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World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition

Hands-On With The Console Version At Gamescom

World of Tanks is a slow-paced, free to play shooter full of historically plodding tanks. I assumed I’d hate playing it on 360. I was wrong.

World of Tanks is a giant on PCs. The game has over 45,000,000 registered players worldwide and holds a Guinness World Record for having Most Players Online Simultaneously on a single server. Now the historical tank simulator is rolling towards an Xbox 360 release and we got our hands on the game during this year’s Gamescom.

Like the PC version, 360 matches feature 15-on-15 player battles, and the game is free for anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account. Though, Silver members can also check it out for seven days. Battles are a little slower than most console shooters. Players don’t respawn after they die and you have to worry more about tank location than weapon pickups.

For our demo we jumped into the seat of a M22 Locust, but the game will launch with over 70 tanks to choose from. All the tanks in game have been faithfully recreated to reflect real world mid-20th century tanks from around the world

After acclimating myself to the controls, I started scouting the terrain. The M22 Locust is fairly fast, so I zoom around the desert tagging enemy tanks on the map so that my artillery can finish them off. I end up getting caught between two tanks who shoot out my treads and I lose the first match, but after a few play sessions I get the hang of things, and the next time the odds are against me, I roll away the lone survivor.

World of Tanks is a different kind of shooter, and it requires a bit of thoughtful strategy. At its deepest layer, it requires players to understand how all the different tanks work and where they are weakest. Good strategy suggests that players don’t moves and shoot at the same time, and it is ideal to prevent your enemy from flanking you or catching you in the rear where you’re weak.

I certainly won’t sacrifice any of my Titanfall playtime for World of Tanks, but the game offers a nice change of pace from most shooters, and I could see myself dipping into the game for a few matches every now and then, after the game releases later this year.

Interested in checking out World of Tanks on the 360 for yourself? The game is currently in open beta.

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  • I've been enjoying the hell out of the beta, they did a good job porting it over to the 360. Now all I need is an official release date.
  • don't know why anyone would have waited to play a free game that can be played on a computer from 1998, but i mean, it's a good game, so it's cool that it's coming to 360.
  • The title on the home page confused me a bit since it didn't mention what game it was talking about. Easily solved by clicking on it and reading 1 more thing, but just saying.
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  • There nothing quite like flanking the enemy, and then taking 2 or 3 of them out before they know what hit them.
  • "I certainly won’t sacrifice any of my Titanfall playtime for World of Tanks" I certainly won't sacrifice any of my World of Tanks playime for Titanfall. Seriously, WOT is not slow paced, not if you really knuckle down and play it-many battles are quick and vicous. Play 100 or maybe a 1000 battles and you might begin to understand how incredible this game is.
  • First game I played I didn't know that there were no respawns, so I rushed and got destroyed pretty easily lol. Now that I got the hang of it I'm enjoying it a lot.
  • While I am not interested in the game, my dad most certainly is. As an old fart that loves anything military related, he is really looking forward to this game. WOT is going to be the first MMO he has ever played. Nice cute little preview on it. I'll direct my old man towards this article. :)

  • What's all this "shameful" stuff. Shameful, shameful, shameful. All you guys are strange.

  • Free game? *starts up game* *bleep bloop* 10G - You Tanked (get killed within 1 minute of entering game) ;-)
  • I got into the beta. Tried the game out. We found some enemies, I shot a guy 10 times, it took maybe half his health, he turned and shot me twice and I died. I turned the game off, and Ill never play the stupid unbalanced piece of crap again.
  • This is another one that I'll just buy used or borrow from a friend. If I like the concept of it, but Battlefield 3 in my opinion, is a better choice. Then again I haven't tried it. All my views on it are based on what I've read and gameplay videos.

  • Hello :)

    I'm glad that you like the beta :)  Please dont hesitate to join us at forums http://forum.wt360e.com/  

    Happy playing! :)

    Wargaming PL Ambassador Jasysae

  • I really like playing, I just want them to have them release it.  Its been in beta for awhile now, It's about time for everyone to enjoy it.