Thursday, February 23, 2012
METALSTORM RELEASES VERSION 4.0.5
Z2Live has just released version 4.0.5.
3 items were listed (sorry didn't get a very good screenshot of the update description - forgot to hit the "More" button):
1. Looks like the update makes an attempt to improve the versus mode auto-matchmaking so that you will play against players of similar skill ratings more often. Does that mean I can't get anymore 9-0 wins over guys flying Tempests with skill ratings of 600? My self esteem is going to take a beating! :-) Seriously, sounds like this will provide a better competitive environment - time will tell as more people get the upgrade.
Per comments on this post, it looks like everyone with a skill rating over 3000 all will get lumped in the same bucket - too bad, the groupings should go all the way up to at least 10,000 in my opinion.
2. Two additional entry level planes added (see below). A re-skinned Talon and a re-skinned Paladin. It looks like Z2 wants to get beginners to start accumulating different planes in their hangers early in their "careers" so that they will hopefully get hooked on the game and play more.
The D-21 Falcon appears to be an incremental step up from the Annihilator, giving a little bit more Agility and throwing in some energy, all for the modest price of 1500 credits.
The D-21 Wartusk looks like a poor mans Paladin but as a twist, you get +10% overheat limit which as far as I can see, no other Weapons Class plane offers (none have any overheat limit improvements). This will offer best-of-fleet overheat limit of +60% fully upgraded. This is handy for campaigns and maybe survival mode but I don't see overheat limit as extremely valuable in versus mode (as always, chime in if you disagree!)
Both planes have been added to the Comparison Guide - check it out!
3. The third change in 4.0.5 is simply listed as an umbrella statement that numerous bugs and fixes were made. Assume that this will improve lag, but we can only hope!
Please comment away if you see specific changes/improvement/differences in 4.0.5 that are noteworthy and I will try to update this post as they become evident!