|World of Tanks 3D Vision Game Review|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Games|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 11 December 2011|
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World of Tanks 3D Vision Game Review
Developer: Wargaming.net LLC
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.
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.
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.
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...