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War Thunder Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

War Thunder is a shooting game where you drive a range of vehicles in warfare combat. Similar to Wargaming's World of Warplanes it creates realistic battles on air, land, and sea. The attraction of the combat is that each vehicle or craft’s constituent parts can be targeted and damaged. Rather than having one energy bar for each vehicles you need to aim for weak spots or positions where pilots and drivers are exposed.

Each battle is divided between aviation, ground forces or fleet, rather than mixing these elements. This includes vehicles from different eras: pre-World War I naval vessels, tanks and aircraft from the Spanish Civil War and even the Iraq war and beyond. As you progress game brings in more elements fromWorld War II, Vietnam and the Cold War. You can control aircraft, ground vehicles and warships from USA, Germany, Russia, Britain, and Japan. You can also play as nations with smaller militaries or less prominence in conflicts, such as Italy, France, China and Sweden.

The land, air and sea are divided into different game modes:
  • Arcade Battles has two teams of up to 16 with vehicles from different nations. Damage is simplified although still aims to be realistic.
  • Realistic Battles are more advanced, simulating realistic physics and damage modelling. With this comes more rewards and upgrades as well as more strategic encounters. This mode can recreate historic battles.
  • Simulator Battles add more restrictions to create a believable experience, with no head up display or exterior view of the action.

A single player mode is available focusing on historical settings as well as a cooperative mode against waves of computer controlled ground vehicles and aircraft.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/12/2016, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @GaijinEnt

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between half an hour and 45 minutes to play a round of this game. The length of each battle varies depending on the type of battle
 
Players: You can play this with 16 players online. Cross-Platform: You can play cross-platform between PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

CostsCosts

This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. You can buy the game and some content to get started:
  • Beginner's Bundle - M3A1 Stuart, Rasmussen's P-36A Hawk, Premium for 7 days, 500 Golden Eagles, 120 000 Silver Lions.
  • T-72AV (TURMS-T) - Premium for 15 days, 2000 Golden Eagles.
  • Full Alert Bundle - T14, BTD-1, Elco 80 ft PT-556, 1000 Golden Eagles, Premium for 7 days, 120 000 Silver Lions.

You can buy packs of Golden Eagle and Silver Lions currency which enables you to access new vehicles and speeds research. You can also buy packs of content:
  • US Beginner's Pack
  • German Starter Pack
  • USSR Starter Pack
  • USA Pacific Campaign Pack
  • Japanese Pacific Campaign
  • T-55AM-1 Pack
  • Super AMX-30 Pack
  • AV-8A Harrier Pack
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 due to occasional scenes of mild violence. Game features combat in the 1st and 3rd person using WWII aircraft and engaging in dog fights and missions against ground targets. In some of the missions it is possible to fire upon enemy soldiers and allies alike , however the violence is not realistic. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.

ESRB TEEN for violence.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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