War Thunder Review

WarThunder

I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy playing Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) type games. Well, there is a new one coming out that is very cool. It’s called War Thunder. I’m not a big fan of the name, but the gameplay more than makes up for it. The game is currently in open beta, but they only have air combat available right now. They will have three game modes, air combat, ground combat, and sea combat. There is not much information on ground or sea, so I will focus on air for this post. As more information comes out, I will post additional articles covering those topics.
War Thunder is set in the World War II era, so all the vehicles in the game were used, at one point, during that War. Unless you are a military history buff, at first it may seem limiting, but I was surprised at the number of aircraft available. As of this writing, 186 planes are available. You don’t get every plane from the beginning; more vehicles become available as you level and “research” the new platforms. I have only played a few hours, so I have not unlocked any of the really high level planes, but even the starter planes are a blast to fly.

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Battlefield 4 Review

Battlefield 4 Review

To kick off the new focus on providing more frequent updates, I want to start with a game series that I have a history playing and holds fond memories. The Battlefield series (@Battlefield) of games are first person shooters (FPS), set in various global locations and time periods. The first Battlefield game launched in 2002 with the title Battlefield 1942. Originally released only on Windows and OS X, now the releases include the Xbox and PlayStation platforms. The newest version, released on Oct. 29th of this year, is Battlefield 4. The battlefield series of games is a staple of the FPS genre.

 

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Tera Online

Tera Online

I urge all of my MMO gaming fans to check out Tera Online. I have played almost every major MMO in the last 5 or so years, but Tera has me really excited. My list goes like this: EverQuest 2, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, Age of Conan, Rift, Star Wars: The old Republic. Tera is different than all of them.

The biggest difference in Tera Online over other MMO’s is the way you fight or heal. Most MMOs are based on a ‘tab targeting’ system. You select your target, whether it is a monster you are trying to kill or another player you are healing, and then you click the spell or ability you want to apply to that target. Tera uses a directional targeting system. There is no hit or miss chance. If the target is in range and you are facing the right way, you will hit it. This also applies to the monsters/players you fight. If they swing, but you dodge out of their range, they miss. Although, this applies to healing too. If you cast a heal and your target happens to move before the heal lands, they don’t receive it. It sounds complicated, but I found that I picked it up quickly. I also thought it would be frustrating to have to physically aim, like in a first person shooter, just to hit my target. While you do feel bad if you have a series of misses, I like a challenge, so this just made me concentrate that much more.

 

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