Saturday, July 28, 2012

Warlock is released

GP-87 Warlock
The GP-87 Warlock has been released.   Lets take a look at this new entry:

Damage:  +14%:  Tied with several planes for 2nd in class

Agility:  +11%:  2nd in class behind the Cyclops

Missile Reload:  +10%:  Tied for 2nd in class with many other planes.

Energy:  +12%:  Best in class (only other plane with energy boost is Ice Wolf has in weapons class)

So is this a good plane?  Damage boost is decent,  Agility is very good and Missile reload is very good.  Those are 3 of the most valuable boosts for a weapons class, in my opinion.  The energy boost is pretty worthless imho :-), since weapons class planes usually have plenty of energy, but I suppose it depends on your flying style.  Overall, plane is pretty good plane, but there are several very similar planes out there.

Z2 has determined that releasing many many new planes is the ticket to success and game interest.  With 1-2 per week, we're going to have 100's at this rate!   Thats ok, but how about a few more campaigns or game play options?

The Warlock has been added to the Comparison Guide  and also to the Fleet at a Glance - check it out!

The Warlock is based on the Chengdu J-7 (thanks Skyraza):


http://www.geocities.ws/alvmaia/Chengdu/81STCa.jpg
Real-life shot of Chengdu J-7


56 comments:

  1. Yay! 1st. And good plane

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  2. I love this plane!

    And, with all due respect, no boost (i.e. Energy) is worthless.

    When it comes to a fight I'll take any advantage I can get.

    Bandit 6 o'clock!

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  3. It appears to me that the aircraft modeler of this plane decided to implement a compound delta wing layout, in replacement of the boring old delta wing that was on the original Mig-21. Meh. Unrealistic, but whatevs.

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  4. It's based on the Chinese J-7E

    The wings of the J-7E have been changed to a unique "double delta" design offering improved aerodynamics and increased fuel capacity, and the J-7E also features a more powerful engine and improved avionics. - Source - Wikipedia

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  5. The Warlock is based on the Chengdu J-7, Lugg. Bought this plane and fully upgraded it... My Red widow needs to retire for versus now (I will still use it for critical strike that is useful in campaign). It is very more little and seems to manuver faster. The added energy is super because it makes more powerful the upgrade regarding 6% added damage when energy is more than 85% and you can spin more so it makes more useful the upgrade regarding the 40% damage reduction. It is just awesome.

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  6. Did you guys notice that Wasp, Cyclops and Warlock haven't got the "light" all around (Red for weapon, light blue for agi and yellow for defense)?

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    1. Thanks for pointing them out!

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    2. Hmm.. I hadn't noticed that. Interesting.

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    3. And the Ares...I believe that all the new planes that are being released for their first time will not and probably never have the outline which indicates what class they're in...

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    4. Possible. Oh Ares too, true.

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    5. And the two new ones too.

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  7. 2nd in class in Damage is tied between Eagle-X and Cobalt at +15%, after Sentinel at +17%.

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  8. Due to the strange aimer problem with Cyclops, Warlock seems to me the first choice in weapon class.

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  9. I'm seeing something different than some of you. I don't think this plane is very good.

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    1. Any plane is good if it fits your style of flying.
      Personally, I would still choose RW over the Warlock.
      (Not to mention RW has better design in my opinion =P.)

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    2. Agreed
      Red Widow is a very deadly plane and has a cool design

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  10. I killed this baby 4-1 and 4-2 continuously with my eagle x....not so exciting plane as it looks !

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    1. whats your sr dude??? i think only a skilled pilot would be able to take down this plane with its impressive stats

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  11. SR 27...not so skilled actually...but warplane armor is as light as feather...easily gets blown out in air...but it's quite fast n agile...so one has to be careful !

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  12. post ur gc lets see how good u r?

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  13. Come and play with me anytime....I will tell you how good I can be...;)

    Nick: adven7ure007

    hope to see you soon in the battlefield !!!

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  14. Why are people saying this plane isn't good? It outclasses the Hawken in terms of Damage and Agility and ties with Missle Reload. Energy is actually more useful than Lock Speed too, because a higher Energy means it will be easier to maintain the Damage Boost it provides while it is 85%+. The same goes for the Red Widow; Outclasses in Agility, ties with Damage and Missle Reload and where the Red Widow has a chance of doing more damage with a higher Crit Rate, this plane will have an assured damage boost due to its higher energy. Not to mention that this boost also applies to Cannon Damage, unlike the Widow's crit rate.

    So it outclasses the Hawken and Red Widow in the same areas and even has higher overall stats (due to every boost being 10% or higher, unlike those two).

    To me, it looks like this will be the new "best" Weapons Class plane, dethroning the Hawken and Red Widow.

    I now wish I didn't buy a Reaper a few days ago, because I would've loved to spent those Coins on this one. Although I'm not sure about the art of this plane... The flames are cool. The green, not so much.

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    1. IF you can maintain +85% energy then it's the plane for you, but in dogfighting usually requires u to maneuver to dodge or reduce damage by 40%. I usually dodge missiles and get into dogfighting with my RW so I wouldn't have +85% energy in the first place but enough of course to keep maneuvering and dogfight. So then a critical strike would be way better for my flying style.
      "Best plane" is ultimately the one that works well with your play style.

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    2. Dogfights are often circling around each other though, which is where you don't use any energy and can easily recover that energy up to 85%+. Circling also involves Cannon Fire most of the time, which is what the upgrade boosts, while being unaffacted by the Crit Rate (like I mentioned in my first post). Another added benefit of the Energy Boost is that it allows you to do more maneuvers in general. Especially fast backflipping is very useful for Weapon class planes, so the more often you can do that, the more advantage you can get out of it.

      And obviously, "best" is based on preference, that's why I used quotation marks. I simply meant to say that I think this plane is better than the Hawken or Red Widow, which are generally considered to be the "best" Weapon class planes by the community.

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    3. I agree with the last comment!
      I´m the one who wrote a comment below about this little beast.

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  15. I luv this plane. I loaded it up and destroyed all the competition except the x-15. (1 win and 1 loss v x-15). Buy this plane while you can!!!

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  16. The warlock is a little beast (little just for the size, not for its stats), i bought it because it looked worth it for the low price (180 is really low for a plane like this). Then I just messed around with it a bit to try it and holly mother of... You can feel the power in this little dude. After trying it, I really have to upgrade it all the way, feels better than hawken and has more damage and a bit more agility. I was waiting for the RW but now I don´t want it anymore. I don´t know why people didn´t like its design because now I love it. Just my thoughts...

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    1. Yeah, its littleness is one of its points of strenght.

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    2. I don't think the size of the plane model matters. The hit area is usually the same for all planes (characters in fps games), so it would include some of the "air" around it.

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    3. This is true, but you can see all better and especially when the missile is about to hit you.

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    4. new plane's are out titan and panther...

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    5. Skyraza is right and doesn´t refer to "hit area" but to the view you have due to it´s little size...

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  17. Skyraza is right and doesn´t refer to "hit area" but to the view you have due to it´s little size...

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  18. ahhhhh need 100 more blue coins to fully upgrade my titan. i like the looks of the plane, did two rounds both win! the only downside is the wing is too long easy to get hit w/ coin spammers! but other than that the plane is a killing machine.. the reload seems a big help compared to my other agility plane.. for the price of 30 blue coins it's good! to all c101 pilot's out there i recommend this plane ....

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    1. wtf i mean the panther lol, sorry for my mistake! :)

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    2. Should I buy the panther? I'm tired of my iron fang, and my u-9 raider- and the ares was a ripoff. When you fly this plane, is it centered in the screen like most planes, or hugging the bottom of the screen like the ares, or cyclops with weird gun sight angles when compared to the plane's position?

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  19. Z2 should make an agility class plane using the tomcat i would so buy.It should have the same stats as saratoga and thresher.

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    1. I hope z2 doesn't do that. There are enough tomcats already, and I don't think that those thresher pilots who have switched to the Saratoga to be more competitive will be all that impressed when there recent purchase is nothing but a thing of the past with a even better plane being released. Besides, agility class aircraft are mainly for versus mode, so since you...aren't particularly good (bad) at versus mode...I don't think low armor will help

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    2. No i like the dragon design for an agility class just with stats like thresher or saratoga it'll be a good plane . by tomcat i don not mean the new panther and juggernaut ones i meant the bobcat and dragon versions as their wingspan is very small and i think will make manoeuvring a lot easier even if its a plane like the panther with bad stats i would still buy its fun like the c101.

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    3. I beat you 5-0. I don't think flying a plane like the c-101 will help and nor will flying agility class. In addition, a plane's shape in this game does not effect maneuver speeds- it's just a game! : )

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  20. Yesterday I made a decision I do not regret, I bought the Titan. It might look like a weak wanna-be weapons class plane to you, but take a look at the specs! Wow. This thing might take the Hawken's spot as 2nd most powerful weapons class plane. (redwidow is first). It might even beat the wido!

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    1. yeah might be but "Lack of agility" means slow maneuver. you'll definitely get your rear smoke by an ace pilot.

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    2. Extra speed means quicker manuvers, so you^ are wrong. Can you, anonymous of the original comment, tell me if you feel the extra missile tracking more than with other planes without it? I'm really considering to buy it.

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    3. I think the first comment is wrong. I don´t consider the Hawken or RW as the first ones anymore. Warlock´s extra energy helps keeping 85% of energy more easily, getting the 6% increase in damage (Missile and also cannons, not just missile as with RW´s critical strike). For me Warlock is the new #1 weapons class plane.

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    4. I think Titan is debateably the top weapons class plane now. Red Widow's Agility does help with dogfights but if you're flying a weapons class plane, it might be better to capitalise on long range engagements - which is where Titan's speed bonus comes in handy.

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    5. Sorry my bad.
      I disagree with the last comment. If you are looking to capitalize on long range engagements better use the Sentinel or Eagle. Why do you need speed on long range engagement?

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    6. Warlocks agility, damage and energy (6% damage increase and maneuvers) all serve extremely well for dogfights. Warlock is #1 man.

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  21. I disagree with the last comment. If you are looking to capitalize on long range engagements better use the Sentinel or Eagle. Why do you need speed on long range engagement?

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    1. So you can dodge missiles easier. Like Lancers or Bisnos.

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    2. Apart from what Stan already pointed out, it's also so you can draw more distance after coming in close to your opponent, hence giving more time to lock on. It doesn't have to be over very long ranges (as the gap will likely decrease very quickly anyway); just long enough to get good shots with locked on missiles.

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  22. Is there anyway I can still get this plane ... Or is it gone forever???

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  23. Comparing with RW, which one is better?

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  24. Aven the Raven PilotSeptember 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

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    P.S., I also play survival with 2000 SR players, you can call me up if you want to.
    Please, no bisnos or coin missiles!

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  25. Why couldn't you give thus plane the skin like the blue one that us pictured? WTF were you thinking. Great stats UGLY plane.

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  26. This is the best plane IMO. And, energy is a REALLY big factor when flying weapon classes. And i do not at all agree that Weapon class planes have really high energy. Infact, they have pretty less energy. Highest is in Agility class.

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