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World of Tanks

11 months ago

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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1 year 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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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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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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4 years ago

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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5 years ago

Feature: With Great Power...

Riot Changes Mind On Pro LoL Streams, But Issues Persist

The witch is dead, League of Legends pros can once again stream whatever they want, and eSports is saved! OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but I really didn't like the potential implications of Riot's decision to contractually forbid its pros from streaming Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of Tanks, and tens of other extremely popular games. Fortunately, after copious uproarious outcry, Riot decided to…

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6 years ago

World Of Thanks: Wargaming Buys Gas Powered Games

The strange, sad story of Chris Taylor's Gas Powered Games in 2013 has taken another unexpected twist - and now we know what the hinted-at future for the deeply troubled Supreme Commander developer is. Increasingly omnipresent Belarus developer/publisher Wargaming.net, best know for the remarkably successful World of Tanks, has stepped in to buy up what's left of the Dungeon Siege studio.

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Feature: Russian For "Sorry"

From Our Tank Correspondent, Part 2: The As-Liveblog

[Part one is here.] I found myself in Moscow at the weekend, reporting on the Ural Steel 2012, a World of Tanks tournament with a top prize of $35,000. There were many tanks, as evidenced in part one of my adventures. But there was also lots of tense team-based drama. Being both unprepared and a terrible person, I found myself unable to liveblog the event…

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Feature: Tanks, Like Angry Houses

From Our Tank Correspondent, Part 1: Cats And Hats

We sent Brendan to the World Of Tanks convention in Russia. This is his report. They sent me to Russia this time. They sent me. To Russia. I’m standing in the middle of Moscow because the call went out for people who would like to see some tanks. And being something of an expert in this field, the Hive Mind saw fit to put my…

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7 years ago

World Of Tanks’ Solution To Balance Issues: More Tanks

We recently sent Brendan into the line of fire at Tankfest, and it resulted in pretty much the most amazing thing ever - which is significantly different from the normal result of sending one tiny human into a heaping herd of tanks (hint: horrible death). But there is also a game buried beneath all the harrowing war stories and tank puns, and it's actually a…

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Feature: A Subtitle Mentioning Tanks

There Were Tanks At Tankfest: A Report

I don’t even like tanks that much. I have honestly no idea what I’m doing here. There are tanks everywhere. Tanks in the lobby, tanks on the lawn, tanks in the gift shop. I walk around hoping to find a Russian tank which inside houses different, smaller tanks, so that I can act bewildered and amused even though I previously suspected its existence. But it…

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World Of Tanks: Free Tanks And Stuff

Polite notice: THE CODES WORK FOR NEW EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN REGISTRATIONS ONLY. If you are already a WoT player they won't be much use to you. Unless you want to get a chum involved or whatever. Anyway! If our interview with the producer from World Of Warplanes got your pseudo-World War II PvP glands engorged, then you might want to try their original game,…

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Feature: The Sky's The Skybox

Aces Higher: World Of Warplanes Explained

A giant V-formation of free-to-play air combat is on the horizon: World Of Warplanes from the makers of World Of Tanks. To find out a bit more of what to expect from a persistent dogfighting game, I had a chat with Wargaming.net's Anton Sitnikov, and he explained exactly whether a Spitfire could take a jet-propelled plane in a fight.

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8 years ago

I Thought World Of Tanks Was In Open Beta

But actually the open beta only started today for Europe and North America. Was what went before a closed beta? A shy beta? An alpha? I just don't know. Look, North Americans can sign up here, and Europeans here. Although it looks like you can still access North American servers from Europe, if you want, so that is a pleasant surprise. Unexpectedly, World Of Tanks…

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