What is it?
Armored Warfare (AW) sits in the same basket as ‘War Thunder’ and ‘World of Tanks’, providing players the opportunity to face-off in various battle scenarios under a free-to-play business model. It’s been developed by Obsidian Entertainment and originally launched on PC in 2015.
Choose your tank and head onto the battlefield.
Is it any good?
Blowing stuff up in a tank is always good fun and thankfully, due to the fact it’s free-to-play and easy to pick up, Armored Warfare is leading with the right attitude. The only trouble is there is one tank game that dominates the market: World of Tanks. Armored Warfare simply doesn’t have the looks nor content to compete against a company with far more resources and initial support (on PlayStation 4 at least), however it’s off to a good start to becoming a fun alternative.
The biggest bonus is that Armored Warfare is a fun, arcade tank game that’s easy to pick up and play. There’s also a nice variety of game modes to play across, including: PvE, PvP and large-scale Global Operations. It might not focus on the pin point realism of other tank games, but that gives it the bonus of instant accessibility. Within minutes I was ploughing into battle and administering explosive shots against the opposition with a fair amount of success. Of course your success depends on which tank you choose to control.
Currently, there are three countries to choose from when picking a tank and each one has a web of different tank tiers, rising from cheaper ‘starter’ vehicles to more advanced ‘premium’ models, each one can be modified to include performance enhancements and cosmetic add-ons. Those who wish to make the most of the experience they gain per match can opt to purchase ‘Premium Time’, though playing for free is just as fun and there are no pay-to-win schemes here.
Anything bad to report?
Armored Warfare doesn’t have the budget behind it to match the look and feel of World of Tanks. You have to make a decision on how much that might bother you, alongside the fact that World of Tanks has a far more established player base on console.
Should you buy it?
Are you looking for a fully-fledged tank simulator in World of Tanks or would you rather jump into an arcade-like experience that’s just as fun, but doesn’t have quite a much content to jump into?