Wargaming has another hit on their hands with their most recent release “World of Warships”. After a lot of time in Alpha and Beta testing “World of Warships” is finally ready for the masses. Overall it’s a great tactical, online multiplayer game that will appeal to fans of Wargaming’s most popular title “World of Tanks”.
In “World of Warships” players will command their very own battleship as part of a fleet of other online players. Games are won through a combination of capturing points and destroying the entire enemy fleet. The mechanics and objectives of the game are simple enough that new players will be able to jump right in and play. Yet there’s so much going on in “World of Warships” that some new players may feel a bit overwhelmed.
Unfortunately there is no tutorial in “World of Warships” so it may take new players quite a few battles and video tutorials before they feel like they have a good understanding of things. In lieu of a tutorial there is the option to play a co-op game against an AI team instead of against other players. Yet even in a Co-op game the chat will be filled with hate if a player doesn’t know what their doing.
In that vein friendly fire is something to look out for when playing “World of Warships”. Understandably your team will get upset if you fire a torpedo into the path of a friendly ship and collision damage is something everyone has to be aware of. Once past those initial hurdles of learning the game players will be ready for a rewarding and tactical gaming experience.
There are four basic types of ship players can command and each one plays a bit differently and allows for a variety and customization of gameplay. Available types of ships include aircraft carriers, powerful battleships, formidable destroyers and heavy cruisers. The aircraft carrier plays vastly different than the other ships because it requires managing the aircraft it carries along with the ship itself. The aircraft carrier won’t be for everyone but it does add an interesting element to battles.
All vehicles are from the first half of the 20th century. There are vehicles from Japan, U.S.S.R., U.K., Germany and U.S.A. With great graphics and epic music “World of Warships” recreates an exciting large-scale sea battle for players to experience.
One of the best features of “World of Warships” is how the game relays crucial information to you. With all that can be going on during a naval battle it’s nice to get pertinent updates about the match popping up at the side of the screen as well as auditory announcements. Getting this information quickly and easily is crucial to playing your best.
There’s a lot of strategy and tactics at play in “World of Warships” so simply having the highest tier ships isn’t going to win you a battle. Knowledge of the proper ammo to use against different ships, taking into account your range and trajectory will make a huge difference in how well you perform.
Much like in “World of Tanks” players need to be very careful about when and how they reveal themselves to the enemy team in “World of Warships”. Firing at an enemy is going to give your position away and hiding behind some cover may not guarantee your safety against a skilled enemy. Striking a balance between patient strategy and bold bravery can be difficult to do but makes for some of the best “World of Warships” players.
“World of Warships” will feel very familiar to players of “World of Tanks”. There may be some balance issues still between the different classes of ships but for the most part this Free-to-Play game is fun and fair. The lack of tutorial creates a barrier of entry to new players but those that enjoy this type of tactical, historically inspired war game will find it worth the effort of learning how to play.
There’s a lot of strategy and competitiveness to “World of Warships” which makes winning a battle and moving up the ranks very rewarding and fun. This game was well worth the wait for it’s release and will likely become nearly as successful as Wargaming’s other competitive MMO “World of Tanks”.
“World of Warships” is free to play with some balanced micro-transactions from Wargaming. You can download the game here and begin your virtual naval career today.