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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July 26

[Development] Ki-100

We are pleased to present another new addition to War Thunder in the upcoming major update –
the Japanese Ki-100, the most recent development of the Ki-61 line of military fighters.

The story of the Japanese military Ki-100 fighter is remarkable. As a result of the Allied bombing of Japanese armament production lines, an engine production factory in Akashi was destroyed. This factory produced Ha-140 engines for Ki-61 fighters. This left the Kawanishi Aircraft Company with 275 Ki-61 airframes, all bereft of engines. In the extremely harsh wartime conditions, such resource could not go unused, so the airframes were given a new ‘heart’ – the Mitsubishi Ha-112-II radial engine. The first aircraft, dubbed the Ki-100, took to the skies in February 1945, just two months after the new engine was first installed in the Ki-61 airframe.

For more info, pictures, and video of this aircraft, be sure to read the full article in the Official War Thunder Forums!

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July 22

[Special] Operation S.U.M.M.E.R.

Pilots and tankers, the last month of summer will be a month to remember. We’re announcing the start of a big new event: Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. Four new premium vehicles straight from the testing grounds, new decals and other prizes for the best warriors in the skies and on the ground!

"Operation S.U.M.M.E.R." will run from July 22nd to August 22nd

Get premium vehicles from Testing Ground "113", decorations, decals and other prizes!

Open the mission calendar for the Task list!

The military arts never stop changing. Somewhere on the front line, shells are firing and turrets are torn off turret rings. Off to the side, engineers strive night and day to perfect their fighting machines: new engines and weapons are developed and armour is strengthened. The results of their efforts are now perfectly tangible.

Soldiers, HQ has received prototypes of military vehicles from Testing Ground 113. This testing ground specializes in a wide array of tasks, from testing the newest prototype ground vehicles and aircraft to benchmarking power trains and complex equipment. Each of these vehicles has its own story: from the famous ‘Uhu’ reconnaissance aircraft that became a test platform for the latest aircraft engines, to a new development: the KV-220 heavy tank, worthy of inheriting the laurel of Kliment Voroshilov, surpassing it in armour, power and armament. The appearance of these vehicles clearly reflects the titanic effort spent on designing and upgrading them. Months in the tender care of mechanics has also left its mark: all testing ground vehicles perform at their peak characteristics as soon as the engine is first started, and their genius engineers have given the vehicles premium status.

There’s a reason these vehicles have been deployed. There is a task at hand: to test these prototype vehicles in real battle conditions with minimal losses. Only the most experienced crews will be able to handle this challenge. Command has decided to distribute the vehicles amongst the best soldiers who have shown their outstanding skills on the battlefield. Now is the time to prove that you are worthy of discovering all the potential of a brand new weapon. You don’t even have to choose – you can get all these vehicles at once by participating in a new operation, codenamed ‘S.U.M.M.E.R.’!

Naturally, there are going to be other useful gifts from the home front too. New decals and other rewards await the event’s participants.


Military camouflages are also available for all the Testing Ground 113 vehicles presented here.


How to participate

“Operation S.U.M.M.E.R.” will take place from July 22nd to August 22nd

Every day, pilots and tankers will receive tasks to get “Marks of Distinction” completing which will guarantee participants new 3d decorations, decals, discounts and other bonuses. The most active participants will become owners of the unique premium vehicles from “Testing Ground 113”!

If you missed the Marks of Distinction

Each task will be available for 1 day and will be changed to another after 24 hours. Each weekend players will have 4 tasks for pilots and tankers and can be completed within the 2 days. The "Marks of Distinction" ( and ​) can still be obtained with Golden Eagles at any time during the event from the day that they appear (future Marks not available until they are released).

See Task Calendar

Main prize - testing range “113” vehicles:

18 pilot Marks of Destinction - German Fw 189 Uhu
Light bomber - Read more

18 tanker Marks of Destinction - British Grant Mk.I
Medium tank - Read more

36 pilot Marks of Destinction - U.S. F7F-3 Tigercat
Heavy figher aircraft - Read more

36 tanker Marks of Destinction - Soviet KV-220
Heavy tank - Read more

All participants will also receive other valuable prizes:

★ Every 10 obtained tanker Marks of Distinction (one of the following 3D decorations)


★ Every 8 obtained pilot Marks of Distinction (one of the following "pin-up" decals):


★ Every 4tanker Marks of Distinction:

  • 50.000-500.000 Silver Lions
  • 50-200% SL booster
  • 50-200% RP booster
  • Talisman for rank 2-4 tanks
  • Random tank camo
  • 30-50% discount for random premium tank

★ Every 4 pilot Marks of Distinction:

  • 50.000-500.000 Silver Lions
  • 50-200% SL booster
  • 50-200% RP booster
  • Talisman for rank 2-4 aircraft
  • Random aircraft camo
  • 30-50% discount for random premium aircraft

Terms and Conditions:

  • Tasks are changed every day at 11:00 GMT. Weekend tasks are changed on Monday at the same time.
  • The special is divided for pilots and tankers, a player may complete both tank and air tasks to get all the rewards.
  • Skipped tasks may be purchased in the item shop from the day they appear.
  • Tasks may be changed at the discretion of the administration.

Your questions:

Q: What if I miss some tasks and I need them to get the prize?
A: Skipped tasks may be purchased in the item shop from the day they appear.

Q: Should I do all the tasks or may I skip some?
A: You can skip. There will be 40 tasks available for tankers and pilots, in order to get the main prize — the KV-220 and the F7F-3 — you are required to complete 36 tasks, even if you skipped more than 4, you may still purchase the missing ones in the item shop.

Q: Will there be multipliers for different modes?
A:. Yes. But they may vary from task to task, check the in-game description.

Q: If I get a decoration/decal from the supply box, is it possible that I can get them again in the future boxes?
A: No. You get new content every time you open a new box. So it is possible to get all the decorations and decals.

Have Fun! The War Thunder Team

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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: 10.11 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 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
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Mostly Positive (1,708 reviews)
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( 53.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I probably have around 500+ hours on this game before I added it in Steam, also I don't play ground forces and arcade battles.
  • Good graphics
  • Very realistic (Your wings can rip off at ligh speeds/Gs)
  • Manual Engine Control (You'll probably need a pilot's license lol)
  • Alot of planes to choose from from 5 different nations
  • Japanese planes have insane repair costs at later ranks
  • Russian/Soviet bias
  • Arcade battle is cancer go play Realistic or Simulator
  • You'll spend most of your time climbing at the start of the match
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( 97.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Nice game. Blance is gone but it's not that bad.Like if you had understood the game (like the tactics) balance doesn't really matters.I recommend you to try it. Also it's FREE you can install and uninstall it.(If you didn'T liked it) :D
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Dune Coon
( 880.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Play Germany or Russia.

Win Game.

Dont do what i did and slave through hell playing the US because it sucks you into a never ending spiral of addiction to the point that you cant even comprehend reality, you realise your mistake of playing allies by this point and you hate yourself for it, then you get to higher tiers and realise that it isnt that bad after all. Until the TU-4s rolled in and ♥♥♥♥ed everything and everyone.

7/10 - too many sekrit dokuments.
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( 262.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
An enjoyable plane & tank combat game that strikes great balance between an arcade and a simulator. Newb-friendly controls help get into the game, while complex physics and damage model keep the skill ceiling high.

On the flipside, there is potential for pay2win, and late-tier progression is extremely grindy. Balance and matchmaking may also raise a brow or two.

The Good:
    The game offers both easy and intuitive controls as well as complex physics with different degrees of realism. It can accommodate any kind of player - someone who never touched a plane game, or a real-life veteran pilot.

    Unlike most other arcade flight games where planes handle like spaceships in vacuum, in War Thunder you fly through air - an invisible substance that has a real physical effect on your plane. In Arcade mode you only have to deal with a few basic laws of physics like speed, gravity and air resistance against the shape of your plane, while Realistic and Simulator modes take it to whole new levels.

    Tank physics are, understandably, simpler and focus on damage model instead. But even there it feels like you're driving a big unwieldy hunk of metal that's affected by different types of terrain.

    All vehicles are split into functional parts that have their limits and vulnerabilities. Hitting the right spot at the right angle and using the right ammo has very different outcomes.

    This is the main focus in Tank Battles. Since tanks lack the mobility of planes - they win battles by firing a few well-placed shots that penetrate enemy armor and destroy whatever's inside the tank - be it the crew, engine, or ammo racks.

    Meaty roaring of the engines, believable radio callouts, flak explosions, and the muffled sound of it all when using the cockpit view - it's all immersive and well-made.

    The game's been out for a while and still looks great. Most planes also come with a very detailed cockpit view with functional dashboards.

The Bad:
    There's a huge number of little issues that make UI clunky and frustrating to use. Some things don't function like you expect them to, some are found where you wouldn't expect them to be, some look messy and unorganized, for some there's no explanation how they work, while others are straight up buggy.

    As you play - you can gradually improve your stats, as well as stats of individual planes. Those are straight-up upgrades that give you a direct advantage over players with less playtime / fewer upgrades researched. Not only that, but research and stat points can also be bought with real money, meaning you can buy power that others have to spend many-many hours working for.

    That said, this game is complex enough that you'll still lose if you just throw money at the game without knowing how to play. I haven't spent a cent on the game, have average stats, and still do well.

    Unless you plan to play this game religiously or invest into premium account - it'll be a long-long time before you reach the last two of the 5 vehicle tiers. While there's plenty of fun to have in the first three, this also means you won't get to use jet planes or tanks with guided rockets.

    For reference: After almost 200 hours into the game and playing 3 of the 5 factions, I've yet to unlock even a single Tier 4 plane.

  • Luck can sometimes significantly affect the outcome of a battle. Instantly losing a plane because one lucky bullet killed your pilot? Yeah, it will happen. There is some unexplained randomness and BS in this game that will sometimes leave you frustrated.

This review is from someone who hasn't spent a cent on the game, has never interacted with game's community, and knows little about game's state of development.
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Forthless Waggot
( 171.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Very fun and addictive if you like immersion and realistic Wold War 2 games.
-Graphics are amazing (considering you have a good pc)
-Very realistic and immersive especially in Simulator mode
-Basically flight simulator with war planes
-Sooooo many planes and corresponding playing styles/preferences
-Different countries to choose from
-Frequent updates always fixing bugs and adding new features....Still waiting for bomber cockpits Gaijiin

-Sometimes too realistic and it makes the game less enjoyable
-For example, if your fighter soaks up even just a few bullets, there is a very hight chance you'll either be leaking fluids or an aileron or flap will be damaged forcing you to land. Sometimes it's cool to be immersed, but other times it can be a real pain in the ♥♥♥. Also you might find yourself contact ly getting one-shotted in tank battles.
-110% pay to win. Honestely, that should speak for itself. If you aren't premium and aren't a piloting prodigy, you'll probably be struggling to get money and advance through the planes. Plus, you get constantly get ♥♥♥♥♥ by premium planes.

In conclusion, War Thunder is a very realistic and immersive game with incredible graphics and gameplay. Sometimes the realism can make it difficult. As this is part of the playing experience, the game remains fantastic.
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|Payroll Gang|SeñorStealUrGoal
( 592.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
In summary, F2P is NOT the way to go, unless you want to spend nearly 600 hours and be only Tier 3 with everything (me). It makes me want to vomit when I say that Premium is the way to go because you're supporting a company that heavily biases an "accurate" WW2 game, not to mention the fact that premuim is SUBSCRIPTION BASED. So if you want the full experience, might as well pay monthly to play a game, which I cannot STAND (taking World of Warcraft for example).

Other than that, the game itself is not all bad with the exception of the heavy BR (battle rating) imbalance. Cutting-edge graphics and [somewhat] realistic feeling (preformance of vehicles are not realistic at all, but models are).
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Leszke Śmieszke
( 24.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
It WAS a good game... : )
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( 122.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
War Thunder: Grind Tree
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
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Urethra Papercut
( 56.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
i know i dont have alot of playtime but i have many more hours in the game so i can comfortably tell you that this game is good dont listen to the bas reviews because its just picky people. yes the game is russian bias but if you knew how to countermeasure russian planes then you wont have any problems. dont start the german fighter line of the BF109's if you dont want a challenge because they're a special kind of fighter. if you want to simply out turn everything in the air then go for british or japanese fighters. this game is a 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
113 of 143 people (79%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Was good when it first started, but is now just a simulation of what war would be like according to a 12 year old russian kid.
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69 of 82 people (84%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,336.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Year 0: Oh man! This seems like a pretty good game! I'll give it a try!

Year 1: Oh...okay, so now you can't straight up BUY the planes. That's... I get that, more time to get better with the planes you have!

Year 2: O-ummm..... what're you doing? What's this...tiered ♥♥♥♥....aand you still have Battle Ratings? Oh-okay, well I still trust you, you're a fun game to play.

Year 3: Oh sweet! Tanks I hope you ha-(doesn't have american tanks).. oo-ooh-okay, I uhh,,, alright let's try germans then! I heard they have (discovers cheeki-bleeki soviet Armor piercing (NYET TOVARISH, IS HE COVERED IN STEEL XAXAXA) and their infinite and undropping bullet physics.

Oh...oh noooo.

Year 4: OH SWEET! THEY BUFFED THE P-47! FINALLY! I CAN SHOOT DOWN THE BO- (bombers are now busy crashing into ground because MUH XP).

W..war thunder what're you doing.

Year 4.5: (Nerfs .50s, nerfs Pratt/Whitney r2800 effectively killing american fighter tree.) WAR THUNDER STAHP





TL:DR: Gaijin is the dog that you think is cute but sits infornt of you and ♥♥♥♥♥ a mixture of green and yellow volcanic buttmud for five minutes straight while staring at you in the eyes.
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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
139.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Balance is gone so me too.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
703.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Are you looking for a game that accurately portrays WWII warfare? Then look somewhere else because that is not this game. The balancing is terrible and not up to historical records. There are multiple instances of russian biases (they get double payload for standard shells, tu-4, etc.). It is a timesink. I cannot reccomend putting the time into getting RP for tiering up when the developers literally just copy paste vehicles across tiers. If you play free expect to grind across an eternity.

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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
447.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
War Thunder. War Thunder never changes.

On august 15th, 2013, someones great great grandfather, who served in the army, wondered when he'd get to go home to his wife and brand new PC which he had never seen to play a WW2 sim. He got his wish when Gaijin released War Thunder, by dropping a download into a non translated Russian page.

The gaming community awaited Armageddon, instead, something terrible happened. Gaijin began to make the game not as an accurate sim, but as a source of nearly limitless propaganda. Russians enjoyed luxuries once thought the realm of Soviet WW2 fan fiction. T-34's, LaGG-3s, Mig-17s outclassing whatever they faced. But then, in 2015, people awoke from the euphoria induced dream.

Years of imbalance lead to shortages of nearly every major resource. The entire community unraveled. Fun became a distant memory.

It is now the year 2016. The community stands on the brink of total annihilation, and i am afraid for myself, my bank account, for my time wasted grinding.

Because if my time in the game taught me one thing: it's that War Thunder, War Thunder never changes.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
161.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Best uninstall simulator.
All of this comments are true!
Stronk russia everywhere.
Tiger I E shots KV-85 to side armor at 0.52m. No penetration!
KV-85 turn turret shot (my) Tiger I E to front of my turret. Instakill, Crew knocked Out.
F**** gajin.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
296.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
It took 3 years to get my first jet, you know what I could have done with that time Gajin?

Gain citizenship in a country.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,108.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
"Yak-3p" + T-34-85 > F-86f-2 + M60
Until something happens that fixes the BR system, I would not reccomend playing this game unless you're russian.
Btw, Yak-3p doesn't exist, Tier 5 Tanks/American planes aren't worth it unless you're rich and you have $500 to burn, and never, EVER -censored-
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,756.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
You'de have more fun slowly trying to kill yourself with a cold butterknife than play this game. Every patch the game gets worse and more broken. Realism was thrown out the window a long time ago. The only thing the devs care about is money and their ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny