World of Warplanes open beta begins in Russia and North America today, with Wargaming.net expecting hundreds of thousands of Russian and North American players to eventually sign up. It will feature the usual simple gameplay — with just a mouse and a couple of buttons — and will be highly competitive. Unfortunately, as several of my friends have already commented on — the planes in World of Warplanes are still…….crap. As are the graphics and the gameplay,
According to Wargaming.net, World of Warplanes open beta will feature planes from the classic age of flying — the 1930s to the 1950s — with a choice of German, Russian, Japanese and American planes. While that’s all well and good, many of the planes they have created for the tech trees in-game for all of these countries are planes that never ever existed. Anywhere or at any time.
Which leaves me asking, isn’t the point of playing a war game like this so you can experience what it would have been like to fly actual planes of the period?. That also makes you wonder why Wargaming.net couldn’t at least add authentic actual planes that have existed at some point in time, rather than just making planes up as they went along.
It’s not like there isn’t boatloads of information about actual classic planes in the 1930s through 1950s that they could have used as reference. I mean, come on, we’re talking World War II. They had fighter planes coming out of their asses.
On top of that, to completely miss out the British Royal Air Force, arguably the strongest air force in the world during this time period and the oldest air force in the world, and one of the main reasons Great Britain won World War II. Now, being a proud British girl who also appreciates historical accuracy and not crap thrown up to make a game ‘fun’, unfortunately World of Warplanes open beta isn’t one I’m going to be signing up for as it seems nothing more than a substandard game, thrown together just to make Wargaming.net a bit more money. Meh.
By the way, if you want to see how the World of Warplanes open beta is likely to look like, check out the fabulous video of the recent World of Warplanes closed beta. This World of Warplanes player talks about the game just like most of my friends have also spoken about it — yep, it’s crap.
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