Premium Ship Review – USS California – World Of Warships

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The USS California is the second of two Tennessee class battleships. To say I was excited to see her enter the game was an UNDERSTATEMENT. I LOVE me some USN Standard Battleships and the WWII Refit Standards are some of the sexiest mash ups of modern and early 1900’s you could get! She is THICC!!!! No questions asked! But how does she play in WoWs? Well, it’s really not too different from the New Mexico in play style. Positioning is KEY. If you haven’t seen the Situational Awareness video yet, it is linked above, go check it out!

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  1. Hara Dimitroula


  2. by far one of the best looking ships in the game

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      I mean, I’ll still take New Mexico in the beauty contest, but she’s a gorgeous blend of new and old! 🙂
      They are all thicc! 😀 USN Standards for life!

  3. Frankly I love this BB at the moment I have a 60 % win rate

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      She can indeed punish but it’s just horribly inconsistent. Like in this video, broadside New Mexico, not that far away, three hits, no citadel… earlier, 5 hits and two citadels. Colorado is more consistent with its punch than California is.

  4. #bringbackURPeacekeeper

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      I managed to play half a dozen games without wanting to destroy a monitor… so… that’s a step in the right direction! 😀
      Hoping for live streams next week… hoping… depends on if we “finish” my house here this week or not.

    • Thats why I play on a laptop. Forces me to keep from throwing it

  5. Can’t find a reason to home state😐(As I am playing 41 WeeVee)

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      The Updated WeeVee would be a great ship to be as the final hull for Colorado… or Maryland. But Wee Vee is definitely going to be hard to balance as a T8, and is a huge step in power creep at T7. Hard ship to balance really.

  6. Btw I really missed your ship reviews. I know you live stream, but these reviews are great.

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      Haven’t even done a live stream in ages either! Real life interfering sucks! Hoping to get back to doing more of BOTH!

    • I agree Kevin. Whiskey’s reviews, down the line videos and hilarious commentary are really what got me into WoWs.

  7. No, you’re not stuck at 21 knots. You’re stuck at around 17 knots with any minor rudder shifts.

  8. Is new mexico so easy to citidal now?

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      I don’t think so, if you have any downward trajectory to the shells it should make it through to the citadel. The “turtleback” armor is actually pretty steeply angled so it doesn’t do what a turtle back would normally do.

    • Patrick Lenigan

      Um…pretty sure USN syandard bbs used all or nothing…

  9. Why Preventative Maintenance? What modules are you protecting to spend a point on? Engine? Not needed, Guns? Maybe but how often do you lose them with base HP pool?

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      Couple of reasons, first is, it’s my Montana captain. Second is, your AAA counts as “modules” so it is supposed to help with them… or at least it used to.

    • @Whiskey’s Gaming Lounge No it doesn’t. AA is not counted as a module unless something has changed.
      Modules covered by Preventative Maintenance are the subcategory of ones that can be incapacitated. These are your rudder, engine, main turrets, and torpedo tubes only. AA guns and secondary turrets cannot incapacitate and thus PM does nothing.

  10. Shake Dat Azz. Boom goes the dynamite.

  11. That Montana build. 🤔

  12. Dude love the videos

  13. I’m getting her just because she’s named after my home state. I don’t care how bad she is.

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      I really don’t think she’s that bad. She’s not amazing, but she is far from terrible, IMO.

  14. thicc but crap, only for collectors, thanks for the review

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      I don’t know… she has her play style and if it matches what you like, its a solid ship. It isn’t above average by any stretch of the imagination, but she isn’t bad either.

  15. So its a slow HE Secondary BB. You just sold me for when I need to get them fire started.

  16. All the pain and anguish of the early US grind at late tier.

  17. Outwardpanicjoe

    USS West Virginia 1944 need to be next tho I’m not sure if they will ever get around to it but with California it might be possible.

    • Whiskey's Gaming Lounge

      I wouldn’t hold your breath. It’d probably end up st T8 due to being a straight upgrade over the Colorado. Certainly a lot closer to having her in game. Maybe with the new USN BB split they’ll consider it… but I doubt it.

  18. Outwardpanicjoe

    How does the California have the same or worse torpedo protection compared to the New Mexico when it has wider and extend bulges compared to new mex

  19. So are you going to review Greyhound (the new Tom Hanks U-boat film released just this July)? It’s sooo bad. The CGI is worse than WoWS cinematics. Midway was soooooo much better.

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