War Thunder Game Review

War Thunder

War Thunder offers players a thrilling combination of aerial combat and ground battles, letting them pilot fighter aircraft or drive tanks across expansive maps in realistic battles. Since its 2012 debut, its commitment to realism has won War Thunder countless fans.

Realism in videogames often sparks heated discussions over how best to play them; indeed, game forums often serve as platforms for sharing classified military documents.


War Thunder is an online military shooter which allows players to pilot ships, aircraft and armored vehicles into battle against other human opponents. While War Thunder strives for realism with its wide array of vehicles available for battle, casual players will also appreciate its many settings which allow for customized difficulty settings for every battle they engage in.

Players select their vehicle and nation of choice before participating in matches against other player-controlled units. Matches involve up to 32 players at once; often thousands more are online at any one time. Although the game is free-to-play, it does include in-game currencies that can be used to upgrade vehicles and skills – these upgrades may provide newcomers an edge against competition.

War Thunder features aircraft of various shapes and sizes, from trainers to bombers capable of taking out massive targets, rare experimental prototypes capable of hitting multiple targets simultaneously as well as ground vehicles such as light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks and tank destroyers – each offering their own strengths and weaknesses – adding even further tactical depth. Helicopters add even further opportunities.

War Thunder’s recently expanded scope is further broadened with the inclusion of naval vessels. While it’s easy to start playing, mastery will take practice and trial-and-error to master. Plus there’s plenty to invest in using War Thunder’s menus including research upgrades, crew upgrades, modifications and weapons!


Gaijin Entertainment of Russia offers this free-to-play vehicular combat multiplayer game with various vehicles, maps and realistic weather and lighting effects, highly detailed 3D vehicle models featuring markings and textures as well as arcade battle modes – making for an enjoyable online multiplayer gaming experience!

Recent graphics improvements brought on by the Firestorm update have given this game’s graphics a significant upgrade, including NVIDIA’s GameWorks technology to make the game look more realistic than ever. At its core, these updates enable textures to reflect, refract and diffuse light more naturally and three-dimensionally, giving the world a more lifelike and three-dimensional aesthetic. This effect is especially noticeable on vehicles as each piece of metal illuminates corners and crevices alike. Water has seen drastic improvements as well, with rivers, lakes and oceans now looking more realistic due to NVIDIA WaveWorks technology. Additionally, the game features a new water system allowing hydroplanes to bob across its surface while responding to winds, waves and other factors influencing it.

At the top of the screen are options that enable players to change resolution, fullscreen/windowed mode and vsync. To the left of that is a list of presets with gear icons for customizing individual settings such as anti-aliasing (AA), MSAA or FXAA type anti-aliasing settings and level of detail for cloud and terrain environments – as well as whether raytracing should be enabled or disabled.

If raytracing is enabled, the game requires a GPU capable of providing 60fps on a 1080p monitor using high settings – an extremely steep penalty to your framerate; therefore its use should only be pursued if you have good reason.


War Thunder’s sound design is impressively immersive. Engine sounds, gunfire effects and other effects match real world counterparts perfectly to enhance realism of combat and add depth to gameplay. Furthermore, dynamic weather systems contribute realism through changing conditions affecting visibility and gameplay; dynamic explosion and impact sounds provide extra realism through powerful blasts that shake the ground or rattle windows of nearby vehicles.

The game’s sound effects have been enhanced to feature new details and textures. For instance, machine guns and cannons now vary based on player viewpoint – for example from driver or gunner perspective they sound muffled while commander view allows clear crisp sounds of these weapons to come through more clearly. Aircraft engines now sound more realistic with rotating propellers and turbine noise. Shots fired by tank cannons now depend on terrain density with shots in open fields sounding dry without an audible “tail.”

Regarding aircraft audio, FFSM is a popular mod that enhances jet combat experience by replicating modern fighter jet audio warnings. Unfortunately, this modification requires downloading an extra program at your own risk and must be downloaded prior to combat.

Another popular mod is dselective sound, enabling users to select various sets of sounds depending on which vehicle is selected. Although this may seem minor, this mod significantly enhances realism as players can choose which sounds are played from various weapons; however, users must keep in mind that improper implementation can lead to difficulties operating the game.


War Thunder is an MMO combat game that offers players the chance to both fly or drive armored vehicles from ten different nations in both aerial combat and ground battles, creating an incredible variety of gameplay from classic World War II fighters all the way up to modern day warships.

All the aircraft in this game are expertly modeled to look fantastic in-game and feature impressive and authentic flight dynamics, making them enjoyable and challenging to pilot. In addition, each tank modeled as realistically as possible – although perhaps not zipping around as quickly as arcade-style tank battles – appears nimble enough for battle and capable of outperforming much more powerful opponents.

The game’s physics system is exceptional, with each vehicle reacting in amazing ways when exposed to different kinds of damage – for instance an enemy plane’s engine may explode when shot with a rocket or guided missile; its turret could be knocked out of position when hit by shellfire; and its hull could even crack when damaged by anti-tank ammunition.

War Thunder’s mechanics are great overall, particularly for aerial combat where it really shines. Unfortunately, however, ground-based combat falls short; leveling tanks takes an eternity, the community can be hostile and premium tanks with questionable quality are sold at unreasonable prices for WOT players – it would have been nice if more focus were put into developing quality mechanics rather than trying to milk its player base for maximum profit.


Gaijin recently unveiled an extensive revamp to War Thunder’s economy. This revision includes changing how players accrue free-to-play elements Silver Lions (SL) and Research Points (RP), along with premium currency Golden Eagles that they can buy with real money; these resources are then used to purchase units, mods, or repair destroyed vehicles after battles.

Gaijin’s planned changes to the SL and RP economies would have made it much harder for players who don’t wish to spend any real-world money to participate, shifting it more towards pay-to-win than fair free-to-play and creating frustration among many of those who had invested hours into playing the game – this prompted an outraged community response, including massive review bombing which brought its overall Steam rating down to “Overwhelmingly Negative”.

Kirill Yudintsev, creative director for Gaijin Entertainment, stated that the company plans on making further changes before rolling out the full economic revamp this summer in an update. These will include tweaking how RP rewards are distributed as well as altering repair costs of specific units.

Yudintsev believes this approach will strike a balance between engaging gameplay and sustainable monetization. He acknowledges that people often make mistakes during battle, yet does not believe punishing those who lose is the appropriate approach to take.

Still, many players will remain frustrated over a game’s developers ignoring their concerns; they want the developers to listen and reflect what players want rather than forcing their ideas on them. It was partly for this reason that thousands of War Thunder players joined together and launched an aggressive online campaign against its studio.

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