War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.
User reviews: Very Positive (24,971 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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"War Thunder is a very good WWII tank/air combat game, it lacks the accuracy of a full featured simulator, but is fun nonetheless."

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November 21

[News]Linux Client available for War Thunder

Attention Linux Users

You can now Download the War Thunder Linux client via Steam. You will need a Steam account of course but here are the system requirements for running it in Native Linux:

SteamOS + Linux

MINIMUM:
  • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
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November 16

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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."
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About This Game

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

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

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

Features Include


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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X26XX / GeForce 7800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher, AMD Radeon 55XX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions, SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 64bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 660+ or similar AMD
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
164 of 219 people (75%) found this review helpful
704.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Do like having russian potatoes shoved up your anal passage? Then this is a game for you. Overwhelming bias and terr- DO NOT LISTEN TO HIM COMRADE (or go to gulag in sibera)! THIS IS GREATEST GAME TO EVER BLESS EARTH! WATCH AS HAND OF STALIN REACHES DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO GUIDE YOUR SHELL FOR VICTORY! FLY CONCRETE WALLS AND DRIVE BUNKERS IN ORDER TO KILL FACISTS AND AMERICAN PIGS! ARE YOU FACING TROUBLE AT HANDS OF FACIST OPPRESSORS? DO NOT FEAR COMRADE, STALINWOOD WILL NOT BURN! YOU MUST GET THIS GAME FOR GLORY OF MOTHER RUSSIA! (or die at hands of NKVD for crimes against the state)
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112 of 155 people (72%) found this review helpful
117.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Only play this game in short bursts. It is fun, but the game is unbalanced and frustrating to play.
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100 of 140 people (71%) found this review helpful
161.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Game used to be very fun, but it has turned into a monster grind. As others have stated, I don't mind them encouraging payment, but the prices are too high. I'm just glad I unlocked quite a few planes before it became this grind fest.
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64 of 97 people (66%) found this review helpful
743.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This game used to be fun but now i have to fight Canberras introduced in 1954 with my Ki-84 (1944). We don't need new maps, new features, new op planes or useless gamemodes - we need to get rid of the horrible BR system.
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40 of 63 people (63%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Flew up to a crippled B-17 with my Messerscmitt, wanted to escort it out of the killzone, back to it's base. Got shot down by it: historicly inacurate

0/10
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67 of 113 people (59%) found this review helpful
288.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Being a simmer for more than 10 years i was exspecting more from this game from all the hype i had heard,yeah its a fun game if you want quick action or you like the onslaught of planes ramming you continously or even if you love to fight 10 other teamates to fight one enemy you will love this game or if you like to have kills taken away at the last second and get a crappy little assist reward for doing most of the work this is for you. i do think its targeted at the under 10's who know little or nothing about ww2 aircraft or its behaviour,Grapics and a few small features is the only thing thats really nice compared other ww2 flight games ,well alot of the bombers have no cockpit make the game feel half finished,russian planes well where do i start ..hint if you play, play russian lol........they seem to have this uncanny knack of taking down bombers & fighters with a single bullet among other things to many to list The game developers come across as being still ♥♥♥♥ed 70 years on that their Russian pilots got their ♥♥♥'s handed to them for 4 years straight so they try to make up for it in the game.Seriously if you looking for a good ww2 simiulation this is any thing but! go play good old il2 1946 with all its mods or cliffs of dover.but if you dont care about realisim, flight models,no teamwork,ramming or spending money this is the game for you :) but seriously dont get this its crap!! spend your money on a real ww2 sim.
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38 of 61 people (62%) found this review helpful
594.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
War Thunder is an interesting beast. Its closest competitors are both flight sims and the super-arcadey World of Tanks/Warplanes, with WT filling a niche in the center. It is for that reason that I enjoy it so much. However, the "base" game mode is the Arcade difficulty, which is where Gaijin is clearly targetting. A good majority of the game's balance is based around Arcade, and the most interesting mechanics abound there. Realistic is where the most involved players tend to congregate, however, and the split between developer and fan focus creates some "interesting" dynamics in balance and gameplay. And by interesting I mean horrible.

Though there are certain aspects of the game that *are* balanced, there are others that have gone from horrendously overpowered to nearly useless in successive patches. Most notably, bombers such as the B-17 were previously unstoppable death machines in all game modes, however as of patch 1.43 they have become almost paper in Realistic. Though marginally more effective in Arcade (as with many changes this points toward developer focus) they are no longer the research/currency printing machines they once were.

Of course, even with these issues, I have almost 600 hours in the game. How, if it's so poorly balanced? Well, simply, it's fun. WoT is much more arcadey and has very different mechanics than WT's ground forces, and I like the higher-risk feel of WT's more "realistic" damage modeling. The replacement of WoT/WoWP's hp system with internally modeled components and armor penetration (which is obfuscated in the other games) makes it feel like you get more information and feedback. The planes feel easier to control. You can one-shot people if you're skilled enough. There are dozens of vehicles to unlock and very few of them are pre-war no-name biplanes or tanks. The graphics engine is very very pretty.

I honestly don't know. I love the game, but also hate it. And here I am logging in again.
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
If there's anything good to be said about War Thunder, then that is the graphics, because it is truly impressive and beautiful. The planes are all nicely worked out, and there's nothing like an airplane falling from the sky unloading machine guns on an enemy fighter, as well as the explosions and fires equally impressive.
The sounds that accompany all the bullets, guns, bombs, rockets and anti-aircraft artillery are pretty impressive (and very high!). The music is appropriate and of good quality, but forgettable, since we are busy enjoying the blue backdrop. We can also paint our planes with a variety of different emblems and symbols to our liking. There are also several maps, and some of them with a night mode.
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57 of 97 people (59%) found this review helpful
1,774.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
they ruined ground forces, made them a joke. planes are still ok. don't give these drunk russians your money.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Air battles: Yak-9 kills everything
Ground forces: T-34 kills everything
gg russians. gg
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28 of 48 people (58%) found this review helpful
423.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
The game is very fun if you ignore all historical value this game once promised. While in Closed beta the devs were very clear that the historical timelines would be the building blocks for this game. For example a very common aircraft like the 109 G6 or P51 would be more common because the repair cost and xp reward would be greater then aircraft that would be considered over powered for the year it flew. So in 1945 when 262 would be seen. The 262's cost of repair, ammo, and xp would give you no reward that would make it worth running it too much. Now the devs only see the money, not the historical value. If anyone opened a history book on the P63 and the P36 you'd see they had a habit to flat spin. I understand there is a Simulation mode, but that still doesn't adjust the year differences. An F6F has no buisness seeing HE112s! A late 1930s plane versus a mid 1940s plane.... I either will say the devs really just don't care about their older fans, or that most pilots of the US planes are so bad and complain so much that they need to be matched with planes from pre and early stages of the war. The Devs don't like the Japanese, they get a plane every 4 or 5 patches. The Russians are armed to the teeth with 1950s clubbing seals on 1945 German planes (execpt the Mig and F86)... Again my biggest gripe with this game is the Devs changing the one promise that made them stand out. For those who don't care about historical value you'll love this game. For those who are fanatacis about WWII aviation and armor you will be disappointed by the following(assuming you don't buy your way up the tree); Airforces (teir/nation) Russian:5 Japan:3 US:5 German:4 Britiain:4 ground forces German:4 Russian:5. I've played all the nations and grinded every tank and plane with out buying my way up the tree and with out using only premium planes. In WoT yeah I milked the Type 59 for every xp and credit it would let me take. Crap off topic, again not historical and will please the biggest spenders... the Americans and Russians.

Oh and the reason they keep the 262 at tier 5 with a battle rating to meet the F86s and Mig 15s.... it's 30s! The HE162 was hit with the nerf club, so grinding the German Mig 15 is impossible and will take a life time to grind with out the 130% gain from the HE162.

It's been said before and I will say it here. The other major killer of this game is the teams... I have been on some teams that just know what they are doing! They can aim, they know how to use altitude, BnZ, and stall fighting.... but that is rare 70% your team will be stuck on the deck killing AI and shooting AAA with a high altitude fighter.

Also high altitude fighters like the TA 152, FW 190Ds, P51s, ect never really see the best of thier abilities because the fights again never make it above 5km. The Yak fighters historally were great on the deck and at low altitudes. With out a doubt there!

WoT vs WT ground forces.... at least WoT is less grindy. The one BIG plus to WT groundforces, none of that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ lower plate weak ♥♥♥♥ for the German armor! More importantly when the US tanks are launched none of that weak hull crap either. The M103 was a beast in real life and I expect to see it tear IS4s and T54s apart. The KT 105 is less leathel then the KT in tier 4. Don't grind for German tier 5 it's not worth it. Get Tier 4..... if the grind doesn't kill you.

When GF first came out the Simulator game mode was amazing! The experience was AMAZING! and the credits poured in! Then the Devs demanded more money and longer grinds and beat the crap out of GF. I literally made it to Tier 4 in about two days from the initial release of GF. Both Russian and German trees.... now... pffft I still am not close to getting my Tier 5 tank because it's too painful to play this arcade crap!
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28 of 48 people (58%) found this review helpful
105.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I first picked up this game about a year ago and instantly fell in love with it. the controls and flight models of the aircraft make the experience feel quite realistic and this is probably my favorite aspect of the game, although a bitboring at the start this game picks up REALLY quickly once you advance into tiers 2 & 3, anyone who was dissapointed with world of warplanes will LOVE this, definetly 10/10
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I do not wish to recommend or discourage people to play or not to play. All I know is the game has to have an extreme overhaul in balancing of the game. To the develoopers of the game, Russians where not all-mighty and glorious as you make them out to be, as they were EXTREMLY behind in WWI. When you make a war game, make the vehicles like they where back during that period of war. Also please take recommendations from people who have played the game, for they know more about how the game plays than you do. Making a game extremely grindy like you have makes it not worth it to pay any money, unless you no-life the hell out to this game. Just listen and look through the ALL of your NEGATIVE reviews to see what must be fixed to bring players back into the game. Encouragement is a great way to have people buy in-game items, like "Spend 30 dollars on these virtual planes and get a free WarThunder T-Shirt!" Listen to your players if you wish to extend the longativity of your game and bring in more revinue, and offer for companies to put ads when a player starts to log in to the servers with a message "Sorry for the problem, but we need money to keep the servers running! Don't want to see ads? Buy a silver no-ad premium!" and sell that premium for $5 USD or something. Thank you if you read this review.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
458.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I have played this game for a long time, Started as a German and almost have a Jet. this game is fun with the Fw 190's and the Bf 109's and even sometimes the Do 217, All Were Missing Here Is A Darn Heavy Bomber For Germany, For Christ Sakes War Thunder Just Add The Darn Fw 200 And Let Us Germans Have Some Fun. When Events Come Around About Heavy Bombers I Fly My Me 410 And Just Grab All Of Them Out Of The Sky And Put Them In My Basket Of Silver Eagles And Xp. Its To Much To Repair Germans And The Bf 109's Fight American, British And Russian Jets. How Is This Fair Game How? I Just Want A Game That Can Make Me Play Until I Have Jets For All The Countries, And I Think I Speak FOr Everyone Saying We Need Balance And To Make All The Guns Different But Not Too Powerful. The German Fw's Have Up To 4 20's And Can Take All Of The Guns Around 10 Seconds To Kill A Plane, A Yak On The Other End Has Only 1 20 And Can Kill A Plane In A Matter Of 5 Seconds And Only Have 1 Gun That Even Has Less Velocity. SO PLEASE WAR THUNDER MAKE THE WEAPONS BETTER/ ADD SOME REAL BOMBERS THIS TIME TO GERMANY AND ALLOW OUR JETS TO DOMINATE THE SKY'S FOR ATLEAST ONE MATCH. Thank you for litening to my review and I just want some changes for the Bombers in the game that I love dearly.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Very fun, only side effect is leveling up is a B!@#h
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
500.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This used to be brilliant game with only a few angering changes, but lately the random non-sensical matchmaking, flight models and damage model has made me hate this game. The most rage inducing part of the game is futility of fighting the russians in game. I no longer recommend this game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Oh yeah yeah yes I. I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to fly
I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my skills to give and I'll survive
I will survive! Hey, Hey!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
exelent game

ok so, this is not your usual free to play (pay to win) game, the graphics are quite a surprise, a good one, but the main thing about it is how deep the gameplay can go, you'll just go straight at first (and die a lot) but then you ll just get better, learn basic and complex maneuvres on youtube, work as a team, be a good wingman with bombers, rediscover your way to play this game with your friends, challenge your self on realistic battles or even be the hardcore player on simulator mode (hotas NEEDED)...

only things you could find a bit boring compared to other "regular" games is the grinding it can take sometime when you begin to unlock higher tiers planes/tanks and the overall balancing that can be sometime a little off.

overall it's a good and refreshing game that could possibly take you into flight simulators genre.

what are you waiting to try it, it's free, test it and if it suits you throw a couple of dollars at the devs... or just play it free, your call.
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game does every nice but in it's core it is a Pay to Win game and is sold as such.

If the game was $60 and removed it's Pay to Win model then it would be worth every cent.

Graphics: 8/10
Optimisation: 9/10
Gameplay: 5/10
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20 of 38 people (53%) found this review helpful
795.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Best game for blowing stuff up in a flying potato
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