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  • Summary: 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.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 14, 2014
    90
    Overall the War Thunder tank battles are great even at this early stage.
  2. Oct 17, 2013
    90
    Don’t be fooled: even if it's a free to play game, the qualities of War Thunder are so many that the game stands up as the new reference for flight and combat simulations.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jan 25, 2017
    87
    One of the cornerstones of War Thunder is that player’s skill is more important than his wallet. Premium vehicles offer no combat advantages, there is no “microtransaction-only” ammo or consumables, so no amount of cash will buy you a spot on the top of the food chain. [Issue#216, p.56]
  4. Dec 11, 2013
    85
    It offers a lot of different play styles. Let's play in arcade mode or with more realism with g-forces and limited ammunition - or let's play in a more complex simulation mode.
  5. Aug 7, 2014
    78
    War Thunder rules the air but the lack of polish hurts, as does the dull ground warfare.
  6. Jan 13, 2017
    75
    The official launch of War Thunder reminded me why I like this game so much. It's adorably chaotic - in contrast to the reliably designed World of Tanks. That's why it can be really fun and frustrating at the same time. There's tons of great vehicles (and the planes are superb!) and a difficult simulation mode, but there are also balance and technical issues.
  7. Jun 20, 2014
    72
    With strong visuals and convincing audio backing it up, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent inside my P-36 Hawk, and its generous free-to-play model never got in the way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 253
  1. Aug 17, 2013
    10
    This is best simulation of World War II. Take your plane and prepare for best war simulator ever!yet better this game is simulator it MMo mode!!!!!!!!
  2. Dec 17, 2018
    10
    I am a level 91 general. Played this game a lot. Cursed it and loved it. After all this time,
    one single line about it : if you want the best
    I am a level 91 general. Played this game a lot. Cursed it and loved it. After all this time,
    one single line about it : if you want the best tank game around , play this one.
    Good luck :)
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  3. Sep 28, 2014
    9
    Excellent graphics, good immersion, and servers work well. Should be more maps, but the game is still on beta. To be a f2p game is an amazingExcellent graphics, good immersion, and servers work well. Should be more maps, but the game is still on beta. To be a f2p game is an amazing game. Try it Expand
  4. May 21, 2015
    5
    I've spent quite a few hours and a fair amount of money playing War Thunder and it has a lot going for it. Amazing historical details and theI've spent quite a few hours and a fair amount of money playing War Thunder and it has a lot going for it. Amazing historical details and the maps are great. I have only one big beef and that's the match making system. In some games you are pitted against tanks that are several tiers above you. This is really annoying. Your can hit them multiple times only to see your rounds bounce off like ping pong balls while one shot from them and you are toast. It does not happen every time but enough to make it really annoying. I just wish you have some control over preferences so you could stay in matches where the tanks are balanced or at least within one tier of each other. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2019
    3
    I'm play "Realistic" "(A loose term with regards to this game)

    Visuals are great. Aircraft modelling is good. Handling of the aircraft is
    I'm play "Realistic" "(A loose term with regards to this game)

    Visuals are great. Aircraft modelling is good. Handling of the aircraft is realistic enough to present challenges, but not so complex to be unmanageable for a new player.

    The historical aspect of the game is sadly lacking. When one hears the term "realistic battles" one expects to see aircraft operating in their specific theatres against their historical opponents. Realism is not Japanese and German planes flying side by side over European maps, or facing Russians in your Spitfire or indeed "mixed" battles with all nations side by side. There is a specific, simplified mode for this type of battle in the game, "Arcade mode" yet it seems arcade mode has crept into the realistic and is there to stay.

    Team balance, seems to be a major issue. I play all factions with decent k/d ratio and consistent wins in Axis aircraft. In fact it seems very hard to lose as an Axis player in most tiers. The substantial diference in climb rates for US aircraft to axis doesn't lend to an equal footing for air combat. This is more than a simple "sideclimb more" issue. I'd suggest an airspawn for more allied fighters, as it appears a large portion of players on the allied teams simply don't bother trying, knowing they won't get any form of altitude or energy advantage. Makes it hard when you are the only person who does climb, you watch your team die, bag one or two then die yourself against 5-6 opponents. It also removes the fun from playing Axis. Essentially you are racing to get a kill before the entire allied team folds like origami. Like playing god mode, bit of a novelty for half an hour, then repetitive and annoying. Where is the challenge?

    IMO, this game is devolving rather than improving. Rather than address balance issues, it seems developers are more interested in marketing new aircraft tanks etc... than addressing some fundamental flaws in the game. I understand a large part of this is making the game profitable, but at the same time, players are departing for IL-2, DCS and other simulators.

    So much potential....squandered.
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  6. Apr 9, 2019
    1
    The game is good IF:

    - you play with low BR tanks or plane or ship. Forget about leopard , abrams etc... a few tanks are powerfull but the
    The game is good IF:

    - you play with low BR tanks or plane or ship. Forget about leopard , abrams etc... a few tanks are powerfull but the helicopter can kill you from their spawn etc.... meta of the game à hight battle rating is bad... very bad.
    - your map is a good one and there are 3 points = 2 map out of 3 are bads
    - you fight peoples on the same level than you. If you fight people with better battle rating sometimes you can't hurt them.... you are just their plaything.
    - You don't play somes countrys. You have to take a premium for somes countrys or you lose money and spits blood to play them.
    - You Pay to win. If you pay for a plane or a tank you get a better tank or plane than the one you can research. A lot of players have premium vehicules!

    A waste of potential
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  7. Jun 8, 2019
    0
    Gaijin Entertainment uses a Fixed-Number-Generator which means they're Sociopaths. Everything humans touch turns to crap. So MankindGaijin Entertainment uses a Fixed-Number-Generator which means they're Sociopaths. Everything humans touch turns to crap. So Mankind extermination is the only solution. Expand

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