Okay it has been a while since Ultra Strikes have been available to everybody.
In my last Ultra Strike post I wrote that I didn't see the big deal about Ultra Strikes. Those opinions were based on not having used them, but only what I had read from others. Well now I have been using Ultra Strikes for just over a month and wanted to revisit Ultra Strikes.
Their intense burst is effective at taking out individual resonators or helping weaken or destroy portal modifications.
They are commonly hacked, so getting them is no problem.
Their burst while quite intense, has a very limited range.
They are much slower to launch than XMPs.
Lower level Ultra Strikes are relatively useless.
The Ultra Strike weapon is an interesting tool. Higher level Ultra Strikes can help with heavily defended portals, but lower level ones aren't worth the effort.
Will I use Ultra Strikes? Why of course I will. Will they be my weapon of choice? No. I would prefer to consider them a tool rather than a weapon. When I come across that heavily defended portal I will weaken it with some Ultra Strikes and then go in for the kill.
So do they live up to the initial hype? No. Maybe it was just me, but from the initial hype I was expecting this incredibly cool and powerful weapon. But I wouldn't go as far as to say they are useless. They are functional tools, but not worth the hype and not worth the exclusivity they were first appeared with.
All else being equal I will continue to use L8 XMPs for the majority of my attacks.