What is War Thunder?
Welcome pilot to the Mark 1 War Thunder OP! As always do not hesitate to make any suggestions for new information to add or to point out any corrections that need to happen. Once the tank combat launches a section about that will get added.
War Thunder has not released in the US on PS4 but it's slated to in early 2014. For the EU crowd out there it's already available! However, much like with Warframe I’m gonna need help from the PS4 crowd in getting any necessary PS4 sections written up since I do not own, nor intend to buy a PS4. All of your contributions to this OP will be greatly appreciated and fully credited!
War Thunder is a vehicular combat game from Gaijin Entertainment for PC and PS4 (though right now it's EU only, the US PS4 launch will be in early 2014) spanning the period from pre-WW2 to the Korean War. Currently it is primarily an air combat simulator that caters to pilots of all skill levels but the game is now transforming harder than Spaceball 1. Tank combat is being integrated and is coming Soon™. Details about the tank combat are still coming in but it's looking very promising and if it's as accessible yet deep like the air combat it'll make World of Tanks look like some high schooler's first Python project. Even further down the line naval combat will be added however that is just on the drawing board for now but still something to look forward to.
War Thunder's air combat features five different nations, the US, UK, Russia, Germany (which includes some Italian planes), and Japan. Each nation has a wide range of planes from fighters and strategic bombers, to ground attack aircraft and heavy fighters. The tank combat will be launching with just Russia and Germany but will most likely expand to include the other nations over time.
War Thunder offers three different modes for players: Arcade, real battles (formerly historical battles), and full simulation mode. Arcade is essentially Ace Combat: World War 2 Edition and is where most everyone hangs out. The flight models are relaxed, ammo reloads itself in the air, and a joystick is not necessary. Real battles feature more accurate flight models, and you have to land to get more ammo but you can still play using a KBAM and 3rd person. It's essentially a hybrid between Arcade and full simulator. Historical event battles like The Battle of Britain and Midway are done in this mode. Full Simulator is for all you IL-2 veterans out there clamoring for a shiny new way to barrel roll your way to simulated victory. Joysticks are mandatory, all realism options are on, you're locked to the cockpit view, and a Track IR becomes a really good idea to own. There’s something here for everyone from the greenest of rookies to the most hardened of flight simulator veterans!
Quick Start Guide to Getting In Game
War Thunder is available on Steam so just search for it there and install the game! After installing you will need to head to http://warthunder.com/en/registration?r=userinvite_87294
and create an account. Then simply log into the game, play through the tutorials, and get into Vent to fly with your fellow dapper PA chaps! You will be asked to pick a nation but that pick is only relevant for the tutorials. Afterwards you will be free to play as whoever you want whenever you want so don’t sweat it.
The 161st Spitting Oosiks
The Oosiks play on the PA Ventrilo Server!
Password: Ask one of the thread regulars!
TOGSolid is an admin on it so message him if you need anything!
Joining is as simple as saying hi in the thread and then in game go to MENU -> SQUADRONS and then type 161 in the FIND A SQUADRON box in the top right of the Squadron menu. Apply for membership and one of the Oosiks will get you in! We're all more than eager to help teach new pilots the ropes and don't care how experienced you are, all are welcome!
Gaijin's Too Cool For School Map
So Gaijin introduced one of the coolest features ever in War Thunder. The in game map can be loaded up in your browser, tablet, or mobile device. To access it locally via a browser you can either install this Chrome Extension
, or simply type in http://hostname:8111
in your browser (for instance mine is TOGSolid-PC:8111). If you have a second monitor this is an amazingly handy feature to have available as you will always have the game map and all associated info with it right there at a glance. If you want to put it on your Android device there is an app for that
. You can also just use your PC's LAN address (i.e. http://192.168.1.1:8111
) to get it running on any mobile device connected to your network. This is not a hack
. This is an intentional game feature Gaijin put in the game so enjoy!
Completing the tutorials will get you free premium currency so DO THOSE FIRST! They'll also answer a lot of your basic questions. I won't be going into any tips and tricks or explanations because frankly that'll make this OP longer than the manual to Falcon 4.0 and DCS Blackshark combined. What I will do is provide you with an array of links that will teach you everything you could ever want to know in a better fashion than I ever could. Still, if you have questions don't hesitate to ask! If there is something specific to War Thunder you need to know that's not "how do I not die" related I'll be glad to get an FAQ going if it ends up being a common question.
These links are in rough order of how important they are:
Gaijin and eNtaK's "Learning the Game" series.
- Gaijin brought in eNtaK who has already made a ton of tutorials to put together a bit more official of a tutorial series that starts with the very basics like the interface, picking a nation, and so on and goes on from there. If you're totally lost then this series will absolutely steer you in the right direction.
Wikipedia's Basic Fighter Maneuvers
- An absolutely mandatory read for new pilots filled with an amazing amount of information all about basic maneuvers and the hows/whys of plane energy.
Offensive Tactics Against Enemy Fighters in World War 2 - Restored Color 1943
- A restored, WW2 era training video narrated and produced by famous World War 2 ace John "Jimmy" Thatch with animation provided by Disney (yes, really). This is easily the single most important, informative thing you could watch if you're a brand new pilot.
eNtaK's Tutorials and Beginner's Guides
- Has a truly massive amount of information and contains guides to damn near anything you could want to know, including ground attack, crew skills, game mechanics, maneuvers, and so on.
Bis18mark70's War Thunder Channel
- This guy has a ton of info and his plane guides are fantastic. Definitely a great way to learn the ins and outs of the planes in the game. He also has other general tutorials and tactics videos.
RamJB's Fighter Combat School
Arcade Maneuver Guide with GrmlZGaming
Sliver's Ground Targets Guide
- Shows you how many bombs it takes to destroy a given target and what cannons/mgs will destroy what.
Both seasons of the History Channel's Dogfights
- Don't you miss when the History Channel didn't suck massive dick? This show features actual combat veterans telling the stories about their fights while CGI animation depicts how these battles went down. The show also usually does a quick break down of the planes in the fights. Highly entertaining and interesting due to the historical aspects and from just how much you can learn from this show tactics wise.
War Thunder with The Mighty Jingles
- Not a whole lot in the way of tutorials but watching his antics can teach you some stuff. He has a tendency for getting into really hilarious situations.
Zenos Warbirds - A huge archive of vintage war videos that also includes a decent amount of old flight combat training films. The Offensive Tactics video is from this site but the channel itself is worth mentioning due to all the other videos it has.
The main War Thunder wiki.
- This is at the bottom cause it has a lot of good info but some spots will lead you astray like the "tactics" section. Basically, if it involves hard data then the wiki is a great resource, stay away from any sort of piloting advice areas though. Includes information on all the planes, crew skills, bomb and weapon stats, and so on.
1.) Turn off your lead indicator: Yes, really. If you're really new to flight games then leave it on for a while but once you've got a decent idea how leading works turn the lead indicator off. You do this via the ingame menu -> game options -> interface -> turn leading off. The reason you want to do this is because the lead indicator isn't particularly accurate and will cause you to waste a lot of shots. Secondly, it serves as a gigantic god damn distraction that will make it harder to get good shots on critical components like the engine, wings, pilot, and control surfaces. Finally, if you get used to flying in arcade with no lead indicator then flying in realistic becomes a hell of a lot easier.
2.) Change the colour and shape of your crosshair: The shape is mostly to taste but I prefer the circle with a dot since it stands out the best out of all of them. Changing the colour, however, should absolutely be done. The default white gets lost very easily and on snow maps is a total pain in the ass to try and use. I use red and it made aiming a hell of a lot easier. This is also done via the interface options like the lead indicator.
3.) Use the advanced mouse controls: The simplified ones rob you of a lot of neat options like manual flap control and the advanced ones also come with WASD bound to elevators, roll, and pitch which you will absolutely want to use in dogfights for better maneuvering. To access advanced controls, hile in Mouse Aim hit reset to defaults or control setup wizard. Either will lead you to a prompt that asks whether you want Advanced or Simple mouse controls. Choose advanced.
4.) Tier 1 (and even some tier 2) planes are pretty undergunned and can take a while to chew targets up. There is a fix for this though! Set your convergence to 100-150 and your dinky little MGs will pack far more of a punch and have a much better chance to get solid hits and crits on what you're shooting at. Just remember you'll need to be right on your target's tail for this to work though. Convergence is set both in the options but more commonly done in the spawn menu where you can alter it depending on what plane you pick. This is especially handy for Japanese planes as their MGs are generally pretty awful.
Tank Combat Information and Videos
The various types of ammunition you'll run across.
The Mighty Jingles explaining the hows and whys of all the different ammo types.
Video: War Thunder Beginner Tutorial & Guide - Getting Started In War Thunder Tanks & Ground Forces by eNtaK.
How things blow up. War Thunder's tank damage modeling.
War Thunder YouTube Channels
Hilarious War Thunder videos done in the vein of a 1940s Black Adderish officer. JOIN THE SQUIDONIAN EMPIRE! Yeeeeeess. Yeeeess. Yes.
Has a plethora of tutorials that will help make you a better pilot.
Very active Youtuber, does a lot of ground forces these days but still dabbles in planes. TONS of great videos to go through.
Multi-game channel but has a lot of War Thunder content[/url]