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World of Tanks is an online-only multiplayer game in which two teams with up to 15 tanks each try to win the match - this is done by either killing everyone from the other team or by conquering the enemy base. The game is officially based in World War II but this has no big bearing: some of the available tanks were made after the war and there is also no separation of nations; German and US tanks can fight side by side. Each tank has different advantages, for example artillery has a big range but slow reload times, and a damage simulation: certain parts of the tank get destroyed when damaged enough. They respawn after a short time, but the performance takes a hit. But nevertheless, World of Tanks is no simulation and is designed for fast matches of ten minutes or less.

If the whole tank dies during a match it doesn't respawn and gets locked for the rest of the match - this means the player has to watch the remaining time or uses one of his other tanks to jump right into the next. The game knows two resources which are gained with every match: experience to unlock new tanks and upgrades, and money to but them. This is were the business model comes into play: World of Tanks is free to play, but experience and money progression is relatively slow. But real money can be traded for game money and experience/money boosts which improve the profit per match.


World of Tanks Windows Tanks arrayed in formation at the start of a battle
World of Tanks Windows You can use bushes to hide from enemy tanks, preventing them from detecting you until (hopefully) it's too late
World of Tanks Windows WoT is highly moddable. Here the popular XVM mod's additions to the pre-battle loading screen show statistics for each player and a probability of the player's side winning.
World of Tanks Windows Damaged medium tank charging forward to help cap the enemy base - battles end when all tanks on one side are destroyed, a base is captured or the 15 minute timer runs out

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Alternate Titles

  • "WoT" -- Common abbreviation

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Gaming Nexus Aug 25, 2011 A 100
Bit-Tech Jul 18, 2011 95 out of 100 95
Gameplay (Benelux) May 27, 2011 86 out of 100 86
NZGamer Jul 22, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Aug 30, 2013 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Dec 01, 2012 84 out of 100 84 Aug 05, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Games Finder Jun 18, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Calm Down Tom Apr 28, 2011 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Jul 05, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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GameStar covermount release

The covermount release on the German magazine GameStar (issue 09/2012 XL) additionally included 500 gold and three days premium access.


  • GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - Multiplayer Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2013 – #2 Community Favourite of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Patrick Bregger (198868) added World of Tanks (Windows) on Jul 08, 2011