World War 3

Dubbed the most ambitious hardcore first-person shooter game to come out in years, the downloadable World War 3 from The Farm 51 in Poland is a sprawling epic of a game. It juxtaposes macro conflicts and world-on-the-brink narratives with gritty boots-on-the-ground action that is multifaceted and deep in terms of gameplay.

How to Download World War 3

To download World War 3 click on the Download button placed at the end of this review. The game was released as an early access title o October 19, 2018.

The Game Review

Generating tons of buzz at Gamescom 2018 in Germany, World War 3 wowed audiences with its scope and the lengths to which the small indie team behind it in Poland are willing to go to in order to bring to market one of the best sims ever. Often first-person shooters do an excellent job at providing a setting and some kind of reasonable impetus for the action but rarely do they offer robust levels of interactivity or destructibility with the environment in which they take place.

Dubbed a theme-park style of gaming, the action in most first-person shooters is purely on the run-and-gun or domination game types that rule the roost in multiplayer. World War 3, taking cues from battle royale games, opens up the combat to include more adaptive and, in the process, immersive elements that make this game different beast from its competition.

The sprawling battles will take place in Europe with Warsaw, Berlin, and Moscow being locations announced by the devs as premier locations in the game. Naturally, and somewhat expected in this type of game, the graphics go the extra mile in recreating the environments and weapons players use in the game.

This attention to detail as well as the deep gameplay on offer make World War 3 more than just another bass-laden bullet hell epic like the best from Activision’s Call of Duty series and aligns it more with Battlefield than anything else.

Everything in the game is drawn with some kind of correspondence to real-world analogues from weighted armor and bullets to realistic physics and vehicle motion. Nearly everything is up for customization in World War 3 and players are given tons of leeway into how they loadout their soldiers.

That said, there are drawbacks to every advantage and the balancing out in the game is determined more by the said adherence to realism than it is arbitrary limiting mechanisms built into the game’s code. That said, this FPS does not entirely ignore the advantages afforded competitive FPS games that use a more arcade-influenced approach to the gameplay.

Where it works the game happily borrows from titles such as the first CoD: Modern Warfare and Arma. But the game doesn’t want to offer the kinds of quick and detached experiences people often experience in those games, opting instead for a more considered approach.

Balancing out simulation elements with what makes multiplayer first-person shooters so fun is core to the formula employed by World War 3 and helps it become a different enough game to warrant a playthrough or five.

It will especially appeal to people who are burnt out on the battle royale games that take up much of the oxygen in the FPS room and that’s a welcome change of pace for a genre often derided for its lack of experimentation or innovation.

World War 3
World War 3 is a first person shooter in which you can fight on the real streets of Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. Download it now and see if you recognize the surroundings.
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The Farm 51
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Operating System
Windows 7 SP1
Windows 8
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early access
File Size
35 GB
Kehl Lutz

Kehl Lutz

Kehl Lutz, also known as Kehl Bayern is our staff writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of video games, he is interested in strategy, simulation, FPS, RPG, fighting, and retro games. Kehl Bayern is also the author of the science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.