War Thunder is an MMO in the same way World of Tanks is an MMO; multiplayer matches with persistent hangar buildup, XP and cash for upgrades and new rides/flights? It's ostensibly set in WW2, but the planes (just like WoT) seem to reach out far beyond; I've seen a Mig and a Sabre at least. Highlights (for me): - working cockpits! (3 views, 3rd person, cockpit, cockpitless HUD) - 's purty! - TrackIR and 360 controller support (no extra config required, it just works (tm)) - tons of planes to get, with upgrades (although the rate I'm getting shot down I doubt I'll be able to afford anything anytime this decade :P) - something on the ground more than just decor (bombing and strafing targets, artillery, AA, and even convoys ripe for blowing up). - eventual promise for Fleet and Ground player control - the tabs are in the game so they seem quite determined, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm also curious about the Historical Battles, which I assume are tier-locked. All the deathmatches I've played start in the air and are fast and furious, so the tutorials for carrier take off and landing, convoy and carrier dive bombing and well, ANY take-off and landing seem out of place. Maybe there will be a campaign mode or something, not sure. Cons: long wait times for matches while this is in beta. Even longer for Historical Battles, so I haven't even tried that. :( Go sign up so there are more targets! :D Oh yes, and their updater murders my router. I've never had this much trouble with a download. The torrent client maxes out the connection for about a minute, then dies utterly for 15 seconds. Repeat. The following are official, but the game *does* look that good. So, anyone else playing? Thoughts? I've only barely scratched the surface and I'm a shit pilot, so it's pretty hard to judge. :P Flight feel is definitely not Rise of Flight but neither is it total arcade - probably somewhere near Il-2 Cliffs of Dover, complete with WEP (turbo boost on all planes). They still judder nicely, stall, and bite into the air in a wobbley fashion (as appropriate), and altitude management is king.