God, the tier IV KMS Karlsruhe is terrible.
The German ship has firepower only slightly better than the tier IV Russian destroyer, with a shell velocity measured around Atrocious speed so the flight time of salvos take forever, making it nearly impossible to even take on destroyers at any range beyond 6 kilometers.
I hate that ship. Fortunately, as bad as it is it leads to the deliciously wonderful tier V Konigsberg cruiser, a ship as awesome as the Karlsruhe is terrible.
I had a chance to test drive the Konigsberg prior to the release of the German cruiser line and I loved the ship then, and after a few battles I can report I'm still very pleased with it. Whereas the Karlsruhe could only sling 5 shells in a broadside in a high arc towards a target, the Konigsberg can bring all 9 barrels to bear and the shell velocity is so much better, allow me to cripple destroyers with ease. To complement the improved artillery, it sports twice as many torpedoes with a 6 km range and higher speed and damage.
The ship has a nice top speed of 32.9 knots and a decent rudder shift time, but it slows down a lot on the turns. On top of that, it has less than stellar AA capabilities, and it takes engine damage from strong language.
Overall it adds up to a more fragile and less damage-dealing Cleveland cruiser, which is not a bad thing. I will probably keep this ship in my port even after I unlock the tier VI Nurnberg.
In other news, I regretted giving up on the Bogue a couple weeks ago and decided to give it another try, this time in strike configuration (no fighters, 1 torp, 2 bombers). If it doesn't work out, I'll go back to ruining the life of other carriers with fighters. I just need to get to the Independence, only another 20K experience to go....