Question for the hive: Are there any tanks where you extend the Extended Target Info gear to make something else work?
After writing these overviews of the technology tree, I noticed that I had not yet addressed the topic of enhanced target information when discussing hardware options. Of course, with a bunch like the Soviet TD line, it makes sense to keep it, because the contour of the enemy tank is very useful for sniper fire. I keep it on all my tanks and I don’t feel the need to replace this unit with anything else.
But it reminded me of the excitement of the 6.0 release. This is from my own recollection of one of the pre-release Twitch feeds, so you’ll have to forgive any errors or generalizations, but when Jeff Gregg introduced the fourth hardware location, I was intrigued. If I remember correctly, when he first talked about this equipment, he talked a lot about WoT and the community, especially the enthusiasm of the passionate players who spend so much time making things like third-party resources (
tank.gg, or the Armor Inspector application for your phone). You can view and compare tank statistics, as well as view 3D tank models and see penetration chances from different angles with different enemy guns. Pretty cool, huh? What if, instead of relying on third-party websites, we could input certain information directly into the game on the console? I was a little skeptical, but I was also interested in how it could be implemented.
Here’s the rant. Not only has the armor model not improved – for example, we still can’t figure out the penetration rate with certain weapons – but the update is objectively worse than before version 6.0. The icons of the module and (especially) the crew are hard to decipher and, unlike the old Eagle Eye, they are displayed in an awkward place. We have not obtained a 3D model of the tank, and the 2D sketch of the tank that we have obtained is NOT a ROUND picture. The contour of your own tank does not match the contour of the tank you are driving. It’s information they actually pulled from the pre-6.0 incarnation!
The WoT community is really great. I’m not a very good player, but I like to look at my advanced stats, and sites like wotinfo.net and wotstars.com are very useful to me. Console in the Game Statistics tab after version 6.0? Of course, they removed the filters. Want to see how you play the Russian media? Ha-ha-ha, good luck. What is my current MOE percentage on this tank? Erased. The only possible reason I can think of is that it was done to avoid confusion if you haven’t played the tank for a while and the expected stats have changed, so your MEO% jumps after the fight. Even in this case, the removal is completely unjustified – people who really care about this kind of thing already know this or can find an explanation on Google. Thousands of people watch Skill4ltu every day while it plays 100% MOE tanks, only to see that small number slowly increase. People are passionate about it, it helps turn new players into competitive (paid) players, and instead of promoting it, WG decides to withdraw it. This does not yet take into account things like PC mods that enable in-game, post-game, or other features.
For me, these problems were not the worst in 6.0, but they are the most unexplained. Take an existing feature and break it for no reason.
So, yes, someone is using the fourth slot for something else?
2020 will satisfy both classic and modern players. To be included in the list, the game must be confirmed for 2020, or there must be a compelling reason to release it in that year. Upcoming games that are only announced and do not have a major release date are therefore not eligible.
By 2020, there will be a lot of… in the world of video games. Here are fifteen games waiting for you in the first half of 2020.