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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May 27

[Development] IT-1, the Soviet Missile Tank



The IT-1 was the first and last fully missile-equipped tank in the USSR whose missile armament was its primary offensive power. As a means of destroying enemy armoured vehicles, the IT-1 (Istrebitel’ tankov pervyj, EN: Tank Destroyer One) has fifteen ZM7 ‘Drakon’ anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The vehicle will also be the first in War Thunder with this kind of armament.





The IT-1 was based on the T-62 main battle tank, but the chief designer L. N. Kartsev installed a missile launcher for ATGMs in the cast turret instead of a classic tank gun. In 1968, the vehicle was put into series production with the aim of reinforcing Soviet Army divisions in critical armoured approach routes from potential opponents. As a result, 110 IT-1 tanks were produced up to 1970, most of which served in battalions near the western border of the USSR.

For more Information, images, and even video of this vehicle, be sure to check out the full Dev Blog article on the Official War Thunder Forums!

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May 26

[Development] The Yak-30D: A long anticipated top jet fighter in the Yakovlev fighters branch



Tests in 1948 showed that the Yak-30 successfully combined high speed and excellent horizontal and vertical maneuverability, which allowed it to take on all types of fighters of its time. At the same time, it had an unfortunate wing profile and unsatisfactory aileron compensation. The aircraft did not go into series production, as the MiG-15 and La-15 had already been developed.

At the end of 1948, the Yak-30D was built with an increased fuel and ammunition complement. Aside from the design’s obvious similarities to its predecessor, the aircraft was fundamentally new. The main differences were the newly lightened and hardened wing, increased fuselage length due to the addition of a large-capacity fuel tank, air-brakes, and an altered design for the landing gear and flaps. By the time testing was finished in May 1949, the MiG-15 and La-15 had already entered series production, so the leadership decided that the Yak-30, similar to them in its characteristics, should not be put into production.





For information and images of this vehicle, be sure to check out the full Development Blog on the Official War Thunder Forums!

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Reviews

"War Thunder extremely easy to slip into"
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"
GameSpot

"With fun, exciting combat combined with plenty of customization and room for personal skill, this game is sure to be a fan favorite."
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/Vista/8/10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1,5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit /Vista 64bit /8 64bit /10 64bit
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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
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75th Thor
( 51.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I have 51 hours on this game and i am still on tier 1-2 When i first started i was able to kill half the enemy team , now i get killed by overpowered planes or im just outtiered , NOW WHEN I PLAY A GAME FOR OVER 50 HOURS I EXPECT TO BE GOOD TIER PLANES but no , im stuck with ♥♥♥♥ planes against planes that destroy me with one shot where no matter how many times Hit them , I would like to call this not war thunder but war of gameplay as in my opinion it is full of paywalls such as it taking forever to research somerthing dont wanna wait here pay some in game currency that you have to buy and poof its done . Now thats my rant over Is it Realistic? Yes highly where in realistic battles you have to worry abput fuel ammo your wings as well as having to land and take off in order to resupply you have G forces which again only seems to effect me but anyway My rating when i first started would be a 8/10 As even then i could see the paywalls but now after the 51 hours im sorry and im shure im gonna get shouted at by keyboard warriors but this game gets a 4/10.
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Robert Huang
( 120.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
a really f♥♥♥ing nice game ever
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Rustie
( 218.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
There are no words to describe how bad this game is.

You spend alot of time grinding up the British tank tech tree to find that all teir 5 tanks can be penned by a teir 3 tank. The Conq is one of the worst tanks in the British Tech tree. 120mm with 361 pen. HA What a joke that is. HESH. Waste of time. If you want to enjoy this game. Spend money. Get IS-2. Grind up to T-10m Enjoy making the brits rage.

This game should get their mechanics in the game to work first before releasing more tanks that will be terrible. The only tank that works in the British Tech tree is the Cent MK.3.
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Delta Lizard
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
gg
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DatFancyLemon
( 29.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
I hope these money loving ♥♥♥♥ sucking gay ♥♥♥♥ get kidnapped by isis and ♥♥♥♥ing torturted and then have there head drilled in. if you cant tell by now i ♥♥♥♥ing hate this game all it is a gay pay to win piece of trash oh and quick suggestion to the gay devs why dont you just put mig 17's in with tier 1's and make the mig 17 cost 20 dollars its not much of a step from the tier system you got right now. die in hell ♥♥♥♥wits
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Kelvinluk827
( 1,008.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
A game for russian bias
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Karabaja
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Good game would recommend.
After playing one game mode, and you don't like skill/plane/tank tree mechanics, you can just swich over to the other game mode. Personally I preffer planes all the way, but tanks can be fun as well. Even after getting repetitive, you have nothing to loose, The game is free.
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(GDI) fire29uk
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
its a good game but when you try to land so hard thats the thing i just realy hate but its on my faveriouts so thank you who made this game because its awsome
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kilzal
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
War Thunder is fun and cool!
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isaidno911
( 36.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
One of my favorites
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[TBB] corbinfw
( 111.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
I have good times on war thunder but now it is the best. #BEST GAME EVER
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rackak2010
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
It would have been a legit game if there was a smart matchmaking where the teams are at the same level. Instead, this is a game of strongs picking on the weaks. It should not have a multiplayer mode if they can't even manage that.
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Adolf Hitler
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Its a fun game that involves skill and decision making that can either cause the saftey of your tank or its death. I really hope the game updates to involve a navy option (Battlle ships, destroyers, etc,)
Deserves a try
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KongoBongo420
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Loads of fun! Would reccomend for casuals and hardcore fans alike.
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TARDIS_Pilot
( 43.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
HOOOOOOOOLLLLYYYYY SH*****************************T!
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crumper
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I love war thunder. Gayest game in the world. Sucks ♥♥♥. ♥♥♥♥ing sucks. No one buy it. Gay ♥♥♥♥♥ fag
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southlyn
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
i hate africa
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D3ath101
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Ok, so I got this today. I play on a new Alienware 17R3 with the 980m.
I can play full 1080p graphics maxxed, 4x vsync. Solid 60fps. This is a super fun game. Tanks are bada**. Awesome game.
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Dwayne The Jungleman
( 25.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
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v10b3ast
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
10 out of 10 i will recomend
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311 of 382 people (81%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3,463.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTACT GAijin SUPPORT !!!!

Yesterday i had about 9500 Golden Eagles.
Today when i logged on i suddenly had minus 652 Golden Eagles (-652)
Since i have spent REAL MONEY on these GE i would very much like to have them back.
Has someon hacked the game ? how is it possible to have a negative amount og GEs ?

No tickets refer to this problem.. so it is impossible for me to send at ticket.. And they have no mail adress to send support related stuff.
So thank you very much Gaijin for stealing around 500 NOK (50 Euro) from me...

Incredible poor customer service !
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123 of 145 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,339.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I have been playing War Thunder since patch 1.27, well before it was on steam and I can safely say War Thunder is a great game, it has many things to offer, but I could never recommend it.

The reasons I would never recommend it are simple.
The Grind is too harsh in the later game unless you pay for a premium account, something I used to do but no longer will ever again.
The matchmaking took a turn for the worst many patches back now and Gaijin refuse to admit their failings (the matchmaking makes the late game -tier 4-5- excrusiatingly bad).
The bugs, many of which have been around as long as I have played it, are prevelant and will, I assume, never be addressed.
But the be all and end all reason I could never recommend War Thunder to anyone is that Gaijin don't care about their community, they couldnt care less about anyone playing the game unless they come from Russia and lets never get in to the horrible pains of dealing with customer support (it doesnt exist).

At the very least if you do play War Thunder, don't ever give the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s your money.
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162 of 204 people (79%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
255.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Don't be fooled by the high ratings of this game. As soon as you play for a longer time you will see the massive racism of the developers and sheer cheek of their pay2win greed.

+The game is pretty
This is it.. it looks good and runs well. The only + in this review.

-Russian bias
It's real, its totally real. Russian planes outright outperform lots of other planes and russian tanks downright deflect shells with magic armor. No surprise the developers are russian. Their response to the bias is that they have "Secret documents" about WW2, probably saying Russia had magic infused armor made from Stalin's bumsweat and nosehair.
Time and time again the community has provided declassified documents themselves, disproving the armor effectiveness and certain nerfs on especially germans, from MANY countries, even CCCP but devs/mods just ignore it/delete it.
I would also like to add that Steam moderators have CONFIRMED that russian bias exists about a month ago from writing this review.

-Pay2Win
Certain vehicles are behind a paywall going up to 60 euro a vehicle sometimes. These are blatantly better than their free counterparts on the same rating. Special armor, non-exploding fueltanks, the list goes on.
But most irritating are the rocketlaunching tanks. The Callioppe for instance has 60 rockets mounted ontop of a Sherman, each rocket is DEVASTATING for other tanks downright riddling the crew with shrapnel. Add to that a insanely high RoF and a 10 second reload speed. Also the rockets cannot be taken out by shooting the canisters. No surprise its a 50 euro tank.

-Map Design
Partially to blame for the russian bias is the map design. Most maps are made specifically for close range brawler tanks ( russian ) and aircombat always at a low enough altitude to "justify" the russian superiority as russian planes were best at low altitudes ( below 5 km ).
Spawn camping is easily done as you only need to do a small drive of about 30 seconds on certain maps to be in enemy spawn. You have a brief spawnprotection but thats void as soon as you're alive for a few seconds. You drive out of spawn then and boom, someone shot you in your side who was hiding in a bush/behind a rock next to your spawn.

-Battle Rating
The most agrivating and full on bias thing to exist in War Thunder.
Vehicles are classed by a Battle Rating ( BR ) as to balance the matches so a lategame heavy tanks wont face 1920's tanks.
This is broken, there is no way around it.
Russian vehicles have favorable BR's to their opponents. Purposely classed lower than what theyre actually worth so they decimate other countries. ( Also outperforming specialised turnfighters with a flying russian brick and magic armor )
How it is supposed to work is your highest vehicle will be chosen and put into a match with +/-1 BR or 1.3 in planes. Seeing as i fight BR 3.3 tanks in my 1.3 tanks, I cannot kill anything.

-Developers
As said earlier they are racist towards anything what isn't russian. Disregarding anyone not speaking russian as less important. Deleting and banning alot of feedback on their own forum and having Steammods delete any negative feedback. Steammods also actively downvote negative reviews reportedly.
Also I think Gaijin spies on what you say via bots as I myself have been banned from chat while ONLY talking in Squadchat with my friends, badmouthing Gaijin. 15 day chatban for hate messages. Only hate against Gaijin though.
Giving russian vehicles magic abilities, nerfing all other countries to oblivion (mostly germans), banning and deleting community for feedback and having a MASSIVE P2W mentality with 50 euro blatantly overpowered vehicles.

Edit: Gaijin forced a youtuber to delete a video he made with footage showing a hacker. They do not want the world to see they cannot handle hackers.

Shame Gaijin, shame. We complain to you because we want to see a good WW2 game but all you do is hide behind your nationalism and hate on us.

Also alot of members of the community are toxic.
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155 of 200 people (78%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
285.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
There is a reason why all the most helpful reviews have large numbers of hours and are all negative. After awhile the fancy shine wears off and you are left with a game of bias, horrible team balance, rng.
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58 of 72 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
79.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
It started off as a great game. Kind of what you expected from the trailers, but not. Graphics yes, bomber formations no, and 0 teamwork. More or less very hostile towards everyone unless you are in a custom battle. German tanks suck until you get to the tigers and they giajin team DOESNT LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY! It used to be amazing but it has gone way down hill. If you want get it, ut you will rage hard. I suggest really getting into it when they fix the game. Don't belive me?
The bombers are made of paper and only 1 attack dive will take off a wing. 20mm somehow equal cannon shells and I don't think the dev. team has every look at a real BF. 109 attack a B17, (Hint-It doesnt shoot it down in 1 pass). This game used to be very fun, but do to the dev. team getting greedy, its been going downhill. It's now your choice, to download or not to download...
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59 of 74 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
933.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Good game with bad devs, play it once or twice and you'll love it, play it over a few updates and you will quickly realize that the game is only going downhill from here.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,522.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
You want to know if this game is worth trying?

Well, i can say so much that the core gameplay mechanics are decent overall but the balancing/matchmaking system is horrible and this game company has an attitude towards its player base that is so extremely disgusting that i have no words for it....luckily enough, others have:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZxQqhkoq9k
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55 of 72 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
105.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
It used to be a really good game back in the beta.
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
291.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Devs actively censor any kind of criticism both here and on the forums. Don't trust the ratings.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,122.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
A fun game that is sadly getting worse with every update.
Abysmal money grabbing Devs that have no idea how to balance or use their own Battle Rating matchmaking system, if there were any competitors at all in the WW2 simulation niche Warthunder would have tanked a long time ago.
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45 of 61 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
796.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I really loved the WT while it was in open beta. It really was historically accurate with real plane statistics and I welcomed the WT as modernized IL-2 1946. However in the last few years this game went to ♥♥♥♥. Somehow russian planes have the best engines, best aerodynamics and weapons. While in reality these were one of the worst flying planes out there. Same goes for tanks. I mostly play US tanks and the fact that M36 can't penetrate T34 up front is just simply BS. Also the magical power of T34 grants you immortality since you can bounce off 128mm german shells that ripped this piece of technological disaster to pieces. No. Just no Gaijin. Stop it. You're killing your own game because some idiot in the management decided russia to be the best nation of WW2 while in reality it was one of the worst, looking both from political or technological view.

The change of matchmaking makes you go with US starter tank go against T34 1942 which is balanced af. Same goes for planes and everything in the game. Once they said that there won't be any prototypes, yet Germany and Russia got ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ of prototypes including E-100 (Wasn't even fully constructed ever) and Maus. I don't really get why are devs sh**tingng into their own mouths with all this.

Another problem is the historical accuracy at all since US planes have weak engines, UK weapons are innefective and the glorious Russian planes have best stats at everything. The fact that russian vehicles overall had many problems, for example the transmittion on T34 lasted for 30-50km after being completely damaged. The fact that T34 goes for about 30km/h on a terrain is just simple BS. it couldn't go above 15 km/h in terrain due to crappy transmittion. And to shift to 4.th gear you would need some sort of superhuman power. The fact that every russian plane can catch up to US plane is BS aswell. Most of the russian planes had problems with weak engines followed by overheating. Just play some IL-2 1946 and you'll see what I'm talking about.

In overall, due to russian bias in first place, terrible matchmaking on the second place and the great responsivity of the devs I really don't reccomend this piece of WW2 russian biased BS.
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41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
166.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
At first it is fun but then the horrible and unbalanced gameplay shows, as in:

1. I haz anti aircraft unit in battle? Me gonna wipe out entire enemy tank company with ma anti aicraft unit armed with a death ray.

2. Description will be available soon.

3. Random number chances in a game about realism? They got wot!?!?! A Tiger 1 Tank? Don't worry Comrade, chances are every shot that Tiger tank does (even at historically deadly ranges of up to 2000 yards) will deflect on my T34 tank even if it is a shot at the rear of said T34 tank.

4. If you still want to play the game or are relatively new to the game avoid the hours when people who play this in a near religious zeal come out to play (they all seem to come from the one time zone and their tanks majority of which in tier 2 and 3 battles are the T34 tank, they are also pimped up, in fact each tank resembles a Communist parade float and not a freaking machine of war), you will quickly find out what I am talking about.

5. A Soviet T34 tank can somehow survive a close proximity shot from a Stug III F variant+, you know the vehicle designed by the Axis during the war to provide close fire support to infantry that was also used primarily to knock out pill boxes and other entrenched positions, then later it was used as a tank destroyer in combined arms Panzer divisions.

6. The Pz 38t Aus F is a tier 1 tank that is well protected and you would think "wtf is this talk about the Soviet tank bias?" but then you quickly find out as you advance in the tiers and unlock and play with new tanks that the majority of the German Panzer tanks have the exact same armor config as the Pz38T Aus F tank and in battles consisting of tier 2 tanks (yes the very next tier), 50 by 30 by 30 armor config is not going to protect you from instant death especially against Soviet tanks that for the majority of them have deadly HE (high explosive) ammunition, said ammo can kill your entire crew (and knock your tank out) if the shell hits (keep in mind historically the Soviets up until 1942 had many different types of ammo for their tanks and for the most part they were all ineffective against German armor, this changed with the introduction of the improved T34 which also led to the rise of the MBT concept).

7. There is no penalty in tank battles when someone jumps into an aircraft and does a kamikazi run on you, considering that this act is a deliberate death in an attempt to knock your unit out, also the fact that in air battle gameplay modes the killing of your own team mates deducts end game credits really begs why such a similar act in tank battles is not further frowned upon (there is in the form of bonus credits an incentive to try and make your aircraft survive until the timer runs out but the incentive is too small for most people to even bother about it).

8. Axis units progressively get worse in actual gameplay performance vs Allied nations units, an example is the paper thin armor on Japanese aircraft vs the nearly indestructible Soviet aircraft (same tier). "Son that aint a "heavy fighter" at all". Also see points 4 and 5.

9. As a free 2 play game it is obvious that grinding will be included yet what does not make sense is that when you unlock a new tier of vehicles you cannot purchase (you can still research it, no problems there) a tank that you really wanted unless you have purchased the tank in the previous tier that preceded it, for example say you wanted the infamous Tiger 1 tank (tier 3) but don't like the look and bulky feel of the Panzer III M (tier 2), well bad luck then as you are forced to purchase the Panzer III M before you are allowed to purchase the Tiger 1 (the next tank in the chain).

10. Victory day celebrations did not have discounts on German tanks.

11. Not sure if hackers or just the weirdness of lag but sometimes you get shot at through solid rock (I have the replay to prove it).

12. All the above could become moot if they would rework the matchmaking, since as it stands currently it is now only about matching similar tiers of tanks to each other, nothing is considered in regards to individual player skill (the game keeps track of your "service record" so why not go further and match players with like "service records"). The game will eventually (if not already) become unfriendly to new players.

13. Not really the fault of the developer but base campers ruin the game, only willing to advance forward when more experienced players are willing to do the majority of the dirty work (this could also be made moot if the dev reworked the matchmaking (see point 12)).

14. This is not a net issue as I have a fiber optic connection but sudden and massive drops in FPS from sub 60 to around the ~15 frames per second mark, this happens rarely but always at the most inconvenient rage inducing times.

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In conclusion, the game is visually impressive it also has (at least early on in tier 1) that "one more game" feel however once you advance beyond tier 1 you quickly learn just how unbalanced the game is and how some included underlying mechanics and design decisions ruin the game, Keep in mind that I have been playing video games since the late Atari 2600 days and the first ever tank game that I played was 'Conqueror' by Ocean Software (a 1988 PC game designed for 286 computers with CGA/EGA or VGA monitors), War Thunder is very similar to that game in that it is also an external camera view 3D (but with real basic low poly 3D graphics) game, however it was single player only and I must say 'Conqueror' makes much more sense then this, since in 'Conqueror' a Kv1 tank going up against a Panther or Tiger tank is 9 out of 10 times going to get wasted while in this, it is more about is the random number generator in my favor and also is the damn Soviet tank equipped with HE rounds or not?

Edit: Reworked for clarification some of the points listed in the review.
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Not Recommended
295.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This is me after wasting 200+ hours on Ground Forces.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYmn3Gwn3oI
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Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
DISCLAIMER Played WT via the launcher +300 hours, just downloaded it here to write review
I also solemnly swear to be as unbiased as I can and will try to see the good in every human

End of disclaimer

General:

I will start with this. I love WW2 themed simulator games. When i first joined up War thunder almost 3 years ago, it looked very promising. This was the first (♥♥♥ you Wowp) decent flight-sim/arcade that looked decent in a long time. War thunder is certainly a pleasure for the eye, worthy of the latest graphical standards set to date.


Progression:

Do you want to fly the most epic post war jets?

Do you want to know what it is like to fly an me262, hunter of the late war skies?

Do you want to drive those legendary king tigers and Pershings?

WELL TOO BAD!! (or pay up)

Progression is nonexistent. The grind is SO terrible that it if WW2 had Gajin mechanics we would still be flying biplanes to this day. The first tiers are okay i guess. But starting from mid tier 3 , things get grindy fast. An average match in planes gets you about 1400 rp and with tanks even lower than that (excluding boosters). When you need to research this plane/tank you want and its 75k rp or more, you are about to pull your hair out. Things get worse as you progress, as you are grinding your way through 5464 of the same planes with almost no real difference between them. Really, do we need to have 20 types of bf109, 25 types of yak and 57 types of spitfire? god please. Yeeeyy i just grinded a 89k spit for 3 months only to find out that the stock version of that plane is ten times worse that your spaded spit you used to get it. THE STOCK GRIND IS ♥♥♥ WRECKING. You have to be a masochist to enjoy this. If you like wasting your time and effort, like playing for weeks/months for minimal reward, you will be thrilled by this game. Unless you pay...
Yes i do realize there is alot of difference between an bf109 F2 and a G2...

Balancing:

The BR system was invented by a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ platypus. You face plane/tanks that are + 1.3 - 1.3 compared to you. However, most of the time its + - 2.3...
For example: If I used a plane of BR 3.3, you are constantly matched by planes up to 5.3 or more. Happened 5 times this week alone. I suppose the gajin-lovers among you think this is impossible and will whine to try to prove their point.The BR system is broken as f***. Unless you pay...
BR distribution is foul as well. Certain german tanks/planes and japanese planes face things they should not.. which
brings us flawlessly to the next point.

Bias:

Gajin has said there is no bias countless times. However, there just is.
Tanks: The T34 and to extend the T34-85, is the single most OP tank in Gajin history, able to block shells from Tigers, Panthers and occasional King tiger. Deflection shells can happen of course, but when A T34-85 block 5 shells of a Tiger to the rear with no damage, uses his supersonic turret traverse speed to turn to you and one-shot you through the thickest part of your armor (NOT IN A WEAK SPOT) at a 30° angle, I just call ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. KV's and Su's have this too, but not to the UBER-MOTHERLAND-PRIDELY way of the T34. Conclusion, don't play tanks unless you use a russian tank. Preferably a T34 or variants. If you really do have to play another nation, which isn't recommended for your mental sanity, use 50 - 60 ducks premium pay wall tanks of the Germans or Americans.

Planes: Not as bad as the bias in tanks. The real problem with planes (RB) is the over-preforming UFO's like the I185. Also the big spread on the BR causes poor lower tier germans to face higher Pay to win russian premium P63 noobs.

Pro's: - Swordfish
- Exit button
- AFK climbing
- Low intelligence level players, being easily offended or fooled.
- 1 byte/sec download speed gives you time to do the chores of the house

CONCLUSION: I would write down a lot more, but please refer to Crabman's review for additional information.

Only three ways to fully enjoy this game:

- be a pro russian rebel, with a secret shrine to Gajin and Stalin in his cellar, while doing ritual sacrifice on innocent germans. Preferably well spoken, as you need to carry out Gajin's orders on how to mute the critics of this game. Be prepared to crush the dreams of others. One day, Gajin might send you a hair of Stalins moustache as a reward.

- Be a millionaire and spend over 500 bucks on this game to get every single premium plane, soviets preferred, and buy 10 years of premium time.

- be mentally unstable, and enjoy to cause pain to yourself and are ready to face depression.
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Not Recommended
277.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
So I come from an era of War Thunder when it was not yet on Steam. I think this was around version 1.21
The game was extremely fun. Ofcourse, since it was Beta it contained a lot of bugs and imbalanced planes (it was only planes back then), some of which were fixed within the week or month, others that are still not fixed today. But all was okay and the community was very relaxed so to speak.

Now you got to understand one thing, War Thunder at the time had around 20 tiers, that was perfectly balanced for every plane out there and matchmaking could very much handle it the way it should but all of a sudden within a few patches they changed the Tier 20 system to a ridiculous Tier 5 system, a system that even up till today takes way more hours of grinding to get the next plane than it was ever before. Now that they hightened the grinding levels was understandable in a way because some people could grind to the latest Tiers within a few days/weeks, so they had to level it out for the whole game and paid players.

But oh boy, that is also where the poo hitted the fan, because their matchmaking system, which used to be somewhat flawless now was utter crap that used "BR ratings" to set you up with others and even up till today people find ways to abuse this system and get with extremely good vehicles in games agains people with extremely bad vehicles. It just doesnt make any sense.

Oh yeah and up untill today, they still have not fixed a lot of bugs. One of which that is very bad for a game like this, hit detection. If you fire up to 20 bullets from a plane, the connection can make it so that you only hit the other plane with 5 or 10 of them, while on your screen it can look like you hitted it with 15 or even all 20 bullets.

Please stay clear of this game, but if you really want to play it, do not give/pay any money untill they do something about all the bad things.
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Not Recommended
1,877.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Don't bother with this one. Over my extensive play time, I have watched Gaijin take a promising, fun game and turn it in to something that is directly opposed to the wishes of their player base, from balance concerns to gameplay changes. While the core gameplay is still solid and the graphics are honestly quite beautiful, the company behind this game is one of the most dishonest I've seen. They actively censor any discussion of their game that paints it in a negative light, even going so far as to create a poll asking forum members to choose between changing core mechanics of a game mode, or issuing copyright strikes against any video that discusses hacking in War Thunder. Add to that their absurdly draconian chat rules and the e-thug moderators that gleefully ban anyone who has the nerve to disagree with them, and you have an environment that is extremely hostile to free speech. There are better flight games and better tank games out there. Do not give Gaijin your money or your time. They don't deserve it.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
223.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
Tired Of Playing This Game Now Only due to the Fact That The Developers MAY be doing a great job of Coming forward with MORE Tanks to add to the Collection & MORE planes too & Including different missions BUT.....
Why havent they fixed The problems That NEED to be fixed & have Needed to be fixed for a long time...???
I Load up every Day & Start off with getting The Bonus Now WHY IS IT
That every day i get the bonus i seem to get either 10 or 15 % of Whatever ???
Wasnt this suppose to increase as you load up every day as a Loyalty Player???
Well Day 262 now & Yet all i STILL get is either 10 or 15 % of lions bonus OR if Im REALLY Lucky a discount of 30 % on some kind of plane or tank..
Ummm Seems to me like this is a DIS because im not a premium member...
Yes War thunder Is a GREAT game but IF & ONLY IF you are a premium member & Then & only then The red carpet is rolled out For You.
The Old Saying Goes ' The Rich Get Richer & The Poor Get Poorer'
Thats certanly the case in this game.
Ive lost the Will to live playing now only due to being hacked Soo many time & Loosing either Golden eagles to Lions & WHY SHOULD I have a second authorative check on my account. The Game should more secure i Aggree but using a Second security post shouldnt be the way.
Its a Shame that When Firstly Seeing War thunder on steam Was a Jolly Because This game Was Different at the Time.
It Only Went downhill.
I Honestly dont think there are enough Staff in the Bug Fixing & Game play/Trial department as i seem to still Pass certain areas on a map that Still have the Same Bugs. Its Like reminiscing Old Times lol
To Conclude
Yeah Great Game if your a Newcommer But as the days go on You start to see & Pick the holes & Also Get Frustrated Why you dont feel like You deserve a crappy Bonus/award For what you've Been through to get it.
It's Like Your Boss at work Asking you to do Overtime After You've just compleated a Double shift.
' UP Your Loyalty Respect to the Players Gaijin & Make us feel You WANT us to play '
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Not Recommended
340.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Grind. Community(Russian Biased)
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Not Recommended
644.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Company openly admits to abusing youtube's copyright system, break aircraft with no fixes for months, stick to a broken BR system that they said would be fixed within the year, 2 years ago, it's just deplorable business practice and poor treatment of the community.
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