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War Thunder Review

Posted on 5/18/2013 by with 20 comments

War Thunder

Review of War Thunder

Developer: Gaijin Entertainment

Publisher: Gaijin Entertainment

War Thunder

Introduction: War Thunder

My love of airplanes has made me a frequent player of pretty much any game that lets you fly planes and this is why I’m reviewing War Thunder. I’ll play just about anything flying related from true hardcore simulation to this style of casual jump right into the action packed dog fighting.

War Thunder is more than just an aircraft combat game, it has historically accurate aircraft, it adds a little bit management in the way of keeping your crews updated and of course the non-stop upgrading process to your planes.

I have been playing War Thunder on and off for the last couple months and now I have a good understanding of how all the mechanics work, so I figured now would be a good time to finally sit down and put my thoughts together on this game

As it stands right now there are over 100 different playable aircraft models in game that encompass the years of 1927-1948. So without a doubt there is an airplane for everyone’s liking in game.

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Gameplay: War Thunder

When you jump in to War Thunder you a greeted with a tutorial that will get you started learning all the controls of the game and getting a chance to get into the air. As you progress through the tutorial you will learn how to land your aircraft and the basics of combat.

War Thunder then continues as you can compete in play versus player battles which can be amazing just watching alone. You get a lot more satisfaction shooting down other plays in game, well at least I do.

As you complete battles you will gain much needed points that can be distributed to your crews in order to make them better. As your crews gain experience you will also gain rank which is a combined overall experience of all your crews. With rank your able to use higher level and more powerful aircraft.

You will really feel a sense of accomplishment as you’re able to fly the more advance aircraft.

War Thunder can be played with joysticks, flight stick, or good ole mouse and keyboard, so there is no need to spend money on an expensive stick.

The one and only complaint that I can point out with War Thunder game play is the flight physics model seems a little weird at times. The only why I can explain it is you just get into some weird maneuvers that you can’t break out of. 

The other complaint I have has nothing to do with the game or the game developers. This that the community can be a little over the top. During game you will here in chat that someone is intentionally ramming other players. If you don’t hear this then you haven’t played this game enough. I would bet that 9 out of 10 time the person pointing the finger is the rammer.

Is this an issue not really, because when you in battle sometimes it is hard to avoid another plane without hitting each other, it just happens! It happens sometime just from being to close and not being able to see the other aircraft.

The same can be said in the War Thunder forums were the finger pointed can be pretty brutal there also.

These issues can be over looked because the game play has one thing going for it, the game is fun to play. One other great thing is if just want to play for a few minutes you get into matches fast, usually less than a minute of wait time.

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Graphics: War Thunder

The airplanes in flight in War Thunder are very impressive almost as if it were a picture than a video game. When I first started playing War Thunder I found myself looking at my plane too much and was shot down a few times before I stopped looking at my aircraft.

The scenery and terrains are very nicely done to give the look and feel of the campaign you’re competing in. Great reflections and fire/explosion effects have been integrated nicely.

Overall the graphics in War Thunder are very smooth and crisp in game.

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Sound: War Thunder

Sounds are amazing which actually give a full feel of immersion in game. Sounds are just as you would expect in while flying in a WW2 era aircraft.  You will love to hear the bullet ripping through your enemies and you will cry when the same happens to you.

Overall the sounds and sound effects in War Thunder are top notch there is no need for improvement here.

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Verdict: War Thunder

Being someone who has worked in the aviation industry for the last 20 years both commercial and military based projects, this game has a lot to offer to the aviation enthusiast and on top of that it is fun to play.

Like I said earlier the only bad things I could come up with was a crappy community, which is more or less expected in a PVP based game if you didn’t already know.

The other minor issue was a little bit of a sloppy physics, this was normally found at high speed banking and twisting. This weirdness effected handling and sometimes the lack of control and loss of altitude. End result most of the time was a crash for no reason.  

Some of the highlights of War Thunder are the beautifully crafted aircraft, highly detailed terrains, and historically actuate missions and campaigns. War Thunder  is a lot of fun to play and it is free to play so give it a try it today.

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Verdict is 5 of 6


20 responses to War Thunder Review

  1. On June 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am , Longbraz said...

    A really nice review. I am also playing and enjoying the game a lot. The WT team looks like is hearing the complaints of the players and are updateting and fixing the game on a really regular basis. Soon a separate chapter would be added where players could use the ground forces (like in World of tanks) and it would be a separate game in the game.

    On the other hand – nice review and site. You’ve got a follower 🙂

  2. On June 5th, 2013 at 11:23 am , Chris said...

    Yes WT has done an amazing job and it is a really fun game.

  3. On June 20th, 2013 at 9:27 pm , Mark Quinn said...

    Hi, beer and jamesjoyoesticks. Thanks for following my little bloggy! Your blog looks dreamora! (Can’t write a sentence without ruining it.) The last game I finished was “Halo”. After I finished that game, I lay down on my bed, and I saw action scenes from the game pass by and flash on the backs of my eyes, then I went to sleep and went to Halo. I almost finished another game (the one with the headcrabs) and THAT -WAS- “Halo”. Talk about Commodore and punishment. -Mark

  4. On June 21st, 2013 at 9:41 am , Chris said...

    We have dreams of video games too, but then again sometimes we have nightmares as well!

  5. On August 24th, 2013 at 12:41 am , Mark Quinn said...

    I should look into getting into a flight simulator…I like FPS games, though. I do like f. sims. (Hickory, dickory, Oculus Rift…the computer is in the shop.)…my late partner’s son Kip, when playing Halo, said, “This should be called “Schlep War”. You pick up weapons _here_ and schlep them _there_.)

  6. On August 24th, 2013 at 9:11 am , Chris said...

    Mark War Thunder is really easy to get into, you can even play with just a your keyboard and mouse and still feel in control of you plane. As for most flight sims that is pretty much impossible.

  7. On June 24th, 2013 at 3:42 pm , Elie said...

    Great review Chris. I am a big fan of simulators especially aircraft simulators like DCS: A-10C Warthog. The learning curve is harsh but the rewards are well worth it. Keep up the great work.

  8. On June 24th, 2013 at 7:14 pm , Chris said...

    Thanks Elie

  9. On July 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am , Lissa said...

    Ohhh This looks interesting. I will have to try War Thunder. I hope you guys don’t dog pile me and shoot me down. LOL.

  10. On July 19th, 2013 at 10:56 am , lissainkslinger said...

    OMG! I just played WT for the first time after a 20hour download. LOL. My Graphics card is as crappy as my DSL. The game is set to Ultra low graphics but the game is a win! very accurate review.
    Thank you for putting this out there.


  11. On July 25th, 2013 at 12:28 pm , Lissa said...

    Hey Chris, any advice on making my computer run WT a little quicker? I mean I already have it set to “Ultra Low Graphics”… It runs a few other games a little better.

  12. On July 28th, 2013 at 3:07 am , Shawn said...

    I think the issue with most games that play the “real” card are that they lack interest. For the enthusiast it plays a large role but it doesn’t do much to interest someone outside that group. It may be the reason for the “Bad Pvp”

  13. On August 10th, 2013 at 12:38 am , Dawniel (Guardianwulf) said...

    Hey! Good to see a review of the game- you will have no arguments from me! Originally I got drug into it by the other guildies planning on playing Star Citizen so we could work on dogfighting…but I gotta say I am glad I went along. I love it! Of course the darn Ruskies get all the advantages over my poor American planes…. 😉

  14. On August 10th, 2013 at 10:10 am , Chris said...

    Yeah I got roped into playing it with friends too, but I’m glad I did, its a great game.

  15. On September 3rd, 2013 at 4:04 pm , Charles said...

    Looks great. I haven’t played a flying game for some time now and just got into the Xbox World of Tanks beta. Any chance that we will see this soon on Xbox?

  16. On September 3rd, 2013 at 9:19 pm , Chris said...

    It will be out for PS4, I think Xbox is on hold right now because there hoping that Microsoft drops restrictions on multi-player games by letting people play for free with having to pay a monthly fee to play online games.

  17. On September 6th, 2013 at 9:58 pm , nativegrl77 said...

    I am planning to learn a lot about beer … I drink mostly dark or Guinness

  18. On September 6th, 2013 at 10:35 pm , Chris said...

    Guinness is a good beer, there are so many to chose from. Recommend trying a few micro brew stouts also.

  19. On September 15th, 2013 at 9:32 pm , Hakkal said...

    This game has amazing potential… with one HUGE notable exception: They made the “realism” of a pilot being shot, occur FAR TOO OFTEN. So often in fact, it completely ruins the fun/gameplay of what could have been an AMAZING game. It’s so incredibly awful, so blatantly broken, that I actually deleted the game. It’s really… that… bad. Don’t waste your money and/or time until that “feature” is removed/fixed. You’ve been warned.

  20. On September 15th, 2013 at 9:37 pm , Chris said...

    Not really sure what you talking about pilots get shot that’s fact, but it hasn’t happened to me in a while.

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