My recruit is close to finishing the referral program, and I'm seriously considering the Panther 8.8cm for the following reasons:
- Great DPM and good shell damage
- I enjoyed playing the Panther, Panther II, and E50 as second line snipers at the start of the game, and then more vicious prowlers late game, and I think the P88 can play similarly
- Penetration may be on the lower side, but I carry liberal amounts of APCR in the Panthers anyway
- I know there are better tanks in the referral program right now, but I just don't find them to be interesting. 112 lacks pen, Liberte sees Tier X and is pretty easy to counter in T8-9 games, did not enjoy the T54Mod1, FV4202 looks to be decent but I don't have any British crews, Ravioli looks nice but I don't have any french medium crews, and the casemate TDs just aren't my cup of tea.
Is there anything that severely hampers the P88 aside from poor armor? I plan on mounting a turbocharger on this thing anyways. I heard people were saying the gun bloom was pretty garbage but honestly, the P88 seems like a strong tier 8 support medium after the buffs and in some cases, a better Panther II.
Your opinions on it would be very helpful in allowing me to make an informed decision. Thanks!