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Game Features: World of Tanks

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Game Features: World of Tanks

Things have been moving along nicely for Wargaming.net’s hugely successful massively-multiplayer online game World of Tanks.

Things have been moving along nicely for Wargaming.net’s hugely successful massively-multiplayer online game World of Tanks.

by Joseph Luster

World of Tanks has already been doing plenty well on PC, but its recent arrival on Xbox 360 finally brought it to a hungry console audience. In addition to getting a chance to experience the same addictive tank-based action on 360, World of Tanks remains a free-to-play game, so there’s no reason not to download it and give it a shot if you’ve thus far been left out of the PC fun. The only catch is you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold account, but that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who’s into multiplayer gaming enough to want to try World of Tanks in the first place. If that’s still an issue, there is a seven- day timed trial for all account holders.

Published by Microsoft and developed by Wargaming West (formerly known as Day 1 Stu- dios), World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition officially made its public debut in mid-February. This version was built specifically for Xbox 360, so there was plenty of care put into how it handles in its new home, including appropriately revamped controls. There’s also a new user interface and a match-making system that takes advantage of 360’s specific online features. In other words, it’s not too much of a pain to get online and get a game started.

As is the case with any online game like World of Tanks, just because it’s out doesn’t mean what you see is simply what you get. While the game launched with over 100 tanks from the United States, Germany, and the UK, future DLC will expand the lineup with new nations, more tanks, and other additions.

Things have been moving along nicely for Wargaming.net’s hugely successful massively-multiplayer online game World of Tanks.

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Coming to Xbox 360 could certainly be seen as an improvement by many, but the real World of Tanks improvements hinted at in the headline are coming to the game itself. Wargaming has big plans for 2014, with producer Mike Zhivets dubbing it “a truly transformative year for the game.” More specifics will be rolled out as the months go on, but a few enhancements we can look forward to include a revamped graphics ren- derer that promises to add a greater level of detail to vehicle models and a more realistic gaming environment. On the technical end, there will be improvements made to the physics engine, as well as enriched gameplay such as the oft- requested Historical Battles and new Fortified Areas meta game functionality.

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