Well the big give-away has happened - for this weekend only you can buy the Apollo for the price of 1 credit -------- which is about what it is worth. A disappointing downgrade from the leaked version and not worthy of a review. I don't think that it is a good strategy on Z2's part to build expectations and then provide this piece of junk (no upgrades included either). I think that I'll just stick with the C-101 Annhiliator when I want to fly a low level agility plane - not going to invest a penny to upgrade this thing.
The second plane released this weekend is the Hades. A new weapons class plane with slightly higher boosts in energy and damage than the leaked version. It is good to see the SR-71 Blackbird incarnated one more time. The first time this was issued was as the Achillies as an overpriced defense class plane with lackluster specs. This time, Z2 has more accurately provided the plane with great speed and stealth.
Lets take a look at the ratings for the Hades:
Energy: 12% boost is middle of the pack - not a big factor for weapons class which has plenty of energy already as default.
Damage:14% boost is also middle of the pack but decent.
Speed: 20% boost is best in class (but still slower than agility class planes)
Stealth: 15% boost is best in class (but still less than a few defense class planes)
No agility boost will make it easier to be caught in a circling match, but overall, the speed, stealth and damage boosts make the Hades a formidable weapons class plane - the speed should help dodge incoming missiles and the stealth will make it harder for your opponent to lock onto you as you kick in the afterburners. Its also hard to resist the design of this historical classic!
|Beautiful shot of a real life SR-71 Blackbird|
Both planes have been added to the Comparison Guide and also to the Fleet at a Glance - check it out!