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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 A-20 light Russian tank in the standard account garage
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 Some tanks have had new HD models done in patch 9.0, like this SU-100.
World of Tanks Windows This enemy KV (tier 5 Russian heavy tank) killed me!

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Alternate Titles

  • "WoT" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Jul 06, 2011 9.2 out of 10 92
Gameplay (Benelux) May 27, 2011 86 out of 100 86
NZGamer Jul 22, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Dec 01, 2012 84 out of 100 84 (UK) Nov 29, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Oct 24, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Apr 21, 2011 77 out of 100 77
IGN Jul 21, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
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 (210512) added World of Tanks (Windows) on Jul 08, 2011