I’m not much of a pilot. My piloting endeavors are often met with disastrous results and usually consist of my plane’s flaming carcass charging towards the ground. So you can understand why I usually shy away from any game that requires a joystick. All of this changed when I got a taste of Gaijin Entertainment’s World War II combat MMO War Thunder.
War Thunder seemed to understand that there are those who enjoy the high flying acrobatics and complexities of WW2 fighter games but suffer from the “I’m terrible at flying” syndrome. The game was able to grab my attention right off the bat with its friendly beginner interface coupled with incredible depth. Suddenly I could enjoy a very “realistic” fighter sim without having to feel like I couldn’t use a keyboard and mouse to be competitive. Plus War Thunder offers realistic modes for those seeking a much more accurate sim, complete with managing engine fuel mixtures and even pilot fatigue.
It’s no wonder then that over 600,000 players participated in over 60 million matches during the game’s closed beta. Players spent literally millions of hours competing in historically accurate WW2 battles involving dozens of planes along with Naval and AA ground support. With the update to Open Beta, War Thunder is now open for everyone to enjoy. The closed beta saw over a thousand updates and open beta is no exception. The open beta comes coupled with the latest major update which includes:
· Updated interface: All menus, hangar elements, planes, stats, and achievement screens were changed and upgraded with additional data to be more informative and user-friendly.
· Communication functions: General game chat was added, as well as all necessary communication functions such as private channels, friend lists, and blacklists.
· Team play: The long-awaited combat wings formations are now available. Teaming up into groups of 2 or 4 pilots, players will be able to join regular battles together and use team play tactics to bring victory to their brothers in arms.
· Realistic battles: This new third mode of War Thunder’s regular PvP battles includes cockpit view only, no markers on enemy ground targets, a simulator difficulty preset, and specifically designed levels and combat scenarios.
· New flight models: More than a hundred flight models were completely reworked and fine-tuned. Gaijin has also introduced several new aircraft in the British and German beta technical trees, and added a number of bomb, rocket, and fuel modifications for dozens of planes.
As you can see, War Thunder has something to offer for pilots of all experience levels. If you’re interested in checking War Thunder out you can download the game now from the official site here.