World of Warships
Top Critic Average
Scoring a hit with World of Warships' big floating guns feels great, and teamwork pays off big.
World of Warships does have a few small hitches, but they're easily manageable. Ultimately, the excitement that comes from commanding powerful ships during explosive battles on the high seas overshadows these faults. The thrills that await, along with the promise of unlocking advanced ships down the road, make World of Warships an enticing expedition into the sometimes turbulent waters of free-to-play games.
This new installment from Wargaming is a breath of fresh air. The gameplay may seem slow for newcomers, but in the end you will likely sink hours into this game without even realising it.
With its tense naval battles and huge array of historical vessels, World of Warships is the free-to-play MMO that can make a wargamer out of anyone.
With a host of additional features like Ranked Battles, night fights, weather events, clan warfare, and more factions scheduled to hit the high seas shortly after launch, World of Warships offers veteran MMO captains and World of War newbies alike a lot to write home about – in this case, loose lips float ships.
World of Warships starts out well. The game is fast, it looks good, and it's fun. Progress soon comes to a crawl, however, and the repetitive grinding, off-set only by a convoluted Free-to-Play system, dampens the experience in ways that the superb graphics and quick multiplayer matchmaking do little to offset.
Wargaming seems to have a knack for finding what is simply fun in large scale battles and bringing out our inner kid who played in the backyard or the bath tub pretending to wage war with toys. Where Warships really shines is in the ease of play, notable polish and quick battles that anyone can enjoy. You can't go wrong with the price of free either, and there really is nothing quite like World of Warships available.
Even those who are bothered by the business model, can still experience the first five or six tiers of all the available nations without really needing to spend a dime, and enjoying a metric ton of great content and fun gameplay. There are some flaws here and there, but obliterating a cruiser with shells that weigh as much as a car is too satisfying to pass up.
World of Warships is fast paced and fun, and the graphics are quite pretty; the water effects in particular are stunning. My only complaints are little ones; the length of time it takes to get ships past tier 3 or 4 being chief among them. It's fun, it's free, it's multiplayer, with PvP and PvE modes, and it is pretty. What else could we ask for?
Deep and well made, if not immediately exciting