I just wanted to add that the unbalanced aspect of the game's tanks is kinda what I like about it... you can't just barrel through, shooting at anything that moves and expecting you'll have an effect. It's more like a crafted single-player level in that you have a whole swath of enemies, ranging from those that are mere annoyances, to those that you have to maneuver behind and hit just right to be able to do anything to them. It's not just an "everyone's different-but-equal" thing - you have to think things through.
In a recent map I played, our team capped all the points and was doing a pretty good job at holding them up to about mid-game. Then a very clever (enemy) player took a Tiger around the edge of the map into a flanking position on our spawn, and began taking out our tanks as the respawned. Typical spawn-camping, I know, but the fact that he had a Tiger meant that most of our team couldn't really damage him in the slightest, and the ones that could had to flank him in turn to do so.
So what ended up happening to virtually our entire team was something like this: They'd be taken out while defending a point, would respawn and almost immediately get taken out by the Tiger. The killshot cam would reveal to them the existence of and direction to the Tiger, so on their 3rd and final respawn, they'd head towards the Tiger and start trying to damage it.
One by one this happened with almost the entire team, until there was virtually nobody left defending the cap points. Towards the end I think we had like 7-10 tanks fighting that one lone Tiger, trying to penetrate its armor. Eventually they managed to flank it and take it down, but by then of course the enemy team capped all the points and won the match.
it's things like that that I love about War Thunder. Perhaps it's just because it's the first multiplayer game I've played since C&C Renegade 13 years ago, and what I'm experiencing are the usual kinds of thing you get when you finally play against real people instead of the AI, but regardless, I'm finding it quite fun.
So, anyone want to join up?