War Thunder

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War Thunder Overview

War Thunder is a war game set in World War II. The game offers you a variety of historical warplanes to choose from, each with their own strengths and combat ability. The game’s damage system is quite complex, wherein a simple machine gun can cause significant damage if targeting the right area of an opponent’s plane. The instant action feature of War Thunder will ensure you get a quick experience, without having to wait for other players to join your game or create their own.

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Full Review

War Thunder Review

by Harry Ka-yan Cheung


Graphics – 5/5 War Thunder did nicely on fine tuning their graphics. From my own experience, I did not see any error in graphics.

Gameplay – 4/5 For players who are looking for an MMO revolved around the idea of 3d aircraft battles, I don’t think it could get any better.

Community – 3/5 I don’t particularly find anything wrong with the community but there is conflict between individuals seeing as it’s an MMO centered at players fighting each other but there are more times of no conversation.

Features – 5/5 Seeing as War Thunder is a game based around the idea of aircrafts, I believe all grounds have been covered.

Controls– 5/5 Players also have the option of using a controller rather than keyboard and mouse. Controls are very user-friendly, just a little difficult for the first 30 minutes.

Overall –4.4/5 Very nicely made game with a potential to last a while with the right fan-base.


Full Review

By Remko Molenaar (Proxzor)


Wars can be fought in many ways, on the land, in the water, and high up in the sky. War Thunder is what Gaijin Entertainment self-proclaims ‘a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War 2 military aviation.’ Now I have always been a big fan of planes, and the Second World War prior to all the fancy computer auto-targeting is probably the most intriguing era of aerial dog fighting. So I went to check out whether or not War Thunder could legitimately label itself as Next Gen, a phrase thrown around so much lately it’s starting to lose meaning.

When we were young everyone had their toy of choice. I personally went with war toys and the variety of planes was a driving factor in my later interest in history. The impact aerial dog fights in World War II had on the overall map of Europe created ripples in time that continue to shape the world as we know it. Brave men stepped foot into battles by a new set of rules, abandoning tactics honed by our species for thousands of years to venture into an unknown frontier of battle. The thoughts of being in those historic shoes and flying recklessly into dog fights with maybe a 30% chance of survival at best easily gives an adrenaline rush. I have nothing but good things to say about its implementation in Battlefield titles as well as World of Warplanes, and perhaps brought an unprofessional level of enthusiasm as I clicked ready in my War Thunder starter plane.


First of all I want to mention how beautiful this game is; not only is it the best looking title in the free dog-fighting genre, it may be one of the most beautiful titles I’ve reviewed period. Each landscape you will fly through is absolutely mind blowing. The detail you will find on each hill, town or even river is artfully crafted, and even on the lowest graphics the game will constantly distract you from gameplay with one scenic vista after another. Each plane stands out from the pack as a unique snowflake. This is quite an accomplishment with five playable nations each offering a diverse set of plane styles. Beyond just looks, you will find the planes feel functionally different as well, but more on that later on.

Beyond a shiny paint job, War Thunder brings realism in heaping helpings to set itself apart. The impact a single bullet can have on impact with your plane is surreal. See your plane has multiple hit boxes, and each bullet type brings a different type of damage depending on where it hits. Shooting fans that prefer kill shots over drawn out gun battles will be happy to know that two hit boxes are almost always kill shots. The first is the engine; after a few battles you’ll learn to dread the sight of your engine smoking as once it lights up on fire, your match is over. That is unless you can escape your pursuer and find a soft landing spot between the trees in the nearby mountains (yea, good luck with that!). One hit box is even worse than the engine, and that’s the pilot himself. Once he is hit, the lights will go out and you are not able to control your plane anymore. The rest of the hit boxes however do have an impact on how your plane will maneuver. Even if they are only slightly damaged, you will notice this while ascending and descending. You will go slower, you will have trouble keeping airborne, and eventually if you take enough damage, you’re going down. Once any component on your plane is completely destroyed, you will have to make a crash landing, and it takes some serious practice to accomplish this feat.


Steering your plane is easy and won’t take actual military training to figure out. The mouse acts purely as a steering device. It can also double as your thruster control via the mouse scroll wheel, though this can be accomplished with the W and S key instead. Besides that there is always a way to put your landing gear down, and to change your flaps. But as a new player you should probably not try to use these at all at first. I still remember my first try at landing; let’s just say I was better off hitting the water. Flying in War Thunder is an easy job to do, but it takes a veteran player to be able to land.

There are three different battles that you can start. The mostly played Arcade Battle, where you will duke it out with a team against another team and you’ll have to do objectives to win your game. Historical Battles are another choice where you will fly in recreated regions where famous aerial battles took place. Finally there are the major leagues known as Full Real Battles where tons of players fly in but you only have one life to live, so make it count!


Now onto the planes themselves, each playable nation has its own research tree of available planes that you can choose from. There is basically a lot of different plane types, but the most known and used ones are the Fighter and the Bomber. As you can imagine, the fighter is the one who will go head to head with the other air planes, while the Bomber focuses itself on the ground targets and objectives. Unfortunately, just like in real life, your plane will have to reload, and this is the only negative thing of this game. Each helicopter is equipped with a different type of gun, and along with that you can also choose your type of special ammunition, that gives bonuses to either planes, or more heavier targets. Some of these guns are really strong, but barely have any rounds in the magazine. And for bombers, well they will have to wait a while before each bomb is loaded in again.


Conclusion: Great

I have been playing this game on and off for a while now, and I keep coming back for more. The gameplay itself has been well honed since my initial time playing; and offers incentive for players to put in the effort to perfect a certain plane type to overcome inexperienced foes. Being a better pilot means a whole lot in this realm. Each nation, each plane has its own unique set of skills, and you can always switch between them to keep gameplay interesting. The full package that War Thunder has to offer is just phenomenal. Of all the titles throwing around Next Gen, this is one of the few deserving of it. As a big fan of planes, and the Second World War, I can tell you War Thunder has all the elements I need to stay hooked.



Previous Review:

War Thunder is an MMO aircraft fighter game revolved around the idea of militaries from different countries. War Thunder offers a very interactive gameplay that requires a player to stay alert in order to stay alive on the battlefield. Players can fight with or against each other, and complete certain objectives while trying to stay alive.

Graphics & Gameplay

War Thunder puts the players in a situation where the players must aim, control, dodge, and maintain balance with their aircraft in order to play well. These qualities make for a great interactive game. When flying out to the field for the first time, a player might even feel overwhelmed with everything they are pit up against. This includes ground units and enemy aircraft units. Players are given a brief report of the situation before being sent onto the field. In War Thunder, you do not have unlimited lives and are limited to the aircrafts you had set beforehand; in other words, if a player goes into battle with four aircrafts set, each aircraft’s destruction is permanent for the remainder of that battle(basically, four lives). Players are also required to aim in the enemy aircraft’s path in order to include the bullet travel time to shoot them down.

Other than that, I personally find the graphics very smooth and nicely made. War Thunder also provides a benchmark tester so players may test their computer’s performance in War Thunder.

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In-game screenshot of a departure into battle

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An image of the brief report given before going into battle


Tutorial & Tutorial Rewards

Players have the option of doing tutorials. Players have the choice of engaging in basics or advanced basics in the tutorials. These tutorials go in-depth about certain aircrafts and allow a player to learn about that particular aircraft’s special features. As an incentive, every tutorial offers rewards. The rewards are usually either Gold ‘eagles’ or Silver ‘lions’ which are the premium and main currencies. These tutorials will be very helpful to new players.

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Tutorial Window

Game Modes

War Thunder currently offers a total of four game modes: Dynamic Campaign, Arcade Battles, Historical Battles, and Full real Battles. Arcade Battles, Historical Battles, and Full real Battles are all categorized and players fighting other players. Each mode having certain goals, players may decide to play one mode over the other to experience the game in a different manner (description example of modes can be read in images below). The Dynamic Campaign mode is a co-op mode for those who have advanced at least one rank in their selected country so they may participate in a campaigns centered on that country.

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Description of Arcade Battles and Historical Battles

Aircraft Research

Players have the option to buy new aircrafts while they rank up. This system is referred to as “Research” on War Thunder. Each plane has its own benefits and disadvantages, and every country has their own different and unique planes that can only be obtained from ranking up that country. Some of these aircrafts can be unlocked by ranking up once, while others require more.

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Aircraft Research

Aircraft Options

At the bottom of the lobby, players can select a country they want to fight for, which can also be changed at any time. Each country holds their own levels; if a player wants to increase the rank of the USA Air Force, the other air forces will be unaffected. Players will also see five icons above a selected aircraft. These icons are the following from left to right: Hangar, Test Flight, Change aircraft, View crew, and Weapons. “Hangar” allows players to view their selected aircraft without the disruption of the interface and also displays data about the selected aircraft. “Test Flight” allows a player to set and enter a free roam environment to test their selected aircraft’s performance and to, obviously, test it. “Change aircraft” is just how it sounds; a player is allowed to switch out aircrafts from purchases or research. “View crew” brings up a window where a player can add their “Crew XP Points” to their aircraft obtained from battles, or from “Accelerated Training”, which is a form of cash shop purchase. “Weapons” allows a player to add or upgrade their current aircraft’s weapons or make adjustments to the aircraft itself.

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The interface displayed at the bottom of the lobby

Currency, Medals, & Total Aircrafts

Silver ‘lions’ is the main currency of War Thunder. Players may use Silver ‘lions’ to purchase new aircrafts and obtain certain upgrades. War Thunder starts players off with about 50,000 Silver ‘lions.’ These can be obtained from any mission type.

Gold ‘eagles’ is the premium currency. Players may use these for upgrading minimal advancements to aircrafts and they may also be used to increase the experienced gain on certain aircrafts. Gold ‘eagles’ may be obtained by purchase from real money or by receiving the rewards from completing certain tutorials.

Medals are similar to achievements in other games. After accomplishing certain tasks, players are rewarded with a medal.
Number of total purchased aircrafts is also displayed along-side these selections. This icon displays the amount of aircrafts a player has in total.


From left to right: Silver ‘lions’, Gold ‘eagles’, Medals, Number of aircrafts

Cash Shop

War Thunder offers cash shop that’s very affordable and also not to advantageous to players who do not wish to buy. One may purchase Golden Eagles at a very affordable price. The “Shop” allows players to purchase starter packs and/or certain campaigns if a player wishes to do so (to repeat myself, a campaign is a co-op mission).

War Thunder provides players the option to change units of distance or speeds for those who may use the metric system and those who may not. These settings allow players to set options to their understanding without many translation problems.

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Golden Eagles offer to the amount paid on the right side

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An example of prices and benefits of the items from “Shop”

Game Options

War Thunder provides players the option to change units of distance or speeds for those who may use the metric system and those who may not. These settings allow players to set options to their understanding without many translation problems.

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Game Options Window

War Thunder provides players the option to change units of distance or speeds for those who may use the metric system and those who may not. These settings allow players to set options to their understanding without many translation problems.


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