Our opinion on War Thunder and its gameplay
Aviation fans who dream of breaking the skies, War Thunder is for you! The MMO developed and published by Gaijin Entertainment offers you to fly the most famous cuckoos of the Second World War. It is a free-to-play game, which approaches a combat simulation through various air and ground aircraft. The game is available for free download from the official website.
Before launching into your first confrontations, you will have to choose your side. There are 5 factions corresponding to the major nations of the Second World War, each with specific aircraft (planes and tanks) to unlock. The range of available vehicles is impressive, and none of the factions seem to be disadvantaged compared to others. In addition, they all have their own technology tree, which will allow you to access additional models or improvements as you progress. A tutorial is provided, but it quickly becomes tedious. You will tend to skip it to get to the action.
The graphics of War Thunder are to be put into perspective. On the one hand, the quality of the models is remarkable, with impeccable details. The “cockpit” view in particular is to be commended. On the other hand, it must be said that the ground textures are frankly sloppy. In short, the more you shave the ground, the less beautiful the game becomes. But overall, the result is more than satisfactory. Especially since the game’s environments are gigantic. Note that some elements of the scenery are destructible, a small plus for immersion. The soundtrack, rather classic, remains quite appropriate despite the poor voice acting.
Game modes in War Thunder
Focus on PvE, first of all. The emphasis has clearly been placed on single-player content, as there is no shortage of activities. You can take part in various campaigns or in many specific single-player missions. In addition, a mission editor is more than welcome to enrich the already promising picture of War Thunder. It is well thought out and quite accessible, and ensures a very reasonable lifespan for the single player game.
Of course, the vast majority of players play PvP. Here again, there are three game modes. Firstly, the arcade, which allows you to participate in battles where every point counts and where you have a limited number of lives. Then there is the Full Real Battle, where every detail counts, such as the importance of fuel or the impact of your angle of attack. Finally, the historical battle is the ultimate in combat simulation: you only have one life, the playing field is huge, and every mistake is fatal.
It is also possible to participate in races on land or in the air. This game mode is rather anecdotal and is not very popular, except for events created by the community. In any case, you won’t get bored in War Thunder, especially since it has many configuration options, even for matchmaking. This way, a weaker player has the opportunity to compete with better drivers if the mood strikes him.
Finally, it should be noted that the player’s wallet is never burdened. You can get everything in the game for free, although it goes without saying that everything will go faster with a financial investment.
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Our conclusion on War Thunder
Beautiful, complete and very faithful to the historical context, War Thunder is the nugget that World War II enthusiasts have been waiting for. Despite a heavy tutorial and some dubbing blunders, Gaijin Entertainment ‘s game keeps all its promises. And considering the community it gathers, let’s bet that it still has a great future ahead of it.