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13 Great Games Like War Thunder

These are hand-picked games similar to War Thunder. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like War Thunder. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed War Thunder, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, War Thunder is not available on Android, Switch or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Rating: PEGI 12+

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

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Costs: Free. In-game purchases

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 13/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibilty: 41 features

Developer: @CallofDuty

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...

Call of Duty: Warzone (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/03/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibilty: 29 features

Developer: @InfinityWard

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 150 players online

Call of Duty: Warzone is a large online shooting game. It's played with 150 other players with teams in squads of 1 to 4 players. As with other battle royale games, the map on which you play shrinks to great intense finale shot downs. This, combined...

Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 25/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @InfinityWard

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Call of Duty (COD) and Modern Warfare are games that recreate the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these are games...

Age of Empires (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @Relicgames

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on...

Squad

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibilty: 2 features

Developer: @OffWorldInd

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Squad is an online-only shooting game where you fight in a team of 50 players against an opposing team. It is unusual because of a deep emphasis on teamwork, co-ordination and strategy, as well as being as realistic to real modern day warfare as...

Battlefield (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Developer: @EA_DICE

Players: You can play this with 64 players online

Battlefield V is the latest in a series of first-person shooting games set in various locations, such as Norway, France and Germany, during World War II. Like Call of Duty this aims to recreate the adrenaline, excitement and...

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 06/08/2019

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @TriumphStudios

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

This is a turn based strategy game with a large strategic map that lead into multiple turn based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy,...

Ready or Not

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @VoidInteractive

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Ready or Not is a tactical shooting game, where you need restraint and discipline as much as a quick trigger finger. Like Rainbow Six Siege, you take on tactical missions with other people and must work together to apprehend suspects with minimal...

Bomber Crew

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/08/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RunnerDuckGames

Players: This is a single player game

Bomber Crew is a cartoon-styled World War 2 strategic bombing simulator. While it avoids the grim reality of these missions, it connects players to the extreme difficulty and danger of making it out and back again.

AR Tanks

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @JoeGrainger

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

AR Tanks is a strategy game where you can virtually build a battle on any tabletop or floor. In the game you navigate tanks around structures superimposed into your living space; you're also able to get up and move around the space to get a 360* view of...

Cel Damage HD

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @FinishLineGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cel Damage is a racing and fighting game where you drive vehicles and use weapons to hit opponents and gain the upper hand. It's a fast and furious competition that's good to play on the sofa, with quick rounds and a simple premise.

Enlisted

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: Free

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

Genres:

Developer: @EnlistedGame

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Enlisted is an online shooting game set in historically accurate World War II battle. You play a squad of soldiers and can switch between them as you take on other players doing the same in large online battles. It's unusual not only for its historical...

Skies of Fury

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @Illum_Games

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from WWI era and take on missions as a single player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.

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Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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Ico

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
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Horace

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Horace
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Hades

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Hades
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Qomp

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Rust

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PEGI Rating 16+ for Rust
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ITTA

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PEGI Rating 12+ for ITTA

Outwit The Crowd In Online Battles

Battle Royale games are played online against 100's of other players. They blend different genres of games: survival, exploration, adventure, shooting and scavenging while introducing the last-man-standing gameplay.

They are usually played in an arena where players start with basic equipment and aim to kill all the other players. The arena area shrinks as play proceeds to bring the game to a crescendo.

"The name for the genre is taken from the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, itself based on the novel of the same name, which presents a similar theme of a last-man-standing competition in a shrinking play zone." - Wikipedia
 

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are all PEGI 12 or under, apart from Halo, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US for the latest release and mostly features space-themed rather than realistic violence.
 

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 
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Dirt

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PEGI Rating 3+ for Dirt


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