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LittleWhiteMouse #1 Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:17 AM

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I've already been analytical.  I've placed the cold hard facts out there and let players decide for themselves what issues I raised mattered most to them.  But I won't lie to myself and say it was anything other than a rush job -- a frantic attempt to get the review out while Alabama was still new and topical and the ranting against her high citadel was still fresh and new.  I liked Alabama when I first played her.  My review is cautiously favourable towards her.  I'm writing this to nuke that lukewarm impression.

 

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And that's coming from someone who is, at best, rather indifferent to American Battleship designs.  It took me a while to really nail what I loved about her.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I've had some awesome games and some real lemons too, but the former far outweighs the latter.  There are some premiums that Wargaming lets me preview that are fun at the time but unlikely to tickle my fancy after play testing them.  Then there are ships like Alabama that just tick all of the right boxes.  And here they are:

 

  1.  She has excellent anti-aircraft firepower. 
    I dunno why I'm such a stickler for anti-aircraft coverage, but it always puts a smile on my face to shoot down enemy planes -- even if it's just a spotter aircraft.  I suppose it comes down to a matter of control.  Alabama denies same tier (and lower) CVs the use of airspace in her general vicinity.  She hoovers up a ton of experience and credits when she gets to exercise her 40mm and 20mm flak guns.  Her AA firepower is on par with that of North Carolina and it upgrades handsomely with proper modules and skills.
     
  2.  Alabama's guns hit hard and they behave.
    After so many games in the Warspite, I'm very comfortable with low-velocity guns.  So that's no drawback for me.  Inside of 16km, her AP shells end worlds when they strike enemy Battleships.  She's lethal to everything else at all ranges.  But combine that with excellent gun handling and it's a match made in heaven for me.  Her turret traverse, while not quite German in its alacrity, is above and beyond anything I would normally expect out of the USN.  I have her kitted out with Mr.Seagal which improves her rotation speed from 4.5º per second up to 5.5º per second which is amazing.  It's easy to shift fire, especially while under manoeuvers... which brings me to my last point.
     
  3.  Alabama is hella-agile.
    I don't use the Steering Gears Modification 2, yet Alabama still turns beautifully.  Oh, she's not as nimble as my beloved Warspite, but she's close -- she's very close.  Unlike Warspite, she's reasonably fast too, meaning I can push when I need to and press an advantage or retreat from danger as needed.  She constantly surprises enemy warships expecting her to take much longer in the turn than she does.  The wiggle and bait tactics I use with Warspite to tank with my belt armour work beautifully with Alabama.  And while I wouldn't take her into close quarters with a German Battleship, she outbrawls her American counterparts and some IJN battleships hilariously.

 

But Mouse, you cry.  What about her high-water citadel!?  I don't care.  Warspite had a high water citadel with less protection for the first year that I played her and that never stopped me.  People are, frankly, making mountains out of molehills.  Yes, it's a weakness.  But it doesn't define the ship.  Her speed and handling does and it's fantastic.  Alabama is not a fragile ship, especially if you play her to her strengths. 

 

I cannot endorse this ship strongly enough if this iteration survives testing intact.


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RivertheRoyal #2 Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:19 AM

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Yay, a positive Alabama review! 

 

Now, let's see how long it takes this thread to devolve into the typical Alabama mess....



BelgaraththeSorcerer #3 Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:20 AM

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STOP TAUNTING ME :angry:

 

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GhostSwordsman #4 Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:27 AM

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View PostRivertheRoyal, on 19 March 2017 - 08:19 PM, said:

Yay, a positive Alabama review! 

 

Now, let's see how long it takes this thread to devolve into the typical Alabama mess....

 

I'll give it 14 posts. :P

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JJDOU3D #6 Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:29 AM

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Thanks LWM! It is then a buy for me!

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XD brilliant

But also true.

+1 for not caring about the citadel height.

It's still got 310mm of angle-able armor!

 

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YamatoA150 #8 Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:29 AM

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Man, the mentioning of maneuverability just annoys me considering all high tier BBs had it back in CBT, and now it's only being sold as a Premium advantage.

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Eh, I'll pick the NC over it. Just don't see enough justification for picking her up. If I hadn't gone down the USN line, then I probably would buy the Alabama but I just see the NC as a better choice

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View PostYamatoA150, on 19 March 2017 - 08:29 PM, said:

Man, the mentioning of maneuverability just annoys me considering all high tier BBs had it back in CBT, and now it's only being sold as a Premium advantage.

 

I'll still take it hehe

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Noooooo! STOP! STOP DOING THIS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only have so much money.... stop painting Alabama in a good light and making me want her...think of my poor poor wallet.... :'(

 

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Like I've said before, I'm passing, but NOT because she has a citadel. She is a high tier USN BB. If you like those, buy her, if not buy a Tirpitz. I bet they will be the same price. I have no idea why there is so much drama over this.

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I just need the Arkansas and I'll have USN BB premiums complete set :P

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View PostKitsunelegend, on 19 March 2017 - 08:31 PM, said:

Noooooo! STOP! STOP DOING THIS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only have so much money.... stop painting Alabama in a good light and making me want her...think of my poor poor wallet.... :'(

 

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It was always going to be a buy from me. Glad you like her, and I agree that the citadel is not the end of the world, particularly with her maneuverability. Let's hope it is not nerfed before release.

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This is much better. No bad things about it. I wonder when it will be out.

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It's gonna be a good ship. It's just that WG have spoiled us that nobody can stop whining if a premium is no better than the research counterpart...
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