World of Tanks Blitz Review
- Fantastic tank battling thanks to tight controls
- Well-sized arenas keep the action exciting
- Play as much as you like for free
- IAPs are not cheap
- Poor connections ruin matches
- Fun can be scuppered by random matchmaking
World of Tank Blitz is a game that will convince you to part with your cash, but with so much of its frantic tank-based fun offered for free you'll find yourself more than happy to do so.
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At its most reductive, World of Tank Blitz is a modern interpretation of the Atari classic Combat. But this mobile instalment the of tank-based arena warfare behemoth bring flair - and considerate monetisation - to the formula.
A quick tutorial teaches you nuances of manoeuvring your metal death-machine using the virtual stick, buttons, and various drop down menus. It is a familiar system, but one made unique thanks to your tanks methodical pace and cumbersome turning circle.
The goal of the seven-on-seven matches is to either hold a central point for 100 seconds, or wipe-out the enemy tanks. Well-designed arenas offer just enough space and cover to not feel oppressive, while ensuring you never have to search for a fight. This creates a constant intensity with games rarely reaching their seven minute time limit.
Encounters swing between hugely satisfying and rage-inducing, depending on the cooperation of your team. When playing with an organised team it's hard not to whoop with joy when a flanking manoeuvre works allowing you to blast a distracted enemy from behind. The flip side of this is when you find yourself in an disorganised rabble, and you must watch as your allies are picked off one by one, leaving you fighting a war single-handed.
Our biggest problem with Blitz came from connection issues. When working optimally, the dramatic tank blasting mayhem plays out at a smooth 60fps. Unfortunately, if your internet connection is patchy, you find yourself warping around the map or stuck frustratingly in place. However, even with the occasional issue, the online play was a good deal more reliable than most real-time iOS multiplayer games.
Blitz's most impressive feat is its use of the free-to-play model. Instead of restricting play with energy systems, Blitz limits the speed at which you unlock its vehicles and upgrades. With a different tech tree for the American, German, and Russian factions, you will have to know your Panzers from your Cunninghams as you choose your tracks and turrets.
As with all free-to-play games these vehicles unlock at good pace initially, but before long you are forced to either enter into a slow grind or start paying to rise up the tiers. However, with the grind so enjoyable, and endless play against lower level tiers on tap, it's a monetisation system that's hard to resent.
World of Tanks Blitz is a fantastic online tank blaster that lets you play as much as you like for free, while offering good incentives to invest in its IAPs. This makes Blitz a rare example of a free-to-play game that earns its money before ever asking you to spend a penny.
DescriptionMeet the Legendary free-to-play 3D mobile Tank Shooter! Become part of the community of 100 million players from across the world. Join this modern 2020 shooting game and battle in 7x7 format on your own or with friends, research and upgrade armored vehicles, use various tactics from aggressive onslaught to stealthy survival, and win. Choose a tank and become a battlefield hero!
• An enormous world of tanks: over 350 unique and exclusive combat vehicles with thoroughly elaborate 3D models! Historically accurate vehicles, experimental tanks based on blueprints of famous engineers, armored monsters from popular alternative universes—here they fight together!
• Dynamic 7x7 battles with different modes in over 25 battle arenas. Each combat encounter is unpredictable as outcomes depend on you and your team.
• Jam-packed action! In-game events featuring rare vehicles as rewards and battles with dramatically different gameplay. Become an invisible (and not only) hero of battle arenas in Mad Games. Test yourself in tough survival Realistic Battles. Or... become a mighty force as a little battle duck for April 1!
• A shooting game with a well-developed progression system. Research vehicles from Tier I tanks to monstrous Tier X machines. Change guns, set equipment, wear camouflage, and increase your survival odds. Tune your combat vehicle to match your playstyle and strike opponents with the sheer force of your mobile steel war machine!
• Spectacular 3D graphics that automatically optimize to your device. Enjoy the eye-catching features of every battle arena, highly detailed tank models, massive explosions, and flying blown-off turrets. Manual settings will help you find the balance between a fantastic picture and high FPS.
• Teamplay! Join forces with your friends in platoons or become a clan member to battle alongside like-minded players in Rating battles and participate in tournaments with prizes! Coordinate your actions and strike the enemy as one!
This shooting game is free-to-play. At least 2.5 GB of free space and an Internet connection required.
Learn more at https://wotblitz.com/
What's New in Version 7.1- The new Yukon map! Fight among industrial buildings situated in a breathtaking North American landscape.
- A summer game event featuring heated battles for the WZ Blaze tank destroyer (and other rewards, of course)!
- Gravity Force is back! Defy the laws of physics and behold multi-ton tanks flying through the air.