Swords and sorcery, they're all fine and dandy, but who needs 'em when you have tanks to play with? Yup, tanks. Hulking metal caravans with a cannon or two designed for mass destruction. Are we instigating war? Definitely, but only in the online world of World of Tanks.
World of Tanks is a massively multiplayer online game from Wargaming.net, an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. WOT is the company's flagship series, released in North America back in April 2011. And you guessed it, the game involves tanks. Lots of tanks because apparently, there are hundred of those.
Free to play, WOT has been praised for the detail that goes into the creation of each tank. Presently, there are 150 of those from America, the former Soviet Union, France, and Germany. Each tank handles differently. There are the slow, lumbering types with armor as hard as diamond, while some are quick as a jitterbug good for hit-and-run strategies. While the visual accuracy will impress hardcore tank fans, the gameplay is far from being a true simulator. Which is a good thing. We just want to have fun in our online games, messing around with other online players, and a complicated control scheme would have lessened the game's appeal.
That's not to say though that WOT lacks depth. Like any good MMO, it keeps you glued. With the myriad upgrades and enhancements you can apply to your tanks, you'll keep playing until you devise the perfect supertank. As far as playing with others goes, victory requires that you work to your team's strengths, and knowing your tank's role in the battlefield.
Things get even hairier as Wargaming.net announces the release of a new batch of British tanks. Yes they're Brit, but these tanks aren't given to tea parties and sir-like politeness. They're just as likely to level buildings flat. Check out the trailer below for a little sample: