Wargaming.net has never even insinuated World of Warplanes will be a realistic flight simulator but has advertised their new product as an "MMO action game". Accurate loadouts, high-fidelity physics models, and realistic damage models need not apply. If you're one of those "it's either a sim or it's a <harumph>game" fliers, World of Warplanes is, in fact, a game and there has never been any confusion about that from day one.
That said, for a "mere" game, WoWP looks like it will be a lot of fun: instant action, lots of it, different types of aircraft with different missions, upgrades, experience and skill points, and great visuals for an alpha project.
I am an unabashed buttonophile who dies a little inside every time I hear someone using the auto-start cheat in the DCS series, but I'm looking forward to WoWP. Hop in by yourself for some mad melee action or join up with some friends and fly coordinated wingman/section tactics. Since this game doesn't presume to be "real", the suspension of disbelief is pretty easy to do. And, best of all, it's at my favorite price: FREE!
Read the interview, see their website, watch the preview videos, and judge for yourself but when comparing it to other titles remember: this is a game, not a high-fi simulation, and it never pretended otherwise.
Shoot to Kill.
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