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Been playing UF a couple of times tonight. 2 with the Ranger and 1 with the New Orleans. One CV game seems to click nicely. The other 2 not so much as in abject defeat. Questions to the wise out there. How to keep my Ranger planes from getting wiped out by theirs. Also of course trying to get after the enemy CV. Any other wisdom too from those who are playing the current round. Thanks
After witnessing operators proficiently using the Ranger in recent operations, I bought it back from the scrap-heap. Had a spare open 8 point captain from the Baltimore (cruiser thing), and trained over. Since I'm starting it out in Co-Op, I won't need the Dogfighting Expert - since I'll be facing another Ranger. Skills are Aircraft Servicing Expert, Expert Rear Gunner, and Torpedo Arm Expert and leave 2 points open to train up with Elite XP for Air Supremacy later on (don't need it now). First surprise: Top hull has 73 planes in the hanger !!! Lexington only has 72. Hiryu also has 73, Saipan has 48 T9 planes, and the Kaga has a whopping 85 T6 planes. ... Here is what the Ranger will be facing: Planes in the air (assume Air Supremacy) FF-TT-BB: Ranger: 7-6-14 == 27 planes Hiryu: 10-8-10 == 28 planes (the torp bombers are T6) -- Strike 2-2-2 Hiryu: 15-4-10 == 29 planes -- AS 3-1-2 Saipan: 8-6-0 == 14 planes -- strike Saipan: 12-0-9 == 21 planes -- AS Kaga: 10-12-7 == 29 planes The other load-outs are garbage in my opinion. Torpedoes rule the damage farm, so the Kaga has the greatest potential for that. AS Hiryu and Saipan can wipe the sky if need be. But... But... But... What about Co-Op? In Co-op, you will only be facing a Ranger. And there is only one load-out - so no surprise AS to shut down your strike load. From what I remember, the strike Ranger used to be 0-1-2, so it's a strike with fighters, or an expanded 1-1-1 load. I'm happy about that. How about Operations? The US planes are stronger, and with the new load, are more versatile in Narai and Ultimate Frontier. ---- I think we have a whole new toy here. After a couple battles, I must admit, I actually had fun... never happened on the old one.
For some mysterious reason of its own, the Ranger decided to run into this island. The devs didn't equip it with a reverse gear, so it continues to crush the accelerator and piled into the island. Finally we two BBs arrived to push it off the island... ...into the next island. Once again, it can't reverse or turn, just crushes the accelerator. Probably need to change that programming there....