War Thunder: Jet & Aerial Warfare MMO Focused on World War II

War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in many of the major combat battles fought during World War 2 and the Korean War, fighting with real players from all around the world.

War Thunder: Jet and Warplane Combat Game

Thanks to the game's painstaking attention to detail, you'll truly feel like a World War II warrior in the air and on land as you plunge into battle.

Players are free to choose between the military aircraft of five main nations: USA, Germany, USSR, Great Britain and Japan, which also have aircraft of other nations included in them, like Australia, Italy, France and others. We have fighters, attackers, light and heavy bombers and ship-based aircraft in our game.

Available to Play Free on: Windows, PC Download, Linux, Mac, PS4

Game Rating: 4.35/5

Fine on the Details

War Thunder offers a highly detailed and personalized Military aviation and land battle experience, giving players access to hundreds of models of aircraft with detailed cockpits, ground vehicles with awesome firepower, dozens of upgradeable weapons and flying and driving skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the game's painstaking attention to detail, you'll truly feel like a World War II warrior in the air and on land as you plunge into battle.

Range of World War 2 Combat Scenarios

The genuine World War II experience isn't limited to the skies. The massive historical battles featured in War Thunder cannot be fought by aviation alone, so the game will also expose players to combat on land and at sea.

Features include:

  • Varied PvP-experiences set in full-scale combat missions.
  • Multiple settings and options allow advanced virtual pilots, tankers and beginners to enjoy playing the game together.
  • Rich PvE content: dynamic campaigns, solo missions, mission editor, and much more for single-player and cooperative gameplay.
  • Impressive diversity includes detailed models of aircraft and their cockpits, ground vehicles and naval units.
  • Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects, and beautiful music

In Depth Review: War Thunder Jumps Straight into Multiplayer Mayhem

Since the launch of War Thunder, the game has seen plenty of amazing improvements to its already good gameplay system. Aside from being an outstanding online dogfighting game, War Thunder also offers players other modes of play such as land and naval based combat. The massive 16 on 16 team battles are a combination of fun, chaotic, unpredictable, and exciting, making it a game that is certainly worth coming back to time and again.

So Many Choices

War Thunder Planes

While War Thunder strictly covers the World War 2 era of combat, War Thunder allows players to make use of a wide variety of planes in the era: even those that did not actually see combat such as prototype versions of certain models. Overall, there are a hundred upgradeable planes available in the game and even if you have no prior background knowledge of military technology with regards to planes, all the information you will need to know about the selections (name of the plane, strengths, weaknesses, and most importantly, the role of the plane) are easily found in-game.

Still, the best choices will be the ones that come from trial and error; a lot of things sound good on paper but are not quite the same when used in actual flight. Also, depending on the type of game modes you play, your plane choices will also change as well.

Dynamic Levels of Realism

  • War Thunder: Dynamic Levels of Realism
  • For an online multiplayer game, War Thunder does provide core flight sim fans with a few interesting options. The big catch with multiplayer is that flying tends to become simplified and combat is stripped down to the bare minimum of physics. This arcade-style approach makes it easy for all player types to play together on an even level.

    But for those players seeking something a little "more"; the game allows "realistic" battles to be set up as well. In this mode, aiming is made much harder by the omission of the leading reticule guide. This forces players to learn how to gauge enemy speed, trajectory, and distance manually. Flying is also made a lot more realistic with various planes being unable to perform certain maneuvers fast enough or even at all (some planes have frames so light that they would tear when reaching certain speeds or when trying to make difficult turns especially in instances of high wind resistance).

    Clear Skies and More

    War Thunder Visuals at their Best

    In terms of graphics, War Thunder is a pretty looking game. The backgrounds look lush, the landscapes feel alive, and the skies feel refreshingly fun to fly in. It is easy to just fly away from the action and go sightseeing if you suddenly feel like it; and there is actually quite plenty to see. From massive cloud carpets (you will have to climb up pretty far) to massive, sprawling lands, the amount of detail in the game is nothing short of breathtaking. The actual planes themselves are wonderfully crafted. While not all offer cockpit views, the planes have been generally designed to match up with how they actually looked like in real life. As for the audio -the music is barely noticeable. You will either be too busy fighting or just enjoying the view to even mind it. The SFX on the other hand, is right on the spot.

    The full game experience, however, shines the most when the game is played on the Oculus Rift. War Thunder supports the technology and turns the game into an amazing flying experience.

    The Verdict: Online FTW

    Obviously, if you are looking for a long single player campaign mode, then War Thunder is not a good option. But if high speed, massive aerial combat with plenty of skilled players sounds like the kind of challenge you'd like then this game is it. The mouse and keyboard controls make the arcade mode combat easy while the joystick-focused realistic mode is perfect for core fliers. War Thunder is a versatile online game with more than enough features to satisfy the flying needs of a wide range of players.

    Types of Fighter Jet

    • War Thunder: Fighter Jet: CL 13A Sabre MK 5CL 13A Sabre MK 5
    • War Thunder: Fighter Jet: F-80C Shooting StarF-80C Shooting Star
    • War Thunder: Fighter Jet: F-86A SabreF-86A Sabre
    • War Thunder: Fighter Jet: Grumman F9F PantherGrumman F9F Panther
    • War Thunder: Fighter Jet: Grumman KI 200KI 200

    Air Warfare Screenshots

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