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World of Tanks

3 months ago

Tank football returns to World of Tanks for the World Cup

The World Cup, I have been reliably informed, is very much going on at the moment, pitting nation against nation in a desperate battle to become Football King for the next four years. Normally, it’s a humans-only sporting event, with FIFA banning animals, household appliances and even tanks from participating. Wargaming has corrected the latter, at least, by once again kicking off a summer of…

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4 months ago

Wargaming Seattle, aka Gas Powered Games, to close

Wargaming, the folks behind free-to-play mega-hit World Of Tanks, have confirmed that they are closing the Seattle studio formerly known as Gas Powered Games. Y'know, Gas Powered, the Supreme Commander and Dungeon Siege lot. 150 people had been working at Wargaming Seattle on an unannounced MMO, the company said, but the studio is closing as Wargaming restructures.

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6 months ago

Feature: Heavy metal

World of Tanks 1.0 review

The heavy metal thunderdome that is World of Tanks has finally hit 1.0, heralded by the sound of explosive shells and colliding war machines. It’s not 1.0 in a conventional sense, but it does give us the excuse to finally give it the ol' review treatment. Here's wot I think, eight years late.

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Feature: After eight years, it's ready

What 1.0 means for World of Tanks

World of Tanks launched in Russia in 2010, then in Europe and the US the next year. It’s been around the block, pitting war machines and players against each other in war-torn cities and pastoral paradises, but today it’s only just hit version 1.0. Eight years after launch. For a long-running, living game like World of Tanks, that 1.0 label doesn’t mean what it normally…

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Feature: Eternal tank war, now prettier

Everything is the same but different in World of Tanks 1.0

It was only when someone from Wargaming closed the door between the demo and interview areas that I realised everyone could hear me swearing at tanks. Loudly. World of Tanks, which hits version 1.0 today, is the sort of game that makes you forget what’s going on around you. Taking your eye off the ball for even a second guarantees that someone will put a…

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8 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has World of Tanks: Blitz been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. The tanks of World of Tanks are an evolutionary success story. Not only did they manage to build a functional society on their planet despite the lack of opposable thumbs — or appendages in general — but out in the reaches of space,…

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1 year ago

Feature: Tanks for listening

Have You Played… World of Tanks?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. In my earliest days of video game reporting, I witnessed the absurdity of a tank selling soap. Adult robot male and one-time editor of this website, Jim Rossingnol, thought it would be interesting to our readership if he sent an underprepared junior writer to a tank…

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Tanks ever so much! World of Tanks adds 30v30 battles

The free-to-play arcade tank battles of World of Tanks [official site] today get a whole lot bigger with the official launch of a new 30v30 mode. Grand Battles is its name, and grand battles is its game. Along with bringing a higher playercount -- double the regular high of 15v15 -- Grand Battles packs a large new map, Nedelburg, suited to megafights. Only Tier X…

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Splash Damage working with World of Tanks company on something warnew

Splash Damage, the studio behind Enemy Territory and Dirty Bomb, have joined forces with the World of Tanks/Warplanes/Warships lords at Wargaming to work on "new gaming experiences". No specific game is announced yet but huh, I am always curious to see what Splash Damage do. It seems not impossible that Splash Damage might make some sort of objective-driven multiplayer FPS in the Enemy Territory mould,…

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World of Tanks 30v30 mode Frontline hits test server

Free-to-play tank shooter World of Tanks [official site] today launches a new 30v30 mode on its test server. Frontline mode sees 60 tanks throwing down, one team attacking and trying to push forward to capture and unlock new areas of the map, while the other tries to fend them off. The regular World of Tanks maximum is 15v15 so 30v30 is a big step up,…

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2 years ago

Feature: A post-microtransaction-apocalypse

Premature Evaluation: Crossout

Every week we dispatch Brendan to scour the post-apocalyptic wastes of early access and scavenge whatever games he can find. This week, he returns with multiplayer car combat game Crossout [official site]. Crossout is an action game about building a terrifying car made out of swords and skulls and then driving around the wasteland, pumping other drivers full of lead. It has a soundtrack made…

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3 years ago

Feature: On the joys of settling down in games.

What Makes A Videogame House A Videogame Home?

Oh boy, am I conflicted. Fallout 4’s main plotline requires that I do this thing and as far as things go, it’s a pretty major thing and a major thing that you’d expect someone with the maternal instinct of my character Halle to crack on with straight away. The trouble is, rather than doing this major thing, for at least an hour now, she, and…

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Capture Tank Flag: World Of Tanks Domination Mode

World of Tanks [official site] is hardly a simulator, but if you fancy pootling around in tank battles that are a little more arcadey, you're in luck. Developers Wargaming have kicked off the free-to-play game's Domination event, which for one month adds a new mode that has tanks zooming around trying to capture flags, with respawning, repair and ammo pickup points, nae friendly fire, and…

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War Games: Meet The World’s Best World Of Tanks Team

From a two-day event of brutality and tough but somehow sensual tank action has emerged a single victor. Wargaming [official website] has announced the winners of its official Dudes Who Are The Best Ever At Playing World Of Tanks award, better known as the Grand Finals Champions of Wargaming eSports Poland 2015. The winner is a group of Russia-born lads called HellRaisers.

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Bombs Away: $300K In Prizes At World Of Tanks Finals

Did you leave the house today? Did you sense something in the air? That electricity is the feeling I exude when I hear about how I could have had a career making $300,000 playing World of Tanks [official website] in Warsaw if I hadn't spent my formative years on my "education." This weekend is the Grand Finals for the Wargaming.net League, a big eSports expo that's…

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4 years ago

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

It's time to wrap up warm, RPS - thank goodness you've got just so many fetching scarves. The winter months are rolling in, which makes for the perfect excuse to build an intricate blanket fort around your chair and go into a weekend games-hibernation. It'll be a tough life of hot chocolate and mince pies, but I believe in you and think you'll come out…

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Feature: Tank Rush

Interview: Victor Kislyi On Wargaming In A Single Breath

I've interviewed a lot of CEOs over the past ten years, and while they each project the same unnatural, media-trained sangfroid, they're each different, too. Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming, seems like one of the most genuine human beings I've seen in the role. His enthusiasm for his job is palpable. I asked him a single question at this year's Gamescom and he spoke for…

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Feature: Shipshape?

World Of Warships Hands-On: Overcoming Skepticism

World of Tanks makes sense. It's Counter-Strike with moveable turrets; angry houses hiding behind placid houses, streets like corridors, cannons like machineguns, machineguns also like machineguns. World of Warplanes makes sense, sort of, on paper. Planes. They're like tanks but they fly. Except there's no cover in the sky, and enemies could be in front, behind, beside or above you. So you sort of just…

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Gunners For Goalposts – World of Tanks: Football Edition

Given its low media coverage, limited popularity and remote location, you might be forgiven for not knowing that the FIFA World Cup of foot-to-ball football soccer begins today. But it does - this very afternoon! I guess someone at Wargaming.net must have fortuitously discovered the information while browsing Wikipedia, because they've found the time to put together a special Football Battles mode for World of…

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5 years ago

Rounding Off: World Of Tanks Prettification

Here's an interesting aspect of long-term game development: if you build a game where you're continually adding units across a number of years, you will see a marked difference in model quality between the first creations and the newer models. It can't be helped. For some games that might not matter, but World of Tanks is about tanks and the people who love to pay…

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