World of Tanks generated plenty of buzz when it first came out, and that is not surprising at all. The game has plenty of great content, the matching system is excellent, and the whole community of players is something that most gamers would be proud to be a part of. Of course, it is still a free to play game with micro-transactions keeping the developers fed and warm, so expect a few pay-obstacles to come your way as you climb the ranks. Overall, we still like this game. In fact, we like it enough to say that shelling out a few bucks for it, is certainly worth the price.
Tanks are not the most exciting things for everyone. Sure, history buffs and tank-fans will beg to differ, but it really is a niche crowd. But the gameplay on WoT is so easy to pick up and the experience is so dynamic that we can wholehearted recommend this game to any player (and then figure out after if you feel like playing it more). For those of you who like good competition and balanced gameplay, this game has it. The graphics are a little rough but the overall delivery still makes for a pretty neat package.
Visually, the game is good looking -considering the fact that it is pretty much a browser game more than anything else. The fact that World of Tanks is sitting on the fence between a full-on downloadable title and a web based thing makes it hard to judge and compare, But with the recent release of the Xbox Live version of the game, and the fact that it already has a pretty solid following, it may be a good idea for the developers to just turn World of Tanks into a full download game that actually makes full use of your PC hardware. This may seem alienating the players who do not have gaming rigs, but considering who the audience for World of Tanks is, anyone enjoying this game has to have a half-decent video card and sufficient RAM to play it properly.
Getting past the “newbie” stages of the game are easy, since you only get paired up with players who are in the same tier (in both skill and tank used), it is quite unlikely that you get matched up with players who have a definite advantage over you. The same goes for long term players. Those with leveled crews, better vehicles, and of course, more knowledge of the game, get to play with others on the same level. We certainly appreciate this game balancing system more than anything else since it makes each match as fair as it can be.
Distinguishing the different types of tanks and maps is the main goal for any starter player. Figuring out the controls is easy enough that the first couple of matches should help you get the hang of things; this way, you worry less about being an efficient tank driver and get to enjoy the game at your own pace.