The artillery-splattered multiplayer games of World In Conflict that I spent too much of last year playing were quite astonishingly entertaining. The stupendous scale of the fights (NUCLEAR WEAPONS) and the wonderful way the unit-types rock-paper-shotgunned each other kept me absolutely entranced. You should have played this game, especially those of you who don't much like Command & Conquer. Perhaps it's the years of deathmatch training in me, but the lack of base building and pure point-capture tooth-and-nail fighting was utterly convincing, and rather unexpected, even after Ground Control. After years of getting stomped in online games of Total War or Dawn Of War, this, finally, got me back into multiplayer strategy.
In fact it's rather interesting that Massive are gambling that it will even appeal to our net-enabled console chums, with the spectacular-looking strategy find its way onto the PS3 and 360 in the Autumn, where it might just be the strategy our gamepadded chums have been aching for. (Americans, don't you feel sad to have abandoned such a fine word? "Autumn"?)
Anyway, apropos of nothing much at all, other than celebrating our chat with Massive, the folks over at Vivendi are giving us five copies of the game on PC. You can win them with little more than an email. Interested?
All of which prevarication leads us to the actual point of this post: how you can win the free games. Well, we've been chatting a lot about tanks recently. Best Tanks, to be precise. So send us a picture of The Best Tank. It can be one you've drawn, seen, driven, or just found on the internet. Imaginary tanks and real tanks are acceptable. Just send us a JPEG of the tank you think is best, and a reason why you love it so. Comedy tanks, which are nothing to do with the military vehicle, are also acceptable, although unlikely to win. The best five tanks will earn their adoring fans copies of World In Conflict.
You can send your entries here. Remember that the editor's decision is final, and we will get cross if you mess about, right? Deadline for entries: 14th April.
Then, if you win, you'll be doing this: