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What ship to unlock next?

Post by ZigZagJoe on Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:02 pm

Have 225k credits at the moment. Trying to figure out what to unlock next.

I have:

Cobra
Krait
Nighthawk

Right now, my only idea is maybe the A80 or hammerhead. But not sure if the missiles make up for the lackluster speed and main guns on A80.

Viper, Merlin, FH-250: Dislike on general principles. Also, way too expensive.
Stingray: POS
Sidewinder: Eh.
Piranha: powerful, but doesn't really fit my playstyle.
Hammerhead: Maybe
A80: Maybe
Kingfisher: Eh.

Don't care for bombers.

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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by Jiel on Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:18 pm

ZigZagJoe wrote:
Sidewinder: Eh.
I fart in your general direction.
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by ZigZagJoe on Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:22 pm

I shoot my laz0r in your general direction. Whoops, instagib Razz

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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by Jiel on Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:40 pm

You end up igniting the fart and gib yourself in the explosion.

In all seriousness though, it's because the Sidewinder such a wet paper bag that it's useful for honing your evasion, reaction time, and fine control at high speeds. A lack of any of those gets you blown up fairly quickly, from either enemy fire or slamming into rocks. It might not stand up evenly against Vipers and Merlins in serious gameplay with other skilled players, but it forces you to become better in order to survive. The value of the Sidewinder at this point leans more towards giving the enemy a mild handicap while still retaining the speed and maneuverability of the Viper. You need sharper reflexes in order to fly in it gracefully and by using one you force yourself to improve in that respect.

Not all ships are about getting the highest kill rate for your creds, some are useful for getting higher kill rates with other ships. You'll notice some bit of difference between the pilots that cut their teeth on a Sidewinder and then moved on to other ships and those who haven't.
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by jazzycat on Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:05 am

Jiel wrote:
ZigZagJoe wrote:
Jiel wrote:I fart in your general direction.
I shoot my laz0r in your general direction. Whoops, instagib Razz
You end up igniting the fart and gib yourself in the explosion.
You guys crack me up, Very Happy

Jiel wrote:Not all ships are about getting the highest kill rate for your creds, some are useful for getting higher kill rates with other ships. You'll notice some bit of difference between the pilots that cut their teeth on a Sidewinder and then moved on to other ships and those who haven't.
Definitely agree - some ships out there will sharpen your shooting skills/accuracy; other ships will improve the finesse of your flying, drifts and turns. Heck, even your awareness of objects around you - if you're in one of the wet-paper bags/paper-planes that crumple on a sneeze you'll find yourself keeping your directional drift/momentum in mind when you're dancing near a hard surface and the enemy's hot on your tail... Razz
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by longshot on Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:01 am

Hammerhead. I only started my stellar progression from "absolute n00b" to "mildly competent & an occasional half-threat" once I picked up the 100, but then again heavies suit me. This is the cheapest in the heavies stable (barring the currently useless FH-90) so its the easiest to get into & see if it works for you.
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by ZigZagJoe on Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:23 pm

Ended up with the A80. Slow as fuck, but people don't bother shooting it in furballs. Meanwhile I'm crapping out missiles every 5 seconds and offing those who would run.

Main guns kind of suck, but they are adequate all the same. I think people don't focus it as much as I'm 1. not shooting nearly as much say a piranha nor is the shooting as obvious (looks like bomber fire).

Missiles are potent as hell. I generally lock on to a light or medium fighter, fire them, and look for another target. More often than not, 10 seconds later... I get a kill credit.

Very slow. Very, very durable. Play chicken all day every day.

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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by FoxHound on Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:42 pm

ZigZagJoe wrote:Very, very durable.

But will it blend?
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by Agent of Change on Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:55 am

As it turns out (with my recently acquired A80 experience) it will in fact blend.

generally under the guns of an angry 250 with anger management issues.
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by jazzycat on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:23 am

ZigZagJoe wrote:Ended up with the A80. Slow as fuck, but people don't bother shooting it in furballs. Meanwhile I'm crapping out missiles every 5 seconds and offing those who would run.
Hahaha, sounds bloody awesome mate. Can't wait to fly against/fight with while you're rockin' your new ship! Very Happy

Agent of Change wrote:As it turns out (with my recently acquired A80 experience) it will in fact blend. Generally under the guns of an angry 250 with anger management issues.
Rofl! Razz
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by FoxHound on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:12 am

Agent of Change wrote:As it turns out (with my recently acquired A80 experience) it will in fact blend.

generally under the guns of an angry 250 with anger management issues.

<---guilty
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by ZigZagJoe on Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:20 pm

Yeah, takes forever, though. Meanwhile, I usually condemn another fighter or two to death. I give no shits.

Also, fun fact: A80 is, in fact, the slowest ship in the game. Slower everything except bombers (by 10ms) on normal engines AND slowest boost.

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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by SuPerKen on Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:31 pm

But its fun ain't it?
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by Agent of Change on Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:14 pm

Yes yes it is..

Nothign like that moment where you realize "Oh Damn someones shooting at me, I barely noticed... Well, I'll be dead in a minute or so might as well kill a few people before I go."

of course the funny part is you can't slow down to get them to overshoot you because they are already throttled down to stay behind you.
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Re: What ship to unlock next?

Post by ZigZagJoe on Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:22 pm

Yeah, that about sums things up. I give no shits about your bullets, I'm gonna go places n' kill bitches anyways.

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