Hah, I sometimes don't use it either. Especially in the middle of the night city in the water. But just because I have an easier time seeing friendlies vs enemies without any mode in that specific area. I think one of you even kept telling to turn on heat vision a couple of nights ago when I did that.
I like thermal, but I can't use it effectively if there's a big brawl and everyone is right next to each other while I am running around frantically at 130+, trying to avoid getting hit, and figuring out if the big blotch of red in front of me is a friendly or foe when the overlay is telling me both are there within 10m of me and I only have a second to decide if I should shoot or not before they're behind me.
I usually go night or just turn it off completely then as I have an easier time avoiding shooting friendlies.
I think the hunchbacks are ok, but I like mechs that are "in the spotlight". I would recommend a streakmando. 1ML 3Streaks and ECM. -- A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -MLK
Like I said, I was always a fan of speed and light mechs... plus I wanted to play around with the ECM and I am not a fan of the Raven right now. I got this OCD about wanting to use what's least popular.... so Spider it is for me.
Plus that backward movement speed is just nuts. I just wish they would add extra shortcut keys that the old Mech games had. 1/4 speed, 1/2 speed, 3/4 speed, Max speed and reverse engine buttons are a must for me.
This new cicada could be pretty potent, like the Raven, but without the ECM. With 4 lasers and 2 missile hard points, you could lay out 2 streaks, 4 medium lasers, high speed, and lay out a world of hurt. Even without ECM, this looks like a good mech. -- A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -MLK
It can be a mean hitter at that speed for sure... but I really hate that chassis. Way too easy to render it useless, I find.
I think most people only play the trial cicada. You see very few legit cicadas out there. Get one thats armored up and you'll see that those things are actually a bit tough to take down, especially one that can hit back (hard) and move around like a mad man.
Too bad it doesn't have ECM. If it did, it would replace the Raven 3L entirely. -- A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -MLK