Sunday, 3 May 2020

War Thunder Clan Session

Wow, it's been a long while since I participated in a proper clan session. Recently I've had my interest in online team gaming rekindled and have been playing some immensely fun games with my daughter in Left4Dead co-op. But last night I joined the Gentlemen Raptors for some aerial high-jinks in a War Thunder session.

Here's a quick taster video which demonstrates one of the co-op PvAI modes, we found this quite entertaining as it poses a story driven scenario rather than the usual PvP arena free-for-all...

I'm quite enjoyining the arcade version of War Thunder as it is nearly identical to World of Warplanes which I have played on and off over the past few years. The arcade controls are very simplified and geared towards mouse and keyboard players and you can see how this effects the flight of you aircraft in my videos - flight is quite jerky and precise at times, but usable.

Gaijin, the developers, were also responsible for 'Wings of Prey' which I played a lot last year and you can see the relationship between the two flight sims. I'm a bit disappointed that they never followed up WofP with a sequel - maybe set in the Pacific theatre - but, alas, it was never to be when they twigged to the money to me made by making a 'free' game.

A screenshot from 'Wings of Prey', Gaijin's single-player air combat sim which
I thoroughly enjoyed... War Thunder is it's offspring.

Still, as long as you don't get sucked in by the 'play to win' model which lurks behind such games - my World of Tanks experience still leaves me a little bitter - and are content to stick with the aircraft WT allows you without shelling out for premium items then it's a fine game. Even if you do get occasionally sick of the flaky matchmaking which leaves you at the mercy of the 'play to win' whores! (As I say, I'm not bitter much!)

Luckily the set of gents that I've teamed up with at the moment are far from the serious competitive types and are willing to overlook my amateurish aerial shenanigans!😄

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