Looks: It's a pair of helicoper cockpits, on a helicopter chassis, with wings bolted on in various places. It's a stubby helicopter with no top rotor. Wow? I was expecting something different than actual existing helicopers. Maybe more saucer-ey, with good vantage points for the side gunners? A more open cockpit, the Scythe bubble is nice, but that's too Vanu for NS, so a bit more blockiness and a couple struts would be fine, just as long as the pilot and gunner could see a target at the same time for once. I don't think there's any particular reason it has to look like real-world stuff. Ah well, I fly in third 90% of the time anyway, whenever I don't need a reticle. Handling: A transport that is slow. No cloak. Questionable weapons. It gets eaten by ESFs. It gets eaten by flak. If you roll, the side gunners lose any hope of maintaining a lock. It flies close to the ground where it will get knocked out of the sky by every half-competent treaded tank. Plus most of the other things on the ground. Which leads into.. Weaponry: The base nose gun seems adequate at close range stuff. Two nose guns are broken, so I can't judge them yet. The rocket stuff is interesting, but lacks a bit of punch. I suppose this is a good starting point, as it lets the devs balance them out via buffs instead of nerfs. The side seats are interesting. They get whipped around by roll, which basically invalidate an entire airframe for side gunners. They cannot acquire lock while the aircraft is evading. Ammo packs are laggy, and I've heard they affect flight, though I didn't notice that on test. I can see them working if the pilot holds perfectly still on rolling and only steers left/right/up/down. I don't get the role here. If it's anti-air, it sucks at it's role. If it's anti-ground-armor, it's going to die. A lot. If it's anti infantry, it's going to die a lot as well. If it's a transport, it's slow. About the only thing that I can see it doing well is hunting snipers? The ones without sensor shield, anyway? I do have some suggestions though. Dual-mode flight. Hover mode, then you press B and it goes into flight mode, about the same speed as an ESF. In hover, the rumble seats could extend a little, allowing them the ability to both fire forward and down decently, and also backwards. (More nose gun damage in hover? Debatable.) SOMETHING should happen in hover mode to make the Valkyrie less vulnerable to the inevitable flak, lockon, and dumbfire spam though. It can then lose that advantage in flight mode. (?) Shielding. Make it so large hits are ablated to a maximum of 10% of the Valkyrie health at once. AV shots are nice and all, but... mmm. It needs SOMETHING to make it less of a cert pinata. Tie in to hover mode? Passenger view stabilization. They should be able to acquire locks and fire with SOME degree of precision. At all times. Engineer ammo-triage. Laggy ammo packs are not an elegant solution, give engineers a 200-cert option that provides ammo to vehicle occupants. (Roll out with a medic and engy in the 2 front seats!) (Debatable) A utility slot cert that disables the nose gun seat in favor of a cloak. Also maybe a panel deploys down to prevent the gunner seats from firing while cloaked? Have it also provide ejection seat functionality? Good synergy with Stealth defense system. Cloak effectiveness is very debatable. I would kind of LIKE to see a more inventive and novel model, but that's less important to me than the thing actually having a role. You'll notice that I didn't suggest any raw HP or DPS increases, just systems to actually allow it to apply it's potential DPS with better effect. This IS a ship that requires at least 4 people to use effectively, and yet it has light years LESS ability to apply the DPS that 2 MBTs, or 4 ESFs bring to the field. So yeah, basically a 4-man Valkyrie should probably be in the same level of annoying as 2 tanks or 4 aircraft. Lock-on spam would achieve this, if the locks could actually be achieved. Or aerial spam from the rumble seats around a base. I do remember this one Ghost In The Shell scene, where a sniper kills people. From a helicopter. While it's in the air. A Valkyrie capable of being a sniping platform in flight?