|Death Dealing Damage Machine...or maybe S(o-long) U(r dead when this) 152 (caliber gun blasts you)?|
Stock tanks (the ones with basic equipment you get upon first getting the tank) are notoriously bad. Most people groan about them and you will often see people apologizing in chat by simply saying: "Stock". Not so the SU-152! Well, okay, it does suck with the starter engine, and tracks because you are very slow, and a real beast to turn. If you can get used to the idea that you are simply a massive gun emplacement you will do alright. And what a gun.
|Fear this gun.....really.|
The stock gun that accompanies the SU-152 right out of the showroom (with 'new tank smell') is absolutely fabulous. I have lovingly nicknamed it the 'Death Dealing Damage Machine' for very good reason. Stripped of armor piercing, or gold shells and loaded with High Explosive (HE) this gun literally spews damage and as a result, the kills follow. Even with that slow-moving stock engine and the 5-10 seconds it would sometimes take to turn on an opponent coming from the side (god forbid they get behind you) I have racked up the kills more so than on any other non-premium tank.
The gun is a 152 caliber beast that is the tank-destroyer equivalent to an explosive shotgun. Point in direction of enemy, pull trigger, enemy go BOOM. There isn't much that can stand up to a couple shots from this thing. I have 2-shotted Lowe's and T-29's from the front. You don't get a lot of side shots with the SU-152 as I find I am usually covering avenues of approach, or supporting heavies who are engaged in frontal battles. Even with the thicker frontal armor this gun is doing some massive damage. I don't think I want to upgrade to the 'better', higher tier ones. This is just too much fun.
The durability of the SU-152 is really very good as well. One of my many complaints about the SU-100 was how quickly I'd die once being spotted. With any tank destroyer it's best to stay out of sight but I have no fear popping around a corner to give someone a blast. Experience has shown that I can survive at least a couple shots from even the heaviest of tanks up to Tier VIII and I frequently bounce shots from mediums Tier VII and lower.
|Somebody's got to die, if I go, then you've got to go, somebody's got to die, let the gunshots flow.|
You will see by my win-loss (or should I say loss-loss-loss-win) record that I am not winning a lot of battles. If you look at my kill numbers and my hit percentage the story becomes a bit clearer. I do pretty damn well in matches even when I lose. I can't think of a better compliment for any tank than that. My experience per battle is high despite the staggering amount of losses, and, unlike the Tiger where losing money seems to be the norm, I have rarely lost any credits- even with a loss.
All-in-all a really fun tank and one that I can happily run in PUGS because I don't actually care how badly they do, I'm still likely to get a couple kills! As long as I take someone with me, I'm a happy tanker. I think Biggie can sum it up for me best: