DEVTOME.COM HOSTING COSTS HAVE BEGUN TO EXCEED 115$ MONTHLY. THE ADMINISTRATION IS NO LONGER ABLE TO HANDLE THE COST WITHOUT ASSISTANCE DUE TO THE RISING COST. THIS HAS BEEN OCCURRING FOR ALMOST A YEAR, BUT WE HAVE BEEN HANDLING IT FROM OUR OWN POCKETS. HOWEVER, WITH LITERALLY NO DONATIONS FOR THE PAST 2+ YEARS IT HAS DEPLETED THE BUDGET IN SHORT ORDER WITH THE INCREASE IN ACTIVITY ON THE SITE IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS. OUR CPU USAGE HAS BECOME TOO HIGH TO REMAIN ON A REASONABLE COSTING PLAN THAT WE COULD MAINTAIN. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE DEVTOME PROJECT AND KEEP THE SITE UP/ALIVE PLEASE DONATE (EVEN IF ITS A SATOSHI) TO OUR DEVCOIN 1M4PCuMXvpWX6LHPkBEf3LJ2z1boZv4EQa OR OUR BTC WALLET 16eqEcqfw4zHUh2znvMcmRzGVwCn7CJLxR TO ALLOW US TO AFFORD THE HOSTING.

THE DEVCOIN AND DEVTOME PROJECTS ARE BOTH VERY IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO ITS FURTHER SUCCESS FOR ANOTHER 5 OR MORE YEARS!

1)

  • Author's Note and Disclaimer: I do not own the images in this article. ALL of the images I have used are commonly accessible on the internet, and I have included the links to the pages that I got them from so that I cannot be accused of copyright. Also, not all of the information relayed in this article is cited because a lot of it is commonly available information on the internet. I have only cited important dates or figures.

World Of Tanks: An MMO Like No Other

Hello All! If you are a fan of MMO-style games, have fun reading about Belarusian gaming company Wargaming.net and its flagship MMO first-person shooter, World of Tanks. This is by far one of my favorite MMO games, and its reputation is known internationally. I will be doing a series of articles on this game to give aspiring players a preview of the action.

Background

Wargaming.net, a gaming company based in Belarus, officially launched World of Tanks on 12 April 2011 in North America 2). Previously the game was launched in Russia and other nearby areas of the former Soviet Union. The game is a first-person shooter based upon World War II tank warfare and includes tanks from Germany, France, the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, Japan, and China. It uses a freemium game economy – it's possible to play very well for free, but players who pay money can access exclusive tanks and features, in addition to earning more credits and experience per battle. The game uses the BigWorld MMO engine, which makes for excellent graphics and gameplay3). The physics of this game, in particular, is one of the things that makes World of Tanks so awesome.

4)

Gameplay

The game functions like a typical first-person shooter: the mouse cursor operates as a sight and weapon control, while the arrow keys (usually W, A, S, and D rather than the traditional arrows) are used to drive the tank forward, backward, left, and right. Below is a picture of what the game looks like to a player:

5)

The aiming circle for the tank's gun is controlled by the mouse, and the tank's movement around the battlefield is controlled by the keys. You can also see a mini-map in the bottom right corner that can be toggled on and off, plus a list of all tanks in the game on both teams in the upper left and right corners. The friendly team is listed on the left, and the enemy team is listed on the right. The list includes player name, vehicle type, and tier. In the bottom center of the screen, you can see boxes that indicate ammunition and consumables, which are expendable items that can be purchased to aid your gameplay. Consumables usually include things like repair kits to fix your tank, first aid kits to heal injured crew members, fire extinguishes to put out engine fires, or boosting items like better gasoline to make your tank move faster. In the bottom left of the screen, you can see your tank's health indicator, which tells you how many hitpoints you have left and whether any important modules are damaged or crew members are injured. When modules become damaged or destroyed, they are either hindered in their performance or temporarily unusable until your crew repairs them. For example, a damaged gun will be less accurate, whereas a destroyed gun will not fire for a period of time until the crew repairs it, at which point it will remain damaged but usable.

Types of Battles

There are several types of battles that can be played in World of Tanks:

  • Standard: Each team consists of 15 tanks and starts at opposite sides of the battlefield. Victory is accomplished by destroying all of the other team's tanks, or capturing the opposing team's base.
  • Assault: Two teams of 15 tanks. One team holds a base that they must defend at all costs. The other team must either destroy all of the defending team's tanks or capture their base.
  • Encounter: Two teams of 15 tanks. One neutral base is placed in the center of the map. The first team to capture the base or destroy all of the enemy team's tanks wins.
  • Team Battle: A new battle mode allowing teams of seven tanks to battle. This makes for faster and more strategic gameplay.
  • Platoon: A feature allowing up to three players to team up and join a battle together. The platoon can earn special awards for cooperating to help their team win.
  • Tank Companies: A more organized version of typical public battles. Tank Company battles can have any of the formats mentioned above, but are organized with a commander and tend to be more tactical.
  • Clan Wars: The ultimate experience of World of Tanks. Clan Wars allows clans of players to battle for territory across a global map. Clans can use diplomacy, alliances, espionage, or other geopolitical tactics to earn territory. Players who compete in clan wars can earn exclusive vehicles, awards, and items.

Another picture of gameplay:

wot_gameplay3.jpg6)

Tanks

Of course, the game would be worthless without the tanks themselves! This section will give a brief overview of the tank types and battle tiers.

Each nation in World of Tanks — be it Germany, Russia, America, France, Britain, Japan, or China — has a tree of vehicles which are organized according to tier. The tiers range from tier 1 to tier 10, with the smallest and least powerful vehicles at tier 1 and the most powerful vehicles in the game at tier 10. New players will begin at tier 1, and they must research their way up through higher battle tiers in order to acquire better tanks. Experience and credits can be earned through battles played.

Here is an example of a tech tree: the Soviet Russia tech tree is displayed, since it is one of the most extensive trees in the game:

7)

You can see that the user initially only has the tier 1 Soviet tank available (on the very left of the screen) and must research his way up through the higher tiers (towards the right of the screen).

Types of Tanks

There are five categories of tanks you can play in World of Tanks.

Light Tanks

These tanks are fast, agile scout tanks used primarily to detect enemy tanks, scout the battlefield, and hunt down enemy artillery. The majority of light tanks have thin armor, poor guns, and very good mobility. However, there are exceptions to this rule—a few light tanks have very good weapons and armor for their tier. One of the best uses of a light tank is cooperating with friendly artillery to spot and destroy enemy heavy tanks or tank destroyers. Since artillery cannot spot enemy tanks on their own, they need light tanks to do the spotting for them. Light tanks begin at tier 1 – the highest tier of light tanks currently in the game as of February 2014 is the tier 8 Chinese light tank, the WZ-132, pictured below next to a popular tier 1 light tank, the American T1 Cunningham.

T1 Cunningham: 8)wot_t1_cunningham.jpg

WZ-132: 9)wot_wz_132.jpg

  • Author's Opinion

Light tanks are a lot of fun to play if you are OK with not necessarily being the heaviest hitting tank on the battlefield. At lower tiers, light tanks tend to be relatively equally matched in terms of firepower and armor. However, gameplay becomes more challenging at higher tiers because the players are usually more skilled, and playing a high-tier light tank can be challenging and costly, especially because heavy tanks and tank destroyers become very powerful at higher tiers. Don't expect to survive the vast majority of your battles.

Medium Tanks

Medium tanks are usually the “jack-of-all-trades” tanks on the battlefield. They are typically less mobile than light tanks but much more mobile than heavy tanks, tank destroyers, and artillery. Generally, medium tanks fit in between light tanks and heavy tanks as far as firepower, armor, and mobility is concerned, although there are notable exceptions. Not all vehicles fit the mold, but most of them do. The main purpose of medium tanks is to provide support and mobility to a team's main force. They usually are not equipped with enough armor to lead the brunt of the fighting, but they can be very effective flanking or sniping tanks. In a pinch, many medium tanks are fast and mobile enough to scout the battlefield in the absence of light tanks to do the scouting. Medium tanks are also very effective in “wolfpacks,” groups of three or more medium tanks which rove around the battlefield picking off lone tanks. A medium tank cannot usually engage a heavy tank or tank destroyer from the front, but if the medium tank can flank the heavy tank or tank destroyer, it can circle the enemy tank fast enough to remain out of firing range while pouring shot after shot into the enemy tank's sides and rear. This commonly-used tactic is called “circling” and should be used only by relatively experienced players. Medium tanks begin at tier 2 in the game, and the highest tier medium tanks are tier 10. Below are some popular medium tanks in World of Tanks.

Tier 5 M4 Sherman (USA): wot_m4_sherman.jpg10)

Tier 8 Type 59 (China): wot_type59.jpg11)

Tier 10 Object 140 (Russia): wot_obj140.jpg12)

  • Author's Opinion

Medium tanks are a lot of fun to play because of their versatility. If you would like more firepower and survivability than a light tank, but you don't want to be as slow as a heavy tank, a medium tank is a great compromise. High-tier medium tanks are also very valuable in Tank Companies and Clan Wars if you should advance that far in the game. The author's favorite tank in the game is a medium tank: the tier 10 T-62a Russian medium tank, which is similar to the Object 140 pictured above.

Heavy Tanks

Heavy tanks are the biggest and most heavily armored tanks in World of Tanks. Their primary purpose is to spearhead the main attack and deliver a lot of firepower. Their armor is usually extremely difficult for light or medium tank guns to penetrate from the front, and it can even be difficult from the side or rear depending on the tank involved. They also carry some of the most powerful guns in the game, next to tank destroyers and artillery. The trade-offs for this power are a general lack of mobility and speed. Most heavy tanks are slower than medium and light tanks, and are thus vulnerable targets for tank destroyers and artillery to attack at long range. Heavy tanks are also usually unable to relocate across the battlefield quickly if they need to. However, just like all other tank classes, there are a few heavy tanks in the game which defy convention, having lots of mobility and little armor. Heavy tanks generally start at tier 5 in the game and range up to tier 10. Below are some of the heavy tanks available in World of Tanks.

Tier 5 KV-1 (Russia): wot_kv1.jpg13)

Tier 7 PzKfpw Tiger 1 (Germany's famous tank of WW2): wot_tiger1.jpg14)

Tier 9 M103 (USA): wot_m103.jpg15)

Tier 10 Maus (yes, it's pronounced “Mouse”….the Germans had a sense of humor. This is by far the biggest and most heavily armored tank in the game): wot_maus.jpg16)

  • Author's Opinion'

Heavy tanks are appealing to many players because of their power and armor. Usually heavy tanks are critical vehicles in higher-tier battles and Clan Wars; a properly-played heavy tank can totally turn the tide of battle. However, heavy tanks are not invincible – tank destroyers and artillery have guns powerful enough to cause serious damage to heavy tanks. Considering how slowly most heavy tanks move, artillery can be very damaging to a heavy tank at long range. With the recent introduction of tier 10 tank destroyers to the game, heavy tank armor is no longer the powerhouse it used to be. Playing a heavy tank successfully requires a lot of skill and game experience. Consequently, heavy tanks are not recommended for inexperienced players, or players who want mobility and versatility in a tank. The author of this article does not enjoy playing heavy tanks as much as medium tanks and tank destroyers. But you will have to figure out for yourself what tank you like best!

Tank Destroyers

Tank destroyers (known as TDs for short) are specialty machines designed to destroy enemy tanks at a distance. Although not all TDs in the game fit the typical description, TDs are generally intended to be sniping and supporting vehicles. Ideally, TDs should never be spotted by the enemy, unlike medium and heavy tanks which are usually on the front lines of the battle. TDs were historically designed to be ambush vehicles, and they maintain those characteristics in the game. The vast majority of the TDs in World of Tanks lack a turret, so they must traverse their entire hulls in order to turn their guns. This characteristic can make TDs very vulnerable to being flanked in close quarters combat. However, TDs have a number of strengths which make them powerful on the battlefield. Aside from artillery vehicles, TDs have the most powerful guns in the game and can dish out massive amounts of damage. They also have some of the best camouflage values, allowing them to hide from enemy light tanks and avoid being spotted. Furthermore, many TDs have speed and mobility which allows them to compete with faster heavy tanks and even some medium tanks; some TDs even have armor comparable to that of the most heavily armored heavy tanks. As far as battle tiers go, TDs begin at tier 2 and go all the way up to tier 10. The tier 10 tank destroyers in particular can mount and use monstrously powerful weapons.

Tier 3 Marder II (Germany): 17)

Tier 6 M18 Hellcat (USA….this is one of the rare TDs with a turret, also happens to be extremely fast and one of the author's favorite tanks) m18_hellcat_skin_1.jpg18)

Tier 8 ISU-152 (Russia) wot_isu_152.jpg19)

Tier 10 Jagdpanzer E-100 (Germany…yes this thing is as huge as it looks) 20)

  • Author's Opinion

Tank destroyers usually require a player to have steady aim and excellent knowledge of cover and camouflage. They are fantastic for a player with a more cautious playstyle. With a few notable exceptions, most of the TDs in the game are not made for front-line action and should not be played by more aggressive players. Unless you are playing a TD with a turret, you are always in danger of being flanked and destroyed by a light tank or medium tank. However, if a player can master the necessary skills for successful TD driving, TDs can be a blast to play because of their firepower and damage potential. It is not unusual for a game to be decided by the skilled use of a TD. Many times, I have seen an enemy team advancing with greater numbers against a friendly base, and all being destroyed by one or two friendly TD players who skillfully used cover and camouflage to defend the friendly base. If you favor a slower, more cautious playstyle and can remain mindful of medium and light tanks which would flank you, then you should definitely try playing tank destroyers.

Self-Propelled Guns/Artillery (SPGs)

Self-propelled guns, more popularly known as artillery or SPGs, are lightly-armored gun platforms that provide long-range fire support to tanks on the battlefield. Battle tier for battle tier, SPGs carry the biggest and most powerful guns in the game, and they usually have enough range to hit targets across the battlefield. The primary role of SPGs is to target large, slow-moving enemy vehicles like heavy tanks and tank destroyers and hit them hard at long range, helping the friendly team to push forward. However, this immense firepower comes at a cost – SPGs have very thin armor and are easily destroyed in close-combat, and just like tank destroyers, they can be easily flanked by light and medium tanks. They also have very slow reload and aiming times, meaning that an SPG player must take his time and plan his shots carefully. SPGs are also very team-dependent vehicles: an SPG player needs his teammates to spot enemy vehicles and keep them lit up on the minimap so that he can actually hit them, and he needs some teammates to help defend him from enemy light tanks and medium tanks. An SPG without spotters and defenders can be very ineffective.

SPGs have a unique game mode which allows them to see the whole battlefield from a birds-eye view. This mode is called (rather predictably) SPG mode and looks like this: wot_spgtargeting.jpg21)

You can see from the picture that this artillery player has targeted an enemy tank and has it straight in his crosshairs. You can also see that this mode allows the SPG player to look down on the battlefield and select targets very easily. SPGs can also exit SPG mode and view the battlefield like a normal tank. The normal mode allows an SPG to function like a tank destroyer in rare close-combat situations.

In the game, SPGs range from tier 2 to tier 10. The most powerful gun on any tank in World of Tanks is mounted on the tier 10 American artillery piece named the T92. It is capable of destroying almost any tank in the game (with the exception of the Maus and a few other super-heavy tanks) in one hit. You can see it, along with some other SPGs, in the pictures below.

Tier 2 T57 (USA) wot_t57.jpg22)

Tier 6 Hummel (Germany) wot_hummel.jpg23)

Tier 7 S-51 (Russia…..nicknamed the Finger of God for its powerful gun) wot_s51.jpg24)

Tier 10 T92 (USA…highest damage output gun in game) wot_t92.jpg25)

Conclusion

If you've made it this far, congratulations and thanks for reading! I hope this article has given you a good background understanding of World of Tanks, and perhaps interested you in playing the game. If you've liked what you've seen so far, go ahead and check out the World of Tanks website to learn more about what this great game has to offer. See you on the battlefield!


Games | Shooters


QR Code
QR Code introduction_to_world_of_tanks (generated for current page)
 

Advertise with Anonymous Ads