See what it's like to control the skies in this epic World War II combat game on PS4.
Take to the skies
Jump into the cockpit of stunning World War II aircraft and compete in intense combat online. Fight in over a dozen historical battles, each with an unparalleled level of detail. Fly close enough and you can make out every track mark a tank makes and even tufts of grass, just make sure you pull up before you get too close - you wouldn't want to crash...
Once you've got to grips with your first plane, head to the hangar to customize it. You can research new parts to make your aircraft more manoeuvrable and beef up your guns. You can also customise your plane by placing up to four decals on the wings or fuselage... even the landing gear if the mood takes you. For each aircraft there are a few designs available to get you started, with many more unlockable as you play.
Pick a nation from a choice of five, then head into battle with authentic planes from that region. No matter what choice you make, it won't be long before you gain access to planes from all five playable countries. Just keep fighting.
A great place to start is by hitting the Options button from within the hangar. Here you'll find the tutorials - allowing you to get to grips with everything from how to pilot the bombers to advanced flight manoeuvres. You'll also find Single Missions and Campaigns, where you can tackle massive battles either on your own or with up to 3 of your friends.
Your starter vehicle will be a biplane - they may be a little slower than more famous fighter planes like the Spitfire, but it's a great way to get to grips with the controls. Handy tutorials will help you along the way if you need them, or you can dash straight to your first dogfight to unleash the might of your plane.
For beginners, the Simple control set-up will allow you to bank and loop with the best of them, however the game will help keep your plane level - simply point the target at where you want to go and the plane will take care of the rest. More advanced players will want to switch over to Simulator controls for a bigger challenge, and to get the full aviation experience.
The world is at war
Take on thousands of other War Thunder players online where there are always battles full of pilots just waiting to shoot you out of the sky. The complex match-making system ensures you're always pitted against players with roughly the same skill level and using similar plane models, so there's always a challenge to take on.
The more you play, the more you unlock, and the harder the challenge gets as you face players with increasing skill.