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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 11 December 2011
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World of Tanks 3D Vision Game Review
World of Tanks Game Strategy
World of Tanks: 3D and Tactics

World of Tanks 3D Vision Game Review

Developer: Wargaming.net LLC
Video Game: World of Tanks
Platform: Microsoft Windows PC
Price: Free to play / Premium account

World of Tanks (WoT) is a free-to-play MMO-action video game by Wargaming.net that is loosely based on World War II-era tanks from the Soviet Union, Germany, USA, China, Britain, France, and Japan. Players can open either a free or premium account, and earn their way up a tiered ladder by competing against other online players in random battles. World of Tanks is developed for the Microsoft Windows PC platform, and is designed to be played using a wide range of computer hardware: from portable laptops with integrated graphics to high-performance desktop computers with discrete graphics. For those simply wanting to grind their way to the top almost any graphics platform will do, but it takes a powerful video card to deliver immersive high-quality graphics and beautifully detailed scenery. For the enthusiast gamer who wants life-like realism, NVIDIA 3D Vision technology adds depth and out-of-screen effects that help take World of Tanks beyond its flat 2D battleground.

This article will discuss strategy and game play tactics, with an emphasis on video quality settings and NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. If you're already an owner of NVIDIA 3D Vision or 3D Vision 2 hardware, then you'll appreciate that we've included 3D screen captures to help illustrate how well World of Tanks looks with the added effects. It's also suggested that you read our NVIDIA 3D-Vision Multimedia Resource Guide to help make the most of this technology and adjust hardware for the best experience. If you're considering the purchase of 3D hardware, we've included some 2D images with 3D counterparts for comparison. This article contains 2D images in JPG file format, and stereoscopic 3D images in JPS file format. All browsers will display JPG images, however 3D-enabled hardware and NVIDIA 3D Vision Photo Viewer or similar software is required to view JPS files.

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WoT Game Dynamics

First and foremost, RTFM! Most players think they're pro because they've done well at some other game, but without proper training in WoT they'll be a complete failure. World of Tanks gives players a comprehensive guide with every game installation, located at C:\Games\World_of_Tanks\World of Tanks Game Manual.pdf. Even better information is available at wiki.worldoftanks.com, with an excellent explanation of tank camouflage/detection located at wiki.worldoftanks.com/Battle_Mechanics, and a healthy supply of tank tactics located at wiki.worldoftanks.com/Tactics. I've seen top-tier tankers make tragic rookie mistakes covered at length in the WoT Wiki, proving that by reading it you'll have a better chance of surviving, earning more credits, and winning. Read the manual and Wiki, I can't recommend them enough, especially since I'm writing this article for people new to the game.

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World of Tanks won't appeal to everyone, because this is a game that requires extreme patience and constant awareness of others. Even though a first-person view is available, WoT is nothing like FPS (first person shooter) games such as Battlefield or Call of Duty. Tanks do not re-spawn, and players must learn that once their tank is destroyed it cannot be played again until the round ends. F2P (free to play) players begin by choosing a nationality and starting tank, while premium players have the option to purchase higher-tier tanks with better armor, cannon, and ammunition. Players use experience points (XP) awarded for performance in battle to 'research' tanks and components, while credits earned from battle pay for the purchase of these items. Ten tiers separate each level of tank, with costs rising as you ascend the ladder. Premium players enjoy the benefit of earning twice the credits per battle, which helps to tame the expensive operating costs for top-tier tanks (T8-T10), while free players must win more often and offset costs by occasionally playing lower-tier tanks (T4-T6) that earn more than they cost to operate.

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Tanks are divided into categories: light (scout/spotting tank), medium tank (offensive support/sustained spotting), heavy (offensive tank), tank destroyer (defensive tank), and SPG (long-range artillery). Generally speaking, lighter tanks will be faster than heavy tanks, which carry powerful cannons and thick armor. Support tanks such as the TD and SPG have powerful weapons but lack mobility and armor. It's wise to master every tank category, so best understand the limits of your team as well as the enemy. Each tank is critically important to the team, so even when the lowest-tier light tank is lost other players suffer. A team that fights together, wins together.

World of Tanks is a free game available to the public, world-wide. This means that your chance of winning is at the mercy of anonymous players who probably lack skill and understanding. This can frustrate hard-working players who make all the right moves, only to watch most of their team throw away victory because of poor tactics. Winning isn't everything, and there will be times that the players on your team have guaranteed you certain failure, so don't expect to upgrade your tank with every battle. In fact, tankers must often 'grind' their way through many battles, sometimes hundreds, before upgrading. This article will help you make the most of your time in the tank.

In the next section, I explain World of Tanks game strategy...



 

Comments 

 
# Cliffs of Dover anyone?Sun Down 2011-12-11 15:15
I almost tried this game before, it's just that the download part was too long for me to wait. Obviously I'm interested in this game, but I'm coming from the IL2-Sturmovik sights. WoT seems to be blending in arcade and simulation well. I'd go for first person, but the 'sniping' mode seems to break it. I'd prefer using the real optics of the tank (German optics FTW). Also, huge, huge, huge ass maps is what I want. It's a shame there's no mini NPCs such as soldiers or planes or ships here. Would've been more fun/frustrating when you enter a town and getting the hull pinched through by an AT attack from a window.
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# RE: World of Tanks 3D Vision Game ReviewDEADTIME 2011-12-11 16:40
Have to agree with the above been playing WOT since release and the 500 to 600 meter visual limit takes some serous optics advantages away from the Germans. The game heavily favors Russian tanks and can be utterly frustrating if you try to play it as a simulation as tne devs have removed or gimped the German advantage in almost everything.
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# Patience Kills USSR TanksTaco Time Tango 2011-12-11 17:02
The mid and higher tier Russian tanks are so slow shooters and movers on the average. I find them easy to kill. While the tank is reloading and trying to turn its ever lethargic chassis, it's easy to kill up close. At distance, it's tracks can be so easily shot making it a prime arty target - assuming your arty know to go for the big boys first. The Type 59 is the tank that has no purpose being in the game. It's way out of the design era and either needs replaced or have more comparable tanks added to fend it off. The two worst times to play in the day are afternoons when junior is on dad's account and late evenings when more non-team (inexperienced) players are on. :p
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# world of tanksjj maddawg 2011-12-18 22:21
hi can somebody tell me if there is a single player option for this game offline.

jj
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# RE: world of tanksOlin Coles 2011-12-18 22:26
You can only play this game online in multiplayer.
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# RE: World of Tanks 3D Vision Game Reviewmazer 2011-12-22 09:27
There are now "tiered" company battles too, they tend to be more "coordinated" and I think more fun as a general rule, especially when you are in Tier 5+ vehicles. In the random battles you tend to get in with vehicles 3+ higher than your tier and that makes things...difficult.
Overall though the game is fun. Been playing since the russian beta.
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# Back on topic...IM0001 2012-02-06 09:15
Good article on 3D Vision with WoT. Now I have a question for the OP. During your time with 3D, did you run into corruption issues with 3D being out of wack on certain maps/rounds? For me with a SLI 560Ti setup, I can usually play the very first round since I loaded the game, perfecly. Everything usually looks great and how it should be. But then 99% of the time, the next game I play with 3D on the entire time since the start, I will either have some ground texture corruption (flickering black textures, missing textures,) or something in the game world will be rendered out of wack in 3D (Say certain tanks will have their hull renderd like 5ft off of the center of their tracks and turrets, or some building, vehicle or lamppost will be renderd improperly and either has a depth issue or is like double rendered vs the area/objects surrounding it). So then to play without a headach, I have to turn off 3D and try again either the next round, or quit the game and relaunch it between battles.

I am wondering if it is a issue I am having alone, or a duel monitor issue since some 3D features are disabled when a non 3D monitor is connected with the 3D one (Such as windowed use and 3D).

WoT is one of the best titles to play in 3D though and I would wish there was a little more marketing behind it to get improved quality as well as the word out for others to come try the added depth fun.
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# RE: Back on topic...Olin Coles 2012-02-06 09:21
Your problem almost sounds like a heat issue on one of the video cards. I would use a program (such as MSI Afterburner) to increase the fan speed during gaming to see if it resolves the problem.
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# Nope.IM0001 2012-02-06 11:37
Though it may sound like it, it is not a heat issue (The cards run no hotter than 60C max). I understand cooling quite well and while I did have heat issues in the past dealing with SLI and othe things with an older P182 case. Now with a Corsair 500R, H100 water cooler, about 6 fans, Flashed GPU Bios for 100% fan speed (Was limited to 75% max before), heat is no longer a factor let alone a problem. (Yes MSI Afterburner is awesome for heat/OC/General GPU watch with the G19 applet)

It is a Driver style 3D glitch as a heat issue would bring intermitent 3D glitches that would come and go or cause artifacts overall the screen. These ones can sometimes change as you drive along the map where different yet constant parts of the map are flickering/missing or the 3D objects are incorrect. (Often the 3D Glitches can be changes/fixed when looking a certain direction (hence the Depth issue as when you turn, the depth would be way off of where it should be focusing and why it would look proper or just disapear at certain angles)

I will see if I can post up a screeny or two later on, but the fact that you apparently don't have any issues baffles me. My friend with a single 570 has the same issues so I do not believe it is a SLI issue. :/
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# alsoIM0001 2012-02-06 11:40
Also. Turning off 3D (Ctrl + Keypad 0 Default) = instant fix. Everything looks normal as it should. So it is directly a 3D issue. There is a new DLL fix on the 3D Vision board, but I find it odd how different parts of the engine will break in different rounds, but it rairly is the same thing each round which is what puzzles me.
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# RE: alsoOlin Coles 2012-02-06 12:24
Keep in mind that while 3D Vision special effects will work, World of Tanks is not a '3D Vision Ready' video game. I didn't experience problems on my GeForce GTX 590, but my settings/driver/configuration is most likely different than yours.
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# Agreed.IM0001 2012-02-06 13:39
True, but your 590 isn't a far fetch from a SLI setup. Could you post your Driver/DriverSettings/GameSettings and see if I can mimic it?

So to confirm as well, you didn't have any visual issues with subsequent battles?
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# RE: Back on topic...budda 2012-03-27 20:16
alt-tab :) so easy

awesome in 3D
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# it sucksjimonwye 2012-04-04 05:06
Customer support is a joke, They take your money and change as they please with no regard to customer rights. If they dont like what you say you get banned.
The game has many faults built in to make it neccessary to keep paying so you can play.
Could be a great game but for their greed and bad practices.
Play for free, dont WASTE your money on this game, the end game is not worth it.
5/10 lost 4 due to very bad ethics :(
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# patch 7.3Stereoscopic Tanker 2012-05-11 06:25
As of patch 7.3 the aiming reticule is back to the monitor plain in front, i.e. it does not follow the depth one is looking at. This breaks 3d gaming. I've submitted at ticket and everybody else who loves 3d gaming in wot should do too. Hopefully it will be fixed (as it was in 7.2).



World of tanks is a great game, the best free to play game out there at the moment.
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# Wouldn't RecommendTaco Time Tango 2012-05-24 00:30
I haven't touched the game since I lost all the goodies in my account and they reduced experience earned dramatically. They aren't based in North America and are very insensitive to anyone in this region. You can often find them berating someone in general chat over silly things the minute they find out you're not from the UK. I wouldn't recommend the game free or not any longer. And, yes, I'd say they're unfriendly bordering on what some call bigotry. Would I say that to them at PAX events? Damn skippy.
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# Am losing interest in WoT now....Paul Court 2013-03-09 14:11
World of Tanks, a Russian company. The original idea of free gaming becomes less than an idealistic joke. When you get into the game. You have a selection of which you feel at first, are almost unlimited, until you play for a while and then you find limitations created through not buying 'Gold' from the website. You won't be able to get any higher than tier 4, so it's crap really..Could have been so much better if it weren't for the Russian greedy bast@rd maffia!
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# Not quite...Johnnes Miller 2013-08-27 07:19
You can go until tier X only playing...
The problem is the premium tanks... You need gold!
But that to can be arranged without paying anything to the (Rusian mafia...lol), just go to the news feed on the worldoftanks site and fullfill the events or go twiter and do the same.~
You get tons of gold...
I really hate your guys that only bad talk others without knowing that they talking about...
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