Ok... there are something like 7 (ish) game modes... but there are 3 big ones, and I'll outline them here: Arcade Battles - This mode is the most popular, with the most running matches & people playing at any given time. The video I posted above is an arcade match. There is a feature of the game called instructor that is most used in arcade, and what it dose is help keep you from putting your plane into a flat or other unrecoverable spin, and helps you handle your plane in small ways. This is done so people with no flight sim experience can hop right into the game and have fun with it. You also get a circle in front of your target that shows you the basic area you need to aim to score hits. Also done to help entry level players. In arcade, you can play as any country in any round. in my opinion, in this mode it's best to fly in 3rd person view and to use mouse aim. This mode has the smallest maps (though they are still very big). You get auto reload in this mode, as in, when you run out of ammo, there is a counter, and when it counts down you get your full load of ammo back. If you take damage though, you either fly on till you die, or you can return to base to repair. Historical Battles - This mode is much harder, and aimed at those that have put alot of time in the air either in this game, or other flight games, as it's much less forgiving. In HB, you do not get much Instructor aid at all, and if you're not careful and dont know the limits of the plane you're in, you can snap your wings off by going too fast, or turn too sharp causing you to stall and/or go into an unrecoverable spin, just as you would in real life. You do not get the circle that helps tell you were to aim, so knowing how to lead your targets is a must. Also, there is a limit to the countries that can be on a certain team... as in, you can not fly as the germans and have US team mates like you can in arcade. While I personally still fly in HB in 3rd person view, and with mouse aim, people that prefer joysticks and/or flying in cockpit view do much better here. The maps for this mode are MUCH bigger. You do not auto reload guns/bombs, you must return to base to re-arm & repair. Full Real Battles - This is the most hardcore version of the game. I have yet to play this mode, but here are the basics about it. There is no instructor aid what-so-ever. There is no views other then cockpit view. The circle to tell you where to aim is not there. And I could be wrong, but I think there is also no mouse aim mode. Other then that, it's much the same as historical battles... Scoring kills in each of those 3 modes are progressively worth more, as each mode is harder then the previous. At this time, all crew slots in a plane that you yourself are not currently controlling are controlled by AI. Though, I just found out today that in the coming ground aspect they are building into the game, they will be testing the ability of more then one player being in the same ground unit at the same time to work as a team. IF that works out and they keep it in the game, they will attempt to do the same with air units, as in, for example, you could be flying the plane and I could man the guns. But for now, that is not in the game at all. If you're looking for good war thunder vids to watch, i would recommend this guy: http://www.youtube.com/user/BohemianEagle?feature= I've learned so so much from his vids. I fly with the mouse aim control set-up, and in 3rd person view, as said above. And I do well with it because I'm mainly an arcade player. It's the default set-up, and the game is really built around it. Though, I'll warn you, it took me a day or 2 to adjust to the differences from flying jets in BF games. But once you get the hang of it, it feels very natural. If you're a hardcore joystick fan, I would really recommend spending more time in HB then in arcade since the instructor feature is built to help mouse aim, but interferes with what you're trying to do with a joystick.