Watch us try a match of War Thunder running on the Xbox Series X.
Normally, if we think of airplane games or war games, the first things that come to mind are Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Ace Combat franchise, World of Tanks, and World of Warships. Since 2012, a new kid has arrived on the block and has slowly made its way among the big boys, to the point that it has been released on the next generation of consoles.
War Thunder is a war combat game with airplanes, ships, and tanks where we will have important models that have been part of the history of mankind since the early 20th century. Today, we will concentrate on airplanes. We played on an Xbox Series X with a Ki-10-II, a Japanese fighter plane from 1935, but we can choose planes from more than 10 different countries.
A familiar gameplay model
The gameplay is very similar to other games from the genre. We are assigned to one of the two sides, and we fight in giant maps against a large number of online players.
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Today we have chosen to play in campaign mode, where we are positioned in a coastal area of the Asian continent, where we must defeat different units, both air and naval. We can appreciate the graphics quality of the game on next-gen consoles, the amount of detail is to the point that we can see the rocks on the ground very well detailed.
Likewise, we can appreciate the size of the map. So of course that allows a lot of space to move in online games with a large number of players in the game.
Simulation at 50%
In short, it is a relatively enjoyable game that does not reach the level of simulation presented in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it compares quite favorably to the Ace Combat franchise or games from the same genre like World of Warships and World of Tanks from Wargaming. Still, the game has that arcade essence that will allow us to have fun.