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  • Summary: Warships is a free, historical, online combat game from Wargaming. Command a massive naval fleet featuring some of history's most iconic war vessels, level up important tech modules and prepare to dominate the oceans in World of Warships. With four classes of ships, myriad upgrades, andWarships is a free, historical, online combat game from Wargaming. Command a massive naval fleet featuring some of history's most iconic war vessels, level up important tech modules and prepare to dominate the oceans in World of Warships. With four classes of ships, myriad upgrades, and strategically designed environments, every match is a unique experience. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Oct 12, 2015
    92
    Much as was the case with World of Tanks, World of Warships does a lot of things really well. Its gameplay is easy to get into but allows for a fair amount of depth in how you approach each battle
  2. Oct 20, 2015
    85
    World of Warships is fun, engaging and simple (at the beginning). The various classes offer different type of gameplay and sinking other ships feels really good. But if your team is bad there is nothing you can do.
  3. Games Master UK
    Dec 1, 2015
    84
    A unique and satisfying bit of seafaring, with enough depth to rival the Atlantic. [Dec 2015, p.83]
  4. Sep 17, 2015
    80
    Ultimately, the excitement that comes from commanding powerful ships during explosive battles on the high seas overshadows these faults. The thrills that await, along with the promise of unlocking advanced ships down the road, make World of Warships an enticing expedition into the sometimes turbulent waters of free-to-play games.
  5. Oct 27, 2015
    80
    A good and tactical free to play game, that intelligently mixes its mechanics in slow paced but tense and fun matches on the sea. It's probably the best of the World of War series from a gameplay standpoint, and the variety of ships changes the approach of the player in impressive ways. Might be a bit low on content compared to Tanks, but it won't be long till more stuff gets added.
  6. Oct 17, 2015
    80
    This new installment from Wargaming is a breath of fresh air. The gameplay may seem slow for newcomers, but in the end you will likely sink hours into this game without even realising it.
  7. Oct 13, 2015
    65
    World of Warships starts out well. The game is fast, it looks good, and it’s fun. Progress soon comes to a crawl, however, and the repetitive grinding, off-set only by a convoluted Free-to-Play system, dampens the experience in ways that the superb graphics and quick multiplayer matchmaking do little to offset.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 83
  2. Negative: 47 out of 83
  1. Oct 15, 2019
    10
    I liked the game, it was made in good faith, the graphics are cool, the animation is at its best, everything looks extremely realistic in oneI liked the game, it was made in good faith, the graphics are cool, the animation is at its best, everything looks extremely realistic in one word. I started playing recently, so I still admire it. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    The game is a lot of fun. Graphics on top. Fights on ships are so detailed that it seems as if you are fighting in real life.
  3. Sep 21, 2015
    8
    I've been playing Warships since closed beta and have something around 1000 combined battles. It's a good game! It's very similar to World ofI've been playing Warships since closed beta and have something around 1000 combined battles. It's a good game! It's very similar to World of Tanks (duh, the game engine and the developer are the same, and even the premium membership benefits are shared across the titles), but now the battles happen on water. Once again: ten vehicle tiers to advance through per tech branch, captains (crew) to level up, XP and credits to earn by damaging enemies each round. I prefer this game over Tanks, however, because the pace is slower, more premium is placed on positioning and sticking together, and simply because I love ships more than I like any other war machines from WW2. And since there is no other battleship game of this scope and quality currently out (Navy Field 2 is utter trash, unfortunately), I will be playing WoWs for the foreseeable future.

    What could be better about this game? I would like some more complexity in ship loadouts. I used to play Navy Field 1 in the early 2000's, and I wish that WoWs had some of its features. The number of upgrades for each ship is rather limited (compared to Tanks, for example) and the different modules don't change the stats all that much (compared to Tanks once again). I remember Navy Field 1 having 5 different gun options for a ship, the armor was customizable (i.e. how much armor do I want to put on deck, belt, or torpedo bulge?), different types of FCS (Fire Control System) gave different benefits (manual was extremely accurate because you had to aim the guns manually with the keyboard, and the auto ones were easier to use but had different distance/accuracy trade-offs), and different engines had different accelerations/max speeds/overheat values. Mounting this equipment had to be balanced against your ship''s displacement: a ship can only carry so much weight, so big heavy guns left less displacement for armor, engine, and even crew (yup, you could even determine how many sailors per position, which would affect the crew's performance negatively or positively). In WoWs, you'll usually find one upgrade for each of the systems: hull, FCS, engine, guns/torpedoes, and each of the upgrades is marginally better than the previous one. For example, the FCS gives a straight upgrade of 10% more range. How about giving us 2 or 3 FCS options that change accuracy, range, and perhaps view distance in different proportions? One would give much better accuracy but decrease range, another would increase both slightly etc. Or engines: right now the upgraded engine increases the top speed of the ship slightly over the stock one, why not give us different engines that affect acceleration, top speed, reverse speed in different ways? I would love to see some variety and complexity in the modules.

    All this being said, the game is still evolving with new features being added on a consistent basis. Just like Tanks evolved over the years with many features, new game modes, and vehicles being added, I am sure WoWs will evolve along the same lines. If you have played Tanks in the past, take this game for a spin. If you never played a War Gaming title ever before but you like ships, then there is nothing stopping you from trying it either. It's free to play!!!
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  4. Jan 14, 2017
    3
    Game dominated by poor matchmaker that outweighs most of the positive aspects the game could offer and developers have failed to acknowledgeGame dominated by poor matchmaker that outweighs most of the positive aspects the game could offer and developers have failed to acknowledge as such. Certain ships have little to insignificant role in the battle, compounded with the easily manipulated matchmaker through divisions meant player individual skills have insignificant effects on win rate (of which determines rewards for the match). Thus, the game places players of which has no desire to either 1. organise a professional division or 2. use certain overly competent ships; in a noticeable disadvantage and will very likely cause frustration for casual players.

    The game, however, can be very enjoyable in rare circumstances such as both teams being equally competent, leading to breathtaking victories or losses. With a considerably low skill ceiling, most casual players can learn most of the game mechanics with ease. Those who played and enjoyed either Battlestations series or Navy Field 1 would find themselves fairly familiar with the game and worth the try. However, I cannot recommend the game to everyone as the current matchmaker state outweighs most the positives of the game.

    *This review is based on 1000 matches played since 2014 and latest as of Jan 2017.
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  5. Jan 29, 2018
    2
    Technical Realisation:
    In terms of optical view and handling, the realisation is good and promise fun. This will reach the goal of 8 points
    Technical Realisation:
    In terms of optical view and handling, the realisation is good and promise fun. This will reach the goal of 8 points without restriction.

    Gameplay:
    Gamer vs. Computer: Makes fun and is okay to spend fun occasionally some hours a month.

    Gamer vs. Gamer
    A nightmare for competitive players. The balancing is not really granted by all type of ships. Aircraft Carrier is not really balanced. Matchmaking is worst I played ever. As a good player, you will be found in a team which will not find it's own spawn. As a new player you will be shot out of the game in minutes. This is frustrating for both types of players. Other MMOs handle this much more better.
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  6. Aug 29, 2018
    1
    Игра Free to play... Она не может быть хорошей. Контент делается "абы-как", сообщество... о нём вообще лучше и не поднимать тему, т.к. там всеИгра Free to play... Она не может быть хорошей. Контент делается "абы-как", сообщество... о нём вообще лучше и не поднимать тему, т.к. там все от мала до великого собрались, и у НИХ вечная "война поколений". Графика по сравнению с современными играми не такая плохая, но и не предел мечтаний, уровень 2015-16 года. Цены относительно демократичные. Администрация проэкта не многим лучше комьюнити игры, отзывчивость тянет на 2 из 10, при возникновении проблем надеяться можно только на себя, т.к. больше вы никому не интересны, как и ваше мнение. Механики в игре спорные, как и т.н. "баланс", с момента релиза всё работает коряво и нестабильно. В общем и целом это - плохая реализация, неплохой идеи. Expand
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    0
    **** game, **** developers, **** balance, $100+ for a ship
    if you want to have therapy but dont have a reason for it play this game

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