September 15, 2011 - Someone first mentioned this game to me late last year, and at the time it was still in open beta testing. I thought it sounded interesting, so I watched a couple videos to see what it was like. Let's just say that I was less than impressed. However, when yet another person brought up 'World of Tanks' this past week, I figured that I should actually check it out.
In simple terms, World of Tanks is a World War II themed third-person/first-person shooter. Players choose a tank, teams are automatically formed, and they battle it out in a unique combination of deathmatch and king of the hill. The game currently offers a large number of tanks from the US, USSR, and Germany, but nationalities are mixed during battle. There are plans to release French, British, and Japanese tanks and modes which will be historically accurate in future updates.
In addition to the base gameplay, World of Tanks is also an RPG when outside of battle. Each nationality has its own tech tree, and while you start with a free basic tank from each one, it will take a lot of work to unlock tanks which are in higher tiers. Not only do you manage which tank you're using, but also the equipment and crew for each tank. Each battle will award you an amount of experience and credits(money) based on your performance, which are used to unlock and purchase items, respectively.
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