War Thunder

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a game by Gaijin Entertainment
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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War Thunder
War Thunder
War Thunder
War Thunder

An amazingly detailed massively multiplayer online military sim, War Thunder offers players the chance of a lifetime as they pilot some of the most impressive military craft ever produced. Join the battle on land, air, and sea as you engage in some of the most adrenaline-pumping online battles you have ever seen.

Perhaps the game’s hyper-realistic graphics are the reason why so many players swear by War Thunder’s unmatched combat realism? Or is it because of its engaging game economy? Some other players are sure that liking War Thunder is just an advanced form of Stockholm syndrome — before we judge that, let’s see what this fascinating military sim has to offer.

Blitzkrieg Bop

In the same vein as World of Tanks and World of Warships, War Thunder poises itself as a military sim first, and a game second. What this means is that most of the game’s mechanics are designed to be enjoyed by die-hard simulation fans that are not all that bothered by comprehensive — albeit complicated — user interfaces.

That said, the level of detail on display in War Thunder is nothing short of astonishing. Every single mechanized unit feels unique to control, each requiring the player’s dedication to master their controls and their possible weaknesses.

There’s a rich variety of combat scenarios available to choose from. From claustrophobic ambushes to massive wide-open battlefields, War Thunder will keep players invested in its comprehensive world of combat and military tactics.

Speaking of military tactics, for some reason, the developers of the game thought that it was a good idea to remove the chat from the game. While this might have been done as a way to facilitate cross-platform multiplayer, it severely affects the player’s ability to coordinate with their teammates.

War Economy

Being a free-to-play game has become something of a blessing and a curse in modern gaming. On the one hand, more players can join your “games as a service” platform without the entrance fee — on the other, microtransactions are sure to rear their ugly heads.

War Thunder is no exception: while the game can be played — and enjoyed, for the most part — entirely for free, there are some undeniable advantages for paying players over those who haven’t paid a single penny.

For instance, if any of your units gets destroyed in combat, you’ll have to pay a repairing fee. This can be paid for with in-game money, but taking out your wallet speeds things up considerably. Whether or not they invest in the game’s economy is up to the player’s choice.

Grinding for in-game currency to buy better units and improve your gear is entirely doable. Granted, you’ll have to spend more time with the game, but that’s easy to do when you’re enjoying the War Thunder experience.

Considering the game’s impressive visuals and outstanding sound design, it’s no surprise to see that the title’s online community is as massive as it is. With the inclusion of cross-platform multiplayer, finding new matches is always done in an instant.

The growing online community also gives new players the chance to match with other newbies or people of similar skill levels, so getting more in-game currency feels easy to do in the early stages.


War Thunder is the most in-depth online military sim you can get for free. The economy can be daunting at times, but the visuals and the overall feel of the game are undeniably incredible.


  • Striking visuals
  • Great sound design
  • Good variety of ships and military units to choose from


  • You’ll need to grind a lot for in-game currency
  • Multiplayer can feel unbalanced at times
  • Flawed multiplayer chat

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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