Planetside and the Vanu
Boy I gotta tell ya the Vanu have no excuses. I have no idea why they dont completely dominate TR and NC.
The Lasher weapon is a phenominal weapon that chews up infantry at short range but longer than the other factions Heavy Assault weapons. It also boasts a faster rate of fire than the Jackhammer and damages vehicles and MAXs quite well. The only MAX that may be able to stand up to me with a Lasher, one on one, may be the TR Dual Cycler MAX.
In addition to the Lasher the Lancer is a great weapon and the Pulsar isnt too bad either.
Combine this with the Mag Rider, which is arguably the best tank, and it just doesnt add up. The Mag Rifer had some collision issues in beta that helped balance its power and agility. I piloted one recently and they fixed the collision problems an are less unnerving to drive. Its now the most agile tank. It has a weapon for the driver which the other factions heavy tanks dont. The 2 weapons have no firing arc and the drivers weapon has an incredible rate of fire.
So whats the downside? Their MAXs are too specialized? Big deal since the Lasher and Lancer have AI AV and AA covered very well.
I have been encountering tougher VS on Emerald equiped with Lashers and Lancers but they are still not as tough as the NC.
Everytime I see a VS with a Decimator, a good weapon in its own right, I think I'll laugh cuz the Lasher is far more effective and far more versatile and has greater longevity.