World of Warships (in game preview) Review

Despite being older, I recently discovered a game that demands my attention and deserves a review. World of Warships initially released on PC on September 17, 2015 from publisher Wargaming.net. With a recent release on Xbox One, I finally came into contact with this game. Wargaming.net first exploded into the gaming scene with the release of World of Tanks August 12, 2010. I played a lot of World of Tanks through the years and I thought I would give the new game a shot.

World of Warships keeps a lot of the base concepts of World of Tanks while bringing a fresh new look to the tactical war-game genre. A small disclaimer here, while World of Warships is a free to play game, Wargaming.net is notorious for large amounts of grinding in their games and monetizing the ability to skip that grind. I personally feel like the grind is much more reasonable in World of Warships than their previous title, but it still deserves a mention.

Tactics and forethought are at the heart of World of Warships. With long reload times on your main cannons and torpedoes it brings a level of depth when thinking about how you position your ship and when to fire. It can take quite a few shots to take down the more heavily armored variants of ships, which eliminates a lot of my personal frustration from World of Tanks where you spend 20 minutes getting into position only to get one-shot by someone you can’t see. In general, games with higher hit-point totals are viewed as “higher skill” because it gives the opportunity to respond to surprise attacks.

There are three types of ships currently available in the Xbox One version of the game; Destroyer, Cruiser and Battleship. Destroyers are low health fast moving assassins that rely on slow moving torpedoes to do massive damage to the more heavily armored ships. Cruisers toe the line between cannon focused and still being maneuverable and rely on short reload times to pump damage out from range. Battleships are heavily armored with cannons that hit like a truck compared to the other ships.

After playing this game all weekend my one piece of advice is know your role. A battleship will never be able to move quickly into an objective and is vulnerable to torpedo attacks as you can not turn fast enough to evade. On the other hand a destroyer can’t just sit back and trade shots as you don’t have the hit points to trade, focus on dashing in, releasing torpedoes and getting out fast.

Overall I am really enjoying this game and I think it’s a perfect fit for a couch console game with low levels of frustration and a more relaxed atmosphere than most of the shooters I play. I am very happy giving it a rating of Positive ROP on the rating scale.

Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut

World of Warships is currently free to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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