Warthunder (originally World of Planes) is a free to play multi player combat flight simulator which is developed by Gaijin entertainment, and is currently in open beta testing phase. I say free to play light heatedly as everybody knows free to play games are jam packed with micro transactions, but as it stands i have held up well without any sort of real money being invested. As it stands, Warthunder only provides the ability to fly planes, at release they are set to have aircraft’s armored vehicles, and ships all from the pre-World War II era to the early Korean War era.
Warthunder as it stands is fantastic. The control scheme for the flying really is solid, i am not one for flight simulator games but the nearest thing i could compare this to is the likes of Battlefield’s flying mechanics, well certainly in arcade mode. There is the option of playing with ‘realistic’ settings on however i am not really much of a simulator lover.
Warthunder is aesthetically brilliant, being that this game is still in beta it really does stand out and has a look of its own. With the boasted map size of approximately 100km x 100km to 200km x 200km the game really does look so pleasing on the eyes when you can see in detail for miles and miles ahead.
(You really have to click on the above picture to see it in all its hi-res glory!)
The damage system used in Warthunder is also really compelling, they have implemented a system in which your simple machine gun can cause significant damage if targeting the right area of an opponent’s plane. With my relatively short time on Warthunder, it really shows that skill rises far higher than just winging it and going guns blazing: if you can get clip that wing a few times with just a few bullets you will send the opposing plane hurtling towards the lovely looking hillside. Now i know this is nothing new with games that seek for that hint of ‘realism’ however it think that implementing this feature into a massively multi player air combat simulator (currently) is really good, it separates the good from the lucky.
Warthunder stands out from the other free to play games that i have dabbled in, i believe what Gaijen are doing with this is fantastic and i am very eager to see the finished product and how they integrate all three of their vehicular combat mechanics into one smooth game type. I like to think that i will continue to play Warthunder for some time and if anybody would like to join me on my flying endevours then click on some of the links below ans SIGN UP!