Guhonter, on Nov 26 2010 - 01:35, said:
I dont know why people praise the JP so much: hardly anything every bounces off, every shot hits and either destroys something or cuts out huge chunks of HP. The stock 88 bounces regularly or doesnt penetrate at long range mostly regarldless of the target (excluding Arty e.g.). The upgraded 88 is a tad better, still lots of bounces, hardly an improvement i'd say.
The JP is a bullet magnet. Getting into a position to pick a fight means exposing the tank, incoming fire is almost always hurting, hence the live expectancy is very low.
Im comparing this to all my other vehicles i've had so far. The JP is imho overrated and sucks to play. The gun is worse then my StuG 75mm L70 which penetrates almost anything at almost any range with AP. Compared to my StuG the JP is a setback and hardly worth bothering.
Actually i live longer in my StuG then the JP
Of course you having played less than 50 games on it enables you to be a good judge of the tank.
The JP's gun deals 40% more DPS than the King Tiger's 105 at the cost of 25 penetration, that's a VERY good trade.
It's a sniper tank, on offense, as long as you stay behind your heavy tanks and let them take up the hits for you, you can help them a lot by backing them up with the massively powerful 105mm, on defense, a well positioned JPanther can cause a massed blob to stall or advance and take heavy damage.
Compared to the L70, the short 88 does almost double damage for the cost of THREE mm penetration, the only reason you seem to be doing better in your StuG is because your StuG is up against crap opposition.