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  1. 3.5
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    View from an old player

    I've played this game since it entered beta,and I have seen it change and develop from a small scale barely surviving game to a massive success with a huge community. So I shall delve into the game itself.

    For those that don't know War Thunder is a WW2(With some top tier vehicles coming form the Korean War) that puts you in the role of a pilot or tank crew(and at some point being in charge of ships) and you must fight against other players to advance through the game.

    Aircraft:
    The aircraft portion of the game is the most developed,it was the first part of the game and still remains a key focus of the dev team,you can play as planes from the 5 main participants from WW2; Britain,USA,Germany,USSR and Japan. Each nation has a huge selection of planes going from something as simple as the Gladiator Biplane to the HO229 "Flying Wing" this is a game to all who love aircraft and those who love the history of WW2. You start with Biplanes,or really really bad monoplanes for the USA, and you must battle to gain research points that go towards unlocking new planes. All plane s are in a tier,1-5 and to get to the next tier you must have purchased a certain number of vehicles from the previous tier.

    The gameplay for air forces is split into 3 different sections Arcade,realistic and simulator. Arcade is usually the most populated and is the most relaxed gamemode where a lot of the physics,such as your wings being torn off from going to fast,are removed however you are still affected by G-Force and putting your pilot under too much force will lead to him being knocked out,you also don't need to land to reload but instead you have a timer,e.g.run out of bombs wait 1 min for them to refill. Realistic is,as the name suggests, more realistic than arcade where the full game physics are applied such as G-Force,stress and damage to the plane from going to fast,turbulence and Internal Air Speed,you also only have one life in this gamemode and once you die you can not respawn,you mist also land to reload. Simulator is still largely a work-in-progress however it is still available,this is the most real gamemode,you are under all the effects of realistic,locked in first-person cockpit view and mouse aim is disabled meaning you need to wither play with keys(not recommended) or a joystick.

    You will find the main types of plane to be:
    Fighter-Light,Normal,Heavy(twin engine)-Your standard sort of plane,equiped with weapons ranging from 7.7mm machine guns to 37mm cannons these are used to take out other planes and light gound vehicles.
    Naval-Fighter,Dive bomber,Torpedo bomber These are planes designed for use form Carriers and as such are usually slightly slower than their regualr counter parts,such as the Sea Hurricane being slower than teh regular Hurricane,they have tail hooks to allow for landing on carriers and on certain maps are vital to success.
    Bombers-Dive,Light,Medium,Heavy- These planes can carry a varying amount and number of bombs from be it 2 500lbs bombs,50 100lbs bombs or 1 4000lbs bombs thse planes are vital to taking out enemy ground units and bases,these play a vital role in almost any game.
    Attackers-Normal,Twin Engine-Planes that carry high calibre guns, such as the Mosquito Mk X carrying 2 57mm guns, and are designed for taking out ground vehicles and big air targets but can also take part in dogfights.
    Jets-Fighter,Bomber,Attacker-These are the top tier planes that perform the roles of other planes but are jet powered and therefore faster than the aeroplanes and also capable of carrying more weapons.
    And also boat-planes-These will fit into one of the above categories but have floats that allow them to land on water.

    Ground Forces:
    Ground forces in the newer part of the game and contains vehicles from Britain,USA,Germany and USSR,Japans will be added at a later point. This gamemode has rapidly become poplar and is largely down to the more immersive experience provided by being on the ground,this also has arcade and realistic. The only real difference for ground forces is that realistic has more accurate ballistics and traction and simulator locks you to first person while making the game almost 100% to reality e.g.a Sherman won't even scratch a tigers front armour.

    You progress the same way as in airforces and the main vehicles you will find are:
    Light Tanks-such as the BT-7 or Stuart these are quick tanks with light armour and smaller guns,they are good scouts and good for capturing important positions as-well as flanking enemies.
    Medium Tanks- such as the Panzer IV or Sherman these tanks have a balance between armour,speed and firepower and are used for a number of roles such as head on combat,flanking,capturing and as distractions(yep its a important role)
    Heavy Tanks-Such as the Carnarvon or IS series these are tanks with incredibly thick armour and big guns,these are the tanks that will push up into enemy positions and will take be a threat to all enemies even other heavy tanks.
    Tank Destroyers-Such as the Achilles are vehicles that are designed for the sole purpose of taking out enemy tanks,they will usually have large,high velocity guns to punch through enemy armour. There are 2 main types,turreted and hulled. Turreted tank destroyers are those with turrets,these are usually faster than hulled destroyers and are about as fast as mediums tanks,however they are usually less armoured than hulled destroyers. Hulled destroyers have no turret and instead the guns is fixed into the hull,these are usually heavily armoured and slow with very little gun movement,but are usually more accurate that turreted destroyers and have far more armour.
    Cruiser Tanks-Unique to the British tanks the cruisers are tanks such as the Cromwell that are fast,with a good gun and reasonable armour effectively a mix of the best parts of light and medium tanks while trying to remove disadvantages. These tanks can quickly move to positions and be safe with their strong front armour and are able to do serious damage with their powerful guns,however they usually have very weak rear armour,partially exposed engines and incredibly slow reverse speeds.
    SPAAs-These vehicles are usually converted from other vehicles and fitted with Anti-Aircraft weapons such as the Crusader AA or the Flak-panzer and are usually light,poorly armoured and have exposed crew-members. however with the addition of the British tree armoured cars were added to this line,such as the AC AA which is fast,decently armoured and has fully automatic 20mm cannons with 200 round clips,meaning that there are some SPAAs that can deal out heavy damage to enemy tanks.


    April Fools Events-Also like to add that they do amazing April fools events,this year they gave us a preview of ship combat by adding in a special event where you are able to play as the Golden Hind,the 16th Century ship of Sir Francis Drake.

    Overall the game is amazing,and its worth a try,however you will find that large parts of the community can be toxic and will usually blame their own failure on their team etc,this can ruin the fun but aside from that everyone else is really kind and welcoming,and there are casual,regular,hardcore and even some RP communities so you can always find someone to pay with.

    So thanks for reading,and I hope to see you in the Skies.
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  2. 5.0
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    Wait times for a match!

    Wait times is a problem but all and all its fun i like the realistic tank battles 10/10.
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  3. Xencur
    4.5
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    Worth your time.

    As I am writing this, War Thunder's "most helpful" reviews are almost all negative, as I am sure you have noticed. While I'm certain many of these reviewers' points have merit, I believe it is important to consider their viewpoint and that theirs might not be yours.

    By all appearances, the game is not fun anymore for people who have played it for thousands of hours and/or prefer Tier V (Highest tier / Most modern vehicles) realistic/simulator mode tank battles as non-Russian nations.

    As someone who has spent a couple hundred hours playing as Germany, U.S.A. and GB in up to T IV air arcade battles, and as Germany in up to T III tank arcade battles, I am here to tell you: This game is a lot of fun, I have encountered few balancing issues and fewer bugs, and I'm relatively sure I'll be playing another few hundred hours before I get bored of it and move on.

    If you are interested/curious, just install the game and try it for a few hours, it's f2p, after all. Due to the slow progression, I definitely recommend getting a premium account to speed things up a bit, if you end up liking the game. If you aren't stupid/rich enough to buy the ridiculously overpriced premium vehicles (that offer no real advantage apart from another progression speed boost), you will find War Thunder to be well worth the subscription cost.
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  4. 4.5
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    Great game!

    This game is just great! Wondeful graphic, fights can get very intensive. Huge minus though is building new planes/tanks, it takes long time to get it done sometimes
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  5. 5.0
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    Brilliant game!

    When I first decided to play this game I was in love with historical planes, playing this game has definitely made my love for them flourish due to its great gameplay and intense battles, I recommend this game to anyone who loves planes like I do but if you like tanks this game is also great, I personally do not love tanks but war thunder makes them very interesting. The war thunder community is great, you can meet loads of new people from around the world while flying your favourite planes or driving your favourite tanks.
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  6. Kaufire
    4.5
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    Loved it

    WW2 ? Check !
    Tanks ? Check !
    Airplanes ? Check !
    That's all you need to know .
    Joking.
    So i really enjoyed this one. At first i thought i would suck at this game but there are tutorials that explain everything and also reward you pretty good for it . You can say i became pretty good for the time i played it and it was fun shooting others .
    Graphics - They are great ! Very nice even on low . Also .. explosions ! What more do you need .
    Gameplay - Got used to it pretty fast . Its kind of tricky but you'll get used to it so don't worry ! Loved it
    Community - Unlike some other games you can speak(write) to someone and he might just answer .
    I prefered the airplane battles because it wasnt just shooting at others but also destroying npc rocket lanuchers and trucks and trying not to get hit by them too . In the tank battles you sometimes get to use a plane too .
    It took me a while to realize there are diffirent countries vehicles so i stayed with the one you start at first . I don't have any complains about the game i think and its not pay to win so go ahead and dive right into it.
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  7. 4.5
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    Great War Game

    This is the game to get when you want to play a Tank or Airplane game. The mechanics in this game separate it from its main competitor World of Tanks. Your tank handles and feels like a heavy piece of machinery and after playing it you will see World of Tanks as a bunch of toy tanks. Now the world feels more hardcore than World of Tanks but the style is much more arcade as there are respawns in WarThunder and you will feel a much less stressful environment when compared to World of Tanks.
    WarThunder has the more interesting concept as it has airplanes sharing the same field as tanks on some maps. I love this concept, as a tank can be caught surprised when a bomb drops on them, but don't think that the airplanes can go without any worry as you can drive anti air vehicles and shoot them out the sky.
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  8. 4.5
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    most realistic ww2 plane and tank game

    Very good game with many choices of realism in game modes. Matchmaking needs some improvements. Definitly try it if you like ww2.
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  9. 4.0
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    When the game was young...

    I found this art of words that just describe the story of this game. The game start great, but then it changed to "pay to win" game...

    In the days of old, 'T was a name of gold.
    A game most fun, And bested by none.
    Yet it dit not hold, Or so you've been Told.
    It was a gradual fall, And witnessed by all.
    We saw it grow, Mistakes did show.
    Oh how we were blind, To the obvious grind.
    And opponents unfair, Such as the Russian bear.
    It was an unseen fate, Until it was too late.
    With choices most bold, This game it did fold.
    Once a great seed, Killed by their greed.
    A grand name, Up in flame.
    What a shame, 'T was a great war game.

    This art of words you can find in Steam by comments. It was written on the 7th of November 2015. I wish it wasn't true, but it is true.
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  10. 5.0
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    AAA+ game definitely try!

    I keep coming back to this game. A real blast to play, graphics are awesome and every fight is FUN.
    I feel that the tanks side of this game is quite lacking and not rewarding as airfreights.
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  11. 4.5
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    WarThunder (only planes review)

    I've played WarThunder only as planes simulator. What I can say - this is more casual game in comparison to World of WarPlanes. It's my opinion, because it was really hard to play in World of WarPlanes after WarThunder.
    I didn't play WarThunder with tanks - I don't like this theme, but idea about switching styles within one client has it's flaws and nice points, but it's not such a big deal.
    What can I tell you about game play - it's quite solid and nice. Maybe not very realistic, but in the same way as Need for Speed's car are not real cars, that will broke into pieces if you crush them against other car. Different planes have different feel, so it's quite interesting to find what plane suits you the most.
    You can't get all the planes for free - some of them are "premium" but it doesn't mean, that they are better. Planes have different ranks and while you can unlock some planes earlier by spending real money, you will be put into queue with the players, who reached this rank with their own strength - and will struggle to fight against them, if you haven't some skill too. So I consider it as quite fair system.
    The game is good to play for all, who like airplanes' battles and don't want to stick to World of Warplanes.
    Oh, one more thing: it's not really the "team-play" game, because you can't play with a lot of your friends - you have limit to size of squads, but if i remember right, similar limitations are used in WoWP too.
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  12. mehdin85
    4.0
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    Only for planes

    War Thunder, very very good game and best realistic game ever i played, why game is different cuz have more gameplay mods first of one i like that realistic gameplay that is impossible explain how is good, and realy realy don't need any money to play that game.
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  13. 4.5
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    This game is one of it's kind for F2P games

    In no other game can you have players fight eachother on land and air, AT THE SAME TIME! Yes, you heard me right. You can play as a pilot flying a plane and shooting down other planes controlled by players, and then fly down and bomb tanks that are controlled, again, by other players. And then if you play as a tank you'll find yourself with a game that looks and plays much better than World of Tanks. You gotta take into account speed, angle, and your own weak spots to be able to survive. It isn't easy, and getting to the good tanks might take time. But it's fun!
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  14. 5.0
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    Bomb your enemies

    There was a lot of games similar but nothing even compares to this game awesomness, I've spent lot of hours into it and will definitely spend some more. It's like your all boring world of tanks, planes whatever combined into one ultimate game nowadays. Remove anyother and jump into this one. It's worth it !
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  15. 3.5
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    Low end gamers, beware!

    I have played this game for years, it never bored me... Devs keep releasing content and fixes, and they seem like nice people. But, since the last update, I can't play the game anymore... I have a low end build ( very low end, like old hp computer), and I used to play the game on low-medium settings, but now , the latest patch has made it impossible for me to play decently in low-end videocard mode... so yeah, if your pc is crap, your experience with this game will not be the same...
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  16. 3.0
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    Nice WW game but what about balance?

    The game looks great, runs 60fps on high settings with some tweaking. Game balance isn't greatest, the Russian vehicles are better than others. Matchmaking is as good as was in WoT where you as tier 4 got into battle with everyone else at least tier 5 or higher. Community is bunch of ******** which always ram you or even better also shoot you down in your own team just for fun. The worst is when you play with tank or SPG which has open turret and the guy from your team shoots at you with MG and kills your crew... And he doesn't get kicked for TK because he only damaged you... Also a lot of Russian players writing only in Cyrillic.
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  17. 4.5
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    Just Great

    This game is just great. I played it more than 1100 hours! And im still playing the game. If you like a free simulation of WW2 and a little bit from the cold war.
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  18. 2.5
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    fun little game

    A multiplayer tank fighting game. You also get planes. It is fun once you start getting the upgrades in. Then you get to wreck people, use miniguns, and fight with planes. Did I mention wrecking people?
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  19. 4.5
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    Great WW2 vehicle experience.

    I really enjoyed both flying a fighter or a bomber and driving a tank. Gameplay mechanics might be pretty difficult to get hold of them but the very mechanics also provide great joy and immersion of driving a tank or flying an airplane. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoy those things.
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  20. 4.5
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    WW2 Gets real

    Planes, Tanks, and in future ships all in combine forces battle... whats not to like.

    Well all this games you will be comparing to World of tanks or some other. Where World of tanks and World of Warplanes goes arcade, WarThunder goes realistic... Awesome Damage models for planes and tanks, incredible detailed models of planes and tanks, Arcade, and Realistic / simulator modes, there is something for everyone.
    Multiple spawns in Arcade, One life in realistic, objective based gameplay all great.

    whats bad, well gameengine was made for Flight not for ground combat so expect physics to go crazy when playing tanks in arcade mode.


    I give this game 4,5/5 stars, add ships and it's 5/5
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  21. Camper0133
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    If you love ww2+tanks+airplanes then look no further

    Graphics = amazing.
    The game itself is solid but they are few bugs and glitches still in the game. The game mechanics are pretty solid. I never had better experience dogfighting in an airplane in any other games than war thunder. Few of the draw backs on the game will be the high tier grinding which can take months to unlock a tier 4 or 5 tank or airplane.
    Unfortunately the Russian tanks and airplanes are buffed like crazy and they out perform any other nations especially the tanks.
    The battle rating can get messed up and tier 4 tank can face higher tier tanks which will penetrate your frontal armor while it's angeled like a butter.
    There isn't much pay2win tanks or airplanes in the game which is a plus. Customer service isn't the greatest but they get the job done.
    They are custom battles made by users which are blast to play with custom tank paintjobs that you can create yourself.
    Otherwise this is a great game and I recommend for everyone to try it
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  22. FoldingCD
    4.0
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    Top notch game

    War Thunder puts you in the cockpit of an airplane or down the hatch of a tank and pits your team against the enemy, across large, scenic, well detailed battlefields. Starting with weaker planes and tanks before working your way down progression trees, you are matched in games with players of similar levels to ensure fairness.
    The thrill of breaking into a dive to intercept an enemy bomber is delivered superbly in War Thunder, especially when considering that it's F2P. The third person and first person views are also ergonomic and immersive.
    To enjoy War Thunder requires investing in a bit of tactical thinking, which gameplay commentary videos can help with. Even an amateur like myself was able to learn a little and make do.
    To unlock the higher-tier planes and tanks will take quite some time (without paying real $), however thanks to the matchmaking system your level has little to no bearing on the enjoyment of the game.
    Definitely worth a go.
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  23. OtoryShigeru
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    The Best Simulator of: Planes + Tanks... in ONE GAME!!

    A Tank and Flight Simulator in ONE GAME!!!
    Want to fly a combat plane of the WW2...? go do it...
    Now you feel like driving a Tank...? Okey, just select the Tank and Go.

    Great Game, Good Balance in their Cashshop, Beautiful Graphics, Great Gameplay, Good Community.

    If they add ships, I maybe leave WoWS also ;)
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