Which we've treated as a new review of the game, since this is such a significant update and because the game has changed a lot. Especially here in Australia thanks to dedicated servers. So we called upon our favourite driver, gunner, loader and commander -- all in one -- Mr James Cottee who handled our original review for his expert insights into World of Tanks 1.0.
Here's a snippet from his review:
More ominous is a tank that recently returned to the Premium Shop: the Chrysler K, the vehicle that sparked the 'Fochgate' scandal last year. A World of Tanks streamer by the name of Sir Foch got rather irritated by the fact that this premium tank had no frontal weak spots; most vehicles will have targets like viewports or hatches that more skilful players will aim for. The standard ammo for the The Chrysler K also had relatively low penetration, nudging players towards using premium ammo, in turn nudging players towards paying gold for said ammo, or towards paying for premium time. Many players were concerned that such changes would negatively affect the game they loved by turning it into a more dumbed-down, pay-to-win experience. If you 're curious as to whether the Chrysler K is overpowered you can find out for yourself for as little as AUD$49.68 for the standard bundle. Also available: The Ultimate Bundle for AUD$73.58, and the Supreme Bundle for AUD$91.94.Click here for our full and in-depth World of Tanks 1.0 review.
One thing that WarGaming have done pretty well was Frontlines mode. That right there should be a standalone game someone should make. All tier 8s, 30vs30, respawns, abilities, all go to make it a good mode. Much more interesting than random battles, much more balanced. Too bad it's gone for now, not sure when it's coming back.
The game does have problems that hold it back like:
How Wargaming runs the game in the first place.
Premium ammo and how it links in with its store to sell you things.
Matchmaking and the +2/-2 spread.
Power creep by not updating older tanks to be competitive against newer tanks.
overpowered premium tanks.
So many Russian Medium tanks being put in. No love for Germany, USA?