Posted on June 12, 2014 AT 02:17pm
Wargaming is one of the largest and most successful Free to Play (F2P) MMO developers in video games today. Wargaming.net – the portal to their World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, and soon to be released World of Warships games – boasts over 85 million active users world-wide.
The Wargaming community is vehemently passionate about their games, and rightly so. The developers are just as passionate about crafting gorgeous, historically accurate, and wickedly fun games for the community, and World of Warships is no different.
Announced at E3 last year, players of World of Warships participate in large naval battles controlling various warships from the 20th century. Players can select from several types of warships including swift cruisers (perfect for recon missions), destroyers (you know, that destroy everything in their paths), and aircraft carriers that offer long-range air support for allies in battle.
The demo that I was treated to at E3 featured a capture the flag match where our goal was to deftly manage to lure our enemies out into open battle in open water while our allied destroyer made a run for the enemy flag. For an alpha build, I was surprised at how great the game looked. The level of detail paid to the cruiser’s appearance and depth of its skill tree (upgrades and customizations) really took me back. Even more surprising was the speed at which we were able to navigate the customizations, run the length of ship and not once lose a pixel of detail or loss of frame rate. Did I mention it was an Alpha build we were playing yet? Because it’s been quite a while since I’ve experienced any Alpha runs with no bugs. Kudos to you team Wargaming.
Within moments of jumping into the game, we were engaged in battle. It’s worth noting that while the ships you control and the arenas you fight in are quite large, it will take no time at all to find a fight. As we talked about game mechanics, the team made sure to note that at the max it will take less than 60 seconds for fights to jump off, so players don’t need to worry about sailing for 5 minutes or more in order to find and engage the enemy.
Fire fights are fast and furious in the game. Each ship has two indicator bars that appear above them. The red bar indicates how much damage the ship has taken (much like a traditional health meter) while the blue bar indicates buoyancy. It’s here where strategic thinking comes into play. Players can focus attack efforts below the waterline of enemy vessels in attempts to sink them versus destroying them with aerial attacks. Watching vessels split in half and fall to the bottom of the ocean is not only cool, but somehow much more gratifying than just blowing them up.
If MMO battle combat is your thing or if you love great PC F2P games, World of Warships needs to be on your radar. Be sure to watch the World of Warships website to learn when you can have the battle at your fingertips.
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