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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September 22

[Development] Hudson Mk V - A twin-engined rascal!

The twin-engined passenger aircraft which proved its value during the war as a light bomber.
Meet the Hudson Mk V!

Aviation has presented many cases of military machines which, after the end of the conflict, were adapted for use in civilian service. The twin-engine Lockheed Super Electra was a good example that went in the complete opposite direction however. A well known and respected passenger aircraft became a no less recognizable light bomber, know in the European World War II theater as the Hudson.

The first machines ordered were transported from the United States to Great Britain in early 1939, being used in the spring before the outbreak of World War II by the RAF to patrol the North Sea. The Hudson also enrolled in history as the first Allied aircraft operating from the British Isles credited with shooting down a German aircraft during the opening stages of World War II. The event took place on October 8th 1939 over a cold Jutland.

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September 19

[Development] Brigand B.1 - A Bandit without a mask

We are pleased to present to you the Royal Air Force successor of the well-known Bristol Beaufighter. The Bristol Brigand that will arrive in Update 1.63 Desert Hunters in the designated B.1 bomber variant.

We are pleased to present to you the Royal Air Force successor of the well-known Bristol Beaufighter - the Bristol Brigand that will arrive in Update 1.63 Desert Hunters in the designated B.1 bomber variant. The Bristol Brigand was the successor to the aging Bristol Beaufighter - a heavy 2 engine fighter that was able to step into a wide range of combat roles - from Night Fighter, Ground Attack aircraft to Naval torpedo bomber. The Brigand was developed during World War 2, but came too late to see service or to have any meaningful impact on the outcome of the war. It was later deployed during the Malayan Emergency.

The main idea behind producing a new type of multi-role heavy fighter was to simplify the production and logistics (the new Brigand reconstructed the tail of the existing “Buckingham” medium bomber), while aiming for higher speed and incorporating the implementation of newer technologies. The Brigand B.1 bomber variant was powered by two Bristol Centaurus 57 powerplants, each generating a maximum continuous power of 2,165 hp which allowed the aircraft to reach a maximum speed of 357 mph (574 km/h) at 16,500 feet (5,030 m). The weight of the empty aircraft was slightly over 11 tons and it was operated by a 3 man crew.

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"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"

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

About This Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features include:

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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/7/Vista/8/10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1,5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit /Vista 64bit /8 64bit /10 64bit
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: 10.11 El Capitan
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 (Xeon processors not supported)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Most modern 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
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
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147 of 219 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
2,035.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
+ Looks amazing

- Unbalanced
- Grind
- Bias
- Unhistorical
- Toxic community
- Longer queue time
- Broken vehicles for 2 years
- Admins/Moderators censor forumns
- Misleading Events/Sales

So much potential of amazing game in the wrong hands.
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49 of 70 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
341.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Not that I anticipate this review to be seen very much, but having been with the game since 2012 I feel compelled to make one. I have played the predecessor games (Wings/Birds of Prey and Birds of Steel) as well as put about 3000+ hours of time into WT, not all on the Steam version, but before steam link and including a previous account, and I just want to offer my perspective on the game.

War Thunder has undergone a large amount of changes in 4 years, which is to be expected. There was never a physical, celebratory release of the game from Open Beta into an actual game. That being said, it's not for the worse for it. The game used to have some very unbalanced features (Some may remember the horrors of 2 minute games with Yer Thunder, or the B-17 bomber aces with laser gunners, or farther back the scourge of the D-13 dominating the game). Recently, the ATGM tanks (which just require some changing of tactics) have been put down as 'bias' and 'unfair'. The game is much more balanced than many other vehicle-based combat games.

Also, trying to compare War Thunder to other games (World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, etc.) is not an apt comparison, the games are set up very differently, and WT is really a game all it's own.

As time has passed, most of the larger, more game-breaking imbalances have been corrected and despite what people may tell you, the cries of Russian/US/British/German/Japanese Bias are all unfounded. In the vast majority of places it's simply someone not knowing how to counter any specific group of planes (for example shooting a Lagg-3's wooden wings). There are some widely considered to be undertiered/overtiered tanks and aircraft. This is always in flux as the BRs for some vehicles change nearly patch to patch. Additionally things like damage and flight models for vehicles are being tweaked and adjusted on a constant basis.

Things that may be present in more intense simulators (things like unreliable engines, imperfect manufacturing, crew shellshock, etc.) aren't modeled into War Thunder. The vehicles in the game perform as close to they can while also maintaining easier control schemes for different game modes. For example, if you play simulator, you may be able to get better performance out of your plane than realistic mode due to being able to have a more complex control setup.

In terms of business-wise and staff-wise, Gaijin leaves some things to be desired. Some of the staff can be abrasive at times, but for the most part they are all pretty well-informed community aides. I, personally, have never had a bad experience with game moderators, forum moderators, or support members. Some say they have, but I can't offer insight into those cases. Every issue that I have gone to support with I have received help with and been able to resolve the issue. As a business, Gaijin has really been using the F2P model with microtransactions for in-game currency (called Golden Eagles). GE can be used for premium time, premium vehicles (they earn more research and silver lion currency then non-premium vehicles), and decals and camos to adorn your vehicles with (most of these can be unlocked for free with playtime). Again, you will see a lot of cries of Pay-to-Win here, but that isn't the case. The model that it is is really Pay-to-Advance, as the increased rewards just help with research times and working your way up the grinding ladder.

If you're looking for realism, War Thunder may not be the best game, simply because play is simplified for a wider playerbase, which is something people mark as a bad thing, but it's just a business move. The game has always been that way, and will continue to be more simple-focused, which isn't to bash on people playing in these modes, there are just more people in those modes.

Gameplay is fairly easy to catch on to, but does take some time, patience, and practice to master. Knowing what your plane or tank can do, what strengths/weaknesses it has, and other attributes of your vehicle as well as the same of the enemy vehicles that you face is needed. The game is a time investment, you won't be able to hop right into it and get to top-tier in a week or two, it'll take longer than that.

Edit: On hacking/cheating. Gaijin regularly (every month or so) announces how many accounts were determined to be using 'external modifications. and bans those accounts permanently. Most of the time, you will encounter no cheats, people can make vehicles do some pretty smooth tricks with gameplay mechanics, or are just better-than-average and players will look for an excuse as to why they lost. Not saying it to be elitist, but that's just honesty.

Edit: Playerbase. To be honest the playerbase much anymore is filled with a lot of people who are all too happy to rage and vent anger in any way they can (cries of bias, teamkilling, spamming caps). These players are in the minority, most players are quiet and occasionally will say something or two. I cannot fault the game for actions of the people playing it. And there are a lot of good people out there in the game (the majority of players). I recommend playing alone or with people that you know you communicate well with. A squad of 4 people can clean house in any given game if they know each other and what they're doing.

There are frustrating moments. Mainly for me, game updates are blocked on most of the networks I play on, as they do outside network security and Peer-to-Peer downloading is blocked. (Colleges, a lot of libraries, the like). I have not had much at all in the way of game bugs or glitches, crashes, or anything of that sort. You will come across some limitations, especially on older machines, but don't be deterred. I played on a potatotop for a year on minimum settings at 30fps, the game was still enjoyable.

TL;DR- War Thunder has some realistic attributes, but also some simplified attributes. Don't listen to people crying wolf with bias, use your own patience and know-how to play and it is fun and rewarding. Be prepared to invest your time into the game, not for a quick rush to the 'end'. Play the game, if you find it fun or entertaining, stick around, just go along with the ride.

PS- If anyone is looking to play, or discuss the game, feel free to find me in-game and I would be happy to join!
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38 of 58 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
380.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Would be much better if the maps were actually fair to all countries.
Basically, in real life US fighters weren't meant to be interceptors. They were made with large fuel tanks, sturdy airframes, engines optimized for high altitude, and machine guns. The reason: to escort bombers from long distances. In War Thunder, we instead see US planes thrown into an interceptor situation against planes which perform the role of intercepting extremely well (ones with light airframes, cannons, high climb rates, etc). The maps show an obvious advantage to planes designed for this role due to their size. This results in people having to "side climb" to recreate the long journey the American fighters would take when escorting bombers. Problem is, you're usually the only person that does this, with the rest of your team either being bombers or fighters at low altitude that get picked off in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, making even the simplest mistake while BnZing an enemy leaves you vulnerable to their whole team and in a matter of seconds you'll have 20 cannon rounds in your fuselage. And for some reason, naval and army planes are thrown together.

I'm not whining about "Russian Bias" or how American planes suck. American planes don't suck. Actually, they're amazing for what they were made to do: ESCORTING BOMBERS over long distances. Not intercepting fighters. And if they were given that role in the game, they would be extremely formidable. As of now, unless you're with a squad of people climbing together, extremely good/lucky or going against a team of idiots, you're playing with a lost chance.
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40 of 66 people (61%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
531.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Cancerous piece of ♥♥♥♥♥! Treating paying customers with disrespect. Optimizing the game to fit their supererior russian nationalism worldview while having the most obnoxious and gangster capitalism price policy on steam.

You pay gold and you get a stinking pile of crap in return.

Playerbase is shrinking. Dont make the mistake to put it on your Hard Drive or even spend one Dime on this blackhole. 7 years of development and the most obnoxious bugs are not fixed. Stop braking german planes damage models so that steel giants now can burn out like paper planes. LMG does nothing to enemy fighters even with the "best" icendiary ammo belts. Leveling your gunners does nothing. Matchmaking is so hamfisted its not funny. Nothing is historical nothing is balanced properly. No matter if you play Historical or "Realistic" Battles or Arcade Battles. The game modes are sickening bad. The Map design is sickening worse. And the game mechanics are utterly broken. Its a simulator , right a simulator of how much a game company can abuse its playerbase and customers and laugh at history and realism and moste of all the core of a game fun and great teamwork. Everything is designed to ♥♥♥♥ you over. I wish there was a refund option for Golden Eagles and Bundles bought on gaijin page.

The player base is cancerous and the program itself is just a frustrating pile of bits occupying your precious hard drive space.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
466.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
I have been on Warthunder on and off. And it's constantly the same thing, 1 Nation is OP as ♥♥♥♥ and all the others keep getting nerfed. Please, either fix the balancing matches for skill level (Tired of sh*t teammates screwing up the game), balance nations or just put the ACTUAL HISTORICAL values.

Until then, beatings will continue until morale improves on my end, and I will play once again, once the game is "stable".
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Even though I am strongly addicted to the game, it's ridiculous the amount of time and efort, maybe even money you have to put in before you actually start having fun. The devs don't care about you, or the game. They want money. Don't buy premium. OVERPRICED BS. Reasearching one tank that might require 6,000 RP (research points) will take you about 7-8 games. Even if you do really well in a game, say like 8 kills, you'll barely get 1,000 RP. The game is way too damn grindy. It's annoying. It's so ♥♥♥♥ing unbalanced. Russians dominate tanks. 3 things that would change this review: 1. A balanced update. Not making eveything equal, but not making everything so damn Op and everything else with paper armour. 2. The RP system and researching tanks needs to buffed like hell. It is way too slow and frustrating especially for German tanks. 3. Primium is way too over priced. Want a year subscription? $120. F THAT. $5 a month. $50-$60 a year. I WILL BUY IT and so will many others. Also don't make it where you need to buy premium currency to buy a premium account. That's ♥♥♥♥ing ridiculous.

This game has so much potential and is probably one of the best WWII game sout right now, but the people behind it are money cows and wasting that potential. The game is slowly dying. All that's gonna be left are the rich people that have everything unlocked and will just demolish you, therefore leaving the game unplayable.

Fix it, or in 2 years there will be no War Thunder.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
468.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
It is pretty hard to give this game a solid yes or no considering there is a lot to love AND to hate about this game.
- Amazing graphics
- Realistic, World of Tanks doesn't even come close to this level of realism
- Lots of different vehicles
- Well-optimised
- Not as pay to win as one might think

- Technically speaking however: it is pay to win
- Average toxic free to play community
- Unlocking tanks can be a real grind
- Game developers don't know what creating and maintaining a community is
- The game is meeting its end and the developers know it, they are now trying to squeeze as much money out of their remaining small playerbase
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
386.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Once apon a time Gaijin used to listen to the people and use their ideas to make the game. Thats was about 4 years ago, now what the Russian company have done is broke the game so much nothing can fix it.
It is unbalanced
It has a clear Russian bias
It isn't historicly accurate like it claims to be
The battle ratings are so bad that people stop as soon as they go to tier 2
There is one "supper" battle raiting at BR 8.0 where planes from 2 complety differnt time peroids fight
The maps are too big or too small
There isn't enough space in the BR's for more planes or tanks unless they make a new battle rating
It isn't clear what you want to research
Ignore the Mostly possitve reviews, that was at a time when Gaijin listend. Now they don't. War thunder is run be a dictorship. It's a shame a game like this is in the wrong hands
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
105.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Playing as Americans: "Man, this LTV is a light tank? It handles like a medium!"
Playing as British: "Meh, pass. Oh, Churchill."
Playing as Germans: "Oooooo... me likey."
Playing as Russians: "They see me rollin', they hatin', because this game has Ruu-sian bi-as, ha-ha-has a Russian bias, ha-ha-has a Russian bias."
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
368.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
I played this game for a long time, yet i won't recommend this game.
For almost two years, each time i get the same useless bonus (backup vehicle or 5000 coins, a normal low ranked tank's price is 300.000 coins) only once or twice i could get a normal bonus, which was again a cheap, useless bonus but since it was few times it felt good (15.000 coins), so if i get 21 time bonus (21 days of login) i can buy a cheap tank for myself with
again im greatful for some cheap, useless, low priced bonus.

War Thunder is not a player-friendly game for free gaming, you need to pay for it or else game developers woudn't give ♥♥♥♥ about you because there are so many other players, you will see that i am right after this game will keep on giving you the same useless bonuses over and over..

I keep playing War Thunder but i decided not purchase anything because i know the next day i pay, I will keep receiving a repair fee for a light tank as a bonus. This game will give you nothing instead of ''CONGRATS YOU WONT 5000 COINS'' so why should i trust this game at all? They won't get nothing from me for being so greedy, the only way this game will start giving you something is when no one will play that game, and the bonuses will be out of desperation. I've seen many greedyass developers that were begging for coins in the end and that is what they deserve.

I spent almost 2 years for this game, don't make the same mistake (PS ; i won't delete the game since i spent so much time to open up high tiers, but give a chance for other tank simulation games, unless you have 2 years to develop yourself to have atleast decent gaming experience.

In short, you may enjoy the game, but don't expect much help from the game itself, i will write further reviews if there will be any change in rewarding system or some player-friendly act by the game developers.

I know no matter how much i write, game developers will laugh their ♥♥♥ of me since they dont give a ♥♥♥♥.. why am i saying this, NO change at all. 5000 COINS gifted well done (after 2 years) can i not accept the gift since i do not want some chewed chewing gum as a gift? I'd prefer a gift that is written "dear player, f-ck you" instead of 5000 coins ( to unlock a ♥♥♥♥ tank its atleast 300.000 coins. Every chance-roll is set and known to the developers, after i spin it slowly stops at backup tanks or 5000 coins (every time). Seriosly sorry for my language but ♥♥♥♥off, i have more chance in an illegal casino. Someday ppl will realize this bs and will go away and then everything will be free, when no one is playing this game anymore. I hope g.developers will start to give a ♥♥♥♥ about people. Ill make further comments after the new update
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309.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Amazing Game. Put your time into the game and you can have alot of fun
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63.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
This game is great easy to run and fun to play, all for free! go download it!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Very fun would suggest for anyone that enjoys shooting games. My only request is can you make it so that the tanks can battle the planes? Thanks for making such a great game.
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9.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Brilliant game not pay2win love it. nice game to play when your waiting for friends. quick simple and fun
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92.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
War Thunder very fun to play,easy to pick up but hard to master however Stalinium makes me criii.All about the grind also
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
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Felix Argyle
53.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
I just can't really give this game a negative review, and I don't want to give it a positive one to. See this as a hand making "eeeeeeeeeeeehhh"

Don't get the hours wrong now. I played this loooooong before it went to steam, and I have even more hours on a second account that steam closed down... thanks CS trading....

Welp, this is a game that tried to have a big focus on realism, historical events, no shity health bar, and a section for arcade for those that wants to make weird turns, amazing climbs and weird hoppieloops with airplanes. But after a year and forward the game got on steam we start to see weird changes, Historical game mode turned into realistic, Simulator became an event. Russian T-34 tanks in low tier are still the hardest tank to kill in unless you get an ♥♥♥ shot, or hit between the body and turret. Gaijin stoped doing fun events like Simulator no HUD because they think we are idiots.

Overall of the weird balance, vehicle stats that are wrong, vehicles that don't act like they should, no more historical realism and bad matchmaking. It's still a weary funny free to play game. I honestly see more positive then negative things to this game. It's problems I can still handle and have a good time fighting with friend or without. The Simulator battles for airplanes are amazing, the maps are like 5 times bigger then the normal maps, no hud on the enemies, you must have a good joystick to play well, the game is going on for daaaaaaaaays, and you always have missions for bombers and fighters. On the realistic part, it's weary fun to, the airplanes controlls good, no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t turns like Arcade and no constant Pilot knocked out. Cool dogfights, fun to bomb bases, ground targets and airfields.

Tanks are weary interesting, you have no WoT health bar, you have to look more to how you move towards your enemy and really keep your eyes open. If you don't pay attention you will die. It's a weary realistic way to kill other tankers, you even get to see how the shell penitrates your tank and how the splitter kills everyone inside. It use amazing TRACK PHYSICS! Nothing weird and stiff, it's really cool to see how it forms after the ground and the suspension moves. The sound is pretty okey, I mostly like the engine sound, but the gun sound need some work. The battles are both fun and can go for some time, I had a battle that lasted for 25min today. And sometimes they can go weary quick and end after only 8-10min.

I can simply sum up, that it's free to play and really worth trying out, it's really not that grindy, I mean, I played worse. You can get to tier 3 out of 5 in less then a week. It haves balance issues, but if you just play smart you can take out everyone no matter how russian Bias they are. It haves it's realistic places, the historical may be gone, but it's still a weary fun if you don't pick on that part.

I can't say what will happen with the future of this game, it haves ups and downs, but I think everyone should take a shot on this game, I don't want to see it die. And I don't think those that hate on the review want that to.

Hope it gave you an idea of what the game is, if I got something wrong, please let me know and I change that. (My English is not perfect I know)
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222.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
Dont cry when you die !

!!! I do not care dislike. Nobody change my mind !!!
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1,104.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
Alright, I have committed a lot of time to this game, constantly hoping some sort of improvements would be made, sure, they add vehicles, sure they add maps but that's all they do, just add ♥♥♥♥, shuffle things around, it makes you wonder wher they are getting their historical information, granted, a lot of the vehicles in the game have never seen each other in actual combat so data on them is straight up guess work but that's where the excuses end. Once you start hitting tanks like the Patton generation Main Battle Tank, nearly all the maps become unsuited for it, there's no effort to update the maps the vehicles historically appeared in. Also, the amount of money this game can consume from you is uncountable if you let it, the higher you go the more you will have to end up spending because losing, no, scratch that, just dying or not doing anything will cost you greatly and then you will have to spend eternity and a half in the reserve tier trying to recover all the lost income. This game has offically in my eyes become half ♥♥♥♥♥, educated guess work and I'm just over it already.
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250.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
For those of you who don't want to read the long version- War Thunder is a good looking game with inconsistent gameplay and a laughably slow in-game economy. It gets questionable changes often, and lost my interest at tier 3 (out of five, for the uninformed) because of its janky and unbalanced matchmaking.

[EDIT: I just looked through my SteamApps folder- and War Thunder was still there! And it doesn't even have an uninstaller! A game that actively denies the uninstall process should automatically bring to mind some red flags.]

For those of you who want a little extra, here's my two cents further- I picked up War Thunder after having seen the air forces on SideStrafe's YouTube channel. I had that newbie phase, where I was still learning the ropes (after picking Japan as my first nation- turns out they're not noob friendly) but after that I ended up having a good deal of fun with the game. I'd switched to Russia, you see, and just like that, I went from struggling to dominating! I was knocking people out of the sky in seconds, and I had Ace runs with about seven planes on the Russian tree. But that's part of War Thunder's problem. The developers rig the game in favor of their home country to an unreasonable degree. From what I've heard, this is true for tanks too, but I've played exactly two games of WT Tanks.

Now, it was about when I got my first tier 3 plane (a LA-5 of some description) when I unlocked the planes that ended up making me quit the game. I hadn't given up on Japan, you see, and I had had a lot of fun in my A6M2-N. So imagine the horror I felt when I unlocked the A6M2 mod. 11... and the combat rating of my squadron went up by a full point. Now, that might not seem like much to someone who doesn't know the game, but that means that the plane I added made the planes I had only been having moderate success in match into games featuring planes an average of one whole tier higher! As if that wasn't bad enough, I got introduced to the other half of this ragequit combo, the Ki-61. That plane was a nightmare to fly! And considering its opposition- it was hell.

Now, the A6M2-N and the A6M2 mod. 11 both still brought in good results, but every other plane in that part of the tech tree was so pathetic that if those two died, I might as well leave the match. And so I did. After one such letdown, I shut off War Thunder for the last time. There was no fanfare, no particular event of note marking it, just another dejected Alt-F4 to the record. But I never went back. About a month later, I uninstalled War Thunder for hard drive space.

My honest opinion of War Thunder? I might reinstall it someday, and I'll regret it. Because for all its looks, it's amazing damage models, its feel of aerial warfare- there's just twenty thousand little nagging missteps that will eventually get on your nerves.
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