Friday, May 25, 2012

The Skull Returns

The S-03 Marauder - Limited Edition Agility Class
Real name: F-35X Lightning


S-03 Marauder

The Marauder is a premiere choice for agility class planes - nice to see that it has been brought back.  Simply put, the artwork is bad ass.  When you are flying a Marauder, it is as if you are saying, "C'mon, sucker, try and mess with me!" 

As for performance, the Thresher is actually slightly faster than the Marauder but the Marauder has better evasive characteristics when you are being shot at.  The only other real difference from a Thresher is that the Marauder has a slightly higher critical strike rating.

Lets be serious though, you aren't really buying this plane over the Thresher for the slight performance differences - its all about that bad ass skull with those 2 crossed missiles in the background!

See PLANE COMPARISON TABLES for detailed assessment of all the planes performance ratings.




Real life shot of an F-35

Underbelly of an F-35 with weapons bay doors open


Click here for more real life picts of the F-35 Lightning

122 comments:

  1. Why hasn't anybody commented yet?

    I can't wait until the marauder is released again. Why does it cost 68,000 credits while the thresher only costs 22,500?

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    1. i want the marauder back for about 23,000 credits.

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    2. I do think the thresher is better. It has overall improved stats except for +3% critical strike. If you want more damage, go with the Reaper.

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  2. We want the Marauder back!
    There is a poll on Facebook to have it back:
    https://www.facebook.com/questions/272825559471573/
    Vote it!

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  3. i think ill stick with my reaper instead....

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  4. i want that fucking maurader

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  5. What is the top speed of a fully upgraded marauder? It is actually quite a lot slower than reaper.

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  6. Bring it back!

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  7. https://www.facebook.com/questions/272825559471573/

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  8. I believe this will be back soon, permanent on the list too.

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  9. Marauder is back! I'm saving up for one. 50000 credits to go. How do you circle someone?

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    1. I just purchased my dragon, time to restart my saving spree to get 68,000 creds :D

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  10. Is the marauder actually a little better than the thresher? It is the coolest looking plane, and also had the best artwork. Yay it doesn't cost coins.

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  11. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's only out for the weekend :(
    if you don't believe me, check this http://metalstormwingman.com/forums/topic/s-03-marauder/

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    1. If u guys want he marauder so badly, when you have the dough, set your region to aribic, then saudiariba. it does the same thing as the thiland trick xept it works for 4.1.1

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    2. according to the home page of metalstormwingman.com the marauder is a plane of the week, not just for the weekend!

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  12. Marauder for 68000 credits. That will take for ages to get. I would rather get the F-41 Cioer because the design is better than the marauders

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    1. wtf is the F-41 Cioer?

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    2. Maybe he meant the F-41 Viper. That's certainly what it looks like, at any rate.

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  13. Anyway the stats don't look impressive.
    Critical strike +3 (shit)
    Agility +12 (alright same as thresher)
    Speed +8 (shit) that's so low
    evasion +8 (good)
    Conclusion: plane is too expensive for its stats.

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    1. When it comes to the stats, due to the extra evasion, I would have to say it is a bit better than the thresher. However, since the plane does cost like 3 times more than the thresher, it really comes down to how much you like the paint theme. For me, I have to say the paint theme is crap. The red trim surrounding the plane's canopy extends to the begginning of the skeleton making it look like there is a balloon on ithe skeleton's head. Anyway, why would anyone want to be flying a dead plane?????? 68000 credits is to much, if they were to make such a plane, they should have priced it at 35000 credits- especially since it is not best in class for any of its stats

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  14. The only reason i wanted it is because of it's decals!!!

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  15. It's only worth it when you have the unlimited credit hack.

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  16. Anyway if you only care about the theme why not buy the F-41 Viper when it will be back on as a featured plane which has some beast theme. Also it's only for 6500 credits 10x less and a bit compared to the Marauder.

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  17. If you exchanged the credits to blue coins that plane is worth 680 blue coins! What a rip off!

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    1. This is one of the best planes that actually cost credits, so SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!! You probably want this plane so bad but you can't buy it. Now you post on the internet that this plane is a rip off. You're probably hoping that z2live will see it and magically reduce the prive to 1 credit.

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  18. I accually hate this plane. It has a ballon attached to the skull. I rather have the Rath or mako even Zephyr.

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  19. I bought it because I thought it looked cool, it had interesting stats and I had saved up enough credits already. The person earlier that said that it's a lot slower than the Reaper is wrong. I tested my fully upgraded Reaper and the mostly upgraded Marauder at full throttle and they are the same. I guess the stats lie because real life is different. It will be interesting to see how they compare in Versus once I can get to a faster connection.

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  20. I didn't actually say that it is a lot slower than the reaper. I was just wondering whether it is slower. The stats do say that it is 5% slower.

    It costs three times more than the thresher because there are not many limited edition planes that cost credits.

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  21. according to metalstorm wingman's official site, the hurricane will be replaced in a few weeks with another classic plane... hopefully the f-41 viper, or s-03 saber

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  22. It will be Viper because I was texting and begging Z2live to bring back the Viper. After texting and texting finally I forced them to bring the viper back.

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    1. IIT.
      (Interesting If True)

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  23. I also posted to bring back the Viper on that official website on the feedback/suggestion part.

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  24. Maybe I wasn't keeping track of the timer right, but it seems to have disappeared earlier than scheduled.

    Either way, for those of you who are saving up for this, you might still be able to get it with the Saudi Arabia glitch; but I'd hurry if I were you, viper guy posted the method on the official forums.

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  25. Yeah. Me. I heared they will replace the Hurricane with the Viper or Saber.

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    1. Where did you hear that from? I know they said it'll be replaced by another "classic" plane but I would've guessed something more along the lines of Paladin or maybe Zephyr.

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  26. Each time someone posts a certain plane on the official forums it will come out like a guy begging for hurricane. Z2live made it available for a month. I even text to Z2live on their website like 10x

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  27. Anyway Saber and the viper and green eagle are classic planes. I would get angry if they would re-release the green eagle though.

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  28. I'd get angry if Z2live would feature the zephyr because I can purchase it through the trick. I already have the zephyr anyway which makes it even worse.

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    1. What's with spammed posts? Anyway I think they already took the marauder off the market, as I cant see it anymore.

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  29. if you ignore the price differences, which plane is better for survival mode- the juggernaut, or the m-11 raven?

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    1. The most valuable feature for survival mode is armor regen. I would rather suggest the M-11 Raven rather than the Juggernaut. However, a better choice (by far in my opinion) might be the Dragon, which is still available through the "Saudi trick". I have a Dragon and I'm telling you it's really a fantastic plane for survival mode. I got passed wave 20 with it.

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  30. Raven! I have one and it is beast. There are a few things you have to think about,5% armor regen is good for survival, but if you like agility and more armor with some stealth get the juggernaut. Although the juggernaut has 14% armor, don't expect it to last long, and you if you do buy the juggernaut you have to get the armor regen.

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  31. come on Z2, this is just stupid. lots of people wanted the marauder, but u make it available for little more than a day, while it costs 68,000 credits?!?! i would have bought it through saudi arabia trick, but thanks to viper guy, it seems that won't be possible for long either. can some one give me the link to the official forums? i'm gonna beg for them to bring the marauder back.

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    1. metalstormwingman.com

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  32. You still can do it through the trick.

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  33. Beg Z2Live after the Viper was out please Im waiting for ages. But after its out I'm fine with it. The website is metalstormwingman.com/forums

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    1. I don't understand your high interest for the Viper. I don't find it beautiful, but it's just my opinion... And it is one of the worst planes! OK, some say it may be great against Green Eagles, but how many Green Eagles do you run into? One to five % of your matchs? It basically means that you would choose a plane that would disadvantage you in 95% of your matchs and advantage you in 5%? I greatly prefer the reverse choice...

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    2. I played a viper pilot and I feel that the plane is hiding something. I got powned by it even though I am an expert and won or drawn 75% of matches. The 25% i lost 10% being hackers. Explain that now. It is weird. Why such a shit rating on that plane be nearly worth as much as the eagle X?

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    3. 1. Actually its about half as much as the eagle x
      2. You need an achievement to unlock the eagle x so its worth even more.
      3. The kid is right. I hardly ever see a green eagle and its looks are interesting, but not that nice.

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  34. After trying the Saudi Arabia trick, the S-03 Marauder disappeared, so now I can only see the Rath. What happened?

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    1. So can u buy it with those settings?

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    1. I tried that, it didn't return.

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    2. I tried it just now and it still works for me. Make sure you do it right. Follow these steps:

      Go to the home screen
      Open up the list of recent apps (press the home button twice in quick succession)
      Hold the Metalstorm Icon down until the red badge appears on its corner
      Click on the badge to close the app
      Close the list (press the home button)
      Go to Settings > General > International > Region Format > Arabic > Saudi Arabia
      Close the Settings and open up Metalstorm

      The Marauder is still there, along with other limited feature planes.

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    3. Nice Post Anonymous :-) - Just to add on : The Marauder, Mako, Paladin, Spectre, Iron Fang, Dragon, Helix are there too - ONLY THE RED WIDOW IS NOT there !!! anybody knows how to get that plane - Eg. Previously there was the Thai trick - Now the Arabic trick - is there an Egyptian trick to get the Red Widow ?
      If anybody knows, please inform - Thank You

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  36. @kid, good job on ur post, but its their choice and opinion just repect it, if they want the viper so be it. watch if ever that plane is released a lot of players will be cursing z2 why that plane is released again coz nobody wants it xcept for the players that are posting in this blogsite :)

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    1. "...nobody wants it xcept for the players that are posting in this blogsite"

      Am I the only one who thinks the word "players" here should NOT be plural? Apart from 09Florovicj, the only other posts raving on about the Viper's "greatness" were posted anonymously and only minutes apart...with the same mannerism of speech and tendency to spam.

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    2. while we all wait and see if the viper or the saber replaces the hurricane, i was wondering something-

      has anyone other than me noticed that most bisnovat pilot's fly certain planes? Pilots of Red Widows, Hurricanes,Paladins, and Liberties almost always fly with bisnovats. While agility class pilots with bisnovats, are rather rare. In addition, those agility class pilots who do use bisnovats almost always fly the reaper. Kind off interesting thinking about it.

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    3. I agree, I always see hawken or arbiter (or similar classes of planes) pilots equipped with bisnovats, but I've NEVER faced any agility class pilots with anything higher than AIM RAAM.

      t_park

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    4. What!!?? I have a Hawken and all I have ever played with is either RAAMs or Lancers. And the Lancers I got by friends and I playing The Winged Serpent over and over. So far I have never played against another Hawken with Bisnovats. I have played other planes with Bisnovats and beaten them. Maybe when I get to the higher ranked pilots where the cheaters are I'll see this.

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  37. What's wrong with Viper. I just want it because I want to know how it feels flying it.

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  38. If you don't want viper because you think it's crap, what do you think about the S-03 Saber?

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    1. I personally really want the s-03 saber...the extra lock range is much more beneficial In campaign mode then the hawken's agility, and it has its beautiful silver, and black paint theme- pure elegance. One of the most beautiful paint themes ever released- it is one of those planes, that you cannot get tired of.

      Anyway, why do people want the viper? Ask yourself, how many times do you face green eagle pilots?

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    2. People, no offense, BUT SHUT UP ABOUT THE VIPER!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you want to talk about it go to the other weapons class planes. the saber is there too.

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  39. don't forget the hawken... most of them equip w/ bisnoobat/lancer. Co'z you know why? they can't win w/o it. Imagined if all agility pilots equip w/ coin missiles it will be a rampage and a massacre for weapons and defense pilots. It's just that most agility pilots want's the match to be fair and exciting.

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    1. Weapons class planes would still have the advantage since they could dish out missiles more quickly.

      It's not so much that weapons class pilots tend to use coin missiles as it is that coin missile users tend to use weapons class planes. Agility plane pilots are no fairer than others.

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    2. What good is dishing out dozens of standard issue missiles, if they all get dodged by agility class aces. To keep the game competitive, weapons class pilots have had to resort to using high powered missiles.

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  40. Not fairer but they tend to be better. I m 5.2K and make more wins with my Sentinel than with my Zephyr. I almost always play with RAAMS. Many agility planes players to be feared are above 10K. If you are very skilled, agility class may be an excellent choice (maybe the best?), but if you are not, weapon class might be a better choice. But there are also top players who fly planes like the Hawken and they are very very good with it.

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    1. Agility class planes turn very quickly so you could get more opportunities to attack. The top players use agility class because they don't miss these opportunities often.

      Weapons class planes, on the other hand, get less number of opportunities but could deal more damage in each, particularly in larger windows of opportunity.

      In contrast, it's extremely hard to get any opportunity with a defense class plane. I almost always have to rely on alternating between making bold moves to damage my enemies and taking advantage of my superior armor regen + energy supply to outheal them while circling "safely".

      But getting back to the topic of using coin missiles, I think it should be fairly predictable which planes people would want to mount their pricey missiles on. If I could pick any plane to mount bisnovats on, I'd pick the Red Widow or Hawken; they could easily fire 2 pairs before an agility/defense plane loads its second pair. 4 bisnos with appropriate timing is a lot more difficult to deal with compared to 2, and that's what you'd want to do to your opponents.

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  41. Hype much was the saber and viper?

    Also, I was using my half upgraded eagle-x and I faced a reaper in auto match. We both had a skill rating of about 2300. I out turned him and beat him 2-1. I am not a hacker. Any ideas about what could've happened?

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    1. Sorry. How much is the saber and viper.

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    2. the viper is 6,500 credits, so u might as well buy it cuz its cheap. i don't know about the sabre.

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    3. It's very possible that the Reaper was not fully upgraded either. I started flying my Rath into vs mode the other day after fully upgrading it and I can tell you it's very easy to out-turn most non-Agility class opponents.

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    4. Saber is 205 coins right?

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  42. I agree with The Kid's post above and btw the saber is a bit unuseful if you already own the hawken,they should release the green eagle. I would buy it even if its price were 400 coins, but when it was released a lot of time ago it costed only 6500 credits.

    Skyraza.

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    1. Wasn't it 300 blue coins? I don't think it was ever 6500 credits. I remember the Black Eagle-X was around that price range though.

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    2. Saber was 210 coins and Viper was 6500 credits

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  43. I posted "how much is the saber and viper."

    I do not have a hawker and I don't really need one. Iwant the saber because I am a fan of F-35's but not the red widow pain job

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  44. Yeah sometimes bisnovat pilots piss me off so I use the bisnovats also. I won 7-1

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  45. A-17 paladin is back for 205 coins only- watch out though, Make sure to ignore the pop-up asking you whether or not to buy the a-17 paladin-buying it from there cost 25 coins more than from the hangar( hangar price 205 coins;pop-up price 230 coins...z2 is so careless...or greedy...) anyway,this is kind of a ripoff for those who bought this plane last time it was available- for 230 coins. This is a pretty good plane, if you want a good weapons class aircraft. It has +10 missile reload, which in a long range engagement is like +18 missile damage. Meanwhile, the extra cannon damage, and lock speed is also very handy. It is also quite nice having extra armor in a weapons class aircraft too- especially when facing bisnovat pilots


    Make sure to buy yours now if you want to- according to the person who looked in the game files, a update will come right after the a-17 paladin's week in the hangar. Since game updates are mandatory, it means that if you do not buy this plane now, and you do not have it, after this week the Saudi Arabia trick will no longer work. Good luck saving up your coins and credits for what might be your last chance buying the a-17, iron fang, liberty, dragon, Tigris, spectre...

    Who knows, maybe this trick will work in another region: )

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    1. not all the updates are mandatory though. i still want the marauder, so to be on the safe side, i will work my butt off collecting credits.

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    2. I've saved 34080 credits and counting, less than 50% to go :P

      t_park

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  46. all of u Fuckheads, dickheads, etc... u guys need to shut the fuck up! if u guys r 1 of those...

    PLS... Bring back the C101 ANNIHILATOR and Tempest LMAO......

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  47. Why paladin I can get that through the trick I was expecting a discontinued plane. Like the Saber but not the green eagle. I also would like the viper to be out for long I still want it to be really rare. Two days would do.

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  48. If green eagle was re-released it would ruin the game because everyone will have one and it will always be a draw. How dull. Imagin this happening!!! I would stop playing this game because metalstorm would be fucking ruined.

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    1. i wud even buy the green eagle if it 500 blue coins!

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  49. I have noticed that some people have used sidewinders and Vulcan disguised as a better missile or cannon. Start of match, bisno and Zeus, end of match, sidewinder and vulcan, in match, sidewinder and Vulcan.

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    1. This is interesting, because at first, I thought they simply ran out of their 'ammo', but after many matches, it's just too frequent for them to simply run out of ammo. In game though, it felt like they were using bisnos as they often took me out in 1 volley. Maybe it's a glitch in the game? Or A lot of them are actually hacking...

      t_park

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    2. it could also bee that in their last game, they ran out of the ammo, and still continued to play (this applies if they have a weapon that performs like a sidewinder/vulcan). i know that if i do this, and when i go back to the menu, IF vargas doesn't give me restocking orders (i thought she died in mission 3), then i will officially be armed with RAAM missiles, or something else, even if i have 0 ammo for it.

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  50. ummm hello... where is the new post about the paladin? it is out now... 205 coins...

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    1. ummmm hello ... pull your panties out of your crack and relax - its just a re-release

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  51. It's been out three times now (at least since I've been playing). Does he seriously need to make another post? He already has one about the paladin.

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    1. He usually just bumps the old posts to the front page; that's why you see comments from back in April in this thread.

      Anyways, cut him some slack, guys. He's allowed to have life outside of Metalstorm, despite his blog name. The Paladin came out Tuesday early morning Australian time and it's only 1:49PM now, the guy's probably at work/school/lunch with mum.

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  52. ****! ****! ****! ****!

    I hate that pop-up screen! I hate that pop-up screen! I hate that pop-up screen! I hate that pop-up screen!

    I DID NOT WANT THE PALADIN!
    I WANT MY COINS BACK!
    I DEMAND A REFUND!

    Okay... I tried setting up a multi-player game and the connection was lost, bringing me back to the main menu... In my attempt to try selecting a plane for my next game, the ******* PALADIN SCREEN popped up right where my finger was!

    Seriously I want my coins back! It was never my intention to buy a plane I didn't even want!

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    1. Go to "support" at metastormwingman.com and report your problem.
      Last time I accidentally purchased Rath z2live said there was technical limitations so they can't remove the plane and therefore I cannot get my coins back.
      Wish you luck.

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    2. Head over to the official site forums. 2 people had a similar issue before and I heard they (or someone else with the same problem) got refunded after following the steps provided.

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  53. Seriously how does one contact Z2 and reverse this?

    I was saving those coins for my Red Widow. I absolutely DO NOT want this thing! I would never have gotten it if Z2's stupid 'buy the paladin' screen didn't appear over and over and over and over and over again.

    'NO THANKS' means 'I DON'T WANT THE F****** PALADIN! STOP ASKING!!!!!!'

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    1. I posted a suggestion at their forums regarding the potential frustrations caused by the pop ups but no one seems to be supporting the idea...

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    2. send me a link. I will support you.

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    3. http://metalstormwingman.com/forums/topic/featured-plane-pop-ups/

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    4. I'm one of the people that got a refund. I had the same sort of thing happen. At first they said no but then several days later I got and email saying they were going to refund my coins because I was a loyal customer and they did.

      I suggested that they put a "confirm purchase" to prevent accidental purchases which is way to easy to do like it is now. Hopefully if enough people ask that they do that it will happen.

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    5. This is what Z2Live told me after I wrote to them through support:

      "Unfortunately, I am unable to cancel your accidental purchase of the Rath. Due to technical limitations at this time, we are unable to remove planes from your inventory and therefore are unable to reimburse your purchase. I truly apologize for the inconvenience. Please let me know if you have any other questions and thank you so much for playing MetalStorm."

      And they didn't reply after I sent another email.

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  54. does anyone know which forum i should comment on for suggesting planes to come out as the featured plane of the week?

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    1. I meant like what specific forum. dont just give me metalstormwingman.com/forums

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  55. Before the Maurader originally came out, I flew the Viper. It wasn't fully upgraded, but it was good.

    When the Maurader came out, I did have enough saved up, so I bought it...because of the skull...

    Turned me to an agility plane user. I now have the Reaper. The Reaper is a bit faster and has a bit more noticeable damage (guns and missiles), however, the Maurader is more evasive and it is noticeable. I was able to evade missiles easier in the Maurader than in the Reaper.

    I didn't fully upgrade my Maurader, so I'm still tempted to complete the upgrade and fly it again.

    Both get dominated by bitchnovats/prancer weapon class planes when I'm spawned far away.

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    1. You can dodge those missiles if you know how to maneuver

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    2. should i buy the marauder or the thresher? i don't care about the prices.

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    3. go for marauder

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  56. I was going to buy the Marauder when it was temporarily released but guess what? when it left again I was 50 credits short. I just needed 5 minutes...

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  57. must have item!!!

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  58. It's back :o
    Bought it already :p

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  59. Hey, the Marauder is not bad. Got 23 waves in Survival mode with RAAMS and Vulcan.

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    1. Fuck this game! I hit the plane 8 times using aim 132 lancer missile and the plane still not destroyed... Z2. You are just taking our money, forcing us to buy upgrades and missiles that s not fair to use... Fix this.

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    2. You should go complain to Z2's official website. Everybody who plays this game knows how overpriced everything is. We should start a boycott until Z2 makes the game fair. Or at least make it so we could trade credits for coins instead of only being able to go coins for credits.

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    3. Firsly if it was a defence class that was hit while performing a manuever it is possible to survive even 10 lancers. If he had the armour boost too I'm not suprised

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  60. I love the marauder now it's my primary plane on the game. I was saying bad stuff about marauder because I was bothered about the Viper more

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    1. you sure about that florovic? my thresher pwns marauder i have both fully upgraded marauder sucks get the thresher people cheapoer and much better.

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  61. Its cool but it isn't worth it. This would be an intermediate aircraft.

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  62. I have choice of either dragon or maurauder what whould i buy

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  63. It's a decent plane but if u buy it don't expect for it to be top of its class it's cost is definetly because of the paint job which is on the bright side dead sexy

    Celt1c sa1nt

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