In history we have had some incredible avionic and ground skirmishes. Whether they involve tanks, planes, bombers or battleships, these were the fights that have inspired generations of games. But as some titles tend to take inspiration from warfare and turn them into a more arcade-like experience, only some have ever come close to simulating the true experience. But what happens when you combine these arcade-style gameplay elements with a simulation-style of depth? You get the Free-to-Play title from Gaijin Entertainment known as War Thunder. But can this game win over fans of warfare as well as fans of the FTP model?
When you load up War Thunder for the first time you will be asked straight away to participate in a basic tutorial with a fighter plane. These tutorials are really well-built as they not only include written text but also commands from your fellow co-pilots. This is where you learn that controlling these planes is not as easy as you may think. Their weight as well as current air speed velocity has to be managed efficiently or else you can go from a courageous dog fight into a horrendous nose dive. This makes for a different and more challenging experience rather than something along the lines of Ace Combat. Add these elements together with banking for harder turns and crazy evasive manoeuvres and you have a lot of room to improve your skills. There are plenty of tutorials that you can repeat at any time that can fill you in on anything from the basics to the harder moves.