There's nothing that really stands out about the Prinz Eugen. As expected, she has access to the German Hydroacoustic Search consumable, which should be noted for being better than those of other nations. This is active for 118s with a torpedo detection range of 3.84km and a ship acquisition range of 5.58km. Compare this to the other nations at 96s active time, 3.12km torpedo acquisition and 4.44km ship acquisition for other tier 8 cruisers.
The Prince Eugen is the second premium (after the Texas) to have the option of a purchased second camouflage pattern. Unlike the Texas, this actually provides a bonus.
Module Upgrades: Five slots, standard German Cruiser options.
Premium Camouflage: Tier 6+ Standard with a twist. This provides 50% bonus experience gains, 3% reduction in surface detection and 4% reduction in enemy accuracy. This camouflage provides 50% bonus captain training.
In addition, players have the option of purchasing a second camouflage pattern which provides a 10% bonus to credit earning on top of the benefits listed above. This will set players back 3,000 doubloons.
The Prinz Eugen doesn't feel like it packs the firepower of a tier 8 cruiser. But then again, the firepower of most cruisers at tier 8 is rather sketchy. The Mikhail Kutuzov and Chapayev feel under armed, even with their twelve 152mm rifles -- especially when you have to hammer heavily armoured targets that are so prevalent within their matchmaking spread. The New Orleans is the New Orleans for crying out loud. Only the IJN Heavy Cruisers Mogami and Atago feel like they have a threatening main armament but they're both painfully short ranged for their tier. I guess the Admiral Hipper-class (with the Prinz Eugen) are about par for the course for a tier 8 cruiser now that I really think about it...
By now you've probably been exposed to more than a few reviews of the fat Admiral Hipper. Without having watched any of them myself, I'm going to guess that they're largely negative. Why is that? Well, for one, there's the whole issue of presentation.
Would I Recommend?
I would not recommend this ship for new players. Full stop. If you don't have a lot of experience in World of Warships -- especially with high tier cruisers like the USN and KMS cruisers, this is not going to be an easy ship for you to love. That said, if you can make the Prinz Eugen work, you'll go a long way towards mastering a lot of difficult challenges in World of Warships.
The Prinz Eugen is entirely based around providing increased earnings, making her ideally suited for grinding in Random Battles. For 3,000 doubloons, you can arm yourself with the ability to increase credit earnings by 10% too. The initial camouflage is like having your Prinz Eugen permanently under the effects of a Zulu Hotel flag. For the Prinz Eugen to be considered worthwhile here, she needs to earn 2/3s of the normal experience you might with your best German premium.
It should be noted that even with the 3,000 doubloon camouflage, it's very difficult to make the Prinz Eugen profitable in Co-Op when your ship gets sunk. Repairing your ship is 70,000 credits.
No. Very no, in fact. At tier 8 there are quite a few good cruisers -- the Atago, the Mikhail Kutuzov ... even the Mogami are all rather competitive. The Prinz Eugen is definitely behind the curve.
History says: You must buy. The Prinz Eugen was with the Bismarck at the Battle of Denmark Straits. She had a long and storied career during WWII and survived to end up getting nuked twice by the Americans.
Meh. She's not really my cup of tea. She does have some nice traits going for. Like, she really handles well with those nice turrets and fun gunnery. I love bullying Destroyers in the Prinz Eugen, so that's a plus. I also liked using her as an AA escort. Find your enjoyment where you can, I suppose.
Outfitting your Prinz Eugen
Like many cruisers with ability to take on different roles, you'll have to choose a specializing to get the most out of her. These will likely divide down anti-aircraft escort and traditional gunship duties.
There's nothing too out of the ordinary here.
For signals, I would strongly recommend using the Zulu Hotel signal to further boost your Captain earnings. If you've bought the 3,000 doubloon camouflage, then the Zulu flag will add another 20% to your credits gained. Stack those advantages!
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