8 best tank games for PC [Free to play]

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When it comes to destruction machines, nothing compares to the mighty power of a tank.

The roar of its canon, the whirr of its treads, and the thrum of its engine have become synonymous with doom and destruction, annihilating the enemy troops like terminators from the future on a mission to take over the earth.

For many gamers, there is nothing as exciting as having such raw power; blowing up rival tanks and helicopters on daring missions while conquering the battlefield on a military tank.

If you are looking for the ultimate best tank games, here is our list of the top-rated tank games for Windows 10.

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Top tank games to quench your battle thirst

World of Tanks

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The best way to engage in enormous tank battles is to go the free online MMO route – and that’s exactly what World of Tanks is.

The game boasts of over 382 armored vehicles which are categorized according to the nations they belong to, which include Soviet Union, USA, and China among others.

The vehicles come in different types ranging from the light and medium tanks for light battles to heavy tanks and tank destroyers for mass destruction.

Various battle modes exist and you can even customize your vehicles to suit your style. Since this game is not a simulator, control is very easy and anyone can play it.

The World of Tanks game is very popular and it holds the Guinness World Record for Most Players Online Simultaneously.

If you are on Windows 10 or you have a touch device, as well, we recommend you checking out World of Tanks Blitz. And if you do install it, make sure to avoid many of the reported issues.

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Embark now on an epic online battle in this world-record free multiplayer game.

Graviteam Tactics: Operations Star

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Set in World War II, Graviteam tactics is a squad-based tactical war game which focuses on the brutal tank combat battles across the rugged terrains of Europe.

The game has over 60 real-world vehicles from Soviet Union, UK, and Germany to play with. Not only are they heavily armored, but detailed and realistic too.

The destructible battlefields featured in this game give the player a real-like experience.

Houses can be collapsed, enemy defenses shattered, and you can even damage the enemy’s tanks to compromise their aiming mechanism.

This is one of the best tank games you can play if you enjoy explosions that leave craters on the ground and heavy war machines that damage the terrain.

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Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 is one of the best multiplayer games and it comes with some meaty tank experiences.

Set in 2020, the game involves a war story between superpowers USA, Russia, and China and follows Sgt. Daniel Recker as he fights in favor of his country.

The environment is well selected for battle, featuring collapsible buildings and other structures to give the game a real-life experience.

Players can take the role of commander and gain tactical insight into the gameplay, as well as the power to launch commands and orders such as missile strikes.

Whether you’re already into Battlefied or just researching for similar games, check out this article if you want to avoid Battlefield 4 crashes and low performance.

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Valkyria Chronicles

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Set in a fictitious continent resembling Europe around World War II, the Valkyria Chronicles highlights a continent divided into two and governed by two powers: the Empire and the Federation.

The empire’s mission is to invade and secure the precious natural resources of Gallia – a neutral country located between the two superpowers territories.

The armies of the Federation Seventh Platoon have to fight back against the invasion so as to unify the continent. You assume the role of Welkin Gunther – a commander of the Seventh Platoon and lead the soldiers to fight off the imperial forces.

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War Thunder

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War Thunder is another fantastic and free to play tank game inspired by World War II.

The game comes with a variety of aircraft and a fleet of armored vehicles so you can never run out of options.

Most of the tanks are from World War 11 but you will also find fleets from other significant conflicts such as the Spanish Civil War as well as tanks from the Soviet Union, Germany, and the USA.

In War Thunder, you can fight with other players either on land on in the air. There are various battle modes including arcade battles, realistic battles, and simulator battles.

The best thing about War Thunder is that you will be getting regular updates including new vehicles and maps. If you install the game, make sure to avoid many of the usual bugs by following this guide.

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PlanetSide 2

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PlanetSide 2 is an MMO first-person shooter game set in an open world where players vie for control of numerous territories.

If you enjoy non-stop wars-like environments and frequent power shifts with every captured or lost territory and base, then this is the game for you.

Control over the territories provides players with bonuses while experience points allow players to unlock new skills, weapons, and vehicle upgrades.

PlanetSide 2 is one of the best tank games ever, not for its innovative ideas and memorable technology, but for the unique portrayal of the war zone.

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Steel Armor: Blaze of War

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Steel Armor: Blaze of war is one of the most advanced tank simulators on the market today.

The game comes with two key parts: the tactical part which puts players right in the battlefield with a tank platoon to command, and the operational part which allows players to choose the battlefield, supply their units as well as repair and augment their vehicles.

You will love driving the phenomenal US M601A and the Soviet T-62 tanks, each crafted with sophisticated technology, cockpit, and crew to interact with.

Operations will take you from Iran to Afghanistan and other countries where you will fight real like battles.

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Arma 3

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Arma 3 is an MMO tactical shooter game that features realistic ground, air, and sea combat, as well as a large variety of vehicles and cutting-edge weapons.

The game allows players to play cooperatively with their squads to accomplish missions against highly competent AI or take on other squads in a variety of scenarios over long distances in the open-world terrain based on real-world Mediterranean islands.

Arma 3 is set in a dystopian future in 2035, so it comes with state-of-the-art weaponry. You will use the laser range finder to aim and hit the bad guys even if they hide in the dark.

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The opportunity to steer these steel beasts is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling experiences for gamers.

While only a while ago these games were only available for PlayStation and Xbox console, with the advancement of technology, now they are also available for PC.

Have you played any of these games? Let us hear your experiences in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and was completely revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.