As online gaming journalists, we get to play many different games of very diverse genres. We are gamers to the core, but naturally we also have personal preferences as to what kinds of games we enjoy to play in our spare time. Nevertheless, we often have to write about games that we would never touch if we had a choice. How can we test games from genres that we are not necessarily familiar with? How can we make sure that we’re still objective and fair to the quality of the game? We asked ourselves these questions and realized how important the first few hours in video games are. How are players instructed in tutorials (if there are any at all), how easy is the access to the game, and what kinds of tips can we give for an easier start?
The free-to-play aviation shooter War Thunder will get a major game update in the near future, which will add ground forces to the war game. We decided that now would be a good time to revisit the game and see what the first few hours of War Thunder are like. In early March, we had already extensively tested the online game and briefly commented on its tutorial. Now it’s time to explain in more detail what it’s like to get started in the game and if players who are looking forward to the addition of ground forces should maybe already give the game a try.
Of Having Tutorials and Actually Playing Them
We were thrown back to the main screen of the game called Hangar, which features visually appealing closeups of various planes. On the bottom right corner, we found a red button which says “To Battle!”. It strikes the eye more than anything else on this screen. Naturally, after having the audio guide tell us that we were ready to head into our first battle and seeing the red button, we decided to try our luck. We had to painfully learn that this was not a very smart idea. As complete rookies, we didn’t quite know what to do or how to do it, and ended up feeling quite lost and helpless. We were definitely anything but good supporters for our team and ended up being shot down faster than you can say “World War 2”.