War Thunder Review Bombed Down to Mostly Negative on Steam

/ 1 year ago

War Thunder, The free-to-play MMO military game featuring aviation, armoured vehicles and naval craft has recently been review bombed on Steam down to Mostly Negative scores.

War Thunder Review Bombed

I’ve played War Thunder a couple of times once to try it and then secondly to try it in VR, both times were ok but the free-to-play experience just isn’t for me as it requires you to either sink your hard-earned money into micro-transactions or an ungodly amount of hours to unlock new things. Recently the game has been hit with a review bomb on Steam dropping its recent review score to mostly negative, a stark difference from the game’s Mostly Positive all-time score. So what has caused the sudden anger in the community?

Predatory Economy

From my understanding of the recent reviews, it seems players are not happy with the predatory economy and micro-transactions system. I get why they don’t like it but at the same time that is the nature of free-to-play games and it’s odd to me that they’re suddenly now angry about it. It seems that most of the anger has stemmed from the recent “how progression and economy is built in F2P games and War Thunder in particular” article that was posted on warthunder.com. The general problem that people are having appears to be that progression is way too grinding and certain gameplay mechanics are designed to force new F2P players to spend money on premium vehicles to have a chance at having fun.

All in all, it seems that players are mad that a F2P game has a business model that forces you to spend money at some point and for some reason, it is surprising to them. It is fairly obvious that a free-to-play game needs to make money somehow, find me a free-to-play game that doesn’t have predatory monetisation.

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