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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July 26

[Development] Ki-100



We are pleased to present another new addition to War Thunder in the upcoming major update –
the Japanese Ki-100, the most recent development of the Ki-61 line of military fighters.


The story of the Japanese military Ki-100 fighter is remarkable. As a result of the Allied bombing of Japanese armament production lines, an engine production factory in Akashi was destroyed. This factory produced Ha-140 engines for Ki-61 fighters. This left the Kawanishi Aircraft Company with 275 Ki-61 airframes, all bereft of engines. In the extremely harsh wartime conditions, such resource could not go unused, so the airframes were given a new ‘heart’ – the Mitsubishi Ha-112-II radial engine. The first aircraft, dubbed the Ki-100, took to the skies in February 1945, just two months after the new engine was first installed in the Ki-61 airframe.





For more info, pictures, and video of this aircraft, be sure to read the full article in the Official War Thunder Forums!

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July 22

[Special] Operation S.U.M.M.E.R.



Pilots and tankers, the last month of summer will be a month to remember. We’re announcing the start of a big new event: Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. Four new premium vehicles straight from the testing grounds, new decals and other prizes for the best warriors in the skies and on the ground!

"Operation S.U.M.M.E.R." will run from July 22nd to August 22nd

Get premium vehicles from Testing Ground "113", decorations, decals and other prizes!

Open the mission calendar for the Task list!

The military arts never stop changing. Somewhere on the front line, shells are firing and turrets are torn off turret rings. Off to the side, engineers strive night and day to perfect their fighting machines: new engines and weapons are developed and armour is strengthened. The results of their efforts are now perfectly tangible.

Soldiers, HQ has received prototypes of military vehicles from Testing Ground 113. This testing ground specializes in a wide array of tasks, from testing the newest prototype ground vehicles and aircraft to benchmarking power trains and complex equipment. Each of these vehicles has its own story: from the famous ‘Uhu’ reconnaissance aircraft that became a test platform for the latest aircraft engines, to a new development: the KV-220 heavy tank, worthy of inheriting the laurel of Kliment Voroshilov, surpassing it in armour, power and armament. The appearance of these vehicles clearly reflects the titanic effort spent on designing and upgrading them. Months in the tender care of mechanics has also left its mark: all testing ground vehicles perform at their peak characteristics as soon as the engine is first started, and their genius engineers have given the vehicles premium status.

There’s a reason these vehicles have been deployed. There is a task at hand: to test these prototype vehicles in real battle conditions with minimal losses. Only the most experienced crews will be able to handle this challenge. Command has decided to distribute the vehicles amongst the best soldiers who have shown their outstanding skills on the battlefield. Now is the time to prove that you are worthy of discovering all the potential of a brand new weapon. You don’t even have to choose – you can get all these vehicles at once by participating in a new operation, codenamed ‘S.U.M.M.E.R.’!

Naturally, there are going to be other useful gifts from the home front too. New decals and other rewards await the event’s participants.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335847
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335856
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335878
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335885


Military camouflages are also available for all the Testing Ground 113 vehicles presented here.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335896
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335914
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335938
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335955

How to participate

“Operation S.U.M.M.E.R.” will take place from July 22nd to August 22nd

Every day, pilots and tankers will receive tasks to get “Marks of Distinction” completing which will guarantee participants new 3d decorations, decals, discounts and other bonuses. The most active participants will become owners of the unique premium vehicles from “Testing Ground 113”!

If you missed the Marks of Distinction

Each task will be available for 1 day and will be changed to another after 24 hours. Each weekend players will have 4 tasks for pilots and tankers and can be completed within the 2 days. The "Marks of Distinction" ( and ​) can still be obtained with Golden Eagles at any time during the event from the day that they appear (future Marks not available until they are released).

See Task Calendar

Main prize - testing range “113” vehicles:


18 pilot Marks of Destinction - German Fw 189 Uhu
Light bomber - Read more

18 tanker Marks of Destinction - British Grant Mk.I
Medium tank - Read more

36 pilot Marks of Destinction - U.S. F7F-3 Tigercat
Heavy figher aircraft - Read more

36 tanker Marks of Destinction - Soviet KV-220
Heavy tank - Read more

All participants will also receive other valuable prizes:

★ Every 10 obtained tanker Marks of Distinction (one of the following 3D decorations)

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729335969


★ Every 8 obtained pilot Marks of Distinction (one of the following "pin-up" decals):

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=729336042

★ Every 4tanker Marks of Distinction:

  • 50.000-500.000 Silver Lions
  • 50-200% SL booster
  • 50-200% RP booster
  • Talisman for rank 2-4 tanks
  • Random tank camo
  • 30-50% discount for random premium tank

★ Every 4 pilot Marks of Distinction:

  • 50.000-500.000 Silver Lions
  • 50-200% SL booster
  • 50-200% RP booster
  • Talisman for rank 2-4 aircraft
  • Random aircraft camo
  • 30-50% discount for random premium aircraft

Terms and Conditions:

  • Tasks are changed every day at 11:00 GMT. Weekend tasks are changed on Monday at the same time.
  • The special is divided for pilots and tankers, a player may complete both tank and air tasks to get all the rewards.
  • Skipped tasks may be purchased in the item shop from the day they appear.
  • Tasks may be changed at the discretion of the administration.

Your questions:

Q: What if I miss some tasks and I need them to get the prize?
A: Skipped tasks may be purchased in the item shop from the day they appear.

Q: Should I do all the tasks or may I skip some?
A: You can skip. There will be 40 tasks available for tankers and pilots, in order to get the main prize — the KV-220 and the F7F-3 — you are required to complete 36 tasks, even if you skipped more than 4, you may still purchase the missing ones in the item shop.

Q: Will there be multipliers for different modes?
A:. Yes. But they may vary from task to task, check the in-game description.

Q: If I get a decoration/decal from the supply box, is it possible that I can get them again in the future boxes?
A: No. You get new content every time you open a new box. So it is possible to get all the decorations and decals.

Have Fun! The War Thunder Team

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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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Recent:
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[W-G] computergeek2950
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The Game Is Awsome
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Godislove4u
( 86.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
one of the best games out there and oculus rift experience praise Jesus
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Diam
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Οι Ρώσοι είναι unbalanced λόγο Ρώσων developers.
CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKIIIIIIIIIIIII BREEEEEEEEEEEEKIIIIIIIIIIIIII
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MysticTraveller1
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Well it dousent even work, I wait for it to do it stuff then it just crashes so not a very good game.
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DeathLord
( 105.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Highly recommended... Just look at my hours.
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killer_bear
( 342.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
very fun and the community is very friendly. but the devs dont care. but they are making the game good by including more stuff like tanks for all the countrys and hopefully tanks.
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RandomMap
( 90.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Great game, realistic!
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cHRisRoCK2847
( 34.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
A game turned bad
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[PGS-Mod] H20shane
( 56.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Fun game.But... it needs infentry aspect. I belive that becouse men on the ground is a impourtent aspect of warfare.
over all i give theis game a 10 outa 10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
127 of 168 people (76%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,181.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Bad game design and developers who do not care what you want.

Arcade Battle Air

Not too much to complain about as this part of the game they designed the least of. Generally you'll have a good time unless you fly Japan. Russo-Japanese War must have hit the devs hard because Japan has the worst BRs and repair prices of any other nation ground or air. You'll rarely get competitive aircraft and if you do get something competitive it's a broken UFO flight model they didn't bother to pass on to anyone with a bit of sense. I'd like to add the final bit of bull the devs like to pass on Japanese is putting horrible fantasy ammo belts filled with practice shells. This ammo problem has not been fixed since the introduction of ammo selection.

Realistic Battle Air

Again not much to complain about. BRs are a problem for many aircraft. You'll have much more fun here but it's not worth it time wise in my opinion. Japanese problems persist here like horrible BR but usually allied pilots are not very smart and they'll turn with an overtiered A6M5. If they ever add Enduring Conflict RB that will be your go to for planes.

Arcade Battle Ground

I could write a novel on the cons to AB tanks but what really makes it unplayable is the constant bombardment of CoD killstreaks that instantly kill any one tank they choose. To continue on that, the Maus is one of the worst tanks at its BR and yet it's still missing historical turret armor and it has an insane repair price. The one tank that can't avoid a suicide run from an attacker and it is one of the most expensive. Getting killed out of the spawn is not fun for anyone and whenever I use the bombing run I want to put "Sorry" in chat because of how unfun and unavoidable the mechanic is. Transmission fires. Remove them. You should not have to unlock FPE or parts and you should not have to unlock flat camos.

Realistic Battle Ground

Battle Ratings are a major problem. We do not have historical match making. We do not have match making by year. What we have is match making "based on player performance". This is a lie. There is little rhyme or reason to some of the BRs, not to mention the spread is too high. It's already pretty hard to get a game so reducing spread really wouldn't increase queue times. You have tanks that are outright better than some with lower BRs and repair costs. Not good. Spawn killing is terrible on many maps. Russians are great at close quarters knife fights which is fine except for that fact that every capture zone required to win is placed in dense cities forcing german teams to venture into their weak zone.

The Problem

The real issue with all of this is simple. It's been this way for years and it's not getting fixed. From disastrous decisions like ATGMs and the Tu-4 they really don't care. The only recent instance I can recall of a good fix would be the restriction of four bombers per team but even that isn't working correctly. Don't take my word for it. Take every top player's word for it. Countless youtube channels stopping with War Thunder content. Japanese belts will not be fixed. High tier tank and aircraft gameplay will not improve. The mods act like children and players are mostly in a bad mood. Japanese players beg tooth and nail for the H8K2 to return to the regular tree and we get a slap in the face with an insane research requirment and a FANTASY UNPAINTED CAMO.

The Good

It looks good.
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101 of 131 people (77%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Was good when it first started, but is now just a simulation of what war would be like according to a 12 year old russian kid.
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57 of 69 people (83%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,336.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Year 0: Oh man! This seems like a pretty good game! I'll give it a try!

Year 1: Oh...okay, so now you can't straight up BUY the planes. That's... I get that, more time to get better with the planes you have!

Year 2: O-ummm..... what're you doing? What's this...tiered ♥♥♥♥....aand you still have Battle Ratings? Oh-okay, well I still trust you, you're a fun game to play.

Year 3: Oh sweet! Tanks I hope you ha-(doesn't have american tanks).. oo-ooh-okay, I uhh,,, alright let's try germans then! I heard they have (discovers cheeki-bleeki soviet Armor piercing (NYET TOVARISH, IS HE COVERED IN STEEL XAXAXA) and their infinite and undropping bullet physics.

Oh...oh noooo.

Year 4: OH SWEET! THEY BUFFED THE P-47! FINALLY! I CAN SHOOT DOWN THE BO- (bombers are now busy crashing into ground because MUH XP).

W..war thunder what're you doing.

Year 4.5: (Nerfs .50s, nerfs Pratt/Whitney r2800 effectively killing american fighter tree.) WAR THUNDER STAHP

Year 5: *ABSOLUTELY HOLOCAUSTS THE ♥♥♥♥ OUTTA THE GERMAN BF109 TREE.

GAIJIN WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥'RE YOU DOING.

Year 5: *BUFFS BOMBBER MACHINE GUNS AND COMPONENT HEALTH, NERFS 20MM PEN, NERFS ENGINES, GIVES GERMAN 190S AIRSPAWNS

GAIJIN PLZ NO.





TL:DR: Gaijin is the dog that you think is cute but sits infornt of you and ♥♥♥♥♥ a mixture of green and yellow volcanic buttmud for five minutes straight while staring at you in the eyes.
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57 of 77 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
512.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Game is good, but nothing is ever done to stop spawn campers who simply leech fun. Was happy to, and did spend money on WoT, and I consider this game to be largely superior, but I will not spend anything till something is done
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
139.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Balance is gone so me too.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
419.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Before you read this, let me make it clear that I am only talking about ground battles in this review.

I consider this game one of the best in its field, mechanics-wise. Graphics are well rounded and can play on even a mediocre PC. It looks absolutely stunning at max details, but it will give you a severe handicap when trying to spot enemy tanks.

Now for the bad; The playerbase is absolutely terrible. Roughly half of players in this game do not understand the mechanics and seem too preoccupied with (trying) getting kills and thus tend to ignore the mission at hand, which will ultimately garner you a loss in the end. While the game doesn't reward winners and punish losers like in similar games, it is still quite demoralizing to lose ten or more matches in a row, because your teammates are running around like headless chickens.

Another concern is the abundance of russian players on the european servers. They refuse to use english and tend to teamkill you when you don't understand a word of what they're saying. From what I've heard, it is because the russian server is even more toxic to play on, so they go to the european server instead.

Russian bias; it exists in the form of favorable battle rating for russian tanks. There is no denying this.

Community: The community is congruent to poison and Gaijin is more focused on punishing than listening. It looks like Gaijin is actively trying to sabotage the community and what good is left of it, is slowly fading with each ban.

Bugs: A lot of bugs have been introduced over the course of the last two major updates - don't expect to have a good time, as wonky physics, horrible ballistic collision and missing tank interior will ruin your day.

Half a year ago I would definitely have recommended this game - not so much any more.
Warthunder is slowly turning into a rotting cesspool of biased game design, bugs, horrible player management and blatant disregard of community feedback.

TL;DR: Don't get this game, just don't - you will regret it. It will seem fun at first, but then it will suck out your soul and leave your dried salty husk to write bad reviews.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
699.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Are you looking for a game that accurately portrays WWII warfare? Then look somewhere else because that is not this game. The balancing is terrible and not up to historical records. There are multiple instances of russian biases (they get double payload for standard shells, tu-4, etc.). It is a timesink. I cannot reccomend putting the time into getting RP for tiering up when the developers literally just copy paste vehicles across tiers. If you play free expect to grind across an eternity.

DO NOT PLAY.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
447.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
War Thunder. War Thunder never changes.

On august 15th, 2013, someones great great grandfather, who served in the army, wondered when he'd get to go home to his wife and brand new PC which he had never seen to play a WW2 sim. He got his wish when Gaijin released War Thunder, by dropping a download into a non translated Russian page.

The gaming community awaited Armageddon, instead, something terrible happened. Gaijin began to make the game not as an accurate sim, but as a source of nearly limitless propaganda. Russians enjoyed luxuries once thought the realm of Soviet WW2 fan fiction. T-34's, LaGG-3s, Mig-17s outclassing whatever they faced. But then, in 2015, people awoke from the euphoria induced dream.

Years of imbalance lead to shortages of nearly every major resource. The entire community unraveled. Fun became a distant memory.

It is now the year 2016. The community stands on the brink of total annihilation, and i am afraid for myself, my bank account, for my time wasted grinding.

Because if my time in the game taught me one thing: it's that War Thunder, War Thunder never changes.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
161.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Best uninstall simulator.
All of this comments are true!
Stronk russia everywhere.
Tiger I E shots KV-85 to side armor at 0.52m. No penetration!
KV-85 turn turret shot (my) Tiger I E to front of my turret. Instakill, Crew knocked Out.
F**** gajin.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
509.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game is just a game from russians to russians... game is really unbalanced and has a lot of problems but gaijing wont fix them. they are focused on new post war tanks when the old ones (especially german tanks/planes) are still in too hight battlerating or has other problems. if you want to still play this game, you should start with soviet union because they have the most OP tanks and planes in any battlerating.
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