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July 19, 2013

World Of Tanks

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I’ve been playing WoT on the PC for about a month, and I’m up to tier 5 right now. I’ve also been playing the 360 beta of WoT for the past week, but servers are only online during weekends. The interface for WoT on the PC I still find a bit confusing. There’s too much trial and error to figure out what does what and you can waste credits, XP and even gold if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m also confused as to what gives a tank you have it’s “elite” status, and as to what it means in regards to XP.

I’ve also started playing World of Warplanes which has a much better UI than WoT does. I love how you can compare your air craft against the other team’s aircraft during the loading screen. This is something WoT should also adopt. I did find WoWP much easier to get into than WoT, maybe it’s due to already being familiar with WoT since they share the same mechanic with XP, gold, and credits.

I have a Tier III T2 Medium Tank that I got to elite status. After upgrading and mounting all the best items for this tank, it became elite. But the meaning of it got lost for me. A popup appeared when I did this that went by quick and SEEMED to imply that XP earned on an Elite tank will go towards the next tier, or something, but it doesn’t seem to do this.  It would make sense since earning more XP on a tank that’s fully upgraded would be a waste since each tank you own has a different set of XP. I wish I could read that popup again. I’ve also upgraded other tanks with the best hardware for those tanks but they do NOT have elite status, why?  Am I only allowed one elite tank in my garage, or am I missing something else?

SPGs are fun and it’s nice to use when you get burned out on normal tank play, but initial targeting is wonky. When I see a target in the distance spotted by a teammate, I’ll swing my arty around to face the target, try to look towards it inside my reticle, and then hit shift for the overhead view.  After hitting shift my view position often WAY off target. Sometimes very short of the target, or way off at the edge of the map. I have to slowly DRAG my mouse over (several times) towards the target which wastes time and my accuracy will be extremely wide.

The “box” over the minimap seems larger than my actual view of the battlefield. So while it may appear a tank is in my view on the minimap, I don’t actually see it on screen unless it’s damn near in the center of the little box. If the targeting was just a bit more intelligent when I hit the SHIFT key while the target is in my reticle in my “normal view” it should be in my overhead view, and I won’t have to wait so DAMN long correcting it AND wait for the accuracy to shrink.  Xbox 360 version when using SPG is a bit more forgiving mostly because you can move around the map quicker using the controller.

I’m also a bit confused about radios. If the range of the radio is what limits me to tell my teammates where I spot enemy tanks, why is it i can get intel about enemy tanks across the map? Especially when I’m in my Arty, parked in a far corner getting intel from light tanks on the opposite side of the map? My own visual range doesn’t seem to matter as long as there’s a friendly tank spotting them for me.

Matchmaking seems to be good, despite how often  hear other players complain about it. But there is nothing worse than ending up as the bottom tier in a match, vs tanks three tiers above you. Imagine being in your tier 3 tank vs a heavy that’s tier 6; totally unfair. Xbox is worse, even though tiers cap out at 6, still you can be tier 2 facing tier 6 tanks. I find it annoying that when attacking a tank that’s two or three tiers above you, you don’t make ANY damage. Often I the voice over saying “Critical Hit” yet the enemy tank is still at 100% health.

Driving the tank seems slightly awkward when I’m backing up. I tend to think pressing [D] for right will turn my tank to the right as I back up; like a car. But it’s backwards for a tank tracks? Also why is it some tanks can’t keep moving forward when going up hill while turning. Some of them go into a dead stop to turn. Plus some tanks can barely make it up a hill.

The controls on the Xbox version work well EXCEPT when I need to aim, target, and zoom in to snipe. Moving around is fine, but I get lost as to what I need to press to lock on a target, zoom in and zoom closer to snipe. not as intuitive as it is on the PC version.

All-in-all WoT fun to play but as relative newbie I still feel ignorant about what should be the most basic of knowledge when it comes to XP and how you spend it and where it comes from. That should be something you should learn up front when you’re Tier 1 so you don’t waste your XP. Rather than vague pop ups that you might miss reading and won’t be able to read again.

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