Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Have You Been Banned?

Over the past few weeks it seems that Z2 has made a concerted effort to identify hackers and cheats and ban their accounts.  To this, I say its about time!  I've played against cheaters and hackers with pumped up planes way too many times (after awhile you can tell pretty quickly if a plane has been hacked, am I right?). 

From what I've seen, there have also been some innocent victims that have been banned.  Some claim to have only hacked their image and not modded the plane stats (you know the players - they have their own mug as their image or some other non-standard image - Jim Careys come to mind).  I feel a little bad for these guys but not too much - if you download a hacked version of the game, you should not be too surprised if Z2 shuts it down, even if you aren't "using" all the cheats (how does Z2 know if you are using the cheats or not?  If you have a hacked version that is capable of pumping up your planes, your account should be banned, plain and simple).  So lets hear from you.  Have you been banned lately?  Vent away!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Missile Parameters Corrected

Some of you may have noticed that the missile stats have changed in the recent update.  Below is a table that compares the old stats (that have been outdated for quite awhile) with the correct stats.  The column on the far left are the old stats that were visible in the game.  The middle column (from Z2 forum website) and the far right column show the correct parameters.  Green dots are placed next to values that have changed.

Thanks readers for straightening me out on these! (I was thinking that they had actually changed the missiles performance here)  Click on image below to enlarge.

Missile Stat Update (Click to Enlarge)
BTW, sorry for blocking out the capability to do anonymous comments.  It had gotten to the point that this blog was getting multitudes of spam comments per day.   If you'd like to comment, you can still easily do so, it just takes a very quick login process with blogger or using OpenID.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Adder has been Added! Does it Add Up?

CN-13 Adder

It looks like Z2 has been gettin busy again with our favorite game.  Besides a software upgrade and the firefly, Z2 has also just released the CN-13 Adder.  Another of the favorite Agility Class but this one is a credit charge of only 20K.    Lets take a look at the stats:

Energy: +12%:  4th in class
Damage: +8%:  4th in class
Speed: +12%:  2nd in class (tied with several)
Armor: +6%:    3rd in class

Overall, not a bad plane for 20k credits.  Its not a class leader and no agility boost for an agility class plane is a negative to me, but the armor and speed aren't too bad.  Nice paint job.  Does anyone know what the symbols say?  Lets hear your thoughts!

The CN-13 Adder has been added to the Comparison Guide  and also to the Fleet at a Glance - check it out! 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Z2 Goes Retro - Wingman Name is Gone

There was an update over the weekend to version 4.3.2.   I can see 2 major changes:  First, Metalstorm Wingman has reverted back to its old name of Metalstorm Online (which was the original name back in 2011).    Dang - I need to dig up my header file and rename this website!  Curious if anyone notices any different feel in gameplay?  Many loyalists felt that the Wingman update was never as good as the original Metalstorm Online (MSO) version. 

Second change is the bundle packages available for purchase - you can get a bargain if you buy planes/weapons together.  Buy one vympel, get one free (you get the idea).

Lets hear from you all - how do you like the update?  

Is there a Firefly in your Future?


The Firefly has finally lit up our screens.  This plane has been leaked at least twice in the past, latest being last November.  Lets take a quick look at the stats:

Damage: +10%:  Tied for Second in class behind Striker
Agility: +12%:  Lower/Middle of the Agility pack
Critical Strike: +6%:  First in class
Missile Reload:  +10%:  First in class tied with Sparrow

We have another agility class plane that wants to be a weapons class plane when it grows up.  With boosts in critical strike, missile reload and damage, the Firefly can be looked at in two ways:

1.  An agility class plane with mediocre agility characteristics but with weapons boosts
2.  A low-level weapons class plane with lots of agility and speed.

The mix may be pleasing to some players that want a little bit from both classes, although you don't get the best of either class. 

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

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Widow is back in Town

Originally priced at 180 - the Widow now costs 205 coins
Well, it looks like Z2Live has gone and brought back the Red Widow which should make some of you readers very happy.  This beast has always been one of the best of class in the weapons genre.  Originally released on 2/3/12, the "Red Widow" has excellent Missile Reload and Agility and solid damage boosts also.  Throw in +5% critical strike and this sucker is a tough plane to beat.  The only thing that the Red Widow may be lacking is missile lock speed.  Critical strike rating increases the probability of getting 2X damage on a hit.

See the Red Widow perform in the YouTube video below:

See PLANE COMPARISON TABLES for detailed assessment of all the planes performance ratings including the Red Widow which has been added.

You may recognize the Red Widow as the plane of our beloved VARGAS in the campaign.

 The Red Widow, just like the Marauder, is based on the real life F-35 Lightning.

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

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Wobblin' Goblin is Re-Released

WM-10 Striker
Alas, a long time favorite of many fighter fans has finally been added to the MSWM lineup.  The WM-10 Striker is modeled after the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, nicknamed the Wobblin' Goblin in its early years due to flight control stability issues.

Lets take a look at the stats:

Damage +12%:  This is Best in Class for Damage, overtaking the Sparrow by 2% and similar to the Sparrow, is comparable to lesser weapons class planes in the damage category.

Agility +13%:  In the middle of the pack, but only 2% behind Reaper and Stilletto which are both tops in fleet for agility.

Speed +12%:  Tied with 3 other planes for second in class behind Reaper which edges it out by 1%.

Armor +7%:  2nd in class behind Wasp and one of the few agility class planes to have armor upgrades.

Overall, once again, Z2 has pushed the envelope and produced a top agility class plane that is one of the best in class.  Identical boost categories as the Reaper (which has been my favorite agility class plane), the Striker is slightly behind Reaper in agility and speed, but packs more damage and has better armor than Reaper.  I think that I still like Reaper better since I value speed and agility the most for an agility class plane, but the Striker is a great plane also and has considerable more style than the boring F-4 based Reaper skin.  A great new addition to the fleet, although kinda funny that the stealth fighter has no stealth.

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

The Striker is based on the real-life F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.