World of Warships is Wargaming.net’s latest offering into their free-to-play games shared with World of Tanks and World of Warplanes, finally bringing the fight to the open seas with their take on 3rd person naval combat. The game has been in alpha and beta for quite some time, and has been improved by leaps and bounds from day one to give you the best possible naval combat game you’ve seen in a long time. You’ll upgrade ship parts, use camouflage, equip signals to boost your in game exp or silver acquisition, do daily missions, and even make a sailor yet out of that commander that is assigned to your ship. Lets get into what makes World of Warships the Poseidon of naval combat gaming.

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World of Warships uses the very familiar XP and equip system that most have used either in other Wargaming Universe games, RPG’s, action adventure games, chances are, you’ve used it before in something you’ve played, but this is where the similarities stop and World of Warships becomes unique. All of the ships in World of Warships, and the other games under the Wargaming Universe, are modeled after real vehicles used from the early 1900’s all the way to the 1950’s, and are modeled right down to the oars in the life rafts hanging all over the ship. This goes for the same in your equipment and upgrades, if it’s in the game, it was used by the country using said ship at some point in time, which in turn, should show you just how much time and effort was put into the game to give you authenticity that you never knew you needed, and a brief history lesson (Yay history!) on when the ship was built, how the ship came to be, and usually how many saw combat if they did. All of said equipment is purchased through first researching the module in game using XP earned in game, then purchasing the module with the in game currency that you acquire through either player co-op matches pitting you against pretty solid AI (PRO TIP: This is a good way to get to know your ships and how they handle before stepping out to the real fights of PvP), or you can take your game to the next level and head straight into the epic PvP combat that has made Wargaming.net the planetary juggernaut that it is today, this is where the real fun is.

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World of Warships has four types of ships for use in game, and hail from 4 different countries at the moment, with more to come later. The United States of America, Japan, Russia with Germany and Britain on the way. Each country tends to lean towards a certain play-style, US ships tend to be built for more close combat instead of sniping like the Japanese ships are so good at. This doesn’t mean you can’t play them like you want to tho, as each one plays a very different role:

  • Aircraft carriers: Multi-role ships that bring an RTS-style gameplay to the fight. You choose what you load onto the carrier with four styles of aircraft (Dive Bombers, Torpedo Bombers, Scouts and Fighters) and the ability to command multiple squadrons. You ARE the eye in the sky, but make sure you keep an eye out for AA guns on Cruisers, those will take your flyers out and blind you and your team.
  • Destroyers: Lightly armored but very quick, cruisers are the fastest, most maneuverable ship available. This class is a huge threat on the open water, dealing damage from either massive cannons or big hitting torpedoes. Use your high speed to your advantage, stick and move, and do yourself a favor, master the zig-zag.
  • Cruisers: These versatile vessels are perfect for hunting enemy cruisers, spotting them for teammates to target or blowing them out of the water your self. Additionally, the AA guns that come stock on every single one of these offers another line of defense against enemy aircraft threats.
  • Battleships: These are the designated BIG GUNS of World of Warships. Massive cannons, thick armor and rows of anti-aircraft artillery make them a deadly “triple threat” in any battle. These ships NEED to be supported to be fully effective to the team, make sure to support them with Cruisers or Destroyers that can spot and keep the enemy occupied while you move into place.

Along with these new types of ships are also a new types of consumables; Signals, and Camouflage. Consumables are used after every match and tack on some huge benefits in game. You will acquire a set of signals every time you get a battle achievement. You gain battle achievements by doing something in particular in a match from destroying a ship after you yourself are destroyed, to taking more than 40% flooding damage and surviving the match. Lets first check out what each Signal will do for you and your ship. The list is: Name-needed achievement-benefit to you:

Hotel Yankee Die Hard When calculating collision damage, take -20% damage and deal +50% damage.
Juliet Yankee Bissotwo Unsinkable You recover from flooding 20% faster
Juliet Charlie Detonation -100% chance of magazine detonation
India Bravo Terrathree It’s Just a Flesh Wound -5% to repair cost after battle
Zulu First Blood +20% Credits earned for the battle
Sierra Mike Double Strike +5% Maximum speed
India Delta Dreadnought +20% HP recovery speed for battlship’s activated ability Repair Party
Mike Yankee Soxsix Close Quarters Expert +5% secondary battery maximum firing range, Increased secondary armament accuracy, -5% loading time for secondary batteries.
Equal Speed Charlie London Confederate +50% Earned XP in this battle.
India Yanke Fireproof -20% duration of fire onboard

The ability to use Signals becomes available once you hit level 7 in game.

Next up, let’s take a look at the types of Camouflage available to you. Currently there are only two available but both have their uses and are highly recommended once you unlock them at level 8 in game:

  • Type 1: -3% detectability from enemy ships. This adds a 3% chance the enemy won’t see you while they are hunting you and your team on the map. You’ll see this on a lot of Carriers and Destroyers.
  • Type 2: -4% to the firing accuracy of the enemy attacking your ship. Any enemy that attacks you will have a 4% chance tacked on to their shots to miss you. Expect to see this on a lot of Cruisers and Battleships.

Camouflages are optional, like the signals, but with these kind of advantages, there really isn’t a reason you wouldn’t want them on your ship other than you just aren’t earning enough silver yet, but don’t worry, you will.

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As mentioned before, World of Warships is a free-to-play game and is part of the Wargaming.net Universe which allows you to log into any of their games with your personal Wargaming.net ID and take advantage of the Unified Premium Account Service. Premium time is a set amount of time that you buy with your real money for your wargaming.net account, that increases the amount of XP and Credits you get per match by 50%. These come in a very optimal format from one day of time, for those people who only have a day to play, to an entire years worth of time and are all fairly priced when you do the math. Obviously the bigger you buy, the better the deal. What this also includes is any premium time you purchase in game or on the website, will work across the board to your other game accounts as well. If you bought premium time for your World of Warships account, but you have an active Clan War going on in World of Tanks, or even World of Warplanes, you’re covered with the premium time. This is a nice touch as most companies don’t offer this kind of cross-over with their premium times, and feel extra should be paid for such a thing. That being said, World of Warships has a unique real-money currency that will only apply to that specific game. World of Tanks and World of Warplanes use Gold and World of Warships uses Doubloons (See what they did there?)

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World of Warships is a very welcome addition to the Wargaming Universe and fills the void of naval combat games being so stagnant for so long. The game will go a long way with its addictive gameplay, absolutely gorgeous graphics, and extremely helpful community. With all of these combined together, it really isn’t a wonder that Wargaming.net games have set world records, and their games are played in just about every country on the planet. World of Warships is available right now for PC and you can download it HERE. Make sure and check out our streams page for World of Warships play, as you might not only learn something, but you might just earn something as well, ACTION STATIONS!