Joshua Pietro, Review Writer

World of Warships is a free-to-play naval warfare-themed massively multiplayer online game produced and published by Wargaming following the earlier games World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. Players get to join random battles against others, play cooperative battle types against bots or an advanced PvE battle mode. For the most skilled players, two seasonal competitive modes are available. World of Warships was originally released for Microsoft Windows and macOS in 2017. The computer version was followed by the iOS mobile game titled World of Warships Blitz in 2018. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox console version titled World of Warships: Legends followed in 2019.

World of Warships is a tactical, slow-paced shooter with two basic types of armament: ship guns and torpedoes. The game itself is team-based, so it gives to players an ability to work as a team. Within a team, divisions can be established to allow a group of up to three players to join and fight battles together. The player’s team can fight against other players (PvP) or against the AI (PvE) in three battle modes: Standard, Domination, and Epicenter. Each mode is scored on a points system.

The warships presented in the game cover periods from the early 20th century, at the dawn of dreadnought battleships, up to warships from the 1950s, including ships that were planned but never put into production. The game has four different types of ships: destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers.

The game features navies of major nations including the United States Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the Imperial German Navy. Other European navies are also represented.

Players can progress through the game through research of each ship from each tier. Each specific ship has a number of modules that can be accessed through experience. This experience is used to unlock modules and, once a ship’s modules are completely researched, the player can continue to the next ship. The previous ship, if fully upgraded, gains Elite status.

The game features combat missions, challenges, campaigns, and collections, for the sake of creating extra goals, rewards and a meaningful progression for players during their time with the game. These systems also give an opportunity of creating storytelling inside or outside of the military or historical genres. Battles take place on a limited number of specific maps, each depicting a certain location with different geographical layouts mostly based on locations of historical naval battles. Most parts of maps in World of Warships have a static or dynamic weather system to make battles even more diverse. Moreover, some maps are unique for a certain game mode, e.g. PvE scenario battles based on historical events such as the Dunkirk evacuation.

Scenarios is a PvE game mode where players cooperate and complete tasks. They include a number of operations, each with separate stories, objectives, secondary objectives and rewards. To finish the scenario, players need to team up and complete the primary objective. On completion of the secondary objectives, they receive an additional star.

In addition to Ranked Battles, Clan battles were introduced as another competitive mode that is played in the season format. Players can only participate in Clan Battles as a team, as opposed to Ranked battles where individual players compete against each other.

World of Warships can be downloaded for PC on Steam, or on the WoWS website for free, and can also be played with iOS or Console.