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.
User reviews: Very Positive (49,189 reviews) - 85% of the 49,189 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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February 5

[Esport] Thunder League first season summary

On Sunday, January the 31st the first season of the “Thunder League” in the Pro Division came to a close.
The winning team DISLIKE won ($20,095)

Places in Thunder League winners were as follows:
The first season will be remembered for heated battles, intrigue and strong will. No team gave a victory away without a struggle. Combined battles format with a free choice of ground vehicles and aircraft proved to be the right decision - players showed their skill both on the ground and in the skies, and mistakes in the air or on the battlefield both affected the final result.

The “Thunder League” was created for you - the viewers - in the first place. While making a tournament we did understand that we need a story that will attract the audience and we believe we reached our goal - thousands of players became familiar with War Thunder eSports.

Some figures for you:
  • Over 25 000 players purchased the League “Dog Tag” and joined the Thunder League;
  • Over 18 000 of them chose their favourite team.;
  • Over 11 000 of them chose “Dislike” as their team - All of them received the RBT-5 rocket tank.;
  • Viewers spent 567 000 hours in total watching the streams.;
  • Over 140 000 messages has been sent to the chat on twitch channels.;
  • Over 100 000 unique users watched the Thunder League broadcasts.;
  • The Grand Final was watched by more than 17 000 simultaneously.
This shows the level of players interest and a positive attitude towards such competitions, this is why we are launching the Thunder Leagues division system, take part in the qualifiers with your Squadron - anyone can become a champion in Season 2!

While preparing the second season we really need your opinions and feedback. What was done well? What did you not like? What can be improved? Do you have any ideas you would like to share with us for the second season? Leave your feedback on the forum and in the special Thunder League feeback form!

More information can be found on the War Thunder Official Forums!

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February 5

[Event] Rapid Fire!

From 18.00 GMT on February 5th to 07.00 GMT on February 8th
Join the 'Rapid Fire' Arcade-Event!
Fight in this Arcade Battle in AA vehicles and destroy enemies
to call-in air support through mini-events!

You can locate the event in the: 'Events & Tournaments' tab in the game's main menu
Location:[Domination] Easter Europe

The self-propelled anti-aircraft that participated in World War II, were designed for the air defense of military units and strategic targets. In contrast to the stationary versions of anti-aircraft artillery, the AA was mounted on wheels, half-tracked or a fully tracked chassis. During the fighting, it became clear that the deployment of anti-aircraft guns on an open road chassis, deprived of the defenses, led to their rapid destruction. From that point on, armoured AA based series of tanks and self-propelled guns were developed.

In War Thunder there is a wide range of self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery giving the opportunity to protect an armoured column and stationary ground targets from attack fighters and bombers. The game uses different types of AA: from prototypes to production vehicles. This greatly increases the informative part of the game, allowing players in War Thunder to encounter various models of military equipment from the participating countries of the Second World War.

A distinctive feature of the AA from those times is their scarcity, which indicates that the issues of air defense were assigned mainly to fixed or towed anti-aircraft guns (and is also a reason why we decided to introduce prototype AA vehicles). Because of the high losses in armoured vehicles and motor vehicles mass production of specialized equipment was a luxury.

Now the line-up of self-propelled anti-aircraft was enriched with British AA.

For more information, view the full Event article on the Official War Thunder Forums!

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

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

About This Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features include:

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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/7/Vista/8/10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1,5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit /Vista 64bit /8 64bit /10 64bit
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 HD/Radeon HD 5550/GeForce 8800
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4,335 of 4,917 people (88%) found this review helpful
362 people found this review funny
765.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
I have a hard time recommending this game right now, and I will explain why....

At least here on steam, I don’t have to worry about being bullied by Gaijin for writing a critical review. I really want to like this game. Unlike a lot of kiddies who post on the forums, I am much older. I am a gamer from the 80's, growing up on simulators from the 80's and 90's like F-15 Strike Eagle, F-18 Interceptor, Birds of Prey, Their Finest Hour, Knights of the Sky, etc. These were on the Commodore 64, Amiga 500, etc.

If you are younger and unfamiliar with these titles, look them up. It will show you just how long I have been around flying the cyber skies. I can’t help but be amused when kids try to lecture players who have been flying sims for decades before they were even on the earth. Listen up kidos, you can learn something from your elders.
Warthunder is very frustrating, it has the potential to be a really good game, but instead is held back by Russian nationalism and left over cold war era mentalities.

I have spent many hours and money on this game, I have supported them financially and really have given them time to fix their problems, unfortunately they continue to run with a delusional narrative.

Often you will hear people claim there is a Russian bias to the game. Well, to be blunt, yes, it true. The only people who argue otherwise always prove to be A) of Russian decent themselves and take it personally, B) Are apologists for Gaijin and tote the typical fan boy nonsense, or C) They use Russian tanks or planes and are comfortable in their over powered vehicles, afraid they will be taken away.

Recently, one of the developers for Gaijin stated that “they cater to the Russian audience because that’s where the money is, they also don’t want to be embarrassed about Russian past or tech”…

So what does this mean exactly?....Basically he is saying they’re going to fudge the facts for the sake of Russian ego?
I take issue with Warthunder because Gaijin continues to claim they strive for “historical accuracy” however they have shown no real attempt to make that so.

They make disparaging comments about German WWII tanks, planes and tech of the era. They claim their hardware was inferior to Soviet hardware, and all the publications that say otherwise is pure “western propaganda”.
Any objective student of WWII history knows the Germans were known for having very advanced superior equipment. There is a reason Both the U.S. and the Soviets were grabbing up as many German scientist and tech as they could at the end of the war.

The Planes and Tanks

Warthunder has dishonestly taken Russian planes that were underperforming or produced in low numbers, and exaggerated their abilities. They also have a whole SEPARATE development team for the Russian planes vs the rest of the planes. What does that tell you?

The P-38 lightning doesn’t perform anything like its real counterpart, I thought, “man, this plane flies like crap”, so I did some research. I found out that Gaijin gave the P-38 a heavy bomber/fighter flight model, they assigned the A-20 flight model to the P-38 lighting! But wait, what did they do with Russian planes that had unfinished flight models? They were simply void of any drag penalties. Instead, they left out variables on the planes, causing them to perform UFO like Arial maneuvers.

The bombers are all nerfed with bomb load capacity, however without any explanation, the Russian Yer is conveniently left without the same changes, and is allowed a higher capacity.

ALL U.S. Navy aircraft are atrocious. They don’t perform near to their real models. The F-4U Corsair, which was nick named “whispering death” by the Japanese can’t be flown more than two minutes without it beginning to overheat.

The P-63, which was not a very good plane in general, is given super capabilities. Gee…is that because the Russians used this plane in the war from Lend Lease? Well, what does this tell you? If you look up the P-63 for the Americans, and the P-63 for the Russians, WOW!....the P-63 for the Russians is magically superior in performance despite being an export of the same plane.

The bombers?....They use to perform ok. Now their destroyed with a massive nurf where a couple of shots from a machine gun will explode a B-29! Its truly ridiculous.

Wanting to see for myself, I began to fly Russian planes. Sure enough, the ease in which I could fly around and destroy the enemy with ease was absurd. I shook my head in disgust and quit right there. I later came back and tried again, yet the same thing is happening in tanks as well. You have T-34’s driving around pawning Tigers for crying out loud.
There is so much examples of this, we could be here all day. This is only further supported by their absurd forum posts where they talk about Soviet tech being superior to all other nations in WWII. It really is amazing how strong their bias truly is.

Then, Gaijiin behaves like a bunch of KGB thugs. If ANYONE brings up anything deemed slightly critical on their forums, ALL dissent is immediately locked, silenced and deleted. Threads are deleted or locked, and people get banned, simply for holding an opinion they don’t like. Google Gajiin extorion scandal

That behavior alone truly is disgusting. Here is a real kicker though….look at Gaijiin rules for the games. They state that “historical characters who violated human rights are not permitted to be mentioned”.

Hmm…so History they don’t approve of is out, talking about history is out….but here is the best part. Hitler is a no no…can’t talk about him. But wait!......Stalin, a monster who arguably was just as bad if not worse than Hitler, killing 20 million or more of his own people, he is perfectly fine! In fact, Warthunder will even let you put the words “For Stalin” in Russian on the side of your tank or plane! YAY for double standards!

Team Work?.....foget about it! You have kids flying around ramming, or...while you are working on a plane, they will show no dicipline or respect at all. Rather then hold off your wiing, they will try to fly in front of you while your shooting, and take your kill! Now, 3 things happen here. A} They fly infront of your fire and get hit, then you get penalized for team damge. They also will idiotically accuse you of twam killing. B) they dont get hit by your fire, but cause you to have to break off to avoid a collsion and screw up your kill. Or C) they collide into you, and then accuse you of ramming them.

There is no mutual respect for team work in this game. It would help if they would implement coms for the whole team, and allow more then 4 players in a squad. Another nice feature would be the ability to fly in the same plane. Firends should be able to get in a bomber together.
As of now, IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad seems to be clearly much better.
In the end, this is a good game that could be great. It really could be. Unfortunately, it’s undermined by its own developers who have been spoon fed Communist era propaganda to the point of absurdity, who then turns around and can’t help but put it in their own game, only to pull oppressive tact by silencing anyone who dares to point out such nonsense.
I have been waiting a long time for them to get with the program; unfortunately I am most likely waiting in vain.
Warthunder has become nothing but a propaganda mill, with Delusional re-writes of history where Red Army planes filled the skies and dominated over the Luftwaffe and all other nations. It’s a joke and insult to call this poor excuse of a “simulator” anything close to being “historically accurate”…only in the world of Commie make believe is this game close to anything historical.

Sadly, I’ll probably still play this game, only to be constantly reminded of how great it could be. I have given Gaijin about $100.00 of my money, and sadly I will never get its worth.
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1,030 of 1,180 people (87%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
1,482.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
War Thunder has been going downhill at a very alarming rate for the last year or so. I would have recommended the game 4 years ago when it still had the benefit of the doubt, but now I wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

More edits- Apperently, they found a way to screw up the high tier BR even more. F80s and Hortons are now matched up with sabers and mig 17s and late war tanks now must fight the best of the cold war tanks. Random sim mode was deleted and the T-34s were given ammo that they never had. I think im done with this game for a while.

EDIT- I have been playing the game again at a friends request and I have noticed some good changes.

-They seem to have taken notice to us Simulator mode players and are catering to us a little bit more.

-We now have a somewhat polished version of EC mode that looks like it will be sticking around for a while this time.

-For the first time in recorded history, they actually listened to us and kept the normal sim mode in too. It is nowhere as good as the old sim mode, but at least they didnt make it worse this time.

-They fixed the aircraft rendering at long ranges, no more 1km wide planes when viewed at long ranges. Long range spotting was way better at the launch of 1.55, but this is better than how it was a few weeks ago.

Its nice that they stick the occasional muffin in the piles of dog ♥♥♥♥ we get for every patch. Its better than nothing, I guess.

Such a great idea for a game that is completely ruined by greedy and blind devs. Here are a few reasons why you should stay away from this slime.

* Matchmaking was bad, but they just put a bullet in its head in the last patch. Cold war tanks/jets are now able to fight late war planes with matchmaking that completely favors Russia in every way.

* Zero involvement with the community. Normally, listening to the players and adding what they think the game needs will make the game better. These guys dont even care about the players anymore, they hired REALLY bad moderators for the forums and straight up ban people who dont hail them as gods.

* Plenty of broken promises everywhere. We were told we would have bomber internals over 4 years ago and they still have yet to add a single one. We were told we would get better matchmaking over a year ago and still have to see a single shred of that. They said they would give us awesome new damage and flight models, we still fall out of the sky if our wing gets scratched. We were told the game would stop at 1952, but they are adding vehicles from the 70s because Russia always has to one up everyone else.

* Historical accuracy was thrown out the window. They give Russian planes lower Battleranks so they always play against lower tier planes, this means that 1944 Russian planes fight 1942 and lower German and allied planes. They also like to make Russian planes and tanks WAY more powerful than they actually were

* They keep reducing the armor and power of planes and tanks of the Allied and German forces because they claim that they were just propaganda and they never were that good. At the same time, we are throwing RUSSIAN documents at the devs that show how bad Russian tanks acutally were, and they call it lies and anti Russian propaganda.

* There are plenty of planes that CAN NOT STALL. Most Japanese planes and plenty of Russian planes will not stall, wingtip stall or flatspin in full simulator settings. It is just like flying a spaceship while everyone around you has to obey the laws of physics.

Do yourself a favor and stay far away from this pile of ultranationalistic garbage.
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547 of 636 people (86%) found this review helpful
181 people found this review funny
507.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
Have you ever wanted a game where the Devs strive to make their game the best possible?
Have you ever wanted a f2p game that isn't ruled by interest in money?

Then run like hell this isn't that game
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657 of 781 people (84%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
2,552.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Q: Do I consider myself a "Veteran Player" according to the hours I've played?
A: No.
Q: Is War Thunder a good game?
A: It was.
Q: What happened?
A: Gaijin fails to listen to their clients.
Q: How so?
A: Take a look at Star Conflict.

Arcade style experience.
Somewhat friendly community.
Tough love history lessons.
Air and ground combat.
No healthbars.

Lack of support and communication from Developers.
Complete disregard to what playerbase requests repeatedly.
Grinding that makes the most difficult RPG's look like Mario Bro's.
May contain (ex)member(s) of WarGaming who are mad without a microphone to yell over.

Gaijin Entertainment was warned repeatedly by their playerbase and didn't care.
They made the choice of (once again, eg: Star Conflict..) ignoring the many to cater to the few.
You may like it for a while. Eventually you will find out for yourself, if you must.
Until then, I'd advise you to stay away from this game as it's only a severe waste of time.
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271 of 309 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1,267.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
A company that doesn't listen, doing things that shouldn't be done. Was once an amazing game, is now a shell of its former self.
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