It is a game that captures the essence of the classic Battleship – only in first-person and with huge maps to navigate and bombard other players ships in.
World of what now?
The premise of World of Warships is simple: confront an opposing enemy team of ships. Both sides are filled with real-world military ships - cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers – and all are fantastically modeled.
World of Warships’s gameplay is very similar to that of World of Tanks or World of Warplanes, but not identical. You can access a tactical map to command your ship, and even assign different waypoints as in an RTS.
This is because the fighting is not as direct as in previous World of games. There is more of a focus on strategic ranged attacks and bombardments – similar to that of the classic Battleship board game, only in real-time.
The controls are simple, but feel realistic. For example, you do not accelerate directly yourself, but give the “full speed ahead” command to your helmsman.
Micro-payments and massive-graphics
World of Warships’s monetization system is not very different from World of Tanks or World of Warplanes. By playing or paying you can earn experience and currency, which can be used to develop your boat or purchase new ones – so, yes, you can pay to unlock better ships more quickly.
If you don’t feel like purchasing a new boat you could also choose to upgrade your ship’s weapons, engine, and armor. Like any game free-to-play game, micropayments allow you to access different advantages. These include experience bumps to earn more through combat, additional XP, and unique ships.
World of Warships’s level of visual detail is amazing, with each boat carefully modeled and looking great sat in the water with waves breaking across their bow. In combat, the sound and visuals work brilliantly, giving a satisfying sense of impact.
A more tactical world
World of Warships is a new game in the series that began with World of Tanks. With less direct combat, more tactical play, and a greater focus planning, this latest installment will have you remembering tense games of Battleship, as every ship slowly maneuvers into position.