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World of Warships
World of Warships

Wargaming.net gives fans of these undeniably cool floating weapons platforms, a World of Warships. World War II-era naval combat, design balance that history so often lacks, creating heavy-metal slugging matches that test tactical skill. Carriers can still rain death from above with bombers, but they’re trapped in a naval cage match where carriers, cruisers, battleships, and destroyers all have distinct and important roles to play in its free-to-play 12v12 multiplayer fleet battles.

The intensity of online battles is matched by the incredible variety of ships at your disposal. Dozens watercraft are available to unlock and upgrade. You begin with a small selection of lighter ships in the first tier, but soon, faster and more powerful vessels are made available. Fans of naval history will get a kick out of the impressive gathering of famous ships from the navies of both the United States and Japan.

There are ten tiers to explore, most of which are categorized among four classes: destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers. Destroyers are the weakest in the group, yet also the fastest, making their ability to charge by and launch a handful of torpedoes terrifying; battleships are the muscle of the fleet, heavily armored and heavily gunned; and cruisers sit somewhere in the middle, with decent firepower and armor–some (quite a few on the Japanese side) also equipped with torpedo launchers.

World of Warships Preview
World of Warships Preview

World of Warships runs smoothly and looks gorgeous. The game features islands and archipelagos covered in forests, jungle, or mossy stone; and sometimes dotted with houses and buildings. The ships themselves are highly detailed, from the wood paneling to the rusted hulls, down to individual rivets. Battles during sunsets are bathed in amber light and long shadows, almost making it too difficult not to be distracted by the scenery. Some weather effects include dark skies and lightning, but thankfully these small storms have no effect on the surrounding ocean.

There’s no denying that high-end vessels are crazy fun to play. As the Japanese giant Yamato, I terrorized the local battlefield, parking myself in shallows with a clear line of sight and raining explosive hell down on half the server. As the Midway, I hid behind a volcanic island just meters from the fighting, sending fighters and bombers overland and back again, picking the enemy apart. The trouble is that most players will never see these late game ships. World of Warships is Wargaming’s most expensive, grind-heavy meta-economy yet.

These ships are expensive, and playing at the highest tier is going to devour time and money. In order to research and then buy all of the ships required to play as the Midway—and then the Midway herself—I’d need to spend about $177 total. Grinding the XP (which isn’t purchasable) that you need to unlock the Midway would likely earn a fair chunk of in-game currency, but not enough, so that’s more grinding to do if you want to avoid paying. Meanwhile, you also need to use in-game currency to repair ships and reload guns.t


Minimum Requirements


Operating System:

Windows 7 x86

Windows 7 64-bit or newer


Core2Duo 2.7 GHz (Core2DuoE6750)

AMD Athlon II 3 GHz X2 250 (Athlon II X2 250)

Mobile Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz (i3 3120M)

IntelCore i3

AMD Six-core 3.5 GHz (AMD FX 6300)

Active Memory(RAM):

2 GB (2.5 GB for configuration with integrated video)

> 4 GB

Graphics Card(GPU):

nVidia GeForce 8800GT/9600GT and higher

Intel HD 4600 and higher

nVidia GeForce740m 830m and higher

VRAM: 512 MB

Screen resolution – 1280*768

Nvidia GeForce 460GTX (550 Ti) and higher

AMD 250x, AMD 7770 and higher

VRAM: 1024 MB

Screen resolution: 1920*1080

Audio Card:

Compatible with DirectX 9.0c

Compatible with DirectX 11

Free Space on Hard Drive:

60 GB (Will decrease to ~35GB ~1 week after initial install.)

60 GB(Will decrease to ~35GB ~1 week after initial install.)

Internet Connection Speed:

1024 Kbps or higher

1024 Kbps or higher