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World of Warships Blitz is the (sort of) follow up to Wargaming’s ultra-popular World of Tanks Blitz. The only real difference here is that this game lets you take to the high seas in all manner of historical naval vessels to duke it out online against other players instead of staying on land. This distinction doesn’t necessarily sound like it would make for a hugely different experience, but World of Warships Blitz does a great job of making its nautical combat feel unique, while maintaining the winning formula that made World of Tanks so popular in the first place.
In World of Warships Blitz, two teams of seven ships face off against each other in naval combat. The ships involved in these conflicts come primarily from the time of World War II, so a lot of this fighting involves cannons, torpedoes, and the occasional aircraft carrier.
In each match, a team wins when they destroy the other team or otherwise earns more points than their opponents, which is done by dealing damage to enemy ships or capturing designated zones on a map. If your team manages to score more hits on enemies or maneuver their way into the capture zone when the match timer expires, your team wins.
World of water tanks
If you’ve played World of Tanks Blitz, a lot of this setup probably sounds very familiar, and that’s because it is. Almost everything in World of Warships Blitz is presented the exact same way as it is in World of Tanks, with the only real difference being that you’re piloting ships instead of tanks.
This may sound like Warships might not offer anything new to seasoned veterans of World of Tanks, but that’s exactly where you’d be wrong. The ships in this game are modeled pretty superbly, and their method of combat feels almost nothing like tank combat. Using torpedoes, arcing cannons over obstacles, and deploying aircraft are just a few of the ways that Warships makes its action feel total different, despite the fact that the game’s entire progression system is nearly identical to World of Tanks Blitz.
War never changes
World of Warships Blitz may have pretty different-feeling combat from World of Tanks Blitz, but I’m not sure that alone will win over anyone who had problems with Wargaming’s first mobile military combat game. Warships still has a pretty stark and dry presentation, and it follows pretty much the exact same loop of grinding out currency to purchase and upgrade higher and higher tiers of ships.
This formula is so unchanged, in fact, that World of Warships has all of the same not-so-great elements in it that its predecessor does. There is a good variety of vehicles, but not really more than a single mode to try them out in. On top of that, grinding to get new ships can take quite a while, and the game is constantly tempting you to purchase a Premium Account so you can get these new toys faster.
The bottom line
World of Warships Blitz is a game that is sure to entertain anyone who like World of Tanks Blitz, but is maybe wanting a little change in combat dynamics and scenery. It presents the same solid formula as Tanks, but with just enough changes so that it works for ships and the unique ways they fight, and it does so relatively well. Nothing about it is so wildly different that it will win over new fans though.