We review the M60A2 Starship, a tier 4 MBT in Armored Warfare (AW), with gameplay of tier 6 Roughneck and tier 4 River Point battles.
Like the Sheridan, the Starship has a poor reputation among players and is often referred to as the “Starsh*t”, but in my opinion the tank is widely misused based on its mechanics. The Starship has good gun handling and a hard-hitting HEAT round; therefore, the Starship is best employed as a peekaboo brawler. A common mistake is to rely primarily on ATGM, which has about the same alpha (478) as the HEAT round but the reload is more than 4 sec longer, and more importantly targeting with ATGM requires the prolonged exposure, which is a no-no given the large cupola weak spot.
Stat line (Tier 4 River Point): 4.9k damage, 1.5k spotted, 5 kills, 2318 base xp
Stat line (Tier 6 Roughneck): 3.1k damage, 2 kills
Strengths and Weaknesses
+ superb gun depression (-10)
+ superb alpha damage (474)
+ excellent HEAT penetration (316)
+ good turret traverse for an MBT (34 degrees / sec)
+ good aim time (3.3 sec)
+ good accuracy (0.15)
+ has 1 smoke round for emergencies
– like most low-tier MBTs, the lower front glacis is weak
– the cupola on top of the turret is a prominent weak spot, so you have to play not only hull-down but turret-down whenever possible
– no AP round; hitting and penetrating targets with HEAT is less consistent compared to AP
– large profile
A. in the Roughneck battle I was using Commander Philip, as he is the default MBT Commander, but it turns out his bonuses are awful. In the River Point battle I was using Commander Freja, and her bonuses to aim time and reload time are pretty noticeable
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