Playing a lot more maps with arty, I was wondering what was changed. It seems far easier to aim, and if you get a spotter arty can win maps(Stalingrad for example, I was in the 105mm and I pounded the beach, then the first flag, and then the ground, and then the back flag allowing Russia to take the last flag) or just take out tanks(On Berlin outskirts I took out the KT and on BotB after the axis got the windmill I took the howitzer, pointed it toward the bridge near st vith and took out 2 tanks and damaged another forcing the 2 remaining tanks to pull back allowing our tanks to advance. It just seems like artillery is a lot easier to aim and generally this has helped gameplay a lot IMO
With the exception of the Pak guns, you can turn the artillery pieces, which is a HUGE help on most of the maps. Please give this coding to the Paks as well. Their positioning is largely useless at the moment.
I don't think it's any more powerful, though. Finding spotters is just teamwork. The spotting kits and classes were always available.
Hmm, maybe its because its more likely to get yourself a spotter, since the Officer class seems fairly popular (I always prefer an Officer over a Close Quarter)...
Whatever it is, it's great.
Personally, i think its the mappers. They know where the flashpoints of their maps will be, and have placed the arty in the right spots. They also know where not to place it, to give an unfair advantage. Dont get me started on the missing artilery hill on new crete.
It seems like the damage and blast radius was increased on the 105/priest/wespe to account for the new armor values. The defgun splash seems smaller now, as does the Kat's, but I can't say for sure as I don't have the source :P
Don't know if the splash is more or not, but I do know that decent artillery with a good spotter can win any map, .6 or .5. Artillery can rule is the spotting is good. I love using artillery and get really annoyed whn there's scouts / officers who don't bother to spot, as it can completely change a battle if used well.
Like you all didn't know that.
Arty can kick ass on any map that lacks air power. Planes do tend to make arty obsolete.
If arty has been improved lately, it's probably due to better placement of kits in levels.
Pshh I'd rather be in a wespe/priest/kat/105 than in a plane any day :P
SnorelaxPshh I'd rather be in a wespe/priest/kat/105 than in a plane any day :P
Most arty has little or no defense against an air attack, and air power is often more adaptable than arty because of it's range, speed, and fire power.