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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June 23

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June 20

[Development] Parallax and Updated Sights for Ground Vehicles

Ground battle fans! Not so long ago, the third-person-view sight, the main weapon of every War Thunder tanker, was updated. We’ve added a new marker whose main purpose is to notify the gunner in advance about potential obstacles in the shell’s flight path.

Aiming the cannon is now based on data from three main markers, two old ones and one new one:

  • The large central marker: Not the gun sight, but the player’s view indicator and the center of convergence to which the gun tries to turn.
  • The new half-transparent small marker: This marker notifies the gunner in advance about potential obstacles between the gunner and the target, and displays the point at which the gun will be aimed after aiming is complete. It follows the large central marker almost without delay, but in contrast to the first, takes into account the limits of the gun’s aiming angles and the presence of obstacles in the estimated line of fire.
  • The small opaque marker: This marker’s task is to indicate the weapon’s actual trajectory at the current moment in time. When this marker matches the new semi-transparent marker, and if they are both aimed at the target, you can freely open fire.
The new marker not only provides a timely warning of obstacles in your line of fire, but also provides a means to significantly reduce the influence of the parallax effect, which we will now describe in more detail.

It is rare for skirmishes to take place on a completely clear field with only a few trees between you and your opponent. The battlefield is more often a complex collection of objects, full of bomb craters, strewn with the wreckage of war other obstacles that make aiming difficult. But there is another factor separating the gunner from their prey.

In most game modes, the camera is located above the vehicle model, allowing you to better control the vehicle and view the battlefield, but the price of this convenience is the so-called “parallax effect”. After all, as much as we might want it to be otherwise, the gun is mounted on the tank and the shells fly from its barrel, which, in third-person view, can cause a distorted understanding of the battle conditions, leading the player to hit a defenseless rock or a nearby hill instead of the opponent.

Parallax in action – the target is visible to you, but not to the tank’s gunner.​

“How can this be?” you ask. It’s all very simple.

Look: in third-person view, when your line of sight floats above your tank, you can see your opponent, but the crew’s view is another story entirely.

The enemy will be destroyed!

A rock will be destroyed

If you fire in this situation, the shell will hit nothing but stone, and the enemy will be sure not to miss in response.

Of course, the parallax effect also has an influence in the sky, but the issue of aiming there is not so critical, and the victim of parallax is, in the worst case, an ally who gets between you and the target you’re attacking. The effect itself can be smoothed by configuring the vertical and horizontal aiming of aircraft weaponry.

The most reliable solution to the problem is informing the player about the shell’s behavior after it is fired. And this new aiming mechanic is already available to all tankers.

But before that, we have made another very significant change to aiming mechanics – when aiming the weapon, obstacles that aren’t part of the earth’s surface were ignored; this solved a problem that presented itself as a barrel raising up when approaching large objects.

The enemy is in our sights and we’re ready to open fire as soon as we come out of cover – the barrel won’t move.

The convenience of aiming around obstacles increased, but the new mechanic made the parallax effect even more apparent to players, showing it not only at the time of the shot, but also when aiming from obstacles. An unavoidable consequence of all these changes aimed at improving aiming mechanics in battle was updating the main weapon of any tanker – the sight.

From now on, the sight takes into account natural obstacles, but doesn’t concentrate on them, at the same time allowing you to both easily aim at the enemy and take into account potential obstacles in the firing line before the weapon turns in the required direction.

Even the most insignificant obstacles can cause shell detonation!

Enemy detected, sight aimed – all that remains is to wait for the turret to turn.

Parallax has been defeated, now all you have to do is defeat your enemies. Good luck in battle, we wish you many frags!

The War Thunder Team

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"War Thunder extremely easy to slip into"
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"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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Ello gov'nor
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
realy nice game!
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Sakamoto Senpai
( 190.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Planes 10/10, Tanks 8/10
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(69th NY)Patrick Kelly(Sgt.)
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Its a very good game with a minimal learning curve. I highly recommend this game to one and all. The graphics are better than Wargaming.net's graphics and the tank play superscedes World of Tanks.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
really fun game great when you're listening to thunderstruck in any bomber
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Komrade Farsight
( 406.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Unlocked Yak-9T

I have become death. Destroyer of worlds.
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☭ Rare Pepe ☭
( 302.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
gud game 10/10 really grindy doe ^_^
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SwD is turned up to 11!
( 491.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Anyone with an asterisk in front of their name is a cross-platform player playing on the Playstation 4.

Aim for them. They're pretty easy targets.
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[NS] DarknessFalls
( 1,185.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26

I would recommend this game but only because it's fun until you figure out the truth of the game. Back when I started playing this game, which was about a solid year ago. The game had a lot going for it. Almost across the entire BR spectrum the game was fun. But the game is starting to degrade. One thing this company always does is shoot themselves in the foot over stupid **** that should have been fixed months if not years ago. Lets take the 6.7-7.0 BR for example. Since adding the Tu-4 this battle ratting has become the cancer of the game. 4 Tu-4 bombers spawn in each game it seems now and there is little the US or German teams can do. They get a spawn of 14k feet. NR-23mm laser cannons that snipe you easily at 2 km. And a damage model that take 3 50mm HE shells to bring down. Not to mention it's bomb load which wipes out the bases or airfields within minutes of the match starting. And the only reason that the devs gave for making it so much better then the B29 was "It's Russian". As far as the game goes, this is the only solid account of Russian Bias that no one can deny.


The devs of this game no longer pay attention to what happens inside the world of War Thunder. They add something in, they calculate how it preforms in like 4 games. Then release it for everyone to enjoy. As you can imagine, this often causes everyone to NOT enjoy it. They don't spend enough time out in the community or playing the damn thing themselves enough to see the problems that they create. Then it takes half a year for them to get around to fixing it after 10000000 posts on the forums later. This doesn't even scratch the surface of some of the crap they pull. Most of the updates now are 40% fixes and aircraft BR changes, and 60% new premium aircraft.


As far as the game it self goes, its great. Graphics are done well, sounds, and maps are wonderful. The hit system is inconsistent however. This is the one area where the game really carries far.


This isn't the most detailed review of the game no doubt. But it gives you a sneak peek into what you might be getting yourself into. It took be about 800 hours to really consider myself a professional in the game. Not MLG or anything like that, but smart enough to get about 4 kills a match in RB if I really wanted to. I encourage everyone to read more reviews and see what you find. I'm not sure if I can play anymore of this because the game is starting to repeat it self more and more as I play. Play it if you really like WW2 era stuff. Play it if you want some sick air to air or tank combat. Just be mindful of the dark side of this game and the issues it has. Thanks for reading, any questions just send me a message.
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
not my type of game
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371 of 484 people (77%) found this review helpful
358 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
367.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Ио яцssiаи вiаs неяе. Иоре. Iт's аll liеs. Аll Яцssiаиs иiсе реорlе, ио яаsicм неяе тоо. Яцssiа is веsт рlасе iи шояlд. Яцssiа наvе веsт таикs аид рlаиеs тоо тнаикs то sцрея sесяет досцмеитs. Еvеяуоие саи еиjоу тнем, еveи амеяiкаиsкi slцдgе.

Гаigiи is sцррея fяiеидlу тоо, веsт коsтомея sцрроят оf аиу gаме. Гаigiи доеs иот наvе gци то му неад тяusт ме, I ам яцssiaи.

Ио орiиioиs аlоцд ои fояцмs, iт сацsеs вад шоядs аид figнтiиg. Эvеяутнiиg is реасеfцл ои fояцмs.

Sцрроят тнis glояiоцs сацsе аид givе цs уоця моиеу.
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176 of 215 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
895.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I started playing the Game back in 2013 (Patch 1.27) and it was great. Since then the Game gradually went downhill. The Introduction of an excruciating, unnessecary Vehicle/Module Grind (especially at High Era Vehicles) and the outright broken Battle Rating System. Combined with the sheer amount of broken Features and the dismissal behaviour of Gaijin to Community Feedback, in addition to their Soviet-/Cold War Mentality made me stop Playing the Game a long Time ago.

The Grind

Barely noticeable at low Level Vehicles it will soon begin to get ridiciulous at Mid to High Era Planes where some unlockable Modules will cost more RP than most of the Era 3-4 Planes.
Starting with Patch 1.31, Gaijin continiously reduced the Credit/RP income which forces you at some point to buy a Premium Account and/or overpriced Premium Vehicles.

Btw: Don´t bother to convert your Free RP via Gold as the Conversion Rate isn´t worth your Money (1:45 Ratio)

Battle Ratings

The Battle Rating System was originally designed to replace the Static 20-Tier System but made the Gameplay with every new major Patch procedural worse as more and more Vehicles are compressing the BR Brackets, resulting in Mid-WW2 Planes sealclubbing Pre-WW2 Biplanes or Korean War Jets clubbing late WW2 Prop Planes. Since its introduction Gaijin claims that the BR System is working as designed which simply isn´t true.


Gaijin went from an open, transparent Company to ignorant, nationalistic Bigots who don´t give a damn about their European/American Playerbase, effectively shielded by their Forum Mods/Community Managers from any constructive Criticism and have an openly sycophancy attitude towards Gaijin. Many of those Mods often resort to trolling and outright abusing their Powers against regular Players. Even Youtuber/Streamer are affected.

Historical Accuracy and Balance

To give them Credit, Gaijin manages to recreate Aircraft/Tank Models with great Details but that´s it. On multiple occasions many Tanks and Planes were "corrected" via "Secret Documents" from unverified Russian/Soviet Sources and were thus stripped from certain Equipment Modules and/or recieved inferior Performance Characteristics compared to their Real-World Counterparts. Most of these were applied to Non-Russian Vehicles. At the same time, many Russian Vehicles recieved considerable buffs (the Best example being Post-War Ammunition added to T-34/T-44/IS-2 Tanks).

This Russian Bias - which is constantly being denied by Gaijin - killed the Game for many of the Players.

tl;dr - I can´t recommend this Game anymore
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111 of 127 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I have played this game since I was first introduced to it by jingles. (Jan, 5 2013) When i first started playing i was in love. It was the only thing I ever did all day. The thought of getting to jet drove me to play for 14 hours at a time. The game was great. Then the updates started to come... At first it was just harder to make money and xp. People hated it but I kind of liked it. Then the BR system came and balance left. Matchmaking had trouble getting fair matches but even that wasnt so bad. Then the russian bias got real. Im not one of those people that complain that I died to X russian plane/tank but after seeing russian tanks and planes survive things that would destroy any other tank it got annoying. (planes putting out fires, t-34s bouncing tiger 2 shots in the side, ext) But even this wasnt what made me quit this game. It's the company. They are absolutly terrible. Constantly censoring anyone with an opinion than dosent match theirs. They threaten to ruin RB if we dont let them attack youtubers that help them by finding cheaters? And even steam isn't safe. They constantly have people downvote any review that is negative. I can forgive russian bias. I can forgive the terrible BR system. I cannot forgive this company for the way they treat their community. To Anton Yudintsev, you made a game that was amazing. I loved it so much and always will. But what you have become as a company will destroy you in the end. Listen to the community, let them help you make the game better. If you do that, this game has a chance to rise back up into greatness.
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108 of 125 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,453.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Played the game for months, unlocked tier V planes for every nation and reached the mid-ranks with some tanks.
Then Gaijin sent me a message claiming I had used the Steam refund system to refund money on a 5000 Golden Eagles purchase MONTHS after they claim the refund had happened.
However, I have never used the Steam refund system before. I couldn't find any record of it on my bank account and had to spent €25.- in the Gaijin shop for War Thunder in order to get my account back after it got frozen.

After that I' am no longer interested in playing this game. Not after the Devs showed a poor ability in communcation and made accusations which I couldn't even defend rightfully.

Don't spent any money on this game, Gaijin might ask you for more after you do ;)
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150 of 191 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
444.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
RIP Gaijin Entertainment. After the CEO tells the community to censor Youtubers that are EXPOSING hacks that are currently in the game instead of actually trying to build a system that catches cheaters.

NO MORE censorship. No more ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t...

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95 of 116 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
664.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
War Thunder is complicated to review.

The game itself can be good fun at times. I enjoy flying the F84, an American jet fighter, and flanking an enemy tank in the M18 Hellcat, and destroying them with one shot, is a satisfying experience. However, War Thunder can also be extremely frustrating. It's rather annoying to have your tank's track blown off by a teammate as you're leaving the spawn. It's downright infuriating when you flank a T34 and its gun rotates 90 degrees in under a second to blow you up, because the enemy player is using an aimbot. That's a story for further along, however.

Moving on to how the game itself plays. The controls are fully customizable, and you can fly with a joystick or mouse and keyboard. Aircraft controls can be as in-depth or simple as you wish them to be, controlling everything from prop pitch to fuel mixture. If that's not your style, you can just press W to throttle up and have the game take care of everything else for you. Tanks are much more simple to control than planes in game modes such as Simulator Battles, only requiring you to drive and aim. Each avaliable nation in the game has its own unique play style. The American planes tend to rely on speed and firepower, working well with "Boom and Zoom" tactics. The Japanese planes are very maneuverable, usually putting them on the top of the heap in dogfights. Tanks are the same way, the Germans relying on heavy armor and big guns, while the Russians are usually a tad more maneuverable for instance.

The mechanics of the game are good on their own. However, when the company behind this game enters the picture, the waters get murky. Things they control, such as the BR (Battle Rating) system, are not the most well designed or balanced at the time of writing. There is also a presence of bias for some nations at different tiers. This is most noticeable for the Russian vehicles in the game. Russian planes will commonly outperform their opponents despite all circumstances. The topic of "Russian Bias" is a very complicated one, and I don't wish to go too far down the rabbit hole with my review, but I assure you it is there.

Outside of the game itself, the company is very heavy handed with controlling the community. A very recent incident presented a poll, which to my understanding was taken down due to a large backlash from the community. This poll was created because of a video made by YouTuber PhlyDaily, who creates content related to War Thunder and other similar games. PhlyDaily made a video exposing a hacker within the game, and Gaijin claimed that this would cause more harm than good, hence the poll. This poll is a problem because it presented two choices: Ruin a preferred game mode, or abuse YouTube's copyright strike system to silence any YouTuber that covered hacking or any related issues in War Thunder. If that wasn't bad enough, they asked for the community's help in executing option two. What they proposed is technically illegal.

The company behind this game is constantly pulling shady moves and attempting to strongarm the community keeping them afloat. I haven't even mentioned their awful business model yet. It is for these reasons that I sadly can not recommend what could be a fun game. The only reason I continue to play War Thunder is because I've sunk money into it, a product that I wanted to see reach its full potential. However, I do not intend to spend another dime supporting this game, or Gaijin, and I suggest you stay far, far away until things improve, if they ever do.
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83 of 101 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,581.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
"Gaijin CEO, in response to a PhlyDaily video bringing attention to a WT hack, posted on the forums, telling the community that they can either choose for Gaijin to put arcade markers into realistic battles, or for the community to mob anyone who posts such videos with copyright strikes." 'nuff said
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83 of 102 people (81%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
85.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Gaijin HG:
CEO: No one wants to play this game anymore. Any Ideas?
1: Hwo about nerfing the germans?
2: make soviet tanks stronk with more stalinium
3: How about sticking to historically correct data?
CEO: 3, you are fired! *throws 3 out the window*
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71 of 87 people (82%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
602.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I used to love this game but I have reached my limit. I have watched the company become gradually more and more opressive but managed to convince myself that it was just a phase. The change came when I discovered that in response to a video showing a major hack the CEO (yes, the person who runs the company) posted a poll asking us to choose between making the hack a permenant feature of the game or issuing copyright strikes agains ALL people who bring up such issues on youtube or other social media.

NO MORE. I will not tolerate such blatantly (and I tried really hard to find an alternative phrasing here) Stalinist methods.
Never again will I play this game. Never again will I knowingly give this company any money.
For the sake of all that is right and good, DO NOT play this game
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51 of 60 people (85%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,452.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Havve a couple of thousand hours up on Steam and a fair few hundred more prior to the Steam release. So I feel confident enough to write the following review;

"This review was censored by Gaijin"
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