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Not to be confused with that problem your {{Xbox360}} has hanging over its head.

What would happen if Japan never surrendered after the Americans dropped the nuclear bomb? And if Germans developed {{Humongous Mecha}}? This is explored at the action-strategy game ''Ring of Red''. The American-led Allied forces, following the success of Operation Downfall, and the Soviets invade Japan from Hokkaido and after much fighting, the Soviets annexed Hokkaido, renaming to Vastokayask. After that, the Korean War is simply reallocated to Japan, which is divided into South Japan, capitalist, and North Japan, communist. The plot takes place in 1964 with Masami von Weizegger and Ryoko Minakawa, two South Japanese test pilots who end up charged with recovering a stolen prototype mech.

The mechas, named Armored Fighting Walkers (AFW), as would put the Miguel Lopez from Gamespot, "Unlike the lithe, sleek mechs that we've come to associate with the genre, Ring of Red's cumbersome, gas-powered mechs aren't graceful in the least. They're heavy machinery, first and foremost, no more deft than a six-ton crane or a Ferris wheel." [[http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/strategy/ringofred/review.html?tag=tabs%3Breviews]]. They had replaced tanks as primary land-warfare vehicle, for harsh terrains, like the Japanese territory ({{FridgeBrilliance}}?).

It is now available for download from the PlayStation Network.

!!This Game Provides Examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Crews give their vehicles options to load specific ammo. In most cases, this is normal: they simply load the shell into the main gun and let the pilot fire. In some cases, however, the [=AFW's=] gun is not a breech loader; as a result, the crews make do by loading the ammo into a signal flare gun and shot them directly. This includes [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary shrapnel]], poison gas, and armor piercing rounds strong enough to damage other [=AFWs=].
* ActionGirl: Ryoko, Ayana and about half the infantry in the game.
* AlternateHistory: Aside from what's mentioned in the summary above, Nazi Germany invents HumongousMecha in the latter days of WWII.
* AMechByAnyOtherName: Armored Fighting Walkers ([=AFWs=]).
* AnachronismStew: Female front-line troopers in 1960's Japanese and Soviet forces. Not even for the [[{{Fanservice}} usual reasons]], given that they wear the same uniforms as the guys.
* AntiVillain: Kaiho, Minakawa and the Loyal N. J. Army.
* ArmCannon: The distinguishing visual feature of Medium [=AFWs=].
* AwesomeYetPractical: Kinasato and his infantry, if properly specced, can be frighteningly effective at killing the enemy's infantry.
* BadassGrandpa: Ippei and Minakawa.
* BatmanGambit: The reason why Dora was hijacked was because [[spoiler:Minakawa wanted to use it as a means of getting Japanese in North/South Japan to get rid of Soviet and American-led troops in both countries and reunite the divided nations.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ayana is a sweet, polite girl, but she has a big 4-Leg AFW.
* TheBigGuy: John Caster and his "Little John".
* BittersweetEnding
* BolivianArmyEnding
* ButNotTooForeign: Masami von Weizegger, half-Japanese, half-German
* CasanovaWannabe: Again, Emilio
* CharacterDevelopment: Masami is a egoistic novice who learns to care with others as the story progress.
* ChewingTheScenery: Rodrigues somehow managed to have this without voice acting or [[BoldInflation alternate text]]
* ChickenWalker: Light AFW's. One model even ''looks'' like a giant mechanical chicken.
* CoolGun: The light AFW's crewmen fire their special rounds (whether they are shrapnel, incendiary shrapnel, chemical agents, armor piercing rounds, etc) into a humble signal flare gun. They're just as effective when the crews manning bigger guns load them via shells.
* CrowningMomentofAwesome: When Dora fires [[spoiler: the nuclear shell]]
** [[spoiler: In the last mission, Masami and Ryoko face the entire Soviet Army alone, while letting their friends escape.]]
* CrowningMomentofHeartwarming: If you fight Minakawa with Ryoko, he learns that [[spoiler: Ryoko is his daughter. Minakawa abandoned Ryoko and her wife, so she taught Ryoko to hate her father. When Minakawa discovers, he says "You're became like your mother" and his AFW explodes. Ryoko could only burst into tears.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: EVERYONE has their moment, but this is most definitely Kinasato's hat.
* DidntSeeThatComing : [[spoiler: Streifen betrayed the unit, saying to them to "die an honourable death" as the last mission. Guess what? They failed miserably to accomplish his orders]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Jun is mistaken for a girl several times in-story.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Masami hates his Japanese first name, so he asks his comrades to call him "[[LastNameBasis Weizegger]]" instead.
* {{Expy}}: Oddly enough, Dora Gustav become this to titular Franchise/MetalGear. [[spoiler:Giant WalkingTank with [[DeathFromAbove long range nuclear delivery capabilities]], even though this function in itself considered incidental and simply CrazyEnoughToWork at the time.]]
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Schreigen and Rodriguez were both AFW specialists for Nazi Germany given amnesty by the Western Allies for their technical expertise, similar to Wernher von Braun in RealLife.
* FragileSpeedster: Light [=AFWs=] have relatively thin armor and armed with either heavy machinegun or a light cannon, but makes it up with insane mobility and terrain handling.
* FunnyForeigner: Emilio
* GenderIsNoObject: Never addressed in story except by the [[BloodKnight villainous Vietnam veteran]] Yu Kaiho, but presumably there's no issue at all, half of the characters are female, all fought actively according to their roles. Strange since we're talking about [[StayInTheKitchen Japan]], but presumably it's a part of the AlternateHistory itself.
** Minakawa exhibit the same view with Kaiho, but only for a moment of surprise before he going all out anyway.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: The protagonist are mostly NeutralGood, [[ItsPersonal every single of them have their own agenda]], and [[MyCountryRightOrWrong to a T knew well that the country they serve is most definitely not perfect]], North Japan Army only fought for their clause too. [[spoiler:In the end, Kaiho and Minakawa proven to be WellIntentionedExtremist (and far less of an extremist than protagonist feared to boot), and the protagonist refuse to be used as BlackSheep and determined to expose the truth behind the conflict.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rodriguez, who always bossing everyone, but always cares with their safety
** Wei himself post CharacterDevelopment, he gone from a [[IWorkAlone loner]] [[JerkAss jackass]] to a [[TheStoic mostly neutral]] but [[TheCaptain competent leader]].
* LaResistance: The North Japan Liberation Front. Also the pro-communist guerrillas Masami and company face in South Japan-based missions.
* LightningBruiser: Type 3 at the start of story, it moves like Light [=AFW=], dish it out like Heavy [=AFW=], and hits like [=Anti-AFW=]. It's only weakness is long distance combat due to inherent inaccuracy of dual retractable cannon.
** [[FromBadToWorse Then it got the accuracy problem fixed]]....
** Anti-[=AFWs=] in general have relative fast forward speed and boasting thick armor, [[NecessaryDrawback in return]], they usually have a medium cannon with very short barrel as main gun. Their backward speed is pathetic too.
* LoopholeAbuse: Ban on aircraft made using nukes impossible[[spoiler:, then Dora Gustav [[IncrediblyLamePun crawl in]]]]
* TheMario: Medium [=AFWs=] are capable to fight well with their medium cannon as well as mix it up in close combat (though not as well as Anti-[=AFWs=]).
* MightyGlacier: Heavy [=AFWs=] boast thick protection and carries heavy armament, but has slow response and loading times.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The Dora in the game, IS the real Dora, captured by the Americans, who gave it a {{BFG}}. It's basically a land-battleship.
* MoreDakka: The "Rapid Fire" and "Cooperation" Infantry skills
* NervesOfSteel: Kinasato
* NintendoHard
* NonchalantDodge: The "Quick Move" Max skill allows you to do this. Used mostly by light AFW pilots (the only medium AFW pilot who uses is Kaiho).
* PuttingOnTheReich: Played with; South Japanese infantry unit uniforms look very similar to WWII German uniforms, but they're not the bad guys.
* RealRobotGenre: One of the hardest example in any fiction, without being too impractical. Early AFW designs were postponed due to poor leg workings, and they perform badly in relatively flat European Theater. They are by far slower than ''any'' WWII era tank in even ground. Crippling the legs are important to the point of LampShading; there are no less than four infantry techniques for crippling them (two different types of landmines, tying them down with high-tension cables, and frying them with electric shocks), and the targeting computer, when allowed to calculate maximum accuracy [[hottip:*:99.99 %]], invariably hits the legs.
* ShipTease: Ayana actively tries to interract with Wei in chapter 5 and 6. However. it also highlight his CharacterDevelopment, and could be intepreted as [[TrueCompanions platonic]].
* SpiderTank: 4-Leg AFW
* StockFootage: Played in very interesting way, most of the [[FullMotionVideo live action sequences]] are RealLife war footage... but in certain scenes, [[HumongousMecha AFWs]] are [[ChromaKey inserted creatively]] that because the footage is [[JustifiedTrope old, has low framerate, and very much grayscale]], the mech's presence and actions look [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome very realistic]], averting ConspicuousCG. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuizKom-bjo Observe]].
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Happens whenever someone uses a Maximum skill.
* SuperPrototype: One gets stolen from you by Kaiho during the prologue missions.
* TurnBasedStrategy
* WalkingTank: In fact, many of the AFW designs are based on specific WWII tank designs. Jun's AFW, for example, is based on the M3 Stuart while one of the North Japanese [=Anti-AFWs=] is clearly modeled on the Soviet SU-85 self-propelled gun.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: Masami
* XMeetsY: More realistic take on ''TabletopGame/GearKrieg'' set in [[ColdWar 1960s, Ideology-torn]] Japan.

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Not to be confused with that problem your {{Xbox360}} has hanging over its head.

What would happen if Japan never surrendered after the Americans dropped the nuclear bomb? And if Germans developed {{Humongous Mecha}}? This is explored at the action-strategy game ''Ring of Red''. The American-led Allied forces, following the success of Operation Downfall, and the Soviets invade Japan from Hokkaido and after much fighting, the Soviets annexed Hokkaido, renaming to Vastokayask. After that, the Korean War is simply reallocated to Japan, which is divided into South Japan, capitalist, and North Japan, communist. The plot takes place in 1964 with Masami von Weizegger and Ryoko Minakawa, two South Japanese test pilots who end up charged with recovering a stolen prototype mech.

The mechas, named Armored Fighting Walkers (AFW), as would put the Miguel Lopez from Gamespot, "Unlike the lithe, sleek mechs that we've come to associate with the genre, Ring of Red's cumbersome, gas-powered mechs aren't graceful in the least. They're heavy machinery, first and foremost, no more deft than a six-ton crane or a Ferris wheel." [[http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/strategy/ringofred/review.html?tag=tabs%3Breviews]]. They had replaced tanks as primary land-warfare vehicle, for harsh terrains, like the Japanese territory ({{FridgeBrilliance}}?).

It is now available for download from the PlayStation Network.

!!This Game Provides Examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Crews give their vehicles options to load specific ammo. In most cases, this is normal: they simply load the shell into the main gun and let the pilot fire. In some cases, however, the [=AFW's=] gun is not a breech loader; as a result, the crews make do by loading the ammo into a signal flare gun and shot them directly. This includes [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary shrapnel]], poison gas, and armor piercing rounds strong enough to damage other [=AFWs=].
* ActionGirl: Ryoko, Ayana and about half the infantry in the game.
* AlternateHistory: Aside from what's mentioned in the summary above, Nazi Germany invents HumongousMecha in the latter days of WWII.
* AMechByAnyOtherName: Armored Fighting Walkers ([=AFWs=]).
* AnachronismStew: Female front-line troopers in 1960's Japanese and Soviet forces. Not even for the [[{{Fanservice}} usual reasons]], given that they wear the same uniforms as the guys.
* AntiVillain: Kaiho, Minakawa and the Loyal N. J. Army.
* ArmCannon: The distinguishing visual feature of Medium [=AFWs=].
* AwesomeYetPractical: Kinasato and his infantry, if properly specced, can be frighteningly effective at killing the enemy's infantry.
* BadassGrandpa: Ippei and Minakawa.
* BatmanGambit: The reason why Dora was hijacked was because [[spoiler:Minakawa wanted to use it as a means of getting Japanese in North/South Japan to get rid of Soviet and American-led troops in both countries and reunite the divided nations.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ayana is a sweet, polite girl, but she has a big 4-Leg AFW.
* TheBigGuy: John Caster and his "Little John".
* BittersweetEnding
* BolivianArmyEnding
* ButNotTooForeign: Masami von Weizegger, half-Japanese, half-German
* CasanovaWannabe: Again, Emilio
* CharacterDevelopment: Masami is a egoistic novice who learns to care with others as the story progress.
* ChewingTheScenery: Rodrigues somehow managed to have this without voice acting or [[BoldInflation alternate text]]
* ChickenWalker: Light AFW's. One model even ''looks'' like a giant mechanical chicken.
* CoolGun: The light AFW's crewmen fire their special rounds (whether they are shrapnel, incendiary shrapnel, chemical agents, armor piercing rounds, etc) into a humble signal flare gun. They're just as effective when the crews manning bigger guns load them via shells.
* CrowningMomentofAwesome: When Dora fires [[spoiler: the nuclear shell]]
** [[spoiler: In the last mission, Masami and Ryoko face the entire Soviet Army alone, while letting their friends escape.]]
* CrowningMomentofHeartwarming: If you fight Minakawa with Ryoko, he learns that [[spoiler: Ryoko is his daughter. Minakawa abandoned Ryoko and her wife, so she taught Ryoko to hate her father. When Minakawa discovers, he says "You're became like your mother" and his AFW explodes. Ryoko could only burst into tears.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: EVERYONE has their moment, but this is most definitely Kinasato's hat.
* DidntSeeThatComing : [[spoiler: Streifen betrayed the unit, saying to them to "die an honourable death" as the last mission. Guess what? They failed miserably to accomplish his orders]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Jun is mistaken for a girl several times in-story.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Masami hates his Japanese first name, so he asks his comrades to call him "[[LastNameBasis Weizegger]]" instead.
* {{Expy}}: Oddly enough, Dora Gustav become this to titular Franchise/MetalGear. [[spoiler:Giant WalkingTank with [[DeathFromAbove long range nuclear delivery capabilities]], even though this function in itself considered incidental and simply CrazyEnoughToWork at the time.]]
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Schreigen and Rodriguez were both AFW specialists for Nazi Germany given amnesty by the Western Allies for their technical expertise, similar to Wernher von Braun in RealLife.
* FragileSpeedster: Light [=AFWs=] have relatively thin armor and armed with either heavy machinegun or a light cannon, but makes it up with insane mobility and terrain handling.
* FunnyForeigner: Emilio
* GenderIsNoObject: Never addressed in story except by the [[BloodKnight villainous Vietnam veteran]] Yu Kaiho, but presumably there's no issue at all, half of the characters are female, all fought actively according to their roles. Strange since we're talking about [[StayInTheKitchen Japan]], but presumably it's a part of the AlternateHistory itself.
** Minakawa exhibit the same view with Kaiho, but only for a moment of surprise before he going all out anyway.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: The protagonist are mostly NeutralGood, [[ItsPersonal every single of them have their own agenda]], and [[MyCountryRightOrWrong to a T knew well that the country they serve is most definitely not perfect]], North Japan Army only fought for their clause too. [[spoiler:In the end, Kaiho and Minakawa proven to be WellIntentionedExtremist (and far less of an extremist than protagonist feared to boot), and the protagonist refuse to be used as BlackSheep and determined to expose the truth behind the conflict.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rodriguez, who always bossing everyone, but always cares with their safety
** Wei himself post CharacterDevelopment, he gone from a [[IWorkAlone loner]] [[JerkAss jackass]] to a [[TheStoic mostly neutral]] but [[TheCaptain competent leader]].
* LaResistance: The North Japan Liberation Front. Also the pro-communist guerrillas Masami and company face in South Japan-based missions.
* LightningBruiser: Type 3 at the start of story, it moves like Light [=AFW=], dish it out like Heavy [=AFW=], and hits like [=Anti-AFW=]. It's only weakness is long distance combat due to inherent inaccuracy of dual retractable cannon.
** [[FromBadToWorse Then it got the accuracy problem fixed]]....
** Anti-[=AFWs=] in general have relative fast forward speed and boasting thick armor, [[NecessaryDrawback in return]], they usually have a medium cannon with very short barrel as main gun. Their backward speed is pathetic too.
* LoopholeAbuse: Ban on aircraft made using nukes impossible[[spoiler:, then Dora Gustav [[IncrediblyLamePun crawl in]]]]
* TheMario: Medium [=AFWs=] are capable to fight well with their medium cannon as well as mix it up in close combat (though not as well as Anti-[=AFWs=]).
* MightyGlacier: Heavy [=AFWs=] boast thick protection and carries heavy armament, but has slow response and loading times.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The Dora in the game, IS the real Dora, captured by the Americans, who gave it a {{BFG}}. It's basically a land-battleship.
* MoreDakka: The "Rapid Fire" and "Cooperation" Infantry skills
* NervesOfSteel: Kinasato
* NintendoHard
* NonchalantDodge: The "Quick Move" Max skill allows you to do this. Used mostly by light AFW pilots (the only medium AFW pilot who uses is Kaiho).
* PuttingOnTheReich: Played with; South Japanese infantry unit uniforms look very similar to WWII German uniforms, but they're not the bad guys.
* RealRobotGenre: One of the hardest example in any fiction, without being too impractical. Early AFW designs were postponed due to poor leg workings, and they perform badly in relatively flat European Theater. They are by far slower than ''any'' WWII era tank in even ground. Crippling the legs are important to the point of LampShading; there are no less than four infantry techniques for crippling them (two different types of landmines, tying them down with high-tension cables, and frying them with electric shocks), and the targeting computer, when allowed to calculate maximum accuracy [[hottip:*:99.99 %]], invariably hits the legs.
* ShipTease: Ayana actively tries to interract with Wei in chapter 5 and 6. However. it also highlight his CharacterDevelopment, and could be intepreted as [[TrueCompanions platonic]].
* SpiderTank: 4-Leg AFW
* StockFootage: Played in very interesting way, most of the [[FullMotionVideo live action sequences]] are RealLife war footage... but in certain scenes, [[HumongousMecha AFWs]] are [[ChromaKey inserted creatively]] that because the footage is [[JustifiedTrope old, has low framerate, and very much grayscale]], the mech's presence and actions look [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome very realistic]], averting ConspicuousCG. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuizKom-bjo Observe]].
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Happens whenever someone uses a Maximum skill.
* SuperPrototype: One gets stolen from you by Kaiho during the prologue missions.
* TurnBasedStrategy
* WalkingTank: In fact, many of the AFW designs are based on specific WWII tank designs. Jun's AFW, for example, is based on the M3 Stuart while one of the North Japanese [=Anti-AFWs=] is clearly modeled on the Soviet SU-85 self-propelled gun.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: Masami
* XMeetsY: More realistic take on ''TabletopGame/GearKrieg'' set in [[ColdWar 1960s, Ideology-torn]] Japan.
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27th Apr '13 3:11:06 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Gundamjack}}: This is what starts our story off.
18th Apr '13 6:35:10 AM Austin
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* AwesomeYetPractical: Kinasato and his infantry, if properly specced, can be frighteningly effective at killing the enemy's infantry.
1st Feb '13 9:50:41 PM SpcPotshot
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It is now available for download from the PlayStation Network.
29th Jan '13 12:54:43 AM dvorak
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* RealRobotGenre: One of the hardest example in any fiction, without being too impractical. Early AFW designs were postponed due to poor leg workings, and they perform badly in relatively flat European Theater. They are by far slower than ''any'' WWII era tank in even ground. Crippling the legs are important to the point of LampShading; there are no less than four infantry techniques for crippling them (two different types of landmines, tying them down with high-tension cables, and frying them with electric shocks), and the targeting computer, when allowed to calculate 99.99 accuracy, invariably hits the legs.

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* RealRobotGenre: One of the hardest example in any fiction, without being too impractical. Early AFW designs were postponed due to poor leg workings, and they perform badly in relatively flat European Theater. They are by far slower than ''any'' WWII era tank in even ground. Crippling the legs are important to the point of LampShading; there are no less than four infantry techniques for crippling them (two different types of landmines, tying them down with high-tension cables, and frying them with electric shocks), and the targeting computer, when allowed to calculate 99.maximum accuracy [[hottip:*:99.99 accuracy, %]], invariably hits the legs.
21st Jan '13 12:20:08 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveANuke
8th Jan '13 7:22:24 AM ZeroXSEED
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* {{Expy}}: Oddly enough, Dora Gustav become this to titular Franchise/MetalGear. [[spoiler:Giant WalkingTank with [[DeathFromAbove long range nuclear delivery capabilities]], even though this function in itself considered incidental and simply CrazyEnoughToWork at the time.]]


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* LoopholeAbuse: Ban on aircraft made using nukes impossible[[spoiler:, then Dora Gustav [[IncrediblyLamePun crawl in]]]]
6th Jan '13 5:29:38 PM ZeroXSEED
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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The protagonist are mostly NeutralGood, [[ItsPersonal every single of them have their own agenda]], and [[RightOrWrongMyCountry to a T knew well that the country they serve is most definitely not perfect]], North Japan Army only fought for their clause too. [[spoiler:In the end, Kaiho and Minakawa proven to be WellIntentionedExtremist (and far less of an extremist than protagonist feared to boot), and the protagonist refuse to be used as BlackSheep and determined to expose the truth behind the conflict.]]

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The protagonist are mostly NeutralGood, [[ItsPersonal every single of them have their own agenda]], and [[RightOrWrongMyCountry [[MyCountryRightOrWrong to a T knew well that the country they serve is most definitely not perfect]], North Japan Army only fought for their clause too. [[spoiler:In the end, Kaiho and Minakawa proven to be WellIntentionedExtremist (and far less of an extremist than protagonist feared to boot), and the protagonist refuse to be used as BlackSheep and determined to expose the truth behind the conflict.]]
6th Jan '13 5:24:04 PM ZeroXSEED
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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The protagonist are mostly NeutralGood, [[ItsPersonal every single of them have their own agenda]], and [[RightOrWrongMyCountry to a T knew well that the country they serve is most definitely not perfect]], North Japan Army only fought for their clause too. [[spoiler:In the end, Kaiho and Minakawa proven to be WellIntentionedExtremist (and far less of an extremist than protagonist feared to boot), and the protagonist refuse to be used as BlackSheep and determined to expose the truth behind the conflict.]]
6th Jan '13 5:18:17 PM ZeroXSEED
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** Anti-[=AFWs=] in general have relative fast forward speed and boasting thick armor, [[NecessaryDrawback in return]], they usually have a medium cannon with very short barrel as main gun.

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** Anti-[=AFWs=] in general have relative fast forward speed and boasting thick armor, [[NecessaryDrawback in return]], they usually have a medium cannon with very short barrel as main gun. Their backward speed is pathetic too.
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