Sunday, August 21, 2011

World of Tanks

So lately I have been spending a lot of time playing World of Tanks. The best way to probably describe the essence of the game is Call of Duty, but you are a World War II tank instead of a person running around. The main game is comprised of 15 minute rounds where 2 15-man teams duke it out. There are 3 different tech trees that you can progress through: USA, Germany, and USSR. There also are different classes of vehicles: light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, tank destroyers, and self propelled guns. Each round you play you get experience to spend researching in the tech trees and credits with which you buy vehicles, crew, ammo, equipment, and such things as well as pay for vehicle repairs. The match maker can be a bit wonky, but doesn't do too bad a job of finding appropriate battles for whichever tier your tank is in.

I think the round length hits just the right spot. You typically won't last that long, but you can stay in a battle after dying and spectate from your teams pov. You can also exit and go jump in another one of your tanks and head into another battle. In less than a month of playing mostly at night with the exceptions maybe of weekends I have participated in over 900 battles. It is a free to play game so you can pay money to have a premium account which accelerates how much xp and credits you can earn, or you can buy premium addons for tanks such as ammo and consumables, or buy a premium tank. Premium tanks are not the best tanks in their tier, but they are good vehicles which gain xp and credits at an accelerated rate. The game doesn't require you to pay anything though in order to be enjoyable.

Overall it is a fun game whether you are looking to just waste a few minutes, or to spend a whole evening gaming. Highly recommended.

Here is a video of a round played in a German tank destroyer, the tier 4 Hetzer. Tank destroyers are best used as snipers that look for targets of opportunity to attack.