We know how the Patton 3 got nerfed to Hades and back several patches ago, and now my VK4502A can solo one if I get lucky enough. However, I've also loved my VK2801, and I've noticed that most of their stats are similar. In fact, too similar. I started doing some stat comparisons, and came up with some interesting numbers. In fact, a VK2801 with brothers in arms, gun rammer, and vents is actually superior to a Patton 3 in 4 of what might be the 6 most important regards.
DPM: VK2801 (2763.46875) > Patton 3 (2659.8) Note: the VK2801 has 100 more DPM than the Patton 3 using HEAT shells. Ouch.
Reload: VK2801 (7.5991451 sec.) > Patton 3 (8.74535569 sec.) Note: the VK2801 reloads almost 1.25 seconds faster than the Patton 3. Ouch again.
Speed: VK2801 (72 kph) >> Patton 3 (45 kph) Note: obvious fact is obvious. Just bringing it up to reinforce my point.
Camo: Something extremely important in a world where most armor in existence isn't worth a duck's tail feathers. Not only does the VK2801 get more camo than the Patton 3, it also retains its camo on the move. Mega-ouch.
In fact, the Patton 3 is only superior in 2 of the 5 most important regards. It obviously has many other advantages, but most of them don't mean anything in a CW environment.
Armor: Patton 3 (110/76/35) > VK2801 (60/40/30) Note: 110 mm of armor is going to protect you from what, exactly? A VK2801's HEAT shell will go through this. Also might be worth noting that the Patton 3 only has 5 mm more rear armor than the VK2801.
Health: Patton 3 (2000) >>>>> VK2801 (610) Note: the only reason why the Patton 3, in my opinion, would be even a closely rational choice over the VK2801, and the only reason why tier 5 lights aren't ubiquitous in CW from my point of view.
Radio Range: Patton 3 (746) > VK2801 (710) Note: 36m is not that big a difference when you're talking about radio range. I'd be tempted to call this a draw, but I can't appear biased here.
View Range: Patton 3 (420) > VK2801 (390) Note: the other major advantage the Patton 3 has over the VK2801, although this difference can be closed either completely with the binocs or partially with the coated optics.
Horsepower: Patton 3 (860) > VK2801 (650) Note: a pretty big difference, yes. I still go faster than your patton, and since my weight is far less, I still take less time than you to get to speed.
Alpha Damage: Patton 3 (390) > VK2801 (350) Note: a 40 damage difference is nothing in CW. Plus, if you switch HE for HEAT, the VK2801 not only does 10 more damage on a full penetration, you don't even have to aim properly.
Accuracy: Patton 3 (.36) >> VK2801 (.54) Note: ouch on the VK2801.
Now, obviously there's a whole bunch more that could be covered, but that's for another day in the editing sequence. Given the numbers I have crunched, could the VK2801 be a feasible, mid-to-late game alternative or even replacement to the Patton 3 (especially with the right driver)?
Edited by StarkiIIer, Jan 10 2013 - 05:17.