War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.
User reviews: Very Positive (30,400 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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February 27

Head start for the War Thunder Mastermind Quiz!


Dear Pilots and Tankers!
We’re are steadily climbing towards our goal of 400 000 followers on our War Thunder Facebook page, but we are not quite there yet. For reaching that milestone, we promised you the War Thunder Mastermind Quiz, in which you will be able to prove your knowledge about your favourite game and earn rare premium vehicles as well!

We know that a great many of you are eagerly awaiting the chance to get their hands on the quiz (and the vehicles, of course!), so we decided to cut the wait short and make both the quiz and ingame special available to you immediately! We’re are sure to reach the number soon anyway, so there is really no reason to keep you waiting any longer!

Don’t forget: Facebook is integrated into War Thunder, and by connecting your Facebook account to the game you can easily share battle results and other achievements with your friends, or send invites to people on your friend list you think might fancy a ride in an aircraft or tank.

So, join us this weekend on our official War Thunder Facebook page, prove your knowledge in the Mastermind Quiz, activate the code, and then head in to the game to complete the easy to do special for your vehicles!

The “Quiz” special will be active from 07.00 GMT on February 28th until 07.00 GMT on March 2nd.
You’ll receive a special reward for the third, fifth and seventh victory over the period!
  • 3 of 7 victories: Get 50.000 Silver Lions !
  • 5 of 7 victories: Get one: He 112B-2, DB-7 or LaGG-3-23!
  • 7 of 7 victories: Get one: He 112B-2, DB-7 or LaGG-3-23!
In total, over the whole period, you can earn 50.000 Silver Lions and two premium aircraft! The chances of receiving any of these aircraft is equal; if you already own one, you’ll get another one of the three. Unfortunately, a comparable pay-out in Golden Eagles is not possible.

If you are on PlayStation 4, we haven't forgotten you! Sadly, for technical reasons, you are currently not able to activate your Mastermind code after successfully participating in the quiz. You can still complete the tasks of the special, and will be able to activate your code at a later point in time. Thank you for understanding!

How it works:
  • Access the War Thunder Facebook page and click on ‘Participate’
  • The Mastermind Quiz will ask you 10 random questions. Answer 7 of them correctly and get a special key code!
  • Redeem the code on the official website here (make sure to log in with your game account!)
  • You’re now able to do complete the special! Check your profile to find out more about the requirements to unlock the vehicles

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February 27

T-44 Restoration Project - Final

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqqh7jT5pdc
Watch also: Part I, Part II, Part III

Gaijin Entertainment, in association with the Central Museum of Armored Vehicles and Weapons in Kubinka, finished the restoration of the Soviet T-44 medium tank. The vehicle is in running order, has parade camouflage, and is ready to go 'to Battle'! Victory is ours!


On February 21st, 2015, Gaijin and the Kubinka Museum held a festivity for all fans and friends of military vehicles. Highlight of the program was a reenacted tank battle of World War II, where our restored T-44 of course participated!

Now, the T-44 is a valued part of the museum's collection and will, besides being visible for daily visitors, participate in events and parades regularly.

In celebration of the restoration of the T-44, we'll include the 'Znamenksiy' decal to War Thunder, which is now painted on the restored T-44, with a coming update.

Below, you'll find a selection of photos of the event. You can also visit the album of the event on our Facebook page.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399932036
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399932092
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399932250
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399932462
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399932579
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=399932851
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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."
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/623/view/reviews/loadReview/266/Gaijin-Strikes-Gold.html

About This Game

War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.

War Thunder offers a highly detailed and personalized aviation experience, giving players access to hundreds models of planes with detailed cockpits, dozens of upgradeable weapons, and flying skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the game’s painstaking attention to detail, you’ll truly feel like a World War II fighter pilot as you plunge into battle.

The genuine World War II experience isn’t limited to the skies. The massive historical battles featured in War Thunder cannot be fought by aviation alone, so the game will also expose players to combat on land and at sea. Currently the game is in open beta stage and full functionality is yet to come.

Features Include


  • Varied PvP-experiences set in full-scale combat missions
  • Multiple settings options allow advanced virtual pilots and beginners to enjoy playing the game together
  • Rich PvE content: dynamic campaigns, solo missions, mission editor, and much more for single-player and cooperative gameplay
  • Impressive diversity includes detailed models of planes and their cockpits, as well as tanks and ships
  • Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects, and beautiful music

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
968 of 1,164 people (83%) found this review helpful
412 people found this review funny
174.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
War Thunder in a nutshell,

Planes;
When your pilot gets killed:"WTF I call hacks! This game sucks!"
When you kill the enemy pilot:"Take that sucker, I knew my CoD skills would work here."

When you get rammed:"Frickin noobs everywhere"
When you ram:"It's called a kamikaze brah"

When you get killed by rockets:"F******g rocket spammer,rockets are bs!"
When you get a rocket kill:"MWHAHAHAHA"

When you can't hit ground targets with a bomber:"I swear if those tanks stopped moving I would get them"
When you hit ground targets:"Guess I have to much skill, WW2 is sooooooo easy, I would have bombed every frickin tank"

When your wing gets ripped off:"WTF, ARE THESE WINGS MADE OUT OF PAPER, UNINSTALL!"
When you rip off an enemy's wing:"Pfft, I'm to good"

When you get matched with a plane 2 tiers higher than you:"F***, thx Gaijin"
When you get matched with a plane 2 tiers lower than you:"Poor guy maybe I won't go after him (Said no one ever)

When somebody cleverly maneuvers you:"My plane sucks!!"
When you outmaneuver somebody:"Step up your game NOOB!

When you come across some USSR planes:"F****** Russian bias"
When you use a plane from the USSR:"Oh I'm sorry I thought the USSR was a country that fought and won with the Allies"

Tanks;

When you get flipped over:"Plz help, I'll give a free bj just PLEASE"
When you see somebody flipped over:"Sorry dude, I have losers to pwn"

When you get one-shotted:"FRICKIN HACKS AGAIN"
When you one-shot somebody:"Why do I have to aim so good man?"

When you're getting shot from some random place:"WALLHACKS"
When you're hitting somebody and they can't figure out where you are:"2ManyNewbs"

When someone calls an artillery strike on you:"S***, S***, S***!!!"
When you call an artillery strike on someone:"You better not run, you better not hide (You know the rest)"


10/10 Would still play despite all the times I raged :D
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715 of 865 people (83%) found this review helpful
173 people found this review funny
203.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
There are three kinds of people in this game;

Skilled Pilots,
Rammers,
And Russian planes.

I hate Russian planes.
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759 of 1,021 people (74%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
365.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I have way more hours than Steam says, simply because I started playing before it was even on Steam. But thats not my point really.
I have probably put a thousand hours and several hundred dollars into this game, and if you had asked me 6 months ago if I recommneded it, I wouldve said yes, all the way. But now, the game is a broken mess that infuriates me more than it entertains me.
Where do I even begin?
Country bias is strong, being a Russian game, the Russian planes are incredibly overpowered, and dont even think about getting within a kilometer of a Russian tank.
The customer support base is terrible. Instead of rolling out tweaks and fixes that players have been asking for for over a year, they simply add more planes to the Russian tree and maybe a few to the others and further mess up the system that is so badly in need of balancing.
To do anything above tier 3 in anything short of a human life time you will need to pay for a premium account, and even then, you better play realistic battles (which in my opinion are not nearly as fun as Arcade), AND EVEN THEN you better have paid $20+ for a Premium Aircraft.
No, this game has just become too much of a "Pay to Win" cash cow for Gaijin, rather than focusing on making it a fun experience for everyone, no matter what country or game type someone wants to play.
I think the best line I've seen that descibes this game now is,
"Grind 'till you die...
or pay up."

*EDIT*

This may be a petty gripe, but I think it sums up how little the developers care about their user base. Most online games give stuff away for the Holiday season, right? Gaijin begs to differ. You can earn 2 very low tier vehicles.... if you complete 19 challanges that are released over 19 days. NINETEEN. And they are shoot down 30 planes in "inset plane here" and destroy 40 tanks in "insert tank here."
Not only are the rewards crap, the amount of work required and amount of time you have to grind is insane. No discounts on the overpriced planes, overpriced premium accounts, or overpriced premium currency have been offered either.
So Gaijin's "Merry Christmas" to their user base is basically a giant, grindy middle finger. A rather apt comparison to what the entire game has become over the last year.
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604 of 817 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
330.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I was a hardcore fan of this game. Initially when I acquired the hours on this game it was amazing. The aircraft where historically accurate and amazingly detailed. The gameplay was fun and teams were developing nicely. Now it’s a piece of trash. Everything has been nerved except anything Stalin would get sexually aroused by. The gameplay has become so unbalanced that the USSR team win realistic battles 90% of the time!! The combat ratings are so broken my tier 2 FW will be put against tier 4 aircraft which outperform it in every way other than fire power. The game has become unplayable and this is my 2nd and hoefully final rage quit.Finally I will say that this game has great allure, because of the detail and effort Gaijin put into the game. I cannot understand why they are ruining it with stupid issues such as a biased combat rating and buffing a particular team. You want to play as the USSR this game is 10/10. Play as any other team prepare to crash and burn. Enjoy!
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498 of 675 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
165.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Game used to be very fun, but it has turned into a monster grind. As others have stated, I don't mind them encouraging payment, but the prices are too high. I'm just glad I unlocked quite a few planes before it became this grind fest.
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304 of 408 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
196.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
this game... was good. at one point the game was mostly balenced and playable, mostly. it was one of my most loved games and now its just horrible, grindy, repetetive and all round boring gaming experiance, even at low tiers it is obvious what planes dominate the sky *cough* russians *cough* . and you cant really argue with planes such as the Yak 9 T/K exsisting, which have really only been made more overpowered after "nerf". The problem is that it appears that they have made the grind to long to keep interest in playing, and they have made it clear that they have a biased towards planes and nations. i do no t recomend playing this game untill one of either things happen.
1: Matchmaker redesigned
2:they listen to the players who are PLAYING the game and giving CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM to help move the game forward, but i highly doubt that this will happen...
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544 of 756 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
465.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
I hate to play the same tune as so many others, but unlike them I am taking my review and going a step further.

I'm a lover of history, from as ancient as Mayan and Aztec cultures to as modern as it can get when talking current news. I love to know why things happened, the reasons, the causes, the impacts upon how we see things today, and what it can mean for those who care to enjoy their history.

So, as I write this review, keep the words "Historical", "Accurate", and "Fair" in mind. Cause they'll be mentioned a lot.

Historical planes, tanks and ships, all clashing upon one battlefield that allows players to simultaneous and fairly enjoy how these various war machines of history would have performed under the accurate scrutiny of Gaijin's developers who no doubt have the best interest of this game at heart, right? But what game are we playing, if not War Thunder? A game advertised as historically accurate and fair to all countries in how they are represented historically to players? Knowing they're targetting both a large audience who -wants- a fun combat flight simulator game which boasts accuracy; and simultaneously knowing they're targetting the history buffs and adamant learners who want to gleefully roar through the skies as a P-47 Thunderbolt over 1940's Germany. Surely! They would want to represent the lives lost, the battles won, and the ingenuity of men and women of this war accurately, right?

Now, take every mention of those words I told you to notice before, and answer them with "No". This game was praised as the champion against other games like World of Tanks, where World of Tanks and it's corporate model is to force all players into mediocrity and a 50% win/loss range than to be fair (look up Greedy Goblin's World of Tanks article, then you will agree). Even I came in when War Thunder had almost one-quarter the number of planes is has now, and was boasted as being historically accurate.

Those days are long gone, I've put in well over 300 hours of my life trying to enjoy this game. The only times I authentically enjoyed this game is when I broke down and submitted to the mentality of my close friends who call this game by it's true name: "GLORIOUS SOVIET UNION COMRADE VICTORY SIMULATOR"*. By this, I mean, I started playing nothing but Soviet Russian planes, I watched in initial glee as my scores skyrocketted. I went from being the bottom 5 players to the top 5. Then the horror hit me. I was indoctrinated. I had spent cash to turn around from the planes I -wanted- to -desperately- enjoy, yet I can't due to the GSUCVS* and it's portrayal of Russian warplanes as nigh-unstoppable machines of complete devestation.

I spent cash to enjoy the best of the United States circa 1940's era planes I always wanted to fly; I spent cash and time to work up the German Luftwaffe planes, where I finally hit my peak into indoctrination. That is when I spent cash to play Soviet Russian planes like everyone else, just so my above-average flight skills aren't being held back because a single Russian plane can endure over 1000 rounds of .50 caliber anti-air machinegun fire. So my enjoyment and money spent on my "dud planes" with other factions was turned around and then I learned the "glory" of the GSUCVS*. It's taken me some time, it really has. But I can finally say, without the shadow of any doubt...

This game as made for Russians, by Russians, and most likely at gunpoint by Joseph Stalin himself, or at least by the specter of Stalin. The only hope to redeem this game would be to overhaul it, cut out the busywork of all the "prototype" and "testbed" planes that keep you from enjoying the plane you really want. Cut out the horribly overpowered and unbalaned and unfair Russian cheat engine for Russian planes. And lasty, to apologize to every player for their grievous wounds inflicted upon trying to represent "accurate" history.

Until then, I will not recommend this game unless you understand that it is NOT an accurate game, that it is a game made to pander towards old Soviet diehards who can't see Mother Russia as anything but completely indomitable and constantly producing instant-win scenarios. Play it, but do NOT spend your cash. Play it, but do NOT bother commenting on their EU/USA forums. They will simply mock you with sock puppets while they ban your forum account.
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877 of 1,252 people (70%) found this review helpful
124 people found this review funny
740.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Do like having russian potatoes shoved up your anal passage? Then this is a game for you. Overwhelming bias and terr- DO NOT LISTEN TO HIM COMRADE (or go to gulag in sibera)! THIS IS GREATEST GAME TO EVER BLESS EARTH! WATCH AS HAND OF STALIN REACHES DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO GUIDE YOUR SHELL FOR VICTORY! FLY CONCRETE WALLS AND DRIVE BUNKERS IN ORDER TO KILL FACISTS AND AMERICAN PIGS! ARE YOU FACING TROUBLE AT HANDS OF FACIST OPPRESSORS? DO NOT FEAR COMRADE, STALINWOOD WILL NOT BURN! YOU MUST GET THIS GAME FOR GLORY OF MOTHER RUSSIA! (or die at hands of NKVD for crimes against the state)
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239 of 331 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
229.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
This is an amazing game. Really! You will not find another game similar to this one. It is one based more on skill than anything else. No stupid reaction shots or super quick decision making. With one good shot, someone(Including you) can be killed. If not, it may take minutes to destroy a wing or light them on fire. But, then the downsides come in. Recently, they completely overhalled the matchmaking system. Maybe you've heard. They collapsed the 20 teir system into 5 teirs. And if that weren't bad enough, they changed the way of getting planes as well. Instead of leveling up a teir, which may give you 2-3 planes at once, they made it so that you "research" each plane at a time. This makes it unbelievably grindy. in the end, it seems like a cheap way to get more people to buy in game "golden eagles" to boost research. WIth true FTP, you will be spending hours and hours just to get a planes in low teir. If you love to grind for hours with the same planes and no real sign of progression, this is the perfect game for you. I continue to play just in hopes they change it. But as for 10-19-2014, they haven't.

Update on 12-21-2014
As of the new update...I am speechless. Gaijin realy, really hates this game. They, for some reason, feel so pressured to release American tanks that they have not a care in the world for anything else. They put in an under-teired plane here, another OP plane over there... You get the point. The banshee...No comment. They feel that a plane that has a rediculous energy retention and almost a thousand kph top speed belongs in the lowest teir of jets. Flown correctly(not that hard) a person can defeat a whole team of German jets. The new British jet doesn't even have a finished flight model. And obviously the worst of all, they have delayed the implication of the proposed "fix" to the battle rating system. That would have made the game half decent again...maybe. But it doesn't matter if they keep the current cash cow of a system they currently have. I rarely...RARELY play this game anymore. It just isn't fun. I have tried realistic battles, and those are better, but seeing planes on my team that are 2 teirs under me when playing just... just isn't fair for them. Arcade, which i presume most players will spend most of their time in, just feels like a huge cluster ♥♥♥♥. All in all, I don't recomment even downloading this game at it's current state. Don't fall for the huge money trap that is War Thunder.
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239 of 333 people (72%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1,057.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
this is how you turn a good game into absolute garbage.

broken tank dmg models

airplane stats are like read from a russian propaganda paper

russian tanks who can hit a fly at 1000 meters ( note most russian tanks had no aiming optics, the gunner aimed by looking through the barrel )

if you enjoy a matchmaking that sends ww2 planes vs jetfighter and planes of the corea war era

if you have ghandis patience cause you will get oneshoted more than enough

ingame events which are always very hard or impossible to master.

playing on an EU server requires perfect russian cause no one speaks english at all

developers always talk about "historical accuracy" well might be if you have a framed pic of stalin next to your desk.



i might rant a lil but this is just my oppinion after playing more than a year now.

i wouldnt reccoment to play it

AND I WOULD NEVER RECCOMENT TO SPEND MONEY ON THIS PILE OF GARBAGE



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298 of 423 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
811.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game used to be fun but now i have to fight Canberras introduced in 1954 with my Ki-84 (1944). We don't need new maps, new features, new op planes or useless gamemodes - we need to get rid of the horrible BR system.
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305 of 435 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
320.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Only play this game in short bursts. It is fun, but the game is unbalanced and frustrating to play.
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293 of 424 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
765.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Originally came for the great gameplay and amazing graphics, left when the gameplay went south and Gaijin blanket nerfed everything that wasn't made of Stalinwood.
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73 of 88 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
380.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
So, I just feel like this needs to go on record, and to actually say something about it. Now... I like WarThunder. It's probably one of the best online, WWII multiplayer flight-sims out there. American, Russian, British, German, and Japanese aircraft all make an appearance, so you can fly anything from the P-51 Mustang, to a Bf-109, and feel like you're actually in the cockpit. Heck, they've even recently added in tank combat, and are even going to be adding in naval warfare in the near future! That said, this game has gone completely down the toilets within the past several months.

Lemme explain a bit of the history of the game. Awhile ago, there were ten tiers, and you used to have a level with all of the different factions (American, Russian, British, etcetera), that determined what aircraft you could buy, due to their tier. Lets say you managed to get up to tier 4 in American aircraft, right? Well, that means you could buy any aircraft that's from tier one, to tier four, but if you're only tier 2 in Germany, you can only buy up to tier 2 German aircraft. Get the idea? Right, good. Recently, they completely revamped their level up and tier system, making it so there are only five tiers (which condenses it by quite a bit), but instead of unlocking the next tier of aircraft, you could only unlock one aircraft at a time. This isn't really a bad idea... but the problem is, this also nearly quadrupled the amount of time it will take to unlock every aircraft of a certain faction. What's worse, is they lowered (by a *lot*) the amount of experience you earn per assist or kill, forcing you to slow down your leveling even further, and enhancing the amount of free exp you get per match, which just entices you to buy their premium currency so you can use said free experience. It has turned this game into a slog of a grind that makes progression rediculously slow and boring.

The method of experience is by far one of my biggest gripes, I'll admit. It's a sickeningly underhanded method of encouraging players to spend money on the game, to buy the premium currency so you can spend your free experience. I don't usually mind "pay to progress" games, they're usually not too terrible, but this one is rediculous. It makes World of Tanks' progression seem like a breeze.

On to the next hit against this game: balancing. With the aforementioned condensing of the tier system into only five tiers, Gaijin thought it would be clever to introduce a Battle Rating system, to compensate, and to avoid having biplanes going up against end-of-war aircraft. This isn't really so bad, and it probably could have even been a good idea, had they implemented it correctly. You'd expect the Battle Rating system to be based off of the aircraft (or tank's) stats, and understanding that something like say... a P-40 Kittyhawk, or an F6F Hellcat would be a fair match against an A6M3 Zero, as they fought against one another in the actual war. Right? Well... that's a nice thought, but it's not how it works. See, their battle rating system is based entirely on the performance of the aircraft in player hands. The better someone does with an aircraft, the higher its battle rating within its own tier. This is inherently flawed; while someone might do well in an aircraft, that does not necessarily mean that it is able to go against something better than it, and still win. An A6M3 Zero can see fights against aircraft that were built several *years* after their initial development, because their battle ratings are similar. This is horribly wrong, and does not do anything to make a game fun, or balanced.

And, on to the last topic of my complaints. This is actually a rather common one amongst most of the player base, and - while I'm normally not one to base something on unfounded theories and accusations, you'd think that since the majority of WarThunder's player base seems to agree on this fact, it must be true to some degree.

Russian aircraft, and tanks, are given unfair advantages, and handicaps. Bet you thought I was going to say overpowered, huh? Well... I won't, because most of their aircraft did function to the specs given in WarThunder. However. This does not mean that their questionable damage models, unrealistic flight models and characteristics, and their absolutely rediculously favoritism'd battle ratings, are fair. To elaborate: Russian aircraft have damage models that seem to soak up a lot of damage without the plane actually registering said hits (players coin this term as the aircraft being made of "Stalinium"). Russian aircraft also have very... generous climb and turn rates, and this weird ability to dive faster, accelerate faster, and keep their momentum longer, than almost every aircraft, even those that were historically faster and better in a dive, a turn, or a climb (An Ishak monoplane from 1934 diving faster than an F4U Corsair, for example). And lastly, they seem to have this... preferential treatment when it comes to their battle rating (LA-5Fn having a battle rating of 4.0 even though it's a 1944 aircraft, whereas the P-51D-30 Mustang has a battle rating of 4.7, with worse stats, armament, and durability).

Despite all these bad things I said, WarThunder is still fun every now and then. Personally, I think it would be even better if they fixed all of the balancing issues and horribly slooooow progression they have going. It's gone from an interesting and exciting game, to a boring, slogfest of a grind that just isn't fun anymore. But who knows, maybe it's just me? Give it a try for yourself. Its worth the download. Just don't be surprised if it takes you several *weeks* to get out of the starting planes and/or tanks.
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79 of 98 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
542.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Overall, this is an awesome game.
I spend hours playing it, I have also invested actual cash on it, but the moderators are evil.
There is a huge amount of 5 year old children who will teamkill you for no reason and tell you to ♥♥♥♥ yourself and it really ruins the game, and when you report them you get silenced for a day by a moderator.
So, not only you spend cash on their game which is free, they mute you for reporting other players.
So, thank you moderators and im just gonna say that you've seen the last dime from me.
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77 of 100 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
567.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Many people have said this in below reviews, but i'll make this short and brief on a critical issue, which will expand into a full review as time passes. Honestly i'm writing this because the War Thunder forums are run by a very strict set of rules that dont really allow much actual discussion outside of vicious attacks against a dissatisfied playerbase by elitist, relatively new players, so I cant even post a mild suggestion that something is wrong with the staff as there is nowhere to put it within the rules.

The game's moderators, forum and community suck ♥♥♥. It takes a very Russian view on the rights of the consumer when it comes to moderating.

This is the reason why so many of the old guard, players who have been around since 2012, have left. People who play the game for a long time usually like to participate in the community to help the game grow. But often they are sensible people, and in Gaijin's view those people can "disrupt new players experience" with vile topics like "Gaijin, can you please fix the netcode?" (banned and hidden, 3/14/2014) and "Beta is not an excuse" (locked and hidden 9/08/2014). But who are the people that protect us from these disruptive and evil comments?


http://puu.sh/g5NqW/5c217d7d6d.jpg


25 Year old, foreign-speaking Brony moderators. Let's elaborate on these issues using this single puush image as a base.

The first and most obvious problem that will strike you from this image is that this person is a 25-year-old brony and has moderator powers. Take from that as you will. If you are a sentient human being right off the bat you will feel a shiver down your spine that these are the people who manage your gaming experience in War Thunder.

It does not show it but this moderator, and in fact nearly ALL of them, do not speak English very well if at all. That applies to much of this game. Many patch notes and information released by moderators is written in commie and myself and other dedicated players are forced to try and decipher them with Google translate to figure out what the ♥♥♥♥ they broke this time. Often the reasons given for doing something so ahistorical that it's insulting (when the game claims to try and be historically authentic) is that they found, and I kid you not, "Secret documents in a forgotten russian bunker." This is a real thing. It's even a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ meme!

This lack of english and information also applies to many other trivial things like ban messages and explanations. A friend of mine was banned by this very moderator for having the name "AllahIsWonderful" and we could not figure out why this was offensive when the friend in question is a devout (but liberal) muslim. Appeals are usually met with garbled, confused english that roughly translate into "You're toxic to new players."

The biggest issue with this game's hilariously strict moderation, though, is the fact that topics with criticism that the brony lords dont like can be shut down and hidden because they "hurt new players."


This will not affect many of you, who simply wish to casually play this game and try to participate as little as possible in the mess that is the War Thunder Community. If you do, in between the bans and thread locking, you will find quite a few nice people as the european/american playerbase is wonderful. But even in the chat of public games there are russian brony mods who watch intently what you say.

I wish to expand this review at a later date, but I simply wanted to post this here considering the hilarity of permabanning a friend of mine for having a muslim name when he is, in fact, muslim. I do play this game a lot and enjoy it, and that is because I joined before ♥♥♥♥ hit the fan and the decade-long grind (bypassable by large sums of money) was introduced, and had all my stuff before things went bad.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully I can talk more about these issues that plague War Thunder.


EDIT: After seeing a few comments i'd just like to point this out. I am not angry, nor do i wish to call people out. I simply wish to show you all an example of a terrible idea that only serves to assist Gaijin in censoring and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ting its community.

http://puu.sh/gdROS/c45e02f498.png

This comment shows how limited war thunder fanboy's range of thought is.

He picks certain parts of arguments and makes wild assumptions, he does not have the capacity to follow an argument past what he disagrees with, and his reaction to things negative to Gaijin is to shut down discussion and conversation.

The only intelligent way to take it is a support for my review, as it exemplifies how easily gaijin is able to use people like that to aggressively take down criticism for their actions. These people hurt the experience of other players with their judgement, hindered by their stilted view of the developers.

Thanks.

EDIT 2: They just made the grind even longer by removing daily bonuses and making us use this random drop system, which will most likely give you a "Research Point Boost" rather than an experience/currency boost which the daily bonuses gave. Other than modifications Research Points are only usable using real money. The decline continues.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Warthunder/comments/2xgo4v/psa_boosters_dont_multiply_missionreward_premium/ Showing how Gaijin once again screws over their players with lies and inflation.


Additional Reading:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Warthunder/comments/2x8i1a/147_is_a_failure_of_a_patch_wts_failings_found/

Clarification:
Russian patchnotes are much larger and more detailed than the English ones.

The English patchnotes only explain generalities (I.E. "Tempest Mk II has been tuned according to data sheet").

Russian patchnotes will explain details (I.E. "Tempest Mk II speed changed from <bad> to <worse>).

And, yes, English moderators exist, but they are a staggering minority.
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137.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
War Thunder is a game that really breaks my heart, because it could have been a fantastic game. In my opinion, War Thunder is a textbook example of a great concept being very poorly executed.

Who doesn't like the idea of fighting against other players using WW2 tanks and aircraft? This concept is excellent, but the game executes this concept terribly. The game's potential is ruined by unrealistic and inaccurate flight models, awful damage models, game mechanics that are generally deplorable, and by the endless grind that constitutes the game's leveling system, to name a few issues.

My biggest problem with this game is the aircraft that are included. Some types of aircraft are only represented by one or two variants, while other types have six or eight variants included. Also, it is common for included variants of the same aircraft to have virtually identical statistics. Making matters worse, the devs seem to be working to include obscure prototype planes from the WW2 era, instead of properly focusing on the various iconic aircraft of WW2.

The ground vehicle portion of the game is even worse. Tank battles take forever to finish, due to the extreme difficulty of aiming in the right spot to penetrate the armour of an enemy tank. Even if the crosshair indicates that you will penetrate the armour of an enemy tank, you probably won't. This isn't helped by the laughably unbalanced matchmaking system, which is especially bad in tank battles. I went into battle equipped with the tiny Panzer II, and encountered enemy players that were equipped with King Tigers...

The devs for this game are, in a word, despicable. In all my time being involved with this game, I have yet to hear anything good about the Russian developers, Gaijin. They may claim to be open to player feedback, but for the most part they don't really care what the players have to say, and will constantly delete, block, or censor any forum posts that speak negatively about the game. Also, the game itself is very biased in favor of Russian vehicles. Overall, Gaijin has proven consistently that they lack integrity, and that they don't really care about the quality of this game.

Do not play War Thunder. It may look great on the outside, but it's a horrible failure on the inside.
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235 of 354 people (66%) found this review helpful
925.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
This game once was a very nice and good developed game, But slowly patch after patch it gets worse and worse, almost reaching WoWP level.
Worse is even that you get banned for speaking out on the forum, guess russians didnt forget the CCCP that quickly, free opinion not allowed.

Its a nice enough game if you start and know a bit about flying. if you dont, leave it be. Low tiers (which dont count as battle rating dictates match making) are hopelessly outclassed by professianal sealclubbers. up to high tiers which are a grindfest which make World of Tanks look like a breeze in the park...
see for yourself and you probably quit after a couple of weeks...
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441 of 711 people (62%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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Graphics:
+ detailed airplanes and tanks
+ nice light effects
+ good ground textures
+ realistic clouds and smoke
- pilots look like dolls

Balance:
+ every tank and airplane has pros and cons
+ good balance between air and ground fights
+ tutorial is okay

Sound:
+ authentic sounds
+ atmospheric soundtrack
+ great engine and gun sound
+ voicemail in national language

Control:
+ oculus rift support
+ arcade mode is easy to learn
+ realistic heavy to play
- Unwieldy interface

Game Size:
+ over 300 airplanes and 70 tanks (more come with updates)
+ complexe simulation mode
+ mission editor
+ many maps
+ upgrades for crew, tanks and airplanes
+ arcade, simulation and realistic mode
- some tanks only with real money
- currently only 2 factions with tanks
+/- 60 solo missions (most with dlc)

Game Physics:
+ each airplane and tank feel different
+ g-forces important for air fights
+ environmental effect like wind, clouds and gravity

Teamplay:
+ play in groups and create clans
+ teamplay very important
+ solo action is deadly
+ every vehicle has a individual use

War Thunder is a popular MMO combat game focusing on the world war 2. Fleets on the sea, air to air combat with fighter planes and fierce fighting on the ground involving armored vehicles.
Whether in the sky or on the ground, the 16v16 matches are filled with beautiful vehicle models.

With War Thunders a lot of people will compare this to World of Tanks. Both share the same weapons/vehicles and on some maps have similar objectives, but they are different enough that playing will give two different experiences. World of Tanks is more like a team death match, while War Thunder plays like game of King of the Hill. The most obvious difference is that in World of Tanks you only get one tank per match, while in War Thunder as long as you have spare tanks and crews you can keep respawning. As soon as a player respawns in War Thunder their previous tank disappears. This is really disappointing and breaks the realism of the game having a tank suddenly disappear in front of you. It also means that you can’t use the destroyed tanks as cover.

You start off with a some (reserve) planes from the games five playable nations (US, USSR, Germany, Britain and Japan). Only two nations currently have tanks: Germany and the Soviet Union
There are 3 Modes. Arcade mode, where vehicle damage isn’t as severe and you have unlimited ammo and multiple respawns. The two other modes for the more hardcore gamers. Realism mode increases the difficulty by adding limited ammo and harder damage penalties. Simulation is very hard, where a single mistake can spell doom, and you’re given no extra planes to respawn with. i tried the simulation... i never finished the tutorial...
The control designed around using a mouse. Point an on-screen cursor where you want to go and the plane follows, rather you controlling it directly. That might work okay for a mouse but it’s horribly imprecise for a controller. I just used the mouse to handle tanks and airplanes. Still using this basic keys, its very easy, in the arcade mode...

One of the best features about War Thunder is the upgrade system. Over a hundred planes and tanks are included in the game, but they have to be unlocked by research
Each battle give you XP and Silver Lions, which, alongside research, will allow you to buy new planes/tanks, new modifications and train your crew. Improve your cannons, engines, bullets, crew member skills etc.
Golden Eagles, the in-game currency you purchase with real money allows you to buy months of Premium status which, like many F2P titles, gives you certain bonuses. It also allows you to buy premium vehicles which come pre-packaged with a locked set of modifications. Which is nice if you just want to have something with all the fixings to go into battle with but does not give you any tangible advantage given how many other factors are always at play. The best planes in the game are NOT premium vehicles.
There are lots of “starter packs” which will be very familiar if you’ve played a F2P game in the last years. For a F2P game War Thunder is not in constantly asking for your money. The biggest incentive I found for spending real money revolves around how long you have to !!wait to research!! things.

Crew upgrades are dictated by their role. Operator gunner, tank commander, loader, gunner, and driver. Expanding into these are keen vision, field repair, leadership targeting, machine gun reloading, gun fire, communication, and a short selection more.

You can create your own squadrons and clans with other players, although it be at the cost of Golden Eagles. While Golden Eagles can used for purposes involving the earnings of Silver Lions, it’s best to think of Golden Eagles as the premium account.
The audio is great. Engines rumble, the sound of gunfire is hard and satisfying. Bombs crash into fortified emplacements.
Inspiring music gets you into the game from the first moment. Choral and martial tunes trumpet away as if War Thunder were a epic movie.
The game supports !!purchasable!! single player campaigns complete with WWII-era footage of real battles in the mission briefings. They are a nice change of pace from the multiplayer experience. They serve as a good place to master the basics and enjoy a bit of history. There’s a number of scenarios and dynamic campaigns you can play with your friends.

War Thunder is a WWII simulation that you can lose yourself in intense combat, hundreds of vehicles, casual and challenging difficulty settings and huge upgrade paths. The game is permanent growing. New Airplanes, tanks, maps, modes and the promise of naval forces.
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87 of 132 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
217.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Since the lastest patches . The balance in this game went competely crappish and lost all his fun. The only way to have fun is by playing the two unique nations ( on 5 , but the 3 others are the crappiest thank to the devs having no idea what is balacing)

Regarding the historical accurate.. Its nothing but pure ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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