« on: November 28, 2017, 12:20:09 AM »
Well, they're better as defensive units IMO because they're so ploddingly slow, but they're the only useful HEAVY unit also in the earlier eras. The SPMA-T is nearly as capable of putting out as much damage, but they're so slow to deploy that they generally are dead before they have a chance to actually be used. Whereas as long as some units are around to protect their flanks, then the AT-AT is in an incredibly effective, if ploddingly slow, offensive weapon.
They are, I admit, one of the reasons I dislike playing as the IR until you get XR-85's. They're incredibly effective, 3 AT-AT's can easily crush almost any defense. Running forward with 2-M's to distract TL towers and then moving forward with the AT-AT's, they can even destroy the TL towers without taking any damage themselves (although it will cost a couple 2-M's most of the time). Pretty much, unless you're willing to micro-manage your units, you're stuck relying on AT-AT's to be the heavy firepower, or you'll have to try to set up SPMA-T's and lure units into their range.