First of all they cannot be even compared to empire LRF. They doesn’t require skill to land hit, has splash, doesn’t expose yourself, enemy can’t hide and they has almost the same damage. DPS doesn’t applicable since empire LRF can not effectively utilise it because of obstacles and requirements to precision, on some maps they can not be used at all.
Why balancing of this weapon is useless and why they should be removed at all. Problem lays in their essential properties allowing to hit targets over obstacles and splash damage. Any battle allowing forming front line is suffering from them and while in normal combat their effectivness can be reduced by intercepters and other harassers in “capture the beacon” battle you cannot allow suicide missions just to try to kill LRF therefore they can easily spam all your frigates covering over rocks. So you have hard hiting weapon with splash which cannot be negated.
You’re right, they can’t be compared. Because not only do you NOT have to expose yourself to the enemy, you get to taunt and kill them. It does take far more skill to know where you’re going to land the Torpedo to be of actual use because it does half/third damage compared to the Imperial LRF’s Disintegrator, streaking at 10km/s, not to mention the enemy will notice you immediately.
If anything, the recent patches broke Jericho LRFs because the devs took the easy way out, as usual.
Strategically, the Jericho LRF wins by a landslide.
Practicality is a tie, both Imperial and Jericho LRFs have their uses on the field.
Stealth is won by Jericho again, seeing as you can just hide behind a rock and kill as effectively as Imperial counterparts.
DPS is won by Empire by a landslide, considering the Disintegrator can 1-shot any Ceptor and the occasional Gunship.
Self-preservation is up to pilot skill and luck, as both sides have relatively similar survivability stats.
But there’s already a huge discussion about this on another thread, so why the hell did you make a new one?
I am not ready to call them OP yet. They are very annoying, but OP? Leaning no…
Well, they’re not easy to kill and the dumbest pilots will apply suicide tactics to get their single attacker off their asses… But it’s not really OP, just annoying as all hell.