World of Tanks Blitz Review
- Publisher: WARGAMING Group Limited
- Genre: Strategy
- Released: 28 Jun, 2014
- Size: 2.4 GB
- Price: FREE!
- 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 a truly legendary MMO shooter for your mobile device! Become part of a community of millions of players from across the world, take a vehicle into your first massive tank battle, fight in a 7x7 format, and win! Check out the extraordinary variety of vehicles, maps, modes, and possible strategies that this tank shooter game has to offer!
You'll discover an enormous and action-packed world of tanks—historically accurate World War II vehicles from the USSR, Germany, France, Japan, Great Britain, China, the USA, and many other countries. You’ll also drive experimental vehicles that have been brought to life based on blueprints created by famous real-life engineers, vehicles inspired by well-known anime series, and armored monsters from popular alternative universes—everything you might need to have fun fighting in a multiplayer action game with friends both old and new. There are over 400 vehicles to choose from!
There's always room for growth as you progress in this PVP shooting online war game with its well-developed progression system. You’ll research a wide array of vehicles, from Tier I tanks to monstrous Tier X machines. Change the guns, customize the equipment, and apply camouflage to increase your chances of survival and domination. Tune your combat vehicle to specifically match your playstyle, the battle type specifics, or mode.
You’re unlikely to get bored. No battle is the same. Regular in-game events that feature Collector and Premium tanks as rewards alternate with new game modes that will change the way you think of army multiplayer shooting games. Gravity Force will make your tank float above the ground. Burning Games will put your survival skills to the test and surprise you with the possibility of healing your allies. Mad Games brings the meaning of "mad" to a whole new level: become invisible, play dead, surge forward, ram the enemy as though your life depends on it (oh wait, it does!).
Discover a multitude of maps. Tank battles will unfold on a variety of different and distinctive arenas in which victory depends on your team's strategy and knowledge of their surroundings. Normandy at the moment when the turning point of WW2 occurred. The post-apocalyptic Wasteland, scorched by an oppressive radioactive sun. The Mediterranean coast with its ancient ruins. A snow-covered base at the edge of the world, a metropolis, desert sands, an eastern city... And even the Moon!
You're never alone. Want to play with a friend? Create a platoon. Want to collaborate on a bigger scale? Join a clan to enter battle as part of a pack of like-minded players and seek glory in Rating Battles or participate in tournaments with prizes! Coordinate your strategy and annihilate your enemies together!
Expect it to be spectacular. The game is automatically optimized for 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 fantastic visuals and high FPS.
WoT Blitz is a tank universe within your phone or tablet. So hurry up, enter the game, and start your engine!
The game is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old. The game requires at least 2.5 GB of free space and an Internet connection. Learn more at https://wotblitz.com/
What's New in Version 9.7.0– A new branch of 5 swift Chinese light tanks. Tier IX and X vehicles come with a special Adaptive Concealment mechanic!
– The Middleburg map received improved graphics!
– Carnevale di Blitz event: The biting Super Hellcat and an Order chain among the rewards.
– Operation Shrouded Bow: Adventures, hunting for artifacts, and the Wang tank destroyer.
– Rating Sprint event: The higher the League, the cooler the prizes!
– Added Ukrainian localization of the game.