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 31

[Development] Sturer Emil

Recently, we introduced a new line of open-cabin German SPGs to the game. Most players liked this new addition: the powerful rank 3 vehicles – the Dicker Max and Nashorn – may be lightly armoured, but on the other hand they can shred any opponent that gets in their sights with a single shot. However, the line is unfinished, so we’re here to present to you an essential new hero of the upcoming update. Meet the Sturer Emil!​

Work on the Sturer Emil began in as early as 1939, when the German army had need of an effective weapon against the reinforced Maginot Line. But by 1942, the situation had changed fundamentally: France had already fallen, and Germany was waging an entirely different war against the USSR. At the start of the Great Patriotic War, when the Germans first clashed with the newest Soviet KV and T-34 tanks, the question of creating an effective weapon against them became critical: no German tank cannon at that time could effectively penetrate their armour. Only high-calibre anti-aircraft weapons showed good efficiency in penetrating Soviet heavy armour, such as the 12.8 cm FlaK 40.

To see more info, 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 31

[Development] N1K1-Ja : Violet Lightning

We present the new Japanese piston-engine N1K1-Ja fighter, which will arrive in War Thunder 1.59: Flaming Arrows.

By the spring of 1944, the primary efforts of Japan’s aviation industry were aimed at creating an improved version of the N1K2-J Shiden Kai, but development on its predecessor the N1K1 nonetheless continued. The base model was equipped with the more accurate long-barreled 20mm cannons instead of the previous short-barreled cannons and an external honeycomb oil radiator was installed to improve heat exchange. So the N1K1-Ja Shiden (JP: Violet Lightning) model was born.

To see more of this vehicle, be sure to view the full Dev Blog article on the Official War Thunder Forums!

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"War Thunder extremely easy to slip into"
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"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"

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

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/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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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( 147.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Do you dream of flying a B-17 dropping bombs and coming back all beaten up. Or go down in a blaze of glory while your gunners are firing at the enemy as your engines are shutting off while on fire and your doing your best to keep it in the air.. Or maybe fly in a huge formation over enemy territoy.

Well keep moving this is not the game for you..

Bombers last about two seconds in the air. My last match literally 2 mins ago i lost 5 bombers, from 3 b-17s to a b-24 and a b-29 to a single bullet, and not pilot death no, as in my entire plane exploded, 5 different times, same match. And thats what this game is, over and over. No real team work at all. Bombers literally spawn and dive to go as fast as they can to the targets to bomb before they go 1 shot out the sky and hopefully just hopefully they can turn around after they drop the bombs. So ya to get points you have to hell dive as a b-17.

Tier system is horrible, the grind is so bad, bombers are useless. Im serious a b-29 with no bombs in bay, exploded one shot from a spitfire. And its really becoming play to win now.. Dont let the past reviews with the thumbs up fool you, this is not the same game.
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KG-6 Sleipnir
( 942.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Play as a Lancaster mk.3 in realistic.
Side climb to 5000m.
See a fighter.
Burn him up with the 50.
Suddenly 4v1.
They follow directly behind the 50.
Drop 2 before loosing elevators.
Lancaster loop of death.
Kill a third while he stalls trying to follow your loop.
Watch the fourth run home to change his pants.
Typhoon 1B/L surprise.
See last fighter splinter some debris and spiral to the ground.
Flatspin the Lanc because physics.
Land hard but survive.
You are now AAA.

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( 69.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I have played a total of 68 hours of ground forces on War Thunder. I have a laptop with an Intel Pentium processor. I get a solid 10-15 fps. So if you have a stock computer, it wont be amazing. The gameplay itself is realistic, as far as I tell. The built in communications system is very good for what it is. Overall it is worth the 3 & half hour download.
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Akagi Saeko
( 378.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
♥♥♥♥ you russia
♥♥♥♥ you Gaijin
♥♥♥♥ing russian bias
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( 515.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Its a good game, sometimes may be frustrating with matchmaking, but overall I think it's fine. Most of the negative reviews are the people who are either bad or the people who just got tired from playing the game over 1000 hours :P . Try it out despite some negativity, i mean, it is free lol.
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Space Cadet Nemo
( 208.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Save your time and your money.

Don't contribute to egomaniacal foreign developers who can't handle criticism. This is just another game in a sea of titles where the developer doesn't care about what the community thinks. Patch after patch, nothing that's broken gets fixed, but here's stuff you didn't know you didn't want. War Thunder needs rebalancing desperately and has basically nothing to help new players. After 200 hours, I still don't understand most of the finer details. There aren't tutorials, it's not on the wiki, and it's all "trade secret stuff".

But if you want a good WWII game that isn't a typical FPS, this is your best shot.
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( 21.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
There is no doubt that this game is an excellent simulator. However, its pay-2-win mechanics and Russian bias ruin the experience. Can't even play this for the graphical value anymore. Being killed over and over again by people who spend WAY too much money and hours on this game makes it unenjoyable. It could be a great game, and I would gladly pay $60.00 for it, but no, it's a free-to-play, which, at this point, is just a light term for "You want to progress and see what this game has to offer? Well fine, bucko, pay-up."
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( 3,017.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
after 2 years and 3,000 hours in this game i realise that I HATE THIS GAME and iv hated it for a long time and hoped it would get better, but its not its just getting worse
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( 36.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Their support service would be bettter off as a bot they won't help their terrible people they will probably just ignore as many people as they can just to finish the day without doing their real jobs.
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✌ SILLY! ✌
( 94.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
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( 372.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31



all gaijin workers : YEAH
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( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I really want to like this game but theres not that much to it. I played it when it was plane warfare game now it has tanks. So you scratch around in mediocre maps with so so game play, no real incentive for team work.
But the grind up to different machines is long and boring and its not that obvious what the new machine is going to bring. There is no wow factor in this game for me. In this genre there are different there are better games.
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( 388.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Decent game, but they have ruined it, not to mention the the pay 2 win and the massive grind.

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( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
First I want to say that I have played this game for thousands of hours in the browser version, and started playing in November 2013 just after patch 1.35 was released. It have gotten a lot of negative feedback, of which some is understandable and other... not so much.

The graphics in War Thunder are just amazing. The amount of detail put into every vehicle and every map is just amazing. The game could need some better antialiasing, but it's not something that is particularily bothering. I run the game at maximum graphics with a framerate that never go under 60fps. My graphics card is a GTX 970. My previous PC had a GTX 650 and I could run most settings on max when in airbattles and still have a high framerate. Ground forces, on the other hand, was quite a bit more demading. Nevertheless, the game has spectacular graphics, and should run relatively okay on most gaming PCs from this decade.

The sound is also quite good. Gun sounds and engine sounds do sound pretty realistic. The only issue I have is that they re-use a lot of engine sounds espcially, on planes and tanks that uses completely different engines. It's not a big issue, but I would like some more veriety when it comes to sounds.

The soundtrack is very good in this game. In the menu there is mostly classical music that I feel fits the game. In a match it's more intense action music, that also fits the game. You have the possibility to add radio stations, and if you want to get really immersed I recommend adding UK 1940s radio.

The first thing a lot of people complain about is progression. If you are not that good of a player and plays tanks, you will not have a great time if getting new vehicles fast is important for you. For some reason, aircraft are much simpler to grind almost no matter how good you are. I, at least, have never had a problem with grinding aircraft, but that is of course subjective.

The gameplay is great. Gaijin is aiming at creating as accurate as possible vehicles. That does however not mean matches will feel that realistic. In aircraft "Realistic Battles" for instance, both teams starts at their own airfield. They then climb as fast as possible to altitude to get above each other. This is not very realistic. In real life there would the vast majority of times be one side who has bases far away from the other. They would therefore be at a very high altitude even before the enemy would realize they were even there. This would, off course, give a big advantage to one, side, so in my opinion it is better how it is in game now. People tend to forget it is just an MMO, and is not trying to be a completely historically accurate representaion of reality (The same can not be said about the vehicles, however). Go play games like IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad/Moscow or Cliffs of Dover for that.

The game does lack balance. Many think there is "Russian bias", in the game, and that russian vehicles gets an advantage over other nations. The thing is that most russian planes fits the meta of the game (Which I highly doubt is with creating an unfair advantage over other nations in mind.). Russian planes are very good at low to medium altitude unlike for instance German and American planes. People are just not that keen on climbing to 6k+ meters, let alone staying at such an altitude. Secondly, since even before the beginning of WWII until around the Korean War (which is the time period the game takes place.), the vast majority of Russian planes had one or more nose mounted cannons. Comparing this to American planes, this is pretty powerful. Most American WWII aircraft had wingmounted .50 cal maching guns, giving Russian planes an advantage armament wise too. Even what is seen as one of the worst aircaft to take to the skies in WWII, the LaGG-3 had what was at the time a very powerful armament (One nose mounted 20mm cannon and two nose mounted .50 caliber machine guns.). In game this plane is seen as OP just because of it's armament, even considering it's accurate flight model. The same goes for tanks. The T-34s are better than most of their opposition because if they were tiered higher they would have little to no chance at penetrating almost anything (Yes, I know they can pen every German tank with ease up until the Tiger I and Panther. I do, howerver feel the T-34-85 should get a higher BR. At higher tiers, however, the favour goes to the Germans. The famous Tiger II, especially, is near impenetrable from the front by many of it's oppsition, and have an 88mm gun that can both penetrate and deal a huge amount of damage to anything it faces. A competent player will, however, find ways to defeat these tanks.
I understand that people think there is Russian bias in the game. The thing is just that russian planes fits the meta and the developers happen to be Russian.
Some vehicles are however vastly outclassed. The British Gloster Meteor Mk. 3 jet, which saw service in WWII have to fight planes who first saw service over half a decade later, like the Russian MiG 15 and Amercian F-86 Sabre. Meanwhile, the P-80 jet, which is superior to the Meteor Mk. 3 is facing almost exclusively propeller driven aircraft from WWII. Now, I do support a system that favours balance over historical matchmaking, but when a plane have to face a plane that is both FAR superior and was introduced many years later, I do sometimes start to wonder what the developers are thinking with.
Overall, the balance is decent. Nothing spectacular, but I know certain games with worse balance *cough* World of Tanks *cough*.

The community has it's bad and it's good sides. On one side, you have the people who just want to play a free to play action game. They don't really care about the historical background of the vehicles, or anything like that. They just play. These are the people claiming the game has "Russian bias".
On the other side, you have the dedicated players who knows their ♥♥♥♥. These people have a passion for the game and knows a lot about their vehicle's background and how to exploit it's advantages. They also know the weaknesses and advantages of their enemies vehicles.

War Thunder is far from perfect. It has flaws that are liekly never to be addressed. The developers have a reputation of not listening to their player base, but I have the impression that they have started being more active recently. The game is at certain tiers unbalanced and does get very grindy when it comes to tanks.
Nevertheless, the gameplay (For the most part), graphics and the huge amount of content does in my opinion make up for it's flaws.

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( 777.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I've played this game a fair bit. I enjoyed it at first (maybe first 400 hours!). However, I stopped playing the game because of the very negative changes the devs made. Bottom line, it's pay to win. The game is not what it used to be.

Grinding in games isn't all bad, but when a game starts to FEEL grindy with little sense of payoff, that's bad.

Gaijin Entertainment have to be the worst developers for two reasons. They are greedy, it's clear to see this from the development path of this game. Also, while it's almost impossible to contact support, when you do they are incredibly rude and unprofessional. There's no excuse for that.

Anyway, I'll not be playing this again. Thanks, but no thanks.
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( 37.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
heres my suggestions though:
white flag and surrender system
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smug weeaboo face
( 251.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Even though the Axis boys lost World War Two therefore reducing the capabilities to produce high end products such as better tanks and planes, it kinda bugs me how broken the BR rating is. As a German tanker I'm alright fighting Is-2's, Pershings and all the tanks made from 1945 and below but fighting tanks from the future is kinda crazy, how can my super thick Maus compete with tanks that can penetrate its amour anyway.

(and yes i know that Germans tanks are for long ranged combat but if everyone in our team keeps going long range who's going to rush?)

I would play this game again if they would at least fix the BR
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[IPHX] TehSlayer
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
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( 139.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Russian bias there russian bias here aaand war thunder.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
350 of 430 people (81%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3,474.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3

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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154 of 180 people (86%) found this review helpful
13 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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201 of 253 people (79%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
260.3 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.

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.

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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178 of 224 people (79%) 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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63 of 68 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,523.5 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:
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78 of 93 people (84%) 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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72 of 86 people (84%) 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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56 of 65 people (86%) 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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66 of 83 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
105.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
It used to be a really good game back in the beta.
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,124.6 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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52 of 69 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 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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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.


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
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


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.


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...


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.


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
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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Not Recommended
295.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This is me after wasting 200+ hours on Ground Forces.
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Not Recommended
277.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
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
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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Not Recommended
342.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Grind. Community(Russian Biased)
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Not Recommended
224.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
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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