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'World of Tanks' is fun on Xbox 360

Game review

POSTED: August 15, 2013 1:19 p.m.
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In "World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition" beta version, players can choose from 40 American and German armored vehicles, with about 60 total tanks expected to be included in the full version.

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At first glance, I thought it would be a silly game that required no skill and would bore me to death within minutes. However, I was completely wrong about “World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition.” Developer Wargaming West has quite a game on its hands, as the PC version boasts a hefty 45 million registered players worldwide and even a set a record on Oct. 4, 2012, with 500,000 concurrent players online in one server.
    All online, players go to war in World War II-era tanks to give a massive first-person shooter experience unlike any other in “World of Tanks.” The game is free to play for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and Silver and free accounts can download a free trial of the game. Like most free-to-play games, playing gains experience to earn vehicles and accessories, while earned silver can buy new tanks and more equipment. The other in-game currency, gold, can help players level up faster — and of course, players can buy gold with actual money.
    The game, though currently still in beta, is looking to become one of the more played titles on Xbox Live. Players can choose from 40 American and German armored vehicles, with about 60 total tanks expected in the full version when it’s released. It’s always nice to have a variety of options when playing any game, especially when it’s easy to jump into the action. In “War of Tanks,” it’s fun to learn the different ways each type of tank moves and fires. Players have the option to choose between five types: light, medium, heavy, tank destroyer and artillery (self-propelled gun). A great thing about “World of Tanks” is that money doesn’t necessarily buy your way to the top, because skill is the key in this game. To complement the variety of tanks, players have several ammo options as well: armor-piercing, high-explosive and high-explosive anti-tank rounds, to name a few.
    Though the visuals aren’t the best among games found on the 360, they are suitable for this type of game, and mechanics like environmental destruction are nice to watch. As this is a true game of skill and teamwork, however, players who do not like to communicate or work with others may not enjoy this team-based game. Also, although it’s a free-to-play game, players must pay for the Xbox Live Gold subscription to play it — though with 48 million Gold subscribers and climbing, Wargaming West and “World of Tanks” will have many players to look forward to.
    Even though that actual tank battles may only last about 10–15 minutes, players easily can spend hours playing this gem of a game. “World of Tanks” is plenty fun to play; don’t be surprised if you are tempted to spend some real money at some point, as most free-to-play models encourage. Either way, players are sure to have a blast when this game splashes down on Xbox Live.

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