War Thunder: WW2 Battles with Tanks and Planes!

My friend begged me for years to try out a war game he was playing. However, I had plenty of games on my plate at the time and didn’t give it much thought. Years later he asked again. I was a little surprised he STILL played it. So I gave War Thunder a try. I’m glad I did!

War Thunder

War Thunder is Fun!

I’ve been playing War Thunder for several weeks now. I enjoyed this game straight away.

In War Thunder you can choose to play Army or Aviation side.  My favorite is the aviation side, but my cousin really enjoys the Army. So together we are a pretty decent pair.

Army is full of ground vehicles like tanks and anti-aircraft, while Aviation requires planes like fighters and bombers.

The game play is simple to learn, but it has a huge learning curve waiting for you. That makes this game incredibly complex if you want to get into the details of it, but also rewarding.

Usually I’ll start a game and just have fun with it. Wing it. Once I get the hang of it, however, then I can begin looking into the finer details of what the game has to offer.

In its current version, you can select either Army or Aviation. It’s possible in closed beta to play Navy. I’m excited to get my hands on a beta copy of this game play. Soon I hope!

Let’s take a look first at Army.

Army Game Play

War Thunder is Fun!


The Army division lets you  play tanks and a number of other ground vehicles. Throughout the battle, you can select to fight in an air battle as well.

Air battles start and stop throughout a tank round. Check your action bar for  the air fight to light up and become available. Tap it to begin the countdown. Keep in mind while in the air your tank is left open and vulnerable to attacks.

Tanks have several options for upgrading. Armor, artillery, crew, and lots more. I’m just getting into the game play for the most part now and will see about upgrades and modifications later.

Aviation Game Play

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I tend to lean toward the aviation game play more than the tanks at the moment. This may change as I upgrade my tanks. Right now my focus is on upgrading my 5 airplanes.

In the image above you see my SBD-3 with a battle ranking of 2.0. This means when I queue up for battles I may face planes up to battle rating of 3.0! So be careful about which planes you take out to battle. It could significantly boost your battle rating average.

So, if you just finish researching a plane before making many upgrades, perhaps leave that guy in the hanger until you add some modifications.

If you’re like me, however, you’ll want to take that sucker out first chance you can in the beginning. Those reserve planes offered in the start of the game are fun until you take them out against a battle rating 3 or 4.

Upgrading Your Planes

You can upgrade a plane in several areas.

Upgrade your Crew often

Crew points upgrade war thunder

Upgrading your crew in War Thunder is easy. You just have to remember to do it. The points to upgrade are earned as you use the crew. You can upgrade them to improve key areas during battles.

  • Keen Vision
  • Awareness
  • G-Tolerance
  • Stamina
  • Vitality

You can upgrade your crew by Pilot, Gunner, Logistical Services or by Qualification. Each point of crew upgrade provides the stats increased.

Guys like to collide to get you down a lot in this game. Watch out for these punks!

I stream War Thunder quite often. If you want a first hand look at the game check out my Twitch channel!