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PostPosted: Mon 08 Sep 2014 07:34 am 
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I have just started playing this online game where you participate in missions against other people around the world in dogfights over various random terrain. You have a choice of 5 nations aircraft to play with and you start off in a early 30's era fighter and then you progress either through the fighter or ground attack route to 50s era early jets by winning points in missions.

I find it interesting because you have the ability to view your aircraft you have earned from all angles in the hanger and you can change camo and tweak things like nose painting and emblems (for a cost of earned points though) and I have seen some interesting schemes on other aircraft that people have thought up (P-38 with yellow and black striped noses with an almost Russian style black and green camo.)

Is there anyone else involved in this game?

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PostPosted: Thu 11 Sep 2014 00:28 am 
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Quite similar to this one (and indeed, made by the same people, inspired directly from World of Warplanes) is the online multi-player War Thunder combat sim. Put simply, it's basically exactly what you've described, but perhaps at a slightly more advanced level.

You start once again with pre-war types - Hawker Nimrod and Fury, Heinkel He-51, P-26 Peashooter, I-15 and Ki-10 come to mind - and progress upwards through the earning of two virtual currencies. The first is Silver Lions, earned for free through normal gameplay, takeoffs, landings and hits on the enemy. The Golden Eagles have to be paid for with real money, and unlock some "premium" aircraft (usually not much more than some fancy paint schemes) and other features.

The aircraft are divided among five "ranks", roughly sorted chronologically but more to do with 'battle rating' - a Top Trumps setup, if you like. These battle ratings are used to match you with other players of your capability level when playing online - or they're meant to anyway. My Spitfire Vb is still regularly pitted against Fw-190 A-8s, Yak-9K/T, Ki-84s and so on. But on the other end of the scale, I've also flown against I-16s, P-36 Hawks and the occasional Swordfish. :Whistling:

My personal advice for those who have historical accuracy in mind, avoid Arcade mode at all costs. The 'Simulator' and 'Full Realism' modes are somewhat better, except when Alternate History games appear - using Guam as a practice invasion exercise for Hokkaido; the USAAF and RAF fighting Russians both in the Crimea and over Berlin. In Corsairs. :hithead:

As patches and updates come, various improvements are being made to flight and damage models - although it's not uncommon to see a PBY in a vertical dive on a tank column... in the Alps. And recover at 250 knots. :shrug: But anyway.

Overall, quite fun if you can get your head round the inaccuracies, high virtual cost of aircraft (a Typhoon Ib will set you back half the price of a Lancaster, but is more expensive than an early Wellington) and the incredibly sheer drop-offs many of the Arcade maps have. Giving the Russians credit where it's due, War Thunder has received many awards in various gaming circles, and with the recent addition of tanks and naval forces to eventually follow, it's looking like possibly the new benchmark for overall WW2 online combat games!

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PostPosted: Thu 11 Sep 2014 13:37 pm 
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I'm a big fan of War Thunder personally. The "arcade" gameplay for novices sees things getting a bit unrealistic like shooting down a B-17 with a free fire rocket from 800 yards... Though if you use "realistic" it is a lot more believable i.e the wings falling off when the airspeed is too much :P
From a modelling point of view though it does give you the opportunity to see creations come to life - the Beaufort, Blenheim and the magnificent power of the Beaufighter.

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Dec 2014 21:38 pm 
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I have just started getting into WarThunder, so if anyone is game, pm me here and see you ingame.


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PostPosted: Tue 23 Feb 2016 06:27 am 
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Great game War Thunder, progressed in it quite far in 2014 then when built new pc forgot to transfer it over ...on hard drive in storage lol oh well

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