your rewarded for it. This is in stark contrast to a game like WoT. In WoT you get one spawn, and when your vehicle's HP pool is depleted thats it. In WarThunder you can try to get back to base in your plane. Or you can repair your tank in the field if you have the repair module unlocked. You aren't just given a static 'death' animation once your HP is depleted as you get in WoWP.

    It also needs to be said that the tanks have evolved quite a bit in WarThunder. With changes like ground deformation you see your tank's tracks sinking into the ground. And if you get into 'muddy' terrain. Your tank becomes covered in Mud and ends up bogged down. The new Dagor 4.0 engine allows for fully destructible environments.

    WarThunder also has a great customization system. You can put decals on your vehicles, adjust their camo, and on tanks you can even adjust how worn that camo is. Or you can load up the texture in photoshop or another program and make your own skins.

    WarThunder has a lot to offer especially for being a free game. People have criticized its microtransactions and premium vehicles. I think its important to distinguish that WarThunder is a free to play game. Your not paying $60 and another $50-60 on top of that for a season pass. Any free to play game needs to be monetized in some way. Its how the developer makes money off said game. The premium vehicles aren't pay to win either as some might suggest. In fact a fully upgraded stock tank tends to be better statistically than a premium of its tier. The only real advantage premium vehicles have is that they have greater credit and XP earning potential.

    You may find yourself coming back for more and more. I know I have. Especially when new vehicles are released. Like the recent addition of the B-29. What are you waiting for? Go download the game; and see you in the skies and on the ground!
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  4. Aug 24, 2013
    2
    The keyboard/mouse flight controls are dumbed down and frustrating no matter which scheme you choose. Even trying to tweak to a custom schemeThe keyboard/mouse flight controls are dumbed down and frustrating no matter which scheme you choose. Even trying to tweak to a custom scheme does not satisfy. Attempting to play around with the controls in tutorial mode was a no-go since the tutorials quickly restart if you do not achieve the objective within a set time. The UI is a cluttered mess. I had absolutely no fun trying to get into this. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2022
    0
    The game is has good graphics and a realistic but also fun way to play. I recognized here are many negative reviews from bots which rate allThe game is has good graphics and a realistic but also fun way to play. I recognized here are many negative reviews from bots which rate all WarThunder games negative and the competitor WorldOfWarships absolute positive... interesting Expand
  6. Jul 15, 2014
    0
    The perfect example of a potentially excellent game killed by the Devs. Every patch the developers delivery a worse gaming experience andThe perfect example of a potentially excellent game killed by the Devs. Every patch the developers delivery a worse gaming experience and increase the grind. Bugs are left untouched for months or never fixed. Community is largely ignored. Moderation deletes any post critic whit the game or the Devs, even constructive criticism is banned. FM and DM are a joke, the majority being placeholders who never get realistic FM. Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2019
    0
    Who writes about a good game, did you even download and open it? This is impossible to do simply!

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