War Thunder - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

June 03, 2014

Also on:

PS4 PC

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
7.6

Summary:

War Thunder was developed by Gaijin Entertainment for both the PS4 and the PC. This MMO is based around dogfight combat and features all sorts of armored vehicles, planes, and fleets of ships. With a focus on World War II combat we couldn’t wait to dig into the game. As it stands most WW2 based video games focus on specific aspects that keep getting repeated and repeated. We were glad to see that Gaijin Entertainment opted to do something a little more unique and a whole lot more interesting. This is a relatively new genre for us to be touching on the PS4 but we dove in with equal abandon and found something worth playing.

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Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 7.2GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Dagor Engine 4.0
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 43 Hours
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2015-08-14

Jamie_Hall

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PS4

7.6

War Thunder was developed by Gaijin Entertainment for both the PS4 and the PC. This MMO is based around dogfight combat and features all sorts of armored vehicles, planes, and fleets of ships. With a focus on World War II combat we couldn’t wait to dig into the game. As it stands most WW2 based video games focus on specific aspects that keep getting repeated and repeated. We were glad to see that Gaijin Entertainment opted to do something a little more unique and a whole lot more interesting. This is a relatively new genre for us to be touching on the PS4 but we dove in with equal abandon and found something worth playing.

War Thunder looks like a glorious World War II film when you first load it up. The recreated airplanes, the sprawling European vista, and the bullets flying through the air recall all of our favorite war films from history. Most WW2 multiplayer games stick to convention and load players up in gritty European towns that are blown to hell with a little piano in the middle or else on a beach in Omaha. Here, though, the sky is your theater and the clouds your audience. Dogfights are the new mode of combat and nothing is easy. The enemy doesn’t give an inch and you have to be truly skilled to be able to simply navigate, much less battle. You see, flight sims have always existed in a precarious place in video gaming history. They aren’t as approachable as other titles, particularly FPS games, and thus don’t get the expansive launch audience. Perhaps this is the reason that War Thunder is a free to play game.

While the core of the title is completely free you can still spend money to get some more content. Spend actual cash to buy new vehicles or upgrade your skills. This sounds like pay 2 win but it isn’t really as you are also able to grind out those same rewards without ever spending a penny. So before we launch into the actual meat and potatoes of the review we wanted to allay any fears: this is not pay 2 win and the fact that the game is free doesn’t mean that it lacks in quality. In fact, this is probably the most polished flight sim we’ve played in the last half decade or so.

As this is a multiplayer title it is the sprawling death matches that will rule the day. Matches are gigantic battles that involve up to 32 players. Players can take to the sky by flying in a fighter jet or a bomber otherwise they are allowed to choose armored vehicles and fight on the ground. While 32 player games sound like they’d be tough to fill you should know that the slots go quick. As a free game that is competently made there are thousands and thousands of people playing at all hours of the day. There are several different match types too that spread the gambit, allowing players a different experience merely by flicking over to a different game mode.

The controls in War Thunder will pretty much decide how your experience playing the game goes. Casual gamers can set the controls on the simplest difficulty level in order to make the game more accessible. Otherwise you can move into the intermediary mode, Arcade Battle, in order to play with a touch of physics. If you are someone who truly embraces the simulation aspect of these titles then select Realistic Mode. Realistic Mode changes the entire experience as nothing is automated for you. You even have to take off in your plan and land, two aspects that are incredibly difficult and easy to forget when you so often start off games in midair on the other difficulties. In realistic mode you also lose the ability to go to 3rd person view and thus have to play from inside of the cockpit.

Even though we love the idea of going full Machinist and picking the Realistic Mode we tended to gravitate toward Arcade. Arcade is the best intermediary in between casual and expert gamers and it allows for the most adrenaline per minute of game time. With the physics only partly nailed down you can resort to crazy aerial moves that are impossible in the other game modes. You don’t have to worry about stalling out or ripping your wings off. Your ammo is unlimited and already loaded so you don’t have to worry ab out reloads. This game type maximizes the pure thrill that is dogfighting and it puts you into your combat fatigues faster than any other mode on the list.

The wait times for online multiplayer varied dramatically between the different difficulty levels. In Realistic Mode we would sometimes sit for five or six minutes at a time, just chatting away with the other lobby gamers. In Arcade Mode you would have a full slate of people ready to duke it out often before you had a chance to take in the room. So it’s up to you. We have a feeling that the realistic crowd won’t mind the wait times.

Tank combat is here and fully represented but it is clearly of secondary focus in War Thunder. Tanks don’t move realistically regardless of the difficulty mode you choose and your selection of armored vehicles is fairly weak. Tank battles feel pretty vanilla but they are actually quite fun when you just go with it. There is more of a casual feel on the ground as you are constantly dying and jumping back into the game to get back into the fight. We did appreciate that the few tank models represented were realistically armored, meaning that you had to attack them from the right angle to do any real damage. Cover and movement tactics rule the day here.

With crisp controls and a sleek graphical system, War Thunder makes its way as one of our favorite F2P games of all time. The combat is thick, the action frantic, and the feeling fulfilling.

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