Source: Rock Paper Shotgun
Ordinarily straight-laced free-to-play WW2 combat sim War Thunder is well known for its silly April Fools events. This year, it’s an impressively well fleshed-out UFO combat scenario named Earth Thunder. With a HUD full of incomprehensible alien text and instructions that aren’t much more helpful, two teams of UFOs clash above a besieged modern-day city. Being advanced alien craft, they’re capable of operating on the land, in the air or even underwater, each with different attack modes, making for an arcadey but very unusual fight. The event runs until April 5th, and Below: A trailer FROM BEYOND.
The Earth Thunder scenario is pretty simple stuff. A capture-and-hold mission with two teams, and five respawns per player. The UFOs themselves are impossibly agile compared to War Thunder’s planes, able to turn on a dime and hit targets with pinpoint accuracy with their beam lasers. Of course, as you’re shooting at tiny UFOs in the distance it’s hard to land a killing shot unless you manage to catch an enemy from above or below. Your UFO’s powers change when you’re close to the ground or underwater, too, making for an unpredictable rhythm to fights.
When you’re near-landed (you can’t crash), your UFO moves slower but with more agility, and is protected by a shield. You also get a railgun cannon to try your hand at sniping. While underwater, you can’t use your main beam cannon, but you can fire a shotgun-blaster, although its shots are only short range. You can also fire homing torpedoes underwater to catch enemies unawares, although they can just as easily hit the ‘fly up’ button (R and F on the keyboard control height by default) to get them out of the water, where neither shotgun blasts nor torpedoes can follow.
I feel there’s a bit more subtlety to the UFO fights than there were in some of War Thunder’s past joke-modes, like the mech-battles they’ve had previously, or the My Little Pony rainbow-powered dogfights even further back. It’s a fresh, fun mode and worth playing a round or two. You launch an Earth Thunder match by clicking the logo in the top-right of the hangar screen.
The Earth Thunder event runs until April 5th. War Thunder is free-to-play and can be found on its official page here or on Steam.
Commanders! Due to the installation of the Update, the server will be unavailable
Update size: 1,6 GB
Let’s welcome in Update 0.8.2! It brings with it Space Battles, the branch of British aircraft carriers, an updated Arsenal with Premium ships, and Season 5 of Clan Battles.
Attention! From April 1 until April 8, you’ll have the opportunity to retrain your Commanders and reset their skills, as well as demount upgrades, for free.
With the release of Update 0.8.2, the option in the Inventory section to exchange researchable aircraft carriers for XP and credits, or Premium aircraft carriers for doubloons, will cease to be available.
Space Warships Intergalactic Games
Our spaceships are being prepared for battle! April Fool’s Day in nearly here, which means that the time is almost upon us to travel to space once again to fight among the stars.
You can test your strength against other players in 4 new battle modes:
- Rings of Saturn (reworked Epicenter mode): now the zones are captured independently from each another. Available between April 1–7.
- Binary Star: the key points of the teams, initially covering a wide territory, are located on the enemy team’s side and shrink gradually. Available between April 1–7.
- Space Assault: the objective of the attacking team is to destroy the defending team’s station in a limited period of time. Both sides have their own advantages: ships of the attacking team respawn, while ships of the defending team gradually recover their HP. Available between April 8–14.
- Torpedo Beat: dynamic torpedo battles with destroyers travelling at high speeds. Available between April 15–24.
Continue reading “WoWS Update 0.8.2: From Britain to the Moon”
This compact tier III light is quite agile, with good camouflage, a maximum speed of 60 km / h and a view range of 320 m. However, there is no armor, so taking shots is not recommended. For this tank, “run and live another day” is an exceptionally true statement.
Likely a gift tank.
Tier: LT-3, USSR, premium / gift
Engine: 335 hp
Mass: 10,50 t
Maximum load: 13,00 t
Power-to-weight: 31,90 hp / t
Max speed/Min speed: 60 / -20 km / h
Hull turning speed: 48 °/s
Turret turning speed: 40 °/s
Terrain resistance values: 1,151 / 1,247 / 2,205
View range: 320 m
Radio range: 300 m
Hull armor: 15 / 13 / 13 mm
Turret armor: 15 / 13 / 13 mm
Gun: 45 mm 20K
Alpha Damage: 47 / 47 / 62
Penetration: 51 / 84 / 23 mm
Rate of fire: 27,205 rounds/minute
Damage per minute: 1 278,6
Reload time: 2,205 s
Accuracy at 100 m: 0,42
Aiming time: 1,9 s
Depression/Elevation: -5 ° / +30 °
Crew – 3 members: Commander, Driver, Loader.
after firing: 3.50;
during the rotation of the turret: 0.14;
while the vehicle is moving: 0.22;
during vehicle rotation: 0.22;
during turret rotation at the maximum speed of 5.6;
at the maximum vehicle speed: 13.2;
at the maximum vehicle rotation speed: 10.56.
camouflage of a still tank: 32.1%;
tank camouflage when in motion: 24%;
camouflage of an immobile tank when shooting: 9.31%;
camouflage of a tank shooting during motion: 6.96%.
Continue reading “Supertest: T-116 (Complete Stats)”
Your interest in the WoT Classic mode exceeded all of our expectations. The influx of players to Classic server was way bigger than we could have handled at the moment! To avoid the waiting time, we suggest you to check out the main server.
We have activated a x5 XP bonus for the first victory of the day from March 30, 1:00 PM (CET), April 1, 8:00 AM (CEST).
Note: Today, the x5 XP bonus will not be visible in the tanks carousel. For the first win of the day you will receive your standard x2 XP bonus, and after 1:00 PM you will also receive the extra x5 XP bonus on the second win of the day. It will appear in your post-battle results. Tomorrow, Sunday 31st you will only see the x5 XP bonus in the tanks carousel as usual.
We are aware of how excited you are to re-experience the good old gameplay of version 0.7.0, and we sincerely apologise for any issues that have emerged. WoT Classic turned out to be a great initiative, and is a testament to the nostalgia that many of our players share with us.
For those of you who have not logged in since November 28th, 2018, we would like to remind you of the Well-Deserved Reward
. Upon logging in, you will receive a wide range of rewards, such as credits, bonds, emblems, medals, and even a T-50-2 tank for the veterans, who have registered their account 4 years ago or earlier!
Apparently you’re supposed to play 3 battles on the Classic server.
The style and emblems should be awarded after the event.
Note: take this info with a grain of salt, since WG did not mention anywhere anything about how you can earn them. I’ve asked my WG contacts and they confirmed it.