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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.
Release Date: Aug 15, 2013
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Remember the 25th of April, ANZAC Day

April 24th, 2014

“Today we remember with thanksgiving those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in time of war. We pray that the offering of their lives may not have been in vain. Today we dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace; and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.”

25th April, ANZAC Day

The 25th of April each year is celebrated as ANZAC Day as one of Australia's most deeply regarded and solemn national dates. This Date commemorates the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli Turkey, where Turkish national forces fought Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, a name which in those countries is held in the highest of esteem.

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed a part of the invasion forces tasked with the capture of the Dardanelles, their task was to capture the Gallipoli peninsula and to open the Dardanelles passage for British and French Naval Forces. The ultimate objective was to capture the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople which is now Istanbul in modern day Turkey, and which at that time was the ally of the Imperial forces of Germany. The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the Gallipoli peninsular as dawn broke on the 25th April.

As the Allied troops rushed the beaches they were met with a withering hail of fire from a small force of determined Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a knockout blow soon became a stalemate, and the campaign would drag on for eight months ending only after both sides had suffered dreadful numbers of maimed and killed. Some eight thousand Australian and New Zealanders had been killed, the numbers of Turkish casualties are still not fully known to this day. On the home front the results of the landings at ANZAC cove took a devastating toll on Australians and New Zealanders, for such a small population almost no family was left untouched and the 25th of April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died at Anzac and at later battles in the war.

Ultimately the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign however left an enduring legacy on the Australian and New Zealand peoples. The creation of what became known as the “Anzac legend” became a core piece of the social fabric of each nation.

Today Australians recognise the 25th of April as a day of national remembrance, each year dawn services are held. Later in the day former service members take part in ANZAC Parades in all capital cities and in many small towns. Memorials are held at shrines of remembrance around the country. It is here that ANZAC Day is spent with solemn reverence and in reflection on the sacrifice and legacy of war.

Lest we Forget.

Article - Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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[Special] Doolittle Raid

April 23rd, 2014

From 06:00 GMT April 24th to 06:00 GMT April 25th

-30% for purchase of B-25J-1, B-25J-20

The famous B-25 raid over Japan on April 18th 1942 was led by Lieutenant Colonel James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle. It was originally conceived by a Navy Captain, Francis Low, the Assistant Chief of Staff for anti-submarine warfare. He was sure that the twin-engined Army bombers could be launched from an aircraft carrier. He came to that conclusion after watching the naval airfield in Norfolk, Virginia, where the runway was painted with the outline of a carrier deck for landing practice.

The mission was intended to bolster American morale and to show the Japanese they were not as invincible as they thought they were in the early months of the war.

Doolittle was a famous civil aviator and he held a Science Doctorate in Aeronautics from the prestigious M.I.T. university and as such he was chosen to command the mission. The plan was to bring carrier borne bombers to within 650 km (400 miles) from Japan preferably to the south-southeast, with targets being the industrial areas in Tokyo, Yokahama, Nagoya and Osaka-Kobi areas.

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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 the 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

    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7XXX series or higher; AMD Radeon 1XXX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7,
    • Processor: dual-core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1,237 of 1,651 people (75%) found this review helpful
48 products in account
3 reviews
307.9 hrs on record
Pre Patch 1.37 Rating - 8/10 Great
Post Patch 1.37 Rating - 1/10 Absolutely Horrible (Bad business ethics delevoper Gaijin)

I have to give this game two ratings.
One for pre-patch 1.37 and one for post-patch 1.37 which was introduced mid-Dec'13.

My opinion of this game (and the Russian developer Gaijin) basically went from a full positive thumbs up to an absolute full thumbs down rating since the release of the latest patch 1.37 mainly due to the way the developer has handled it by misleading, lying and cheating their existing customer base.

I have basically stopped playing what was one of my favorite games since they have released the last patch.

Part of this decision is based on the in-game changes they made to the game in the patch but even more reason was the horrible way that Gaijin handled this and treated their customers and player base.

To summarize, the most significant changes in latest patch 1.37 introduced some new aircraft, changed the tiering system, progression system and matchmaking for battles.

While there were some positives in 1.37 like new aircraft and flight models, the negatives far outweigh the positives.

They have condensed the previous aircraft tiering system from 20 levels into 5 tiers which is far less transparent in terms of leveling and has caused terrible matchmaking where you are now often flying against aircraft which are either far inferior or superior to you.

The worst and most underhanded change however has been the progression system whereby you advance to unlock new aircraft.

The developer Gaijin falsely advertised prior to releasing 1.37 that this new progression system would be quicker but it has been proven by many players thru posting of clear calculations and spreadsheets that it is in fact the exact opposite and much slower.

Previously you leveled each country from 1 to 20 and unlocked multiple aircraft per country each level.
Under the new 5 tier system, you are forced to unlock one aircraft at a time and funneled into having to use the previous aircraft in the research tree to unlock the next. As a result the new progression system has proven to be 4-5 x slower than it was previously to unlock the same amount of aircraft in the higher levels.

The result of all of this is that the developer has essentially covertly thru this patch increased the price and devalued their in-game currency (GE-Golden Eagles) by 4-5 times what it was pre-patch!!!
Since it is a F2P game, it essentially means that if you decide to buy a monthly subscription it will now take you probably 4-5 months longer you need to subscribe than previously to unlock the same amount of aircraft.
And I am not talking about a just a few hours here....it will now take you literaly hundreds of hours more to unlock the higher level aircraft.

For newcomers who are joining after patch 1.37 you will of course not notice any of this as you have nothing to compare the current pricing and progression but just be warned that this could happen again. I would not trust this developer again!

As a customer who bought a steam pack with a subscription and a lot of GE in-game currency before the new patch I feel totally ripped off!

Gaijin of course has the right to change their prices post-patch. It is their own risk or reward decision. When it comes however to devaluing the in-game GE currency for people who purchased prior to the patch at an advertised rate it is downright unethical what they have done.

I have stopped playing this game as a result and I guess will never use my GE left on my account unless Gaijin makes a total turnaround and admits thier very questionable business ethics and turning their backs on previous customer base.

I have lost total respect for this developer Gaijin for this and also after many people complained on their website forums about these changes and posting proof of that the new progression system was falsely advertised and the currency de-valued, they simply deleted and ignored posts.

The WT moderators here on Steam also delete any posts which are in any way critical of these very questionable business ethics of Gaijin. I've never seen such kind of crazy censorship towards their own customers as I've seen on both the Gaijin and Steam War Thunder forums in my life.

I really feel this developer should be blacklisted from selling any further products on Steam unless they offer some compensation to their customers who were caught up in this scam of suddenly overnight de-valuing their in-game currency that was bought previous to the patch.
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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431 of 574 people (75%) found this review helpful
19 products in account
1 review
1,203.4 hrs on record
Hello my name is KingTyrone (look me up :)) and I have been playing this game for 1.5 years (was ranked #1 in kills all-time in RB) while this game was a hidden gem the changes recently cannot overshadow how much the developers have ruined the game and it is not helped by awful community managers who don't get paid and are usually 15 year old children who barely speak english and deal permanent bans left and right for minor offenses.

DO NOT PAY THEM ANY MONEY premiums are far more expensive then they were before (4-5x times more)
GRIND GOT HARDER (without premium you will need 2-3 years to get all airplanes)
NO COMPETETIVE GAMEPLAY (all your time will be spent in the grind)
SIMULATOR BATTLES ARE BROKEN (And usually locked into russia vs germany for months at a time)
HIT BOXES (completely broken at times otherwise known as SPARKS)
BROKEN PROMISES (events,world war mode)

Only play this game if you are bored as it is certanly better than it's competition but the question remains:"At what price?Litterally"
Posted: March 15th, 2014
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296 of 415 people (71%) found this review helpful
49 products in account
1 review
221.6 hrs on record
The latest patch 1.37 has effectively ruined the game overnight. Obviously the devs were seeing dollar signs and thought now was the perferct time to bend over the large and loyal player base that they have built up since release. The game now appears to be one gigantic grind fest, unless you are prepared to invest large sums of cash, and I do mean large sums.

On top of this the new teir system has removed any fun that you may have been expecting in arcade mode. Expect to fly your 1930's era biplane against fighters from the late 40's and 50's. Kinda like taking a knife to a gun fight.

It's absolutey astounding how they have managed to take what was an addictive, innovative, fun to play game and totally destroy it.

Glad I didn't spend in more money on this ♥♥♥♥♥tain in the steam sale.
Posted: December 20th, 2013
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676 of 1,020 people (66%) found this review helpful
63 products in account
2 reviews
72.5 hrs on record
It is one of the best free2play games on the market. Historically correct airplanes and great action in arcade mode. Find a friend an join the battle :)
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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489 of 733 people (67%) found this review helpful
288 products in account
9 reviews
39.0 hrs on record
A truly fun and addictive F2P game with stunning graphics and tight controls. Don't need to pay to have fun. Even if you don't enjoy or have played flying games, I would highly reccomend this.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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