Skyros, on May 02 2011 - 22:39, said:
What the hell? It's way way way better than the Ausf III A.
Like, literally twice as good.
38(t) is horrible though.
Also, someone said HE never bounces. This is wrong. I get bounces all the time with HE shells. You get many fewer bounces, but it can still happen.
There was period of time in open beta where HE shells never bounced. It was so ridiculous that for a long time I never even bothered loading AP ammo in any of my guns. AP ammo bounced all the time and HE never, ever, did. That changed towards the end of open beta. I didn't see anything in the patch notes, but at some point in late March I started hearing "That one bounced!" and "Just dinged him!" when shooting HE. Fortunately, AP also seemed to improve a bit around that time as compensation.
shackram, on May 15 2011 - 04:32, said:
The matchmaker doesn't account for modules installed/researched.
Now there's a lot more tanks on higher tiers so you get dragged to their battles. This is a problem with all tier 3 and 4 tanks especially.
Yep. This is far and away the biggest problem with tier 3 and tier 4 tanks. It's marginally better for medium tanks, as they usually only see enemies two or three tiers higher. But for light tanks, it's utterly horrendous. It's not uncommon to be in an A-20 or a Leopard and see tier 9 enemies like IS-4s. It wouldn't be so bad if light tanks were decent scouts. But they're not; medium tanks almost always can do a better job of scouting, even if they are marginally slower and marginally less stealthy.
My experience with the M2 has been positive, so far. But then again, I make it a habit to research all the key module upgrades before even buying most low-tier tanks. So I rarely suffer through "Stock Shock" (the pain one feels when driving a brand new stock tank). Some tanks are simply unbearable with stock components (Leopard, Luchs, M2, KV, for starters). Of course, others are unbearable even when fully upgraded (PzKpfw II). And others aren't "unbearable," just ineffective (BT-7, PzKpfw 35(t), PzKpfw 38(t)).