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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August 24

Testing new respawn mechanics for ground battles



Dear friends,

We would like to invite you to take a part in the testing of the new respawn mechanics for ground battles. Tests will be held in the “Events” tab as, [Domination] “Advance to the Rhine” in the RB game mode.

How it works:
This game mode portrays the clash of two armies. Both armies have a specific setup of vehicles which are distributed randomly among the players. If all the vehicles are allocated out, it will not be possible to spawn.

The list of vehicles available for use in the event:

Germany
  • Jagdpanzer 38(t)
  • Jagdpanther
  • Panzer IV/70(V)
  • Pz.IV J
  • Tiger II (H)
  • Tiger E
  • Panther A
  • Panther G
  • StuG III G
USA
  • M18 GMC
  • M26
  • M36 GMC
  • M4A1 (76) W
  • M4A2 (76) W
  • M4A2
  • M4A3 (105)
  • M4A3E2 (76) W
Important features of the mechanics:
  • Vehicles that are chosen will be done so from the list randomly, and the probability of getting a particular model depends on the remaining amount of vehicles in the team.
  • For example, the team only has two types of vehicles, the ‘Tiger II (H)’ with the amount of 99 units, and the ‘Panther G’ with the amount of 1 unit. Therefore, the chance of receiving the Tiger II (H) will be 99%.
  • From the start, players will have 3 vehicles, one of which will be replaced when a vehicle is lost in battle after each respawn (there will always be 3 vehicles available to the player).
  • Players will have 3 vehicles available. Vehicles that are available at the same time can be either a single model or indeed different models. For example: it is possible that a player will have the Tiger II (H) twice, along with one Panther G.
Conditions of participation and other information:
  • The Event will be available from 13:00 GMT on the 24th of August.
  • Event [Domination] “Advance to the Rhine” is in the “Events and Tournaments” tab.
  • To participate in the event you should have researched at least one ground vehicle of the 3rd rank for USA or Germany.

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August 23

[Gamescom2016] The Summary of Gamescom 2016



The biggest game show in Europe - Gamescom 2016 - has come to its end in the German city of Cologne. Hundreds of thousands people arrived there to check out what’s new in the world of computer games. The Gaijin Entertainment booth offered 2 new projects.

In Crossout, thousands of players had an opportunity to try out the role of an engineer and a soldier in the tournament and brand new modes in the post-apocalyptic online action game. Intensely commanded battles and unprecedented fighting for survival gathered crowds of fans at the stage.

Also Gamescom visitors were some of the first who could watch and play our main premiere feature - War Thunder naval battles. Half of the booth was constructed as the deck and cabin of a vessel, under the shadow of an iron mast there was a special zone that looked like an undercover bridge with a real; 40-mm AA-gun on the deck in the bow. Naval battles in 3 vs. 3 format took place on the map that was designed specifically for the show. All participants could choose vessels from different nations, you can read more about them in our Devblogs. Later, during the closed beta-test the amount of available craft will increase, also the maps will grow bigger and will become suitable for 10 vs. 10 format battles.

Also there was a magnificent show with awesome prizes and gifts prepared for our visitors. Every 30 minutes there was a giveaway of the various prizes on offer - from souvenirs, Crossout CBT and War Thunder naval battles CBT access codes to high-end gaming devices from Roccat and graphic cards and computers from ZOTAC.







Players could watch what was happening at our booth on a live stream on our official Twitch channels. We have been streaming from day one until the very end of the show and every day our players were able to get a sneak peek on the new vessels in War Thunder as well as win valuable prizes. On Saturday our team showcased the gameplay of naval battles on a map that was designed specifically for Gamescom.

The blistering torpedo and fast attack boats not only engaged other vessels but also had to watch the skies for attacking enemy aircraft. You can watch the recorded battles on our twitch channel.

So, Gamescom 2016 is now over but there is a lot of interesting stuff waiting for you. This year War Thunder players will join the closed testing of the brand new part of our game - the naval battles. The players and the development team both will decide together how naval battles in War Thunder will look like.

If you want guaranteed access to the CBT you may purchase one of the two special packs: either the famous American PT-109 torpedo boat that John Kennedy captained during WW2, or Soviet Project 1124 motorboat armed with the infamous “Katyusha” rocket launcher system and a T-34 tank turret mounted forward. Be one of the first players to try the naval battles of War Thunder!

The War Thunder Team

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Reviews

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

"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"
GameSpot

"With fun, exciting combat combined with plenty of customization and room for personal skill, this game is sure to be a fan favorite."
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/623/view/reviews/loadReview/266/Gaijin-Strikes-Gold.html

About This Game

War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in and around World War II and the Korean War. In War Thunder, you can take part in major battles on land, in the air, and at sea, fighting with real players from all over the world in a continuously developing environment.

War Thunder already offers a highly detailed experience in military aviation and ground forces combat, giving players access to a Guinness World Record breaking number of aircraft, as well as an abundance of tanks and other combat vehicles - and the number is constantly rising.

You can feel the unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights in a fighter, the decisive power of commanding a heavy strategic bomber or the heat of battle in a ground attacker, delivering precision strikes against your enemies. Alternatively, you can join the spearhead of armoured vehicles, fighting for dominance over the battlefield on the ground: Man a heavy tank with impressive armour and firepower, use the maneuverability of a medium or light tank to your advantage, or support your team by screening the skies with your anti aircraft vehicle - the choice is yours!

In the future, the game will also allow players to ‘set sail’ by commanding a variety of warships in the fight over the control of the world’s oceans, giving the game a truly epic scale.

Master your vehicles through both upgrades and personal experience in an environment that is constantly expanding and rewarding the personal skill of the player. Organise your efforts in one of the countless player squadrons and become an ace pilot or tanker - or both! Our thriving and welcoming community of millions of players is also actively participating in the game’s ongoing development, offering custom content through War Thunder Live, such as skins, missions and even vehicles.

War Thunder has something for everyone. Play cooperative games with your friends on Windows PC, Linux, Mac or PlayStation 4 against AI, or squad up for a PvP battle in a difficulty setting matching your play style, ranging from Arcade to Simulator using Mouse and Keyboard, Gamepad or Joystick.

Features include:

  • An entire arsenal at your command - Over 500 highly detailed aircraft, tanks, and other combat vehicles crafted carefully from historical documents and surviving sources.
  • Right into the heat of battle - Intense PvP experiences in full-scale combat missions on various difficulty settings for all play styles and degrees of experience.
  • A single bullet can make a difference - A realistic damage system for aircraft and ground vehicles involving individual component durability instead of an overall health bar.
  • The true free to play experience - Download and play the game for free as much and as long as you like it. Support the ongoing development entirely at your own leisure.
  • Crossing the platform border - Seamless cross-platform gameplay between Windows PC, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 (more to come) with tens of thousands of players from all over the globe online at the same time.
  • Play together with your friends - Rich PvE content including historical and dynamic campaigns, solo missions, a mission editor and much more for single-player and cooperative gameplay.
  • Challenge the best of the best - Ever expanding tournament and clan battle systems, including ELO-based ranked matches as well as professionally organized events involving hundreds of players.
  • Theatrical beauty - Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects and beautiful music creating an atmosphere to fully immerse yourself in.
  • Take matters in your own hands - Create custom content for War Thunder and share it on War Thunder Live, with the prospect of earning real money through the Revenue Share Partner System!
  • But wait, there is more! - Ever expanding and evolving environment, offering new and exciting content and features with every regular major update.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/Vista/8/10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1,5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit /Vista 64bit /8 64bit /10 64bit
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most modern 64-bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
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Resro
362.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
This is a great game,made by a limited number of people who made it all possible.
I am just tired of all the negative BS that is thrown at Gaijin. Just try to make a comparision to World Of Tanks. This game IS A GREAT,REALISTIC PIECE OF WAR SIMULATOR.
First of all, there is NO RUSSIAN BIAS. The frustration of all those people who shout "Russian Bias !!" is just focused on the trolly nature of russian armor(angled and spaced) and the early 1 shot cannons,which ,by the time you reach high tiers, dissapears,leaving only poor-depression guns with high reloading times. America is well-rounded,fast and flexible. Germany is just a BOMB of a country: It haz the best guns in the game with the best tech of the time , disposabe armor when it counts ( as in mediums like the Leopard) ,but is hard to play early,thus leaving the hatred for the EARLY-FOCUSSED RUSSIA. Britain has got the best APDS with sniping capabitities and high mobitity,becoming really great at high tiers,but,again, hard to play.

The ONLY DOWNSIDE,which i would love to see fixed, is THE GRIND. It is just too long,where Gaijin just could focus the marketing to high tiers and still getting the money from 80% of the people who CAN and will spend their money on premium,maybe add some other benefits,other than faster research and money. It would be something smart to do, since frustrated people tend to give bad reviews and quit the game, and happy,relaxed people would just enjoy the game and see it as the beauty that it is

I am really looking forward to the future of this game and I appreciate all the Godlike Optimisation.
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Blue Drache
52.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
The controls are muddy making the planes next to impossible to fly.
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PatoGermanyAlfonzyEsákDagles
71.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
8/10 :) Its good realistic simulator game :)
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Toblerone
670.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
This review might be a bit long so bear with me and will mostly be focussing on the aviation side of things.

First of, the positives. War Thunder is one of my most favourite games ever. The gameplay feels spot on, the controls feel rewarding to know and knowing all of them will greatly boost your skill in the air. The 5 different nations all feel unique and the aircraft within them do aswell. researching planes at the later tiers may feel like a bit of a grind but nothing that feels like its going to take forever.

Now for the negatives. the biggest negative for War Thunder is the balancing. in the past i would have said that the biggest negative is the developer but recently they have been listening to the community and are implementing thigs like naval warfrare (all be it at the minute of writing this quite lack luster personally) and have made some balancing adjustments but its just not enough. Each country has 5 different tiers of planes which average out in year stamps. for example tier one is 1937-1939, tier 2 is 1939 - 1941 (i dont know the actuall times but its something along those lines). Within these tiers, planes are assigned a battle rating. Two planes that have a battle rating which is bigger than 1 cannot fight eachother. For example my Sitfire Vb/ tropical will very likely verse a Fw 190-A1 as they both have a BR of 3.3, however i can verse a Fw 190-A4 as it has a BR of 4.3 however the chances of this are mich lower as the BR is a whole 1 above me. So far it doesnt sound to bad right? well if you take a look to the jet era of planes things get alot worse. The maximum BR of planes is 9.0 with only the toppest of tierest planes being their. The problem of balacning stems from the fact that some of the early "best jets in th game" from a few years ago are still placed at 9.0. nowaday in war thunder we are approaching a vietnam war era of aircraft with planes like the Mig - 17, Hunter F1 and F86-F2 sabre. this makes it difficult for some planes to fight eachother and gaijin refuses to increase the BR for both planes and tanks to make it a fairer fight.

Overall this game is truely amazing and is worth trying for yourself. if you do want to start out i recomend playing "Arcade" mode at first and getting used to the controlls but jump to realistic as fast as possible to get a better experience overall. hopefully the negatives in this review get fixed soon and to an extent they already have but i feel as thoug reviews from a few months ago needed an update so i decided to write one myself. Thanks for reading my review :)
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Grak
1,807.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
Going down more with each update.

Match Maker and Battle Rating is totally joke.
Combat performance of planes and tanks are systemically nerfed unless we are talking about A) Soviet tank B) Soviet Plane. Then they are boosted according to some post-war hocus-pocus "secrit dokumentz" devs have gotten their hands on. Naturally, these kind of documents wont appear on any other country, GE, US or GB. Stin..no reeks of being so biased that it hurts.
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Father_Russia
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Gay.

Actually gay is fine.

So not gay.
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Waudomakre
50.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
yes
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Fuhk
105.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
10/10 would kms because of the bf 109s
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こじま たいき
196.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
An Awesome Game
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Turtlecatz
567.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Good game but russian bias as always
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
525 of 583 people (90%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
457.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Just to give you an insight of the company that runs this game, Gaijin Entertainment:
Some months ago the incredibly unsuccessful E100 tournament took place.
Players where hyped like ****, A FREAKING E100 IS BEING ADDED
What people didnt know was that the E100 would only be available to less than 1200 people that won these tournaments, for which you needed to pay to get tickets to play.
The tournament was badly set up and full of hackers (Shhh Gaijin doesnt want us to know there are hackers)
Of course thousands of people complained in the forums, including myself.
Most of my comments where removed on the context of ''flaming'', some of those comments complained about the removals.
Shortly after this, they introduced a rule that didnt allow people to post in the forums, unless they had played a certain number of battles prior to posting.
After receiving a warning for challenging moderation (lol) I got a message from a fellow forum user:
''The rule came about shortly after they removed Simulator Battles from the game. It wasn't to keep the trolls at a minimum, it was to reduce the workload of the moderators after such a poor decision.

Scarper and Pacifica (two senior mods) are megalomaniacs. Their egos get in the way of moderation. Their extra comments on closed threads are often insulting and almost always condescending. They show the community no respect at all and I believe it is only a symptom of Gaijin policy. This was evident in the Youtube incident (if you are familiar I won't elaborate, but if you want to know more I'll elucidate)''
More into this:
http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/290640-community-relations-or-why-i-have-to-post-in-off-topic-discussions/
http://ritastatusreport.blogspot.com/2015/07/gaijin-shuts-down-youtubers-channel.html
http://www.polygon.com/2015/7/30/9068059/rogue-employee-holds-independent-youtube-channel-hostage-war-thunder
Mods from all around the globe are likely to downvote this, and I doubt this review will ever be viewed by many, but please, stay away from this toxic company while you can.
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339 of 388 people (87%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
588.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Don't be fooled by the "Mostly Positive" rating that Steam gives War Thunder. All those review, all 58,000 of them, are left over from the glory days of War Thunder when Gaijin actually listened. Now, the community is toxic, the hacks are real, the devs censor everything, Russian Bias, and the matchmaker is ♥♥♥♥. Good job Gaijin, you killed your own game. Now this review will be censored by Gaijin by downvoting it as unhelpful.

Yeah, I know you Gaijin. I've also seen how your mods interact with the community on the forums. I saw a comment by one mod that closed a thread, calling the writer of the thread "obstinate, ignorant, arrogant and wrong. But most of all you are a complete and total a$$hole.- FACT."- Pacifica, Senior moderator. The mods call this "Protecting the community" AKA, censorship that would make Stalin blush. Don't believe me? I'll leave the link below but you can't see it without an account. Imagine that. This isn't an isolated case either, it runs RAMPANT on the forums.

All the community does is try to help out, telling you that there are third-party softwares in the game, telling you that you f***ed up the matchmaking, and you just censor them. You also allow Russian bias in the game.

I can tell you right now that T-34s had sh*tty transmissions that didn't allow them much maneuverability. In the game, they move around like they could fly. You guys screwed up. And to all of those die-hard WT players (and I know that there are very few of you now) who are about to comment that I'm an autistic 12 year old, I will teach you actual history, and report you. The community is just plain toxic, by the way.

The gameplay is decent and even that's a stretch. There's very obvious Russian bias from teir 2 up and the FPS is just downright terrible. The matchmaker is nonexsistant. Theoretically, Gaijin has a matchmaker in place that uses a system they call the "Battle Rating" system. A tank is assigned a certain number like the Tiger H1 at 5.7. The tank will play any tank that is one above or below this number. So you are being thrown into matches with teir 4s and teir 2s. Matchmaking is also not based on skill which screws over experianced players with ♥♥♥♥ teams. I've been on 14 battle losing streaks before, all because I got the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ team that was destroyed in seconds. Gaijin also abuses the BR system, putting Russian tanks in slightly lower BRs to give them much better matchmaking than they actually deserve. I don't know anything about their aviation section but I know that it's just as biased and terribly matched as their ground forces.


And here's where I get downvoted by every mod that Gaijin ever had to keep this information out of the forums. At least I get to laugh at them and say, "Well, I knew it"

-10/10

Here's the link to that forum thread that you can't see without an account. Convienent right? http://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/290640-community-relations-or-why-i-have-to-post-in-off-topic-discussions/
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140 of 186 people (75%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
158.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
This game...was fun a few years ago when ballance was still a thing
Last 3 ish years its gone to ♥♥♥♥
Russians are overpowered so much because Russia stronk am i right
All i am saying is... Bring the old War Thunder back and you get me back too.
Less and Less players are playing this and i think we all can see why

#MakeWarThunderGreatAgain
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80 of 109 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
966.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Why negative:

1) Reload time is being changed by developers they way they want, completely independently from real conditions. I am not sure if its still like this now, but 1 year ago m18 hellcat had 8 sec reload and Sherman with the same cannon had 5 seconds reload, for example.

2) Ammoracks are just broken, and broken intentionally. On many tanks ammorack is blowing up realistically in most of cases when its hit by a shell, like it should. But A LOT of tanks with very high caliber guns (like Maus, IS-2/3/4, KV-2, etc) for some stupid reasons have nearly unexplodable ammoracks. You penetrate them and hit ammorack directly, several times in different places, result? it just becomes black.

3) Finally, absolutely utterly destroyed and annihilated balance on 5.7-8.0 Battle Rating.
Before, like 1-2 years ago, War thunder had a lot lower historical limit on vehicles, the most late vehicles that were in the game (and had the highest BR - 7.7 or 8.0) were IS-4m, King tiger 105mm, panther 2, Early T-54 (it didnt have all the best late shells) and so on. Basically the latest vehicles in the game were designed in late 1940s or early 50s, and battle rating did make sense. However time was going and developer decided to add later vehicles with more advanced technologies, they started adding later T-54, T-10m, M60, Leopard 1, these tanks had HEAT shells with up to 400mm pen and sabot shells with a bit lower. And it would be COMPLETELY NORMAL, if ONLY they would give them PROPER BR, BR that would be way beyond 8.0. But guess what? there is still not even a single ground vehicle with BR higher than 8.0, even though they have jets with BR 9.0. Probably the guy who defines ground veh balance cant count more than 8 just like gaben cant count more than 2. This becomes even worse now since they are adding more late vehicles like T-62 and ATGM vehicle for every side (controllable anti tank missiles). This entire mess is happening while there are such tanks as IS-2 and King Tiger on BR 6.7. Just think about it, regular late ww2 tanks are fighting with 60s vehicles with ATGMs, sabots and HEAT shells. 20 focking years difference. They even put one premium tank with ATGMs on br 6.7.
As result of this completely idiotic balancing, many vehicles became completely unplayable, or barely playable in only some of situations. Adding tanks from 60s on BRs 7.7 and 8.0 caused lowering down BRs of some earlier vehicles like IS-3 and IS-4. Now we have vehicles that absolutely suck against vehicles with just a bit higher BR they can meet in battle, but at the same time they are annihilating vehicles that are having a bit lower BR than they.
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44 of 55 people (80%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
481.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Hello and welcome to War Thunder, or as close friends call it: Masochist's paradise...

Now the game currently features two seperate game genres: planes and tanks. Planes are alright, but it gets repetitive fast and I didn't get past Tier 3 planes (out of 5 tiers) as the gameplay just became repetitive and boring.

On the other hand, tanks kept me going past that but I'm feeling the hate for good players more and more. Let me explain, but I'll first list the positives.

In many aspect the tanks part resembles alot any other typical multiplayer FPS. I enjoyed the almost lag free experience of single shot projectiles and big targets with critical modules that are either alive or damaged, rather than the health pool of a target that suffers damage per second and can be killed in miliseconds making lag a real issue. Here, there's none of that and it is refreshing to play a multiplayer game without having to blame lag. Also, everything besides player input is calculated on the server which makes most if not all cheats inexistant. A real positive and a rarity in free 2 play games. On top of that, WT has the most stable game I've ever had the luxury to play. Content is ample and regular updates keep adding more vehicles and occasionally maps.

Now that the good is listed, what is left? Alot of injustice and frustration! With tanks it is critical that when facing an oponent, your shell has sufficient penetration to punch through the enemy's armour. Therefore to create a balanced environment where you manage to be on even grounds with tanks that are fundamentally different, Gaijin, the developper, decided to attribute a battle rank (BR) to every vehicle. This is great as you can then balance the game by matching vehicles of identical BR together!

Except it isn't. Gaijin then allows for the matchmaking to join people with vehicles that have up to 1 BR value in difference (the entire scale goes from 1 to 8). On top of the possibility to meet someone who is a full BR higher than you, they might have all the upgrades unlocked on their vehicle while you have just purchased yours and have therefore no upgrades. Upgrades provide extra armour, suvivability and penetration with better shells. So sometimes it is actually impossible to penetrate the enemy's armour, while their gun can one shoot you, no matter where they hit, even on your toughest armour.

Now if this would happen randomly (which the devs insist on being the case) it wouldn't be so bad, as you'd be facing stronger and weaker oponents on a 50/50 ratio. Except that doesn't happen. Gaijin also says that the BR range is to ensure short match searching times, except it isn't. After 400h of playing I've seen two clear and unmistakable correlations appear:

1) the better you play the more often you get matched against stronger vehicles, the worse you play the weaker your enemies. I used to have an efficiency of almost 70% (average ratio of your position in team for all matches played) and I kept being on the short end of the BR range. Then I started to lose purposefully and reached almost 50% efficiency. Now I get the 50% ratio of stronger and weaker enemies.

2) search times are shorter when you get put in a game in which your skill balances out the MM algorythm. When the game needs you to face higher enemies as you've been playing well and it finds a game almost instantly, you're sure to be facing stronger enemies. The longer time the search takes, the weaker your opponents get as the MM has to diverge from what it actually wants to do: face you against strong enemies. And I assume the opposite is also correct.

So, just as many other multiplayer games that try to balance their games, War Thunder tells their weak players that they can still face veterans easily, while good players get constantly handicapped in order to work double as hard as the others to progress. I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't an economical agenda behind it as well, but you think of it what you will. But this is a f2p game after all.

WT has a healthy community in numbers (otherwise it's probably the most egoistic and selfish community I've ever encountered with allies pushing you into enemy fire and other dishonorable stuff) and therefore the "shortening search times" excuse doesn't add up. Especially when I spent two weeks playing tanks with BR 3.7 , 4.0 and 4.3 while always facing enemies with 4.7, and when I finally started playing with 4.7, suddenly all those other games I played ranging from 3.7 to 4.7 vanished and I started playing against 5.7 BR tanks most of the time. Now you tell me if that isn't some BS right there.

Multiplayer games need to stop holding hands and let good players be good and bad players improve and get better. If they don't manage, then multiplayer games are not for them. There's always solo. I for once am getting increasingly frustrated at the game keeping to punish me right from the start before I even started playing. I'll still keep enjoying my masochism for a while, but in not long I'll move on. I'll definitely never spend a dime on this game though and neither should you. Being punished for being a good player is just not right, nor fair.

Finally, this game has RNG elements. If it's not intended to covertly help out the newcomers and brake even more the success of good player by manipulating the results (as denied by the devs of course), then it is still a random element in a multiplayer game. This should simply not exist. RNG is for rogue likes, not for a multiplayer game where encounters need to be fair and consistent. Because when you hit one particular spot repeatedly and get only ricochets out of it, but in another match, in the reversed situation, the same tank you were using with the same shell, penetrates you at the same exact spot you were failing previously... That's just not right.

In the end, War Thunder shows the incredible skill of a brilliant dev team, but it tries to screw over skill in favour of making bad players feel good and that's just not right. And so playing this is not worth the months of life expectancy one loses through all the generated frustration...
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
1,233.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
After playing this game for over 1000 hours mostly ground battles I can honestly say that this game is on the decline its now full of cheaters & hackers using esp, aimbots etc. Even though Gaijin says there are none believe me there are! (Latest I have seen player killed he was rendered as killed i.e. turret on fire track gone completely burnt out but he was able to still move and fire most blatant hack I have seen).
The other problem with this game is the growing kamikaze way players dive and kill tanks with no consiquence to them i.e. not losing a life but you do! This part is one of the most annoying and talked about problems with this game in tank battles it needs to be sorted out before more and more people leave the game.
Oh and lets not forget Gaijins matchmaker algorithm that fixes the matches. What do I mean play it long enough and you will see.
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Not Recommended
124.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The game is slowly dying and mostly used by the dev as a cash cow.

This review was updated to summerize the growing list of problems.

- constant pop ups on log in urging you to buy premium
- After battle reports displaying what you 'could have earned' if you had premium
- Premium items being incredibly overpriced, up to $60 for one tank in some cases
- incredibly slow lifetime long grind to get anywhere in the game, no doubt a method to push premium
- free experience (you must use credit to unlock this) generated at a rate far too high in relation to unit experience
- challenges that reward free tanks but basically require the purchase of premium xp bonuses
- did i mention they push premium?
- constant recycling of units by the devs, they stick a swastika on a churchill and expect you to pay for it
- very thin unit trees, they have a large number of T-34 variants but zero japanese tanks
- that roll mechanic...
- poor map designs that are quite boring
- spawn camping (although we have all done it in our time)
- hackers
- Gaijins method (or lack there of) for combating hackers, which origionally was to remove realistic mode, but now they really stepped it up a notch by having the grand strategy of doing nothing

- Number 1 rule of War Thunder club: dont talk about hacking

*feel free to add to this list

But the most telling issue with the games future is the upcoming War Thunder Coast Guard, and no im not here to complain about ship size (as we all know its not the size of the boat, its the motion of the ocean). The thing i wish to point out is that Gaijin is not even capable of hosting a non-pixelated stream showing off its latest offering.

When the list of issues is nearly unending before boats are even released and gaijin couldnt even manage a stream let alone this steaming turd, it dosnt surprise me they are losing the player base.

When a dev takes such little pride in its product i take such little pride in playing it.
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Not Recommended
78.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
(I apologise about the lack of coherence, I have hundereds of actual hours in this game and was once my passion)

As many others have said, this game was at one time absolutely stunning and full of promise, but now its just a ♥♥♥♥♥how filled with high quaility renders of vehicles. This game is beautiful and has fantastic physics, But this is a combat game and requires alot more effort than that.
The devs are Completely clueless on retaining players and have no idea on how to effectively balance the hundreds of planes in this game despite the dozens of attemps to help from the community. gaijin absolutely refuses to listen with a vengance, and wont tolerate any negative publicity.
the story of war thunder is a sad tale, doomed to be repeated by the countless F2P games that will never go away, we all hoped this one would be different, but corruption is a resilent foe, and war thunder fell victim.
this game is only alive thanks to its exeptional premise and constant influx of new players, but make no mistake, this game has been forsaken and no savior is in sight.
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Not Recommended
125.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Welcome to War Thunder, the game where B-17s can get shoot down by a Russian Biplane, let's get started.

Things I like:
- Realistic flying mechanic
- Damage modules
-Both planes and tanks
And that's it.

Now, let's get to the things I hate.
- Balance -> This game is not balanced at all, there are 5 nations to join: USA, UK, Germany, Japan and Russia, now, the real problem (seen from a USA main) is that every nation exept for USA and maybe UK is overpower, expecially Russia.
It might be me, but I think there's a problem with the fact that a russian tier 1 plane can completly obliterate a tier 4 US bomber.
- Teammates -> Altough there are some good teammates who like to actually play as a team, the majority of the players wanna just get points, they won't communicate, they will ""steal"" your ""kills"" and they will bomb the objective you chose to bomb. Not to talk about the fact that most of the players will randomly write something in russian every 5 seconds ))))
- Bombers -> As a US Bombers main, I realized that bombers go down very quickly, expecially B-17s and that's a shame, because it's very hard to shoot down most of the other bombers, but the B-17 is probably one of the most weak one. And it's kinda strange, since in real life, the B-17 was one of the best bombers.
- Russia -> Every russian plane\tank is overpower, I litterally got bored of playing as US and constatly get shot down by Russia that I tried to play Russia and got bored of shooting down other planes.

People ofter ask "Is this game Pay to Win?" of course it isn't, it's play Russia to win

So, if you don't like to loose, Grab your Sekrit Dokumints, choose your Russian plane made of Stalinium and spam "♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥" everywhere you can and put on "Kalinka" or The russian march of Red Alert 2 oh, don't forget to write "xaxaxaxaxaxa ))))))" after every kill.

Now that you know how to play Russia in WT, you're ready to go Tovarish
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Recommended
137.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
To Russian planes and tank
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by a German PLAYER
is a good game
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