Then, sadly, I suffered through the M7. The text calls it a medium tank, but really it's just a light tank with a bit more armor and hit points, but also larger and easier to hit. It was certainly no match for other tier 5 medium tanks, and it didn't take long for me to realize why the M7 is relatively rare compared to the M4 Sherman. By tier 5 you rarely see more than one or two poor light tanks on a team, which is the main thing the M7 would be good at dealing with. The thing is as fast as most good light tanks, so should make a decent scout, except of course I suck at the scout role and the M7 is fairly large and easy to spot. It certainly had its moments (and was more enjoyable than the M5 Stuart) but overall it was fairly miserable to play. Once I had my double xp win for the day I wouldn't touch it again until the next day.
|You're fun to play! Thank you! *hugs*|
I've heard the M4A3E8 referred to in game on multiple occasions as the "Easy 8". I assumed that was an in-game slang that evolved from it being an easy kill or something like that. I was surprised to learn that it's actually a WWII era nickname, that it earned thanks to an advanced suspension that gave it a very smooth (or easy) ride (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_Sherman). One of the fun things (for me anyway) are all the historical references in the game, and the way so much of the tank modeling and balancing reflects the reality of the time. Reading through the wikipedia entry I referenced above, it's interesting to see how many of the tanks they reference are both in the game and meet the performance expectations described.
So, it's only taken dozens of tanks and ranking up to tier 6 in a research tree I was often not quite sure I should be spending time in, but I've finally found a tank I just enjoy playing, win or lose, whether I do something useful or get one-shot within the first 3 minutes of the match. For the first time I'm not at all concerned about advancing to the next tank (the tier 7 T20) and am just happy to play with the tank and not worry about the numbers.