War Thunder Review
Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
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.
Content Rating: PEGI 12+
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Release Date: 21/12/2016, updated in 2018
Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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.
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 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
The following in-game purchases are available:
War Thunder: Apache Bundle
War Thunder: Beginner's Bundle
War Thunder: Early Access Advanced Bundle
War Thunder: Early Access Starter Bundle
War Thunder: Full Alert Bundle
War Thunder: Prinz Eugen Bundle
War Thunder: Strv 103-0 Bundle
War Thunder: T-72Av (Turms-T) Bundle
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.
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
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.
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