First things first- the Russian developers of this game are totally anti-American. They screw USA in every way possible. Serously, their treatment of American planes, is nothing short of propeganda. Yes you CAN do well in USA planes, maybe get 3 kills per round, but if that's your skill level, you'll get 9 kills per round in anything else. The game is designed to favor dogfighting (since Russian planes are dogfighters) and NOT Boom n Zoom (USA). BnZ gets punished by lower Activity scores (which is HUGE), silly stupid hit to kill ratios like 10: 1, where other planes get 2:1 hits per kill. One game recently as USA I got 47 hits and ZERO kills. And that kind of thing happens ALL THE TIME. ITS JUST STUPID HOW THEY SKEW THIS GAME TO FAVOR RUSSIA AND SCREW USA. And BTW, while you're 'Zooming', dogfighters are stealing your every kill. Kills BTW get ALL the points. You really don't get crap playing USA in this game and the Russian developers like it that way. Yes, you CAN play USA well, but no matter what your skill level, you'll get 3x the kills and 10x the points with ANY OTHER NATION.
WORSE The developers at Gaijin are totally fascist, to the degree you wouldn't even think exists in the modern world. In the forums they've locked and deleted literally thousands of threads complaining about stupidly negative treatment of USA, and block users from posting if they ever said anything even remotely critical of the game. DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY! YOU'RE ONLY SUPPORTING FASCISM AND CENSORSHIP! YES, REALLY.
I suggest you just play the game for FREE, take their resources, and learn FOR FREE what the community is like (CRAP) seriously the worst MMO environment ever. You will learn to totally hate your teamates as they are NEVER there to help you out when your smoking on fire with an enemy on your tail, they'll just fly away, but if you have an enemy on fire, your entire tream will INSTANTLY DROP EVERYTHING to put the last bullet in and steal your kill. Yeah. It's like that. And the Russian developers like it that way. Say anything about adjusting the points rewards system to favor teamwork and your post will be deleted and you'll be banned permanently.
BTW, THERE IS NO CONTENT AVAILABLE THAT IS WORTH PAYING FOR. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PLAY RUSSIA AND YOU AUTOMATICALLY WIN. The very first Yak 1 has a 20mm gun, which is like a 500mm nuclear death star ray or something. The difference between 50 cals (12.7 mm mgs used by USA) and 20mm canon (used by Russia) is so totally exagerated, simply to favor Russia- to an absoluty stupid degree. Russian guns of the same caliber are even more powerful and win every head-on, their planes don't catch fire, they have massive hit point buffs and resistance to crits, they win EVERY collision ramming conflict and use it as a cheap shot easy win. If you want to win, just play Russian Laggs = auto win. Or German 190s, or Spitfires (if you want some variety), JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. BUT DON'T BE SO STUPID TO ACTUALLY PAY THEM MONEY FOR CRAP THAT DOESN'T HELP ANYWAY. Yes, if you're wondering the Typhoon actually is a good plane, but you simply don't need it. Lagg/Spit/190 = auto win, and they're FREE.
Oh yeah- anyone who tells you it's more balanced in RB is full of crap BC nobody plays RB, everyone plays Arcade = faster points/unlocks, more action, no 20 minute waits just to get instantly critd and game over no points, by players with every exploit mastered with thousands of hours gameplay. PLAY FOR FREE, FIGURE ALL THIS OUT FOR YOURSELF. In Arcade which you WILL play 99% of the time JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, the three planes noted (AND ANYTHING RUSSIAN) are so massively superiour its silly, and they're all FREE.
AGAIN, DON'T BUY ANYTHING. YOU DON'T NEED IT. Don't give em your money just to chase higher levels and jet unlocks. THE LOWEST LEVELS ARE THE MOST FUN ANYWAY!!! Everyone who unlocks the later game jets agrees the gameplay is no fun. So you gave em all your money, just to unlock planes that are really just a disappointment. When you could have just played the very first level Yak 1 with a BR 2.0 and AUTO WIN. Believe me, the game doesn't get any better at higher levels, don't get on the cash paying treadmill of unlocks! Play the fist Yak, Lagg, 109, or 190, and automatically win. And you can learn all this very soon, and FOR FREE. MOST IMPORTANT DO NOT SUPPORT THE PROPEGANDA AND CENSORSHIP BEHAVIOUR OF FASCIST GAIJIN DEVELOPERS. IT DOESN'T BELONG IN THE MODERN ERA!