World of Warships: Aircraft Carrier Beta

World of Warships (#WoW) has been around for 3 years now and provides an exciting, multi-player warship simulation environment. I’ve been playing it with my son since it was launched (he lives a few states away). Recently, they’ve been making some significant changes to the way aircraft carriers will work. In the past, they were more of a strategic element to the game, allowing you to send groups of planes out on missions to gather intelligence or attack shipping. Some people liked this model, but most did not based on the number of people who were carrier drivers above level 6 or so.

The new beta is focused on making the player experience more interactive and less of a real-time strategy experience. My opinion is that they definitely have done that. You can no longer send multiple flights out at the same time, but must fly the lead plane, while positioning your ship for effect.

WoW Beta.gifYou have multiple types of planes you can fly (bomber, torpedo, missile) but you only have one flight in the air at a time (at least during the beta). Having said that, it still makes for a fairly exciting experience. In the GIF above, I have a flight of dive bombers that are a attacking a battleship and then a cruiser.

I am sure there will be some people who hate the new version, but once I got used to the concept of no longer being able to think all that strategically about driving the carrier, it’s quite exciting.

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WoW that is one mean April Fools trick

One large on-line game I like to play with my son (who lives a few states away) is World of Warships. This is a naval action-themed massively multiplayer online game produced by international game developer and publisher Wargaming. The game features several classes of warships fulfilling different roles within teamed player versus player battles.

The ships fall into 4 classes: Destroyers, Cruisers, Battleships and Air Craft Carriers.

One thing that has been discussed since the first time I played the game was “Why are there no Submarines?” Well this week they played off that desire and added them to the game and gave everyone one – it was just that you couldn’t actually play it!

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For those who really wanted to take on the Sub role that was just cruel. April fools!!