World Of Warplanes’ World Of Control Options

By Nathan Grayson on July 18th, 2012 at 3:00 pm.

I like to imagine this is some kind of Escher-themed level, and the plane's wing is stuck on that island due to a zany perspective trick.

Do you like controlling things? Do you become unreasonably enraged at the idea of controlling them with anything other than the incredibly specific implements of your choosing? Well then, World of Warplanes might just be the game for you – unless you despise planes, war, or the entire world, anyway. It’s offering precision-tweaked plane reins that include everything short of Kinect and masterfully articulated political coercion. That said, if you couldn’t care less about whether you’re putting your virtual life in the hands of a joystick or a particularly modest mouse, there’s still quite a bit of very nice-looking WOWP footage accompanying all nuts ‘n’ bolts chatter.

So, in short, joystick will give you excellent precision, but with a learning curve that may actually require its own runway for take-off, keyboard’s a jankier but a bit less demanding, gamepad will keep things simple and familiar, and mouse will be most basic of all. Sadly, commanding man’s greatest affront to the laws of physics with a plastic guitar currently isn’t an option, but I have faith that it’ll be added in time. Even so, the bottom line is that there’s a nice, wide spectrum of complexity levels depending on how much you really feel like dedicating yourself to the game.

It is, once again, an impressive show of Wargaming’s dedication to producing games that balance depth and quick-ish fun, resulting in chimera creatures that are neither sim nor arcade. It’s an admirable goal, I think, considering that “sim” can – in many languages – translate directly to “Nathan crashes all of the things.” Hopefully WOWP’s able to straddle the line as capably as World of Tanks before it – just, you know, with matchmaking that actually makes sense this time.

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  1. Kollega says:

    The big question is: can you use the Steel Battalion controller to play the game?

    • Vagrant says:

      Yes, but the setup involved is a huge headache of custom drivers, OS incompatibilities, and websites that haven’t been updated in 5 years.

      Source: I used the controller to play IL2.

      • Kollega says:

        Huh.

        You know, i intended this as an obscure controller joke. But now that i know you can actually use it with plane simulators, even if it’s a headache, it actually sounds like a good idea.

        • grundus says:

          I imagine that SB controller would be great for Descent, what with the two sticks and all.

          • Vagrant says:

            I never got around to it, but I always wanted to use it to play Mechwarrior 3.

        • Phasma Felis says:

          You’d be much better off with a HOTAS/throttle-and-stick control rig that’s actually intended for PC gaming.

  2. mrmalodor says:

    Come and get your invisibility cheat now for just 2$ a pop!
    Want full health instantly? 1$ per magical medkit!
    Come and experience the most realistic online flight simulation ever! The way planes are meant to be flown!

    • Didero says:

      Is that actually in the game now, or are you afraid it’ll go in that direction?

      • Koozer says:

        Pretty sure that will never happen. ref: World of Tanks.

      • mrmalodor says:

        Neither. I am CONFIDENT that it will go in that direction. They will follow their successful WoT model.

        • Koozer says:

          Oh yeah, I forgot about those health packs in WoT that instantly restore all your HP. Wait, no, I’m mistaking that for all those other things that don’t exist.

          If you’re going to complain about a f2p model, could you at least get your facts right? I’ll give you a hand:

          Things in WoT that require real money: premium account (50% increased credits and xp gain), no effect on gameplay or content availability; premium tanks – special interest tanks that don’t fit in the normal tech trees, that also earn more credits and cost less to repair than normal tanks, with no gameplay advantage (bar usual balance problems. It’s not malicious!); gold ammo with the same damage as standard AP shells but with higher penetration potential; and finally consumables that are even less value for money than gold ammo for piddling advantages.

          Opinion ahead: Gold ammo and consumables are only really used in clan wars, as far as I know. Tellingly, you can’t discern if someone is using any of this as the difference is so tiny.

      • Matryc says:

        It will not go there.
        I am surprised really, WoT has nice and balanced payments model, and yet people complain about it all the time.
        It is F2P not P2W…

        • mrmalodor says:

          You are completely wrong. WoT is Pay 2 Win, always has been. There is nothing balanced about that turd.

          • Akike says:

            Yeahyeah, facts dont matter. Be as right as you please but it is obvious that you havent even played the game. Who cares? There is mud to be slung at the evil russians.

          • Snorez says:

            Tier 1 to 5 isnt P2W. Everything above that is a shitfight fucken nightmare of grinding and 12yr olds with mommys credit card whupping your ass ;)

    • Hunchback says:

      How about some awesome “golden” ammo, combining the penetration of AP and damage of HE ammos, all in one neat package for a small sum of $$$ ?
      After all, wars are not won with courage and skill, they are won with money.

      • Matryc says:

        Did you actually play WoT or just are whining for sake of whining?

        • Hunchback says:

          Got on and off it many times, grinded myself up to t8 tanks without pay a cent, but then it got -really- annoying. So yea, not whining for the sake of whining.

      • Koozer says:

        Psst: Gold ammo has the same damage as AP. but increased penetration. It effectively increases the chance to damage, not the amount. It’s only useful against tanks that you can’t damage normally, eg. a heavy a few tiers higher than your mid-tier medium. This is theory though, I’ve never used it, or been aware of anyone using it.

        • ElGringo76 says:

          Psst: Some tanks got HEAT gold ammos, and they DO more dmg than AP (152 mm on KV2 or SU/ISU, German 105 L28, and 105 mm on Sherman), and this is NOT theory.

          • Koozer says:

            *checks* ah, I stand corrected, thanks. Seems to be on the guns that should be using HE by default; makes sense I suppose.

    • Vagrant says:

      If you follow the WoT model:
      $1 per missile that WON’T be a dud on impact.
      $5 per cartridge of machine gun rounds that can pierce steel.
      $10 / mo if you want to play with your friends.

  3. buzzmong says:

    Hmm. I don’t see how joystick mode will be hard to learn.
    It should pretty much be identical to both the gamepad and keyboard only (the latter lacking the precision only) considering it looks very much like the game is going for a three axis control method (independent x,y and z) ala Crimson Skies, which is something I greatly prefer for flight games.

    When games try and combine roll and yaw into simple “left” movements to make it “easier” while still using the joystick, it really makes the game poorer (HAWX etc..).

    Quite interested in the Freelancer-esque mouse mode though, could be fun to use on occasion.

  4. neonordnance says:

    Surely man’s greatest affront to physics was the moon landing?

  5. aircool says:

    Looks cool. I wonder if Virtual DJ controllers will work.

    • Arglebargle says:

      Wow, never thought of that. Have you gotten them to work on other games?

      Not a joke, I know people who used N50 and N52 Nostromos for video and audio editing.

  6. Dances to Podcasts says:

    If that plane is really stuck to that island… then that must be what makes the world go around!

  7. alilsneaky says:

    The mouse control is really akward in world of warplanes…
    You have a circle on the screen and your mouse simulates a joystick while moving within that circle.

    It’s pretty worthless, I wouldn’t suggest bothering with this game unless you have a proper joystick.

  8. tigershuffle says:

    …..or this :) http://warthunder.com/en

    floats my plane more as a jaded former WOTaholic and been a Wings of Fury and IL2 player