Reminds me of my times playing NGE2 when Eva-01 would go berserk during the Ramiel fight and take it down all by herself.
But this being a cheap-skate video game, of course they aren't kind enough to actually depict such a spectacle in any meaningful way. Nope, all you get is the boring tactical map view, and 01's icon rushing repeatedly at Ramiel's icon until the latter erupts into a burning cross.
Wait, really? Seems like I have to go get that game...
Tollazor wrote:Look at WW2 and how assests were used in that to give some potential answers:
Why have soldiers rush a machine gun nest when they will just get mowed down?
Why have soldiers shoot at heavily fortified bunkers whilst pushing forward, the vast majority of shots will hit nothing with the occasional hitting of a target, which can often be quickly replaced?
Why do a range of seemingly ineffective actions?
There are several reasons usually.
The main one being that it is a distractor. Even though resisting the attack is trivial, it must be responded to. If the defender was to do nothing, they would be overrun. This means some resources are being used to protect against a extremely ineffective attack.
By doing this it means the enemy cannot have complete free reign and is at least partially under control.
Attempt for threat control: So firing weapons at angels requires the angels to have their AT field effectively deployed, there are many references of angels increasing/turning on/expanding their AT fields. Presumably this means it has some sort of energy cost to the angel, that it must use some amount of resource to maintain. So firing weapons at angels forces this situation to happen, a partial level on control by NERV and friends.
Distraction: By responding to the trivial threats, the angel is partially engaged, allowing for a potentially more effective engagement by the EVA's.
Information gathering: Sometimes the angels are seen engaging trivial threats and sometimes they completely ignore it. From NERV and firends perspective, they don't know what the angel is going to do so engaging with conventional weapons at least provokes some sort of response (or lack thereof) which gives some information about the angel.
There are probably more reasons, a Defense Force officer could probably go into great detail as to why these things are done.
Now THIS is what I call a valid argument, although I dont think all of the points mentioned can be applied here, given that infantry charges usually were pretty massive and the most Evas we ever see deployed against an angel are three, so the distraction part only really comes into play when the Evas are approaching from multiple directions (which we see like... once? Twice?). The point about testing out their strength and reaction to incoming fire however is probably the best reason given in this entire thread
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