Thursday, January 15, 2015
Worsening Range Claims
Take the N-Strike Elite Crossbolt Blaster for instance. Much like other recent Nerf blasters, it's got a staggering 90ft range claim. If you take a look at the video, that dart trajectory takes a nose-dive pretty early on. Looks like standard Elite stuff... but if that's the case, we've now widened the gap between actual ranges and those that are getting printed on the box.
Drac's PSA about them. Before the Elite lineup was even realized, we had a taste of "improved" blasters from Nerf with their Dart Tag lineup. The famed "Blue Trigger" blasters featured upgraded internals and stronger performance, and these happened to start coming out just before the N-Strike Elite stuff hit shelves. I think a lot of people assumed that since Nerf had legitimately improved the performance on these Dart Tag blasters that it would also be true when the Elite XD stuff started coming out. In the end, the Elite XD blasters are simply recolors with more convincing box art. They even come with statistics on the back, like this one from the back of the Demolisher box. Apparently 73% of the darts should reach ranges between 85 and 96 feet while the rest are "< 85 Feet"... which still doesn't make a lot of sense. Granted, there's no non-Elite XD counterpart of the Demolisher to prove that it's ranges hadn't improved, but across the board... whether the range is 80, 85, or 90 feet, tests upon tests upon stats upon stats have more than easily proven that they're really not any better than the standard Elite ranges we've come to expect in the last few years or so.
recolors they used to do, recolored blasters were just a one-trick pony. Same blaster with different colors. They're banking on the fact that there's an advantage to buying the "Elite XD" products by posting range claims and statistics. Not only that, but the majority of these XD-ified blasters are done up in white. Remember how well the Whiteout Series did? So does the marketing team at Hasbro. It's a win-win if you think you're getting a Whiteout-esque looking blaster that is more powerful than the ones already in your arsenal.
Basic Nerf have proven this to have pretty dismal ranges. There's also the Slingstrike which, while it apparently has better performance than the Sharpfire, it's still not going to hold up against other current blaster ranges.
RandomShadow09 for consistency to see how these blasters really perform, regardless of what the pretty box art says or what the blaster looks like.
Posted by Reverend at 10:35 AM