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#41 philcha

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 12:01 PM

Nexus!

Strengths:
  • Laser towers attack both ground and air units, providing better defence at less cost.
  • Robotics Fac is wonderful: reduces cost of advanced units, provides double infantry (and at reduced cost!). And its Grinder function enables me to recycle Robot Tanks, and Robotics Fac + Hack Tower often = licence to print money. Nexus loves tank rushers!
  • Most units hover, so can cross and fight on water easily - big cost saving (no shipyard or navy on water maps), and opponent must always fear a massed tank + artillery attack.
  • Advanced Tank fills a gap that other sides have between basic tanks and supertanks (Devastator, Decimator).
  • Raven Transport is a true aircraft (goes over top of cliffs), and allows transported infantry to fire at ground targets (and air if carrying Eradicators).
  • Orbital Laser superweapon does not give victims time to use whatever shields they have.
Alleged weaknesses that don't bother me:
  • All defences need power. But one power plant supports 5 or 6 LTs, and 1 LT does the work of both Pillbox / Rad Cannon and AA Flak Gun / Photon Cannon. Biggest threat is spy entering power station.
  • Units not promoted. But if you're winning it's no problem, and if you're losing your units die too fast to benefit from promotion.
  • Lack of specialist units. OK, Bomb Jeeps and Demo Trucks can be very dangerous, and Illusion Tanks and Chrono Tanks can be a pain. You have to take out Bomb Jeeps and Demo Trucks at a safe distance from your base, preferably using air units. But those wonderful two-for the-price-of-one Laser Towers deal quite well with Illusion Tanks and Chrono Tanks. And on water maps Nexus does have specialist units - hovercraft!
Weaknesses (much less significant):
  • Basic Robot Tank is unimpressive - less firepower than Alliance's Marauder, slower than Freedom's Scorpion.
  • I'm still not convinced that Drone Miners are as good as the other races' miners. Their small capacity means they spend a larger percentage of time travelling and unloading. For comparison look at most forums and guides for basic RA2 - all prefer the Soviet War Miner to the Allied Chrono Miner, because the CM's instant return is not enough to compensate for its lower capacity.
  • Large formations of Zephyr Drones occasionally suffer from cascading kills which can wipe out a squadron - apparently flying debris from one kill destroys another drone, etc. Don't know whether this ever happens to Alliances' or Freedom's helicopters - 6 is the most I've seen in 1 group.
  • Howitzer is IMO the weakest of the "grand cannons". I very rarely use them.

Edited by philcha, 13 May 2007 - 12:05 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:39 PM

Another thing about Ravens. They can also carry a few vehicles if you're so inclined.

NEXUS's howitzers are good for bombardment. Get them near an enemy's base and they'll give the enemy headaches.

As for the miner, I personally think that you actually get more faster. I'll check the math on it, but anyway, you'll have a more continuous flow than the other sides.

Regardless, it's nice to see another NEXUS command program show up.
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#43 philcha

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 11:22 PM

NEXUS's howitzers are good for bombardment. Get them near an enemy's base and they'll give the enemy headaches.


I prefer to use units for attack as they're more flexible.

Can you build one howitzer off another? Freedom AI appears to do this with Hellstorm Cannons, extending chains of them far away from non-combat buildings and garrisoned buildings.

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 09:31 AM

NEXUS's howitzers are good for bombardment. Get them near an enemy's base and they'll give the enemy headaches.


I prefer to use units for attack as they're more flexible.

Can you build one howitzer off another? Freedom AI appears to do this with Hellstorm Cannons, extending chains of them far away from non-combat buildings and garrisoned buildings.



Actually, I think that is a bug of some sort.
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#45 Jeeves

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:55 AM

Another thing about Ravens. They can also carry a few vehicles if you're so inclined.

Whoa, I thought they were just there for filling with Executioners and spamming :)

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 07:29 PM

Freedom Legue all the way! fear my kirovs! :p

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:06 PM

ZOMGNECRO.


But I forgive you, since it's a good topic. :p

#48 Nemoricus

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 11:18 AM

:) Indeed, and it's also pinned, so all well and good.

That is, until NEXUS crushes all who oppose him. :p
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 12:21 PM

Pfft. NEXUS doesn't know jack shit. The Legion, as is, as was, and as ever shall be, shall prevail.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 01:25 PM

pfffft :xcahik_: legion and nexus together allied would never brign down the power of Freedom League! freedom would turn them into scrap metal,puddles of radiation and GARGS! ;)

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#51 Nemoricus

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 03:28 PM

Pfft. NEXUS doesn't know jack shit. The Legion, as is, as was, and as ever shall be, shall prevail.

Good luck when Osiris comes to play. ;)

But even they will fear the numberless hordes of NEXUS. :xcahik_:
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Posted 14 August 2007 - 04:49 PM

Nexus all the way! Nothing beats the feel of when you crush a Allied Legion base with just a centurion, and a goliath. :xcahik_:

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 05:14 PM

Although I don't know what Goliaths are, YEAH! :xcahik_:

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:30 PM

I'm pretty sure the Goliath is one of the secret units, i used them quite a few times. :xcahik_:

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:24 PM

Yep. Tech unit.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 03:56 PM

mmm yeah goliaths and centurions are good... but did you ever see 4 nuke cannons in action!a base and all its protectors gone in just matter of seconds ^_^

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 04:00 PM

Drednaughts ftw.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 04:12 PM

^_^ expensive but DEADLY and...with a surprize inside hahaha

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 11:42 AM

I also prefer the freedom league,i'm with you wrath :p

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 03:19 AM

Im sort of a mix between Nexus & Freedom league
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