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Posted: Nov 25th 2011 4:42PM Danteeeee said

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I find it fun to play for 2 hours or so a day when I have spare time, it's good to fill in that gap I get sometimes.

Also, those borders annoy me.. should make em smaller, or not as thick.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 4:42PM nathanb said

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Voice is available with platoons: small 2 man standard or 3 man premium teams.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 4:46PM nathanb said

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for the interface text size, turn off desktop DPI scaling under the EXE compatibilities properties and select a lower resolution that that of your desktop. I have mine set at the monitor resolution at 800 lines rather than the default 1600.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 7:10PM Jef Reahard said

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@nathanb

Ah thanks, that will probably help. Good to know about the voice options too.
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Posted: Nov 25th 2011 5:09PM Davevis93 said

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Cool! Glad to see you're enjoying the game. I definitely have been, especially when you find some WoT tankmates and even a friendly clan to make some platoons. Though the slowdown in the grinding does get quick big at the high levels. A tier 8 tank can take about a month to elite even with premium if you're a casual player!

I look forward to shooting your commander's copula in Random MM if luck allows for it.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 7:52PM Verus said

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I really enjoy the game and have been ever since closed beta but I feel like Wargaming.net have lost some focus by producing 2-3 other similar games. Almost every goal they setup gets delayed and there is a constant feature creep in the game currently.

For instance french tanks was supposed to be Q3 and now prbably wont be out this year and that is even with the limited lineup they have after they removed some.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 8:20PM Pingles said

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Fantastic fun if you stay in the lower ranks.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 8:59PM Archon559 said

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The game is as addictive and fun as they come. I have logged over 10,000 matches and still have a great time with it. After a few matches you will know whether or not the game is for you, so give it a try. I highly recommend it!

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 9:15PM DarthDan said

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"...but for whatever reason, I've never looked at a tank and come away particularly aroused."

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 9:15PM DarthDan said

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"...but for whatever reason, I've never looked at a tank and come away particularly aroused." I sounded like a mule when I laughed at that.

World of Tanks might be the worst name in the history of MMOs, but you make it sound fun for a F2P title.

Posted: Nov 25th 2011 10:38PM Vandal said

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I've been playing since the beta and I did enjoy this game. Unfortunately I do not like the future plans of the developers.

They are working on physics which will require players to worry about tipping over their tanks on inclines or going over cliffs. That soudns good on paper but I see that needlessly detracting from the essence of the game which is blowing up your enemy.

Also the most annoying mechanic in the game is the sighting system where tanks can completely disappear right in front of your eyes for various reasons. The next patch will introduce a real money consumable called adaptive camo to enhance this mechanic further.

The game it free so by all means load it up and give it a try. But I can see where the devs want to take this game with senseless mechanics and real money consumables and that is nowhere I want to follow.

Posted: Nov 26th 2011 2:14AM Vazzaroth said

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I don't know what it is about WoT, maybe the 30+ second countdown, but it has the worst problem with AFK players in any game I've ever played.

It's also full of ultra-lazy campers. I always joke with my friends that play it how every game's strategy seems to be DRIVE FORWARD 20 FEET AT FULL SPEED! STOP! OK! Now lets wait to die and hope we can shoot something first.
You'll see everything from Heavy Tanks, who are supposed to lead the charge, to Light Tanks, that should be scouting ahead and trying to stay alive, just sitting around right outside (Or inside/behind it half the time) spawn uselessly waiting for that little red popup for them to attempt a shot at. Tank Destroyers and Arty are one thing, but the actual tanks doing that right outside spawn are so infuriating.

AND FINALLY! I hate hate hate HATE weenie artillery players that just back up as soon as the game starts. They do not understand their role, I suppose. As a pretty dedicated Artillery player, I have a good grasp of the ranges of the tiers I've played, and I know those players are covering nothing but friendly lands. At best they can miss a few shots at Light tank scouts. At worst, they are useless and easy targets for those Light Tanks as they get left behind.

Anyway, WoT is an amazing game but most of the players have no business playing it.

Posted: Nov 27th 2011 4:19AM unferht said

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This review of World of Tanks is truthfully not a very good one, and basically only scratches the surface of the game. I don't blame the author I am sure he has many games to work on and is very busy.

I have played World of Tanks ALLOT! I played the closed beta and I still play today.

In all honesty the game is very, very flawed. At the upper Tiers, tier 6-10, the game suffers a great deal from imbalances, and yes they are game breaking imbalances.

The game has tanks going from Tier 1 to Tier 10, with Tier 10 being the best tanks. Artillery goes from Tier 1 to Tier 8. Tank Destroyers go from Tier 1 to Tier 9.

Artillery is so powerful that when you start seeing Tier 5/6 artillery they DOMINATE the game. The Tier 8 artillery is SO lethal and powerful that it should really be classified as Tier 11.

Tank destroyers generally do not have turrets, their guns are fixed in their hull. However, they can rotate their hulls so fast and their tracks, that they can turn their gun faster than a tank with a turret.

The sight and detecting system in the game is very broken. Their is no "end game". End game is being in a clan with all top tier armor, and you are reduced to spotting for artillery so they can 1 shot everything.

Its a very bad and very broken game. Do not invest any time in it. It is pay to win, because you have to buy the premium gold rounds to be any good and gold can only be gotten with real money.

I could write a 10 page article on why World of Tanks is so bad and go into great detail on why it is so imbalanced and broken, but I wont.

Posted: Nov 27th 2011 6:07AM h4ngedm4n said

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I enjoy this game very much and am glad you had a good time checking it out. Regarding the voice chat, as mentioned above it is available for platoons only, as well as for company battle. I think the lack of general voice chat comes from wanting to keep casual players safe from the legendary xbox-live voice chat environment's problems. Players who want organized gameplay and in-game voice chat do the company battles (premade teams) and are able to kick out voice trolls from their team.

To the poster above who basically said "I play this game alot and it is broken", just play another game man. There has to be something else that you can play which won't feel broken to you.

Posted: Dec 12th 2011 11:43AM Degenatron said

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I enjoyed WoT at first, but as I progressed in the game I became painfully aware of two things:

1) To play in the upper tiers you MUST pay. The Pay2Win aspects of the game become so prevelent that to field a tank without the paid upgrades is to lay yourself on a sacraficial alter to be slaughtered.

2) My choice of American tanks was not a winning move. Being a Red-blooded American Male myself, I was gung-ho to roll into battle in a Sherman tank, but after reaching that level, I found that I was no match for German and (oh god! not in the face!) Russian tanks on my same tier level. And as I progressed beyond Shermans into the heavy tanks, the gap only widened. I was left hoping the match maker would put me as the one "Big Dog" in a match so I could pick on lower tiered tanks. And that, frankly, began to make me feel the kind of dirty that doesn't wash off.

I like to go against a PEER and best them in a FAIR match. WoT is decidedly NOT that. I had walked away from the game a month before the Beta was over and the game went live, at which time they wiped all of the stats. My buddy that had gotten me into the game in the first place eagerly reported this fact to me, but it was too late. WoT had left a bitter taste in my mouth and I'm never going back.

@Jef Reahard - I love the column and it is quickly becoming my first-stop when browsing for MMOFPS news. While I agree with the bulk of this article, I ask only that in the future you not gloss-over things like Pay-2-Win mechanics. To many who play FPSs, such "tricks" are deal-breakers and it will build your "street-cred" to nail developers on these things. Be OUR advocate, not the advocate of the developers. I think you're doing a great job and I hope that this column lasts for a very long time and that you have many more games to report on.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 11:38AM Jef Reahard said

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@Degenatron

Holy late comment reply, Batman. Yes it's been three weeks since this column came out, but I do eventually get around to reading all of the comments, lol.

Thanks for your input, and yeah the goal is definitely to advocate for players, not the other way around. I'll be more mindful of that in the future.
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Posted: Dec 16th 2011 7:55AM SimonDay said

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You can't play end-game content without a premium account or gold tanks to farm credits, need both really. Anything else is flat out a lie so again Free 2 play is not only Pay 2 win but in fact not free at all.
True story bro, show me the money.

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