I am enjoying the game immensely, and have played it a lot. I like the basic concept of the factional differences. But accuracy is so, so vital to a unit’s operation that I am having significant problems seeing heavy armor/NJ armors as viable compared to Syn ones.
My reasoning is that both mobility and accuracy are extremely important. To be fair, accuracy is only important up to a point, but as it is now, a heavy in a Golem armor cannot really hit anything with the hell cannon. I can go through several maps before getting the first hit.
Syn Phlegeton has +16 acc, +3 speed.
NJ Wardog has 0 acc, +1 speed.
NJ Anvil has -30 acc, -3 speed.
PP Golem has -30 acc, -3 speed.
The best NJ armor is Techops 7, which is reasonably accurate as well as having high armor values. It’s slow though, but that’s a reasonable tradeoff.
Now, this has lead to the advice that, if you want your heavy to be useful, equip sniper helmets and legs. That should NOT be a thing. They have significant penalties in speed and stealth, that should be enough.
A reasonable counterargument is that armor is very, very nice - and it is, against certain enemies - but I find that it gets shredded so fast it doesn’t last beyond the first burst of certain enemies., and a lot of weapons shear right through as well. With that in mind, the penalties are way too high. Lastly, the heavy armors has a non-numerical penalty: Their model size is huge, meaning more shots will hit due to the large silhouette.
Today I got the first living armor stuff, and while the armor is ugly as heck, it is a little stronger than the golem armor, it is hideous, but without any penalties, and it is rather an eyesore.
I would love to see Synedrion make a heavy armor.
I would love to see the Anvil-2 armor get some love.
I would love to see set bonuses for armor sets to reduce the advantage of mix-and-match armors.
(Or penalties from mismatched armor, but I prefer carrots to sticks.).
This being my first foray into the forums, I may be way off on the community meta here, so it’ll be interesting to hear others’ opinions on this. How do you guys make your NJ armors viable?
Edit: Another little detail. On loading screens you see NJ armors all the time. You get the impression they’re supposed to be good. That makes the disappointment even higher when you find out they’re useless.