War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in the World War II and the Korean War periods. Fight in major air, land, and sea battles, with international players in an ever developing environment.
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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November 23

"100" - Team Deathmatch Event

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From 15.00 GMT on November 23rd to 15.00 GMT on November 25th
Participate in the '100' Team Deathmatch Event!

The game mode "Team Deathmatch 100" is back and available in 'Events & Tournaments', labelled 100. This Arcade experience will turn any War Thunder location into a fierce battlefield, as in this Team Deathmatch with unlimited respawns only one thing matters: Scoring kills! The first team to achieve the magic number of 100 destroyed enemies wins the day.
Enjoy, and leave your feedback as always!

The War Thunder Team

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November 20

[Special] Tank Duels: T-34-76 vs Pz.Kpfw. IV

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From 15.00 GMT on the 20th of November until 09.00 GMT on the 23rd of November

Destroy enemy tanks or set them on fire to receive winter camos and winter supply boxes on the new winter location “Stalingrad”!
[Domination] Stalingrad - Arcade Battles
[Battle] Stalingrad - Realistic Battles
[Battle] Stalingrad - Simulator Battles

Vehicles that count towards progress in this special:
Germany: Т-34 mod. 1941, Т-34 mod. 1942, Т-34E STZ, Т-34 1st Gv.t.Br, T-34E
USSR: Pz.IV F2, Pz.IV G, Pz.IV H, Pz.IV J, Pz.Bfw. IV

  • Missions can be accomplished in random battles and events whilst using the vehicles that take part in the special.
  • You will receive a “winter supply box” for every accomplished “destroy enemy tanks” mission.
  • You will receive a set of three winter camouflages (for the vehicles that take part in the special) for setting 50 enemy ground vehicles on fire.
  • You may follow your progress in your Profile-> Achievements-> Tank duels.
  • In Realistic and Simulator modes, a player needs to destroy half as many enemy vehicles (this doesn’t affect the “set enemy tanks on fire” mission).
The supply box contains one of the following items:
  • Back-up ground vehicle for Soviet and German ground vehicles of ranks 2-4.
    Random 10-75% RP or SL booster.
    Set of three camouflages for the ground vehicles taking part in the battle.
    Random discount for one of the USSR or German premium ground vehicles (excluding rocket tanks).

T-34-76 versus Pz.Kpfw. IV
There are many iconic tanks of the Second World War, but the Soviet T-34 medium tank is among the most famous ones. Combining armour, firepower and mobility, it was undoubtedly a pinnacle of tank development at the time of its introduction and even though its armour and firepower was surpassed during the war, it still had large influence over both domestic and foreign tank designs in years to come. Its German counterpart, the Pz.Kpfw. IV medium tank, is largely overshadowed by the much more famous Tiger and Panther tanks, but it was the Panzer IV that formed the backbone of German armoured forces in the same way as the T-34 was the backbone of the Red Army. And while not as advanced as its Russian counterpart, it nevertheless remained an effective medium tank right until the end of war. This article will then compare those two famous tanks both in history and in the game.

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About This Game

War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in and around World War II and the Korean War. In War Thunder, you can take part in major battles on land, in the air, and at sea, fighting with real players from all over the world in a continuously developing environment.

War Thunder already offers a highly detailed experience in military aviation and ground forces combat, giving players access to a Guinness World Record breaking number of aircraft, as well as an abundance of tanks and other combat vehicles - and the number is constantly rising.

You can feel the unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights in a fighter, the decisive power of commanding a heavy strategic bomber or the heat of battle in a ground attacker, delivering precision strikes against your enemies. Alternatively, you can join the spearhead of armoured vehicles, fighting for dominance over the battlefield on the ground: Man a heavy tank with impressive armour and firepower, use the maneuverability of a medium or light tank to your advantage, or support your team by screening the skies with your anti aircraft vehicle - the choice is yours!

In the future, the game will also allow players to ‘set sail’ by commanding a variety of warships in the fight over the control of the world’s oceans, giving the game a truly epic scale.

Master your vehicles through both upgrades and personal experience in an environment that is constantly expanding and rewarding the personal skill of the player. Organise your efforts in one of the countless player squadrons and become an ace pilot or tanker - or both! Our thriving and welcoming community of millions of players is also actively participating in the game’s ongoing development, offering custom content through War Thunder Live, such as skins, missions and even vehicles.

War Thunder has something for everyone. Play cooperative games with your friends on Windows PC, Linux, Mac or PlayStation 4 against AI, or squad up for a PvP battle in a difficulty setting matching your play style, ranging from Arcade to Simulator using Mouse and Keyboard, Gamepad or Joystick.

Features include:

  • An entire arsenal at your command - Over 500 highly detailed aircraft, tanks, and other combat vehicles crafted carefully from historical documents and surviving sources.
  • Right into the heat of battle - Intense PvP experiences in full-scale combat missions on various difficulty settings for all play styles and degrees of experience.
  • A single bullet can make a difference - A realistic damage system for aircraft and ground vehicles involving individual component durability instead of an overall health bar.
  • The true free to play experience - Download and play the game for free as much and as long as you like it. Support the ongoing development entirely at your own leisure.
  • Crossing the platform border - Seamless cross-platform gameplay between Windows PC, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 (more to come) with tens of thousands of players from all over the globe online at the same time.
  • Play together with your friends - Rich PvE content including historical and dynamic campaigns, solo missions, a mission editor and much more for single-player and cooperative gameplay.
  • Challenge the best of the best - Ever expanding tournament and clan battle systems, including ELO-based ranked matches as well as professionally organized events involving hundreds of players.
  • Theatrical beauty - Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects and beautiful music creating an atmosphere to fully immerse yourself in.
  • Take matters in your own hands - Create custom content for War Thunder and share it on War Thunder Live, with the prospect of earning real money through the Revenue Share Partner System!
  • But wait, there is more! - Ever expanding and evolving environment, offering new and exciting content and features with every regular major update.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2,782 of 3,041 people (91%) found this review helpful
1877 people found this review funny
1,181.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Anyone with an asterisk in front of their name is a cross-platform player playing on the Playstation 4.

Aim for them. They're pretty easy targets.
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1,763 of 2,024 people (87%) found this review helpful
142 people found this review funny
765.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I have a hard time recommending this game right now, and I will explain why....

At least here on steam, I don’t have to worry about being bullied by Gaijin for writing a critical review. I really want to like this game. Unlike a lot of kiddies who post on the forums, I am much older. I am a gamer from the 80's, growing up on simulators from the 80's and 90's like F-15 Strike Eagle, F-18 Interceptor, Birds of Prey, Their Finest Hour, Knights of the Sky, etc. These were on the Commodore 64, Amiga 500, etc.

If you are younger and unfamiliar with these titles, look them up. It will show you just how long I have been around flying the cyber skies. I can’t help but be amused when kids try to lecture players who have been flying sims for decades before they were even on the earth. Listen up kidos, you can learn something from your elders.
Warthunder is very frustrating, it has the potential to be a really good game, but instead is held back by Russian nationalism and left over cold war era mentalities.

I have spent many hours and money on this game, I have supported them financially and really have given them time to fix their problems, unfortunately they continue to run with a delusional narrative.

Often you will hear people claim there is a Russian bias to the game. Well, to be blunt, yes, it true. The only people who argue otherwise always prove to be A) of Russian decent themselves and take it personally, B) Are apologists for Gaijin and tote the typical fan boy nonsense, or C) They use Russian tanks or planes and are comfortable in their over powered vehicles, afraid they will be taken away.

Recently, one of the developers for Gaijin stated that “they cater to the Russian audience because that’s where the money is, they also don’t want to be embarrassed about Russian past or tech”…

So what does this mean exactly?....Basically he is saying they’re going to fudge the facts for the sake of Russian ego?
I take issue with Warthunder because Gaijin continues to claim they strive for “historical accuracy” however they have shown no real attempt to make that so.

They make disparaging comments about German WWII tanks, planes and tech of the era. They claim their hardware was inferior to Soviet hardware, and all the publications that say otherwise is pure “western propaganda”.
Any objective student of WWII history knows the Germans were known for having very advanced superior equipment. There is a reason Both the U.S. and the Soviets were grabbing up as many German scientist and tech as they could at the end of the war.

The Planes and Tanks

Warthunder has dishonestly taken Russian planes that were underperforming or produced in low numbers, and exaggerated their abilities. They also have a whole SEPARATE development team for the Russian planes vs the rest of the planes. What does that tell you?

The P-38 lightning doesn’t perform anything like its real counterpart, I thought, “man, this plane flies like crap”, so I did some research. I found out that Gaijin gave the P-38 a heavy bomber/fighter flight model, they assigned the A-20 flight model to the P-38 lighting! But wait, what did they do with Russian planes that had unfinished flight models? They were simply void of any drag penalties. Instead, they left out variables on the planes, causing them to perform UFO like Arial maneuvers.

The bombers are all nerfed with bomb load capacity, however without any explanation, the Russian Yer is conveniently left without the same changes, and is allowed a higher capacity.

ALL U.S. Navy aircraft are atrocious. They don’t perform near to their real models. The F-4U Corsair, which was nick named “whispering death” by the Japanese can’t be flown more than two minutes without it beginning to overheat.

The P-63, which was not a very good plane in general, is given super capabilities. Gee…is that because the Russians used this plane in the war from Lend Lease? Well, what does this tell you? If you look up the P-63 for the Americans, and the P-63 for the Russians, WOW!....the P-63 for the Russians is magically superior in performance despite being an export of the same plane.

The bombers?....They use to perform ok. Now their destroyed with a massive nurf where a couple of shots from a machine gun will explode a B-29! Its truly ridiculous.

Wanting to see for myself, I began to fly Russian planes. Sure enough, the ease in which I could fly around and destroy the enemy with ease was absurd. I shook my head in disgust and quit right there. I later came back and tried again, yet the same thing is happening in tanks as well. You have T-34’s driving around pawning Tigers for crying out loud.
There is so much examples of this, we could be here all day. This is only further supported by their absurd forum posts where they talk about Soviet tech being superior to all other nations in WWII. It really is amazing how strong their bias truly is.

Then, Gaijiin behaves like a bunch of KGB thugs. If ANYONE brings up anything deemed slightly critical on their forums, ALL dissent is immediately locked, silenced and deleted. Threads are deleted or locked, and people get banned, simply for holding an opinion they don’t like.

That behavior alone truly is disgusting. Here is a real kicker though….look at Gaijiin rules for the games. They state that “historical characters who violated human rights are not permitted to be mentioned”.

Hmm…so History they don’t approve of is out, talking about history is out….but here is the best part. Hitler is a no no…can’t talk about him. But wait!......Stalin, a monster who arguably was just as bad if not worse than Hitler, killing 20 million or more of his own people, he is perfectly fine! In fact, Warthunder will even let you put the words “For Stalin” in Russian on the side of your tank or plane! YAY for double standards!

Team Work?.....foget about it! You have kids flying around ramming, or...while you are working on a plane, they will show no dicipline or respect at all. Rather then hold off your wiing, they will try to fly in front of you while your shooting, and take your kill! Now, 3 things happen here. A} They fly infront of your fire and get hit, then you get penalized for team damge. They also will idiotically accuse you of twam killing. B) they dont get hit by your fire, but cause you to have to break off to avoid a collsion and screw up your kill. Or C) they collide into you, and then accuse you of ramming them.

There is no mutual respect for team work in this game. It would help if they would implement coms for the whole team, and allow more then 4 players in a squad. Another nice feature would be the ability to fly in the same plane. Firends should be able to get in a bomber together.
As of now, IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad seems to be clearly much better.
In the end, this is a good game that could be great. It really could be. Unfortunately, it’s undermined by its own developers who have been spoon fed Communist era propaganda to the point of absurdity, who then turns around and can’t help but put it in their own game, only to pull oppressive tact by silencing anyone who dares to point out such nonsense.
I have been waiting a long time for them to get with the program; unfortunately I am most likely waiting in vain.
Warthunder has become nothing but a propaganda mill, with Delusional re-writes of history where Red Army planes filled the skies and dominated over the Luftwaffe and all other nations. It’s a joke and insult to call this poor excuse of a “simulator” anything close to being “historically accurate”…only in the world of Commie make believe is this game close to anything historical.

Sadly, I’ll probably still play this game, only to be constantly reminded of how great it could be. I have given Gaijin about $100.00 of my money, and sadly I will never get its worth.
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986 of 1,131 people (87%) found this review helpful
582 people found this review funny
345.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
U.S. reserve plane - 2x MG, 1000 rounds.

British reserve plane - 2x MG, 1200 rounds.

German reserve plane - 2x MG, 1000 rounds.

Japanese reserve plane - 2x MG, 1000 rounds.

Soviet reserve plane - 4x MG, 3000 rounds.

No Russian bias here, no sir.
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1,035 of 1,230 people (84%) found this review helpful
1528 people found this review funny
1,152.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
You know you've been playing too much War Thunder when...

You have a panic attack while driving over bridges. You assume other drivers are going to push you off at any moment.

While looking at cars you picture them in x-ray mode, noting where the critical modules are.

While looking at planes in real life, you picture a target in front of them, guessing how much you would have to lead the target.

You get frustrated with your car mechanic when he can't fix your car in under one minute.

You can only hold your breath underwater for five seconds before you drown.

You suddenly can pronounce German and Russian.

While watching the news you see an airliner attempt a landing with one wing. "No big deal" you think.

You get nervous when you hear a plane above you.

You know more about flying planes than some pilots and you have never flown a plane.

When you see two kids' kites get tied up together, you mutter to yourself, "damn team killers..."

You freak out every time someone tailgates you.

You constantly beg your optometrist for "keen vision," even though your vision is 20/20.

You don't have to use an alarm clock anymore. You sit bolt upright after nightmares of "YOUR LEFT WING!"

You drive a car that has two fire extinguishers inside, a set of tracks instead of a spare tire, and a hatchet and a shovel on the side.

When the car dealership asks what color you want, you insist on bicolor summer camouflage.

When a cop pulls you over and asks why your steering wheel has been replaced with a joystick, you tell him "simulator mode."

You get fired from your towing job because you towed a car upside down while the driver was still inside.

You drive right through Road Closed and Flood warning signs into 4 feet of water. Only after you car is completely submerged do you get nervous.
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260 of 297 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1,369.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
War Thunder has been going downhill at a very alarming rate for the last year or so. I would have recommended the game 4 years ago when it still had the benefit of the doubt, but now I wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

Such a great idea for a game that is completely ruined by greedy and blind devs. Here are a few reasons why you should stay away from this slime.

* Matchmaking was bad, but they just put a bullet in its head in the last patch. Cold war tanks/jets are now able to fight late war planes with matchmaking that completely favors Russia in every way.

* Zero involvement with the community. Normally, listening to the players and adding what they think the game needs will make the game better. These guys dont even care about the players anymore, they hired REALLY bad moderators for the forums and straight up ban people who dont hail them as gods.

* Plenty of broken promices everywhere. We were told we would have bomber internals over 4 years ago and they still have yet to add a single one. We were told we would get better matchmaking over a year ago and still have to see a single shred of that. They said they would give us awesome new damage and flights models, we still fall out of the sky if our wing gets scratched. We were told the game would stop at 1952, but they are adding vehicles from the 70s because Russia always has to one up everyone else.

* Historical accuracy was thrown out the window. They give Russian planes lower Battleranks so they always play against lower tier planes, this means that 1944 Russian planes fight 1942 and lower German and allied planes. They also like to make Russian planes and tanks WAY more powerful than they actually were

* They keep reducing the armor and power of planes and tanks of the Allied and German forces because they claim that they were just propaganda and they never were that good. At the same time, we are throwing RUSSIAN documents at the devs that show how bad Russian tanks acutally were, and they call it lies and anti Russian propaganda.

* There are plenty of planes that CAN NOT STALL. Most Japanese planes and plenty of Russian planes will not stall, wingtip stall or flatspin in full simulator settings. It is just like flying a spaceship while everyone around you has to obey the laws of physics.

Do yourself a favor and stay far away from this pile of ultranationalistic garbage. There are plenty of real flight sims and
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