War Thunder had his release a few weeks ago, so we wanted to introduce you to this game.
1. What is War Thunder?
War Thunder is a Free2Play cross-platform MMO from Gaijin Entertainment that deals with aviation, tank and soon also sea battles. The game is available for PC, Mac, Linux and PS4. All platforms play together. Gaijin Entertainment was known among other things by “IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey”. The system requirements are here to find.
2. What makes War Thunder special?
Now you’re probably wondering what makes War Thunder special. What sets it apart from the competition? There are several things you can name: the game modes, the module system and the Armor Inspector. I would like to briefly explain this with reference to the tank battles.
2.1 game modes
There are three different game modes in WarThunder:
- Arcade Battles
- Realistic Battles (RB)
- Simulator Battles (SB)
The three game modes differ significantly from each other, for example, in the realistic battles tanks and planes compete against each other, but in the arcade battles they are separated from each other. To enumerate all differences would be too much for this one article, but you can read them here .
2.2 Module system
Another special feature of War Thunder is the modular system. The tanks and planes have no HP beam. The vehicles each have specific modules (eg transmission, engine, ammunition storage) and crew. A vehicle is considered destroyed if the majority of its modules are damaged or the crew incapacitated.
The choice of ammunition plays a very important role. With an APHE grenade you can incapacitate an enemy vehicle with one to two hits as the grenade explodes inside the vehicle. An APCR grenade, however, does not explode inside the tank, so you’ll need a lot more hits.
Here are two pictures of the modules of the “Panzerkampfwagen VII Maus” and the “Flakpanzer I Gepard”.
2.3 Armor Inspector
Another small highlight of War Thunder is the Armor Inspector. With this you can have your individual armor levels displayed in your garage. The viewing angle is also included (> effective armor strength).
In War Thunder you have a large selection of vehicles. As fractions are America, Germany, Russia, Great Britain and Japan to choose from.
(Left tanks – right planes)
4. Golden Eagles
As in any Free2Play game, War Thunder has a premium currency, the so-called Golden Eagles. Of these, the premium status, premium tanks, camouflage and 3D decorations (eg bushes) can be purchased.
Premium status gives you more EXP and credits per battle. But you can play well up to rank 3 and 4 without premium.
There is no premium munitions. The premium tanks are usually worse than the regular models, get a little more credits and have special / unique camouflage.
The camouflage and 3D decorations are in the arcade mode purely optical nature, as you are marked in the arcade immediately when you come within sight of the enemy.
In the other two game modes you do not have this marker, so you have a small advantage through the camouflage. However, this is only a small advantage and on the other hand the most arcade mode is played.
So I think the Golden Eagles are fair.
War Thunder offers challenging battles. The graphics are beautiful and the gameplay thought through. The game offers something for everyone with its three different game modes and thanks to the modular system a tactical approach is necessary.
The game has – depending on the view – but also a few negative aspects. So you have a very steep learning curve at the beginning and a high frustration potential. Those who are not put off by it will find in War Thunder a good – and from the premium prices also fair – game.