Scout Helicopter: A "Psycho in the Sky",
as the manual describes it, the scout isn't the best thing
to give you LOS, as it name implies, but moves very fast
and has decent firepower, specially when massed, what can
easily surprise the enemy at not-AA protected areas. If
there are toughs around, run like hell or you'll lose all
scouts in a fraction of second. It's always a great idea
to keep all your scouts (and every heli, BTW) at defensive
or even better, while at unknown areas, neutral - that's
the only way to stop them from chasing enemy AA fire.
Attack Helicopter: The main combat chopper on Z:SS,
the Attack is able to fight even AA units. Obviously it's
not cost-effective using attack choppers to fight AA sites
or toughs, specially if there are many of them. As noted
on the defenses section, one AA site or tough is not that
much, but 2 or three will wipe your air force before you
can even fire. If you wanna get really serious air-wise,
upgrade the armour and speed to the max level and get ready
to give nightmares to your foe with some super attack choppers.
Wasp: the Wasp is much more maneauverable than the
attack chopper, but isn't that good against them. Its laser
is much more efficient against tanks, and, as a most noticeable
advantage over the attack, the wasp doesn't need to retreat
to an hangar to reload its weapon. The Wasp does have reload
in the form of a "cool-down" for its rotary laser
cannon, but once you get some of them this is barely noticeable.
Bomber: This bomber is able to infect a large area
with its bomb, which isn't very damaging by itself. One
interesting thing to know about the fighter bomber is that
it carries some very powerful air-to-air missiles, making
it a good high distance anti-air weapon, if you spot choppers
being crumpled in one area. A great tactic for the fighter
is couple him with the Stealth to disrupt even the best
defenses: the fighter infects the AA site forest or shield
generator, followed by the Stealth bomber which blows the
anti-missile station or environmental away, followed by..
well, you get the idea.
Bomber: The Stealth Bomber is a terrific weapon when
used correctly. Able to destroy an Anti-missile with a single
run, its missile salvo is great for unit masses wipe out.
If you spot a place where your opponent is concentrating
his whole army, you can send a single Stealth Bomber to
kill most - or all - of their units, severely hampering
his forces. Be careful though, 'coz some times there are
very high cliffs which'll render your payload totally ineffective.
Last tip: don't quote me on that, but I've heard that if
you can accumulate 4-5 stealths and infect the enemy command
center's anti-missile you'll win the match in a few seconds..
What, you're thinking about trying this yourself? Shame
on you, this is laaame! :)
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