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Hands-On With World of Tanks 360 (Preview)

My experience with the 360 version of the immensely popular PC phenomenon, World of Tanks 360, has been extremely enjoyable so far. The battles can be a little slower than the average shooter, but the trade off is a real sense of strategy. From choosing the right upgrade or making sure you shoot out your enemy’s treads, strategy is the only way to really survive these WWll battlefields.

The one deterrent so far that might be a problem for some players is the steep learning curve. While the tutorial missions give a good sense of the mechanics, the subtle nuances need to be learned through trial and error. Or, if you’re lucky, a good Samaritan or experienced player can assist you through some of the more intricate parts of the game.

Leveling up your tank, buying new tanks or resources again fall into the overall strategy of the game. Since the overall economy is centered on a free-to-play ecosystem, so far everything seems to be earned and unlocked through just playing the game, I will hold my final breakdown until the full game release. World of Tanks 360 is shaping up to be a unique and welcomed addition to the Xbox 360 library.

Here's the games press release.

World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrade and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant tanks to eliminate opposing armored forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.

Downloadable and free-to-play for for both Gold and Silver subscribers on Xbox Live, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition features revamped controls, matchmaking, a new user interface and other features to take advantage of the Xbox 360's technological capabilities and online features. World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will also feature in-game purchases such as premium tanks, consumables and premium accounts to boost experience and currency accrual rates.

 We will have a full review of the final game after its release, as well as a few planned Cinelinx Gamers Club nights.

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