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Total Nerd The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Games that simulate tank combat, not just action games that include tanks.

If you’ve ever wanted to actually be part of a tank crew or just pretend you were, then you must play the best tank simulator games listed below. The best tank sims approximate the difficulty of piloting a tank and fragging enemies without being a chore. The tank simulators below get the balance between accuracy and fun just right, as voted by fans of blowing things up with sabot rounds.

Voice your own opinion and vote up your favorite tank simulator games and vote down the ones you don’t enjoy playing. If you don’t see your favorite tank game on the list, please add it! After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of the best tank sim games. If you want something faster pace, then you should probably give these twitch-friendly FPS games a try.

In a good online tank simulation game, you’ll  have to pilot your multi-ton behemoth against other players and you quickly realize that being a tank commander isn’t easy! Thankfully, the best tank games make it a challenge that you can actually overcome. For example, one of the hardest things to do in World of Tanks is to get all of the achievements, but it feels great when you finally get them.

Critics of tank games often say they’re too slow paced, but those critics probably just haven’t played Tanarus. While an older game, Tanarus was one of the fastest paced online tank shooters. Think Quake II fast. But if tank games just don’t seem fun to you, no matter how much you try to like them, then you should probably try economics sim games instead. For those that are fans of tanks, vote on the best tank simulator games below!

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War Thunder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Steel Beasts is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Steel Beasts

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Steel Fury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Steel Fury

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WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Ti... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Kenneth Wright added WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger 2008

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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
ARMA 3 2012

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M1 Tank Platoon II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
M1 Tank Platoon II

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Steel Armor: Blaze of War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Steel Armor: Blaze of War 2011

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Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Sta... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Panzer Front Ausf.B is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Panzer Front is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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24 31
Graviteam Tactics: Operation S... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Graviteam Tactics: Operation Star

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Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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ARMA: Combat Operations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
ARMA: Combat Operations

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M-1 Abrams Battle Tank is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
M-1 Abrams Battle Tank

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Iron Warriors: T-72 Tank Comma... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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World of Tanks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Armored Fist 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Combat Mission: Battle for Nor... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon R... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Panzer Commander is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
FedericoDarioTrinx added Panzer Commander 1998

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Codename: Panzers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Panzer Elite Action: Fields of... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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PlanetSide 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Panzer Elite Action: Dunes of ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Panzer Elite Action: Dunes of War 2007

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Battlefield 4 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked

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Iron Front: Liberation 1944 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Iron Front: Liberation 1944

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Recoil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Recoil 1999

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Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Battlezone 1980

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Gratuitous Tank Battles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Gratuitous Tank Battles

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Gulf War: Operation Desert Ham... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Gulf War: Operation Desert Hammer 1999

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Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Battlezone 2008

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Tanarus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tank Simulator Games of All Time, Ranked
Tanarus 1997