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 (23,652 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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October 30

Poznań Game Arena 2014 Highlights

The weekend is behind us, and we must say goodbye to Poland and PGA 2014 event!

Poznan is a beautiful city which once again became gaming capital for Polish players. During the three days of the event, we were visited by nearly 60 thousand people - not only by Polish residents, but also by gamers all over the world! War Thunder booth in hall 8A became under true siege, players could meet our beautiful hostesses, win Golden Eagles, Premium Packs as well as many gadgets from Gaijin Entertainment & our partners.

Check our short clip and see you in next year!


The War Thunder Team

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October 30

[Event] Halloween in War Thunder!

Special [Event] Halloween is available from

31st October 11am GMT till 1st November 11am GMT

War Thunder presents a special Halloween event to celebrate this day of supernatural horror. Only on Halloween can you participate special night biplane races! Don’t forget to decorate your aircraft with the spookiest decals and scare your enemies to death with creepy wail of your engines!
Finish the race with the winning results (1st, 2nd or 3rd place) at least THREE times during the Halloween special event, and win Po-2, legendary collectable byplane of the unique Soviet Women 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, also known as “Night Witches”.

The Halloween night races are open only for reserve planes of all nations! Gaming mode of the special event - Realistic Battles.

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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 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

    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7XXX series or higher; AMD Radeon 1XXX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7,
    • Processor: dual-core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4000
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • 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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120 of 154 people (78%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
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+ detailed airplanes and tanks
+ nice light effects
+ good ground textures
+ realistic clouds and smoke
- pilots look like dolls

+ every tank and airplane has pros and cons
+ good balance between air and ground fights
+ tutorial is okay

+ authentic sounds
+ atmospheric soundtrack
+ great engine and gun sound
+ voicemail in national language

+ oculus rift support
+ arcade mode is easy to learn
+ realistic heavy to play
- Unwieldy interface

Game Size:
+ over 300 airplanes and 70 tanks (more come with updates)
+ complexe simulation mode
+ mission editor
+ many maps
+ upgrades for crew, tanks and airplanes
+ arcade, simulation and realistic mode
- some tanks only with real money
- currently only 2 factions with tanks
+/- 60 solo missions (most with dlc)

Game Physics:
+ each airplane and tank feel different
+ g-forces important for air fights
+ environmental effect like wind, clouds and gravity

+ play in groups and create clans
+ teamplay very important
+ solo action is deadly
+ every vehicle has a individual use

War Thunder is a popular MMO combat game focusing on the world war 2. Fleets on the sea, air to air combat with fighter planes and fierce fighting on the ground involving armored vehicles.
Whether in the sky or on the ground, the 16v16 matches are filled with beautiful vehicle models.

With War Thunders a lot of people will compare this to World of Tanks. Both share the same weapons/vehicles and on some maps have similar objectives, but they are different enough that playing will give two different experiences. World of Tanks is more like a team death match, while War Thunder plays like game of King of the Hill. The most obvious difference is that in World of Tanks you only get one tank per match, while in War Thunder as long as you have spare tanks and crews you can keep respawning. As soon as a player respawns in War Thunder their previous tank disappears. This is really disappointing and breaks the realism of the game having a tank suddenly disappear in front of you. It also means that you can’t use the destroyed tanks as cover.

You start off with a some (reserve) planes from the games five playable nations (US, USSR, Germany, Britain and Japan). Only two nations currently have tanks: Germany and the Soviet Union
There are 3 Modes. Arcade mode, where vehicle damage isn’t as severe and you have unlimited ammo and multiple respawns. The two other modes for the more hardcore gamers. Realism mode increases the difficulty by adding limited ammo and harder damage penalties. Simulation is very hard, where a single mistake can spell doom, and you’re given no extra planes to respawn with. i tried the simulation... i never finished the tutorial...
The control designed around using a mouse. Point an on-screen cursor where you want to go and the plane follows, rather you controlling it directly. That might work okay for a mouse but it’s horribly imprecise for a controller. I just used the mouse to handle tanks and airplanes. Still using this basic keys, its very easy, in the arcade mode...

One of the best features about War Thunder is the upgrade system. Over a hundred planes and tanks are included in the game, but they have to be unlocked by research
Each battle give you XP and Silver Lions, which, alongside research, will allow you to buy new planes/tanks, new modifications and train your crew. Improve your cannons, engines, bullets, crew member skills etc.
Golden Eagles, the in-game currency you purchase with real money allows you to buy months of Premium status which, like many F2P titles, gives you certain bonuses. It also allows you to buy premium vehicles which come pre-packaged with a locked set of modifications. Which is nice if you just want to have something with all the fixings to go into battle with but does not give you any tangible advantage given how many other factors are always at play. The best planes in the game are NOT premium vehicles.
There are lots of “starter packs” which will be very familiar if you’ve played a F2P game in the last years. For a F2P game War Thunder is not in constantly asking for your money. The biggest incentive I found for spending real money revolves around how long you have to !!wait to research!! things.

Crew upgrades are dictated by their role. Operator gunner, tank commander, loader, gunner, and driver. Expanding into these are keen vision, field repair, leadership targeting, machine gun reloading, gun fire, communication, and a short selection more.

You can create your own squadrons and clans with other players, although it be at the cost of Golden Eagles. While Golden Eagles can used for purposes involving the earnings of Silver Lions, it’s best to think of Golden Eagles as the premium account.
The audio is great. Engines rumble, the sound of gunfire is hard and satisfying. Bombs crash into fortified emplacements.
Inspiring music gets you into the game from the first moment. Choral and martial tunes trumpet away as if War Thunder were a epic movie.
The game supports !!purchasable!! single player campaigns complete with WWII-era footage of real battles in the mission briefings. They are a nice change of pace from the multiplayer experience. They serve as a good place to master the basics and enjoy a bit of history. There’s a number of scenarios and dynamic campaigns you can play with your friends.

War Thunder is a WWII simulation that you can lose yourself in intense combat, hundreds of vehicles, casual and challenging difficulty settings and huge upgrade paths. The game is permanent growing. New Airplanes, tanks, maps, modes and the promise of naval forces.

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I make this for the Community and your help is greatly appreciated :)
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59 of 96 people (61%) found this review helpful
784.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game once was a very nice and good developed game, But slowly patch after patch it gets worse and worse, almost reaching WoWP level.
Worse is even that you get banned for speaking out on the forum, guess russians didnt forget the CCCP that quickly, free opinion not allowed.

Its a nice enough game if you start and know a bit about flying. if you dont, leave it be. Low tiers (which dont count as battle rating dictates match making) are hopelessly outclassed by professianal sealclubbers. up to high tiers which are a grindfest which make World of Tanks look like a breeze in the park...
see for yourself and you probably quit after a couple of weeks...
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61 of 102 people (60%) found this review helpful
723.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Originally came for the great gameplay and amazing graphics, left when the gameplay went south and Gaijin blanket nerfed everything that wasn't made of Stalinwood.
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68 of 117 people (58%) found this review helpful
369.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I hate to play the same tune as so many others, but unlike them I am taking my review and going a step further.

I'm a lover of history, from as ancient as Mayan and Aztec cultures to as modern as it can get when talking current news. I love to know why things happened, the reasons, the causes, the impacts upon how we see things today, and what it can mean for those who care to enjoy their history.

So, as I write this review, keep the words "Historical", "Accurate", and "Fair" in mind. Cause they'll be mentioned a lot.

Historical planes, tanks and ships, all clashing upon one battlefield that allows players to simultaneous and fairly enjoy how these various war machines of history would have performed under the accurate scrutiny of Gaijin's developers who no doubt have the best interest of this game at heart, right? But what game are we playing, if not War Thunder? A game advertised as historically accurate and fair to all countries in how they are represented historically to players? Knowing they're targetting both a large audience who -wants- a fun combat flight simulator game which boasts accuracy; and simultaneously knowing they're targetting the history buffs and adamant learners who want to gleefully roar through the skies as a P-47 Thunderbolt over 1940's Germany. Surely! They would want to represent the lives lost, the battles won, and the ingenuity of men and women of this war accurately, right?

Now, take every mention of those words I told you to notice before, and answer them with "No". This game was praised as the champion against other games like World of Tanks, where World of Tanks and it's corporate model is to force all players into mediocrity and a 50% win/loss range than to be fair (look up Greedy Goblin's World of Tanks article, then you will agree). Even I came in when War Thunder had almost one-quarter the number of planes is has now, and was boasted as being historically accurate.

Those days are long gone, I've put in well over 300 hours of my life trying to enjoy this game. The only times I authentically enjoyed this game is when I broke down and submitted to the mentality of my close friends who call this game by it's true name: "GLORIOUS SOVIET UNION COMRADE VICTORY SIMULATOR"*. By this, I mean, I started playing nothing but Soviet Russian planes, I watched in initial glee as my scores skyrocketted. I went from being the bottom 5 players to the top 5. Then the horror hit me. I was indoctrinated. I had spent cash to turn around from the planes I -wanted- to -desperately- enjoy, yet I can't due to the GSUCVS* and it's portrayal of Russian warplanes as nigh-unstoppable machines of complete devestation.

I spent cash to enjoy the best of the United States circa 1940's era planes I always wanted to fly; I spent cash and time to work up the German Luftwaffe planes, where I finally hit my peak into indoctrination. That is when I spent cash to play Soviet Russian planes like everyone else, just so my above-average flight skills aren't being held back because a single Russian plane can endure over 1000 rounds of .50 caliber anti-air machinegun fire. So my enjoyment and money spent on my "dud planes" with other factions was turned around and then I learned the "glory" of the GSUCVS*. It's taken me some time, it really has. But I can finally say, without the shadow of any doubt...

This game as made for Russians, by Russians, and most likely at gunpoint by Joseph Stalin himself, or at least by the specter of Stalin. The only hope to redeem this game would be to overhaul it, cut out the busywork of all the "prototype" and "testbed" planes that keep you from enjoying the plane you really want. Cut out the horribly overpowered and unbalaned and unfair Russian cheat engine for Russian planes. And lasty, to apologize to every player for their grievous wounds inflicted upon trying to represent "accurate" history.

Until then, I will not recommend this game unless you understand that it is NOT an accurate game, that it is a game made to pander towards old Soviet diehards who can't see Mother Russia as anything but completely indomitable and constantly producing instant-win scenarios. Play it, but do NOT spend your cash. Play it, but do NOT bother commenting on their EU/USA forums. They will simply mock you with sock puppets while they ban your forum account.
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54 of 92 people (59%) found this review helpful
389.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
To sum up what is being said within the 20,000 reviews is pretty long but in short it goes like this,

For people new to this game it is a brillaint second world war arcady flight sim with different styles of play and many different aircraft, later on the game requires a lot of money to actually progress anywhere if you even manage to reach tier 4 out of 5 you will understand what I mean by this, If your not prepered to put money on this game i wouldn't suggest getting your hopes up for it.

For people with 400+ hours or those who have played it prior to patch 1.37 We all feel your frustration, the company switched from the all knowing all loved to the more "give us all your money" what 1.37 added was different was of proggression from the much more simply 1-20 tier system with 20 being top and 1 being the start it was compressed into only 5 tiers, what was expected was rough boundries eg Tier 4 vs Tier 4 Well nope... if you play tier four your more than likely to experiance the wrath of a MiG-15 pilot booming and zooming your spawn throughout the whole game, still not the worst part Both Arcade and realistic are now flooded with bomber pilots flying to the enemy base blowing it up and letting the AI gunners act as laser guided heat seeking laser beams that track and destroy all life, this is still not to mention the horrible progression system that in a whole translates to "Give me all your money" the game requires countless grinds throug horrible aircraft and then make you pay for it before trying to unlock the slightly less broken one just infront of it, The game went downhill from 1.37 flight models are now copies and objects not fully registered meaning you can fly through houses or you'll slam into an invisible 50ft tree. The games Devs arn't bad people they used to listen and fix almost all bugs and issues now i believe money has taken over a once great game what used to be a brilliant game is now the biggest example of pay2win on steam
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35 of 57 people (61%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is made by Forever in Power Comrade Stalin , i mean Vladimir Putin , if you want to win you play russian and to get kills you just need to land exhaust fumes from your airplane or tank on enemy inferior technology because everyone knows 1940's russian technology is best technology.

The tanks mode is like playing mario kart on hard mode , invisible bananas everywhere that will turn your 200 km/h tank upside down.

Wouldnt surprise me if the russian nation get a nuclear warhead on the bombers because Gaijin knows russian invented the nuclear bomb.

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44 of 79 people (56%) found this review helpful
680.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Up until recently, War Thunder has been my favorite game by far. But one bad change after another has taken all fun out for me. The bigget of these changes is the progression system. Mid to high tier vehicles will take a rediculously long time to unlock unless you pay for a premium account. Even with a premium account, it can still take 100 hours for a single plane. I know they have to make money somehow, I get that, and that's fine, but this game is plagued with overpriced microtransactions. $30+ for a single plane is pretty excessive. The main focus of this game has turned into one thing: money. While it is not pay to win at all, it is pay to progress.

Another issue is the damage system. Weapon damage has been lowered to a laughable level. This game use to have a bit of realism to it. Now you can put hundreds of rounds into a plane, and have it fly away with nothing more than a few scratches. Things that should kill people don't. For example, the other day while flying a B-17, a Zero crashed into the middle of my plane. My heavy bomber completely lost its tail, both wings, AND the remainder was set on fire. What damage did this tiny japanese fighter sustain? A smoking engine, and some slight damage to its left wing.

The most problematic thing about this game however, is the overly strict and sensitive moderators and developers. ANY form of negative feedback, whether its polite or not, will earn you a ban from either chat, the forums, or the game itself. I've seen numerous people banned from expressing compaints with changes and patches. They weren't raging, they weren't being rude, they were politely giving suggestions. This complete disregard for the playerbase has driven players off by the tens of thousands. About 6 months ago, there were about 60,000-100,000 players on at any time. Now that number sits around 15,000-30,000.
Last year, I would have happily given this game a very positive review. At this point however, I sadly can't. The game is not completely ruined yet. There's still hope for it if it doesn't continue down the path its on.
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28 of 49 people (57%) found this review helpful
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game was really nice before patch 1.37, but it still had some bad aspects before that patch, first of all, the devs are russians...nothing wrong with their nationality but i mean you really notice they are russians, they are totally pro-russian, everything russian is just OP in this game while in real life russian airforce was trash having tons of casualties hell there were even battles where 30 german planes destroyed 400 russian planes (air skirmish before battle of kursk), but lets forget about the Russian OP part, it was never p2w until patch 1.37, now it takes ages just to unlock ONE single plane, before that you could unlock an entire line of planes and buy them if you had the money, well doesnt sound that p2w yet, but here it comes: every game you get some exp and additional exp that can be bought with goldeneagles, so if you pay you can just unlock most planes very early while others will probably never be able to unlock most planes except if they play 8hours a daily per week for 2 years ... another thing that makes me mad are the german planes, most of them are just garbage, i wonder how the real german planes could destroy 10x more planes than the russians if they had such bad planes... the worst thing is ww2 german jets vs korea war jets, i thought this was a ww2 game ! so you reach the legendary german jets just to fight the 10-20 years newer korea war jets ?? the devs tried to fix that problem giving the germans the EXACTLY same planes as russians and americans of the korea war... so i think everyone will be excited to reach the end game just to see that every nation will have the exact same plane without any differences and the so called ww2 game will be a mix of korea war and ww2 or a pure clone wars.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
600.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Close attention to detail was paid in this game. There are those who would say that you must pay for premium content to be competetive, but I find no such problems and great strides have been made to improve the balancing for matchmaking. When I started playing, it was aircraft only and thus most of my game time has been devoted as such. I have no experience in the tanks' playability that was recently released. But for each aircraft, nothing is copied and pasted with different visual models; each aircraft has its own quirks, and while I've never flown a real Spitfire you can just feel it through the joysticks that this is an old aircraft that was an ace back in its day because of the pilots who flew her, not her onboard systems like todays aircraft. The feel of flight in each aircraft is very believable and the sheer amount of planes available is staggering. Not one aircraft was a toss-in, they all are awesome.

Breakdown time!

Graphics: A+, looks great on Radeon technology.

Planes: lots of them, and each one has individual flight dynamics

Gameplay: Single player exists as individual missions but has no story or effect on multiplayer. Multiplayer gaming is what this game was built for and it does that extremely well.

Glitchy tendencies: Haven't personally found any. They exist, I'm sure.

Realism: You end up ripping the wings off if you pull out of a dive too fast. Individual parts can be shot off of the plane and affect its flight dynamics appropriately. Careful attention to real life data translates directly to the power of each plane's armament type. 10/10 for realism on the simulation/full control modes. There is an arcade mode in game that allows for unrealistic flight, but that's fun too.

Do I recommend this game? Heck yeah. Lots of fun and aside from a few idiot griefers you get once in a while in multiplayer, the community is awesome. Go get this game, it's free and you don't need to have premium content to get what you want as long as you're willing to grind a bit for the planes you want in your lineup.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
261.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
A Exellent game. This game puts you in a role of either tanks, Or Planes. Each with customizable planes. Sometimes you must spend money for some good planes. And tanks too. But you can upgrade them and collect much more. You also have a chance to select your race. Russia, Japan, American, German. For me, I prefer russian. You should defenitley play this game, Its also free. So you can enjoy it all no cost. Seeya there!
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
war thunder is an awesome game made for people who like either planes, blowing the heck out of people, or both XD. i recommend this to everyone as it is free, and everyone should give something a chance :)
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
161.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game one one of the best by far i really enjoy my time here in warthunder truely a game for players looking for a challenge!!
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
156.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Amazing game, you just need a lot of space on your computer and a joystick makes the whole thing better.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Rather fun game. Closest game that I know of to a WWII simulatr, and it does a good job at it. Has a fair selection of airplanes and tanks to choose from in combat and the selectio appears to be constantly growing. Updates come rather often. Only real compaint is about the UI which to me snt pretty and feels blocky, but the gameplay makes up for it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
A Good game with nice graphics, but i don't reccomend this for 32 bits and old computers
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
151.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The more sophisticated of the dogfighters outhere. This game is a little more than just being good, you need strategy too, sadly with every turn you make you set your self up for more than a couple more bullets into your realistically rendered and handling(in the realistic game mode) aircraft. you can always play arcade and tone down the realism a bit for more mindless fun but even in then the game rewards tactics over sheer aim and personal skill.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
243.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
One of the most fun f2p games I've ever played. The grinding for new planes is terrible however. But if you play in a squad with friends you can entertain yourselves. I'd give it an 8.5/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Very good. This is the best WW2 simulator I've ever played, overall the best simulator I've ever played.
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