World of Tanks (Windows)

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Description

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.

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World of Tanks Windows The game got a big overhaul with the 9.0 patch in April 2014, including the addition of the Havok physics engine. Here the new standard garage is shown.
World of Tanks Windows Store showing German heavy tanks: the top tank is a premium tank (bought for real $$$ but can't be upgraded), while the rest can be bought after being researched and paid for with credits
World of Tanks Windows Some tanks have had new HD models done in patch 9.0, like this SU-100.
World of Tanks Windows There are now 7 nations: US, Germany, USSR, UK, France, China and Japan. Compare this to screenshot 11!

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Nexus Aug 25, 2011 A 100
Gameplay (Benelux) May 27, 2011 86 out of 100 86
PC Gamer UK Jun, 2011 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Aug 30, 2013 85 out of 100 85
NZGamer Jul 22, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
ComputerGames.ro Aug 05, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Nov 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 19, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Jul 21, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Calm Down Tom Apr 28, 2011 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

GameStar covermount release

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

Awards

  • 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 (129409) added World of Tanks (Windows) on Jul 08, 2011