I must admit to being even more ambivalent when it comes to battlecruisers. Traditionally, battlecruisers were blessed with better range and speed at the expense of armor, but in this game almost every naval unit except for escort carriers and MTBs comes blessed with exactly 16 action points. So, basically battlecruisers come off as slightly weaker battleships that only some nations can build. Cruisers tend to get used for scouting around or mopping up what their bigger brethren couldn't finish off.
Yes, battlecruisers stink in this game; but frankly they did in real-life, too - see Jutland.
As an aside, Hood should be classified as a battleship. The battlecruiser designation was due to the Royal Navy following an outdated designation convention before "fast battleships" became the norm. In fact, Hood was likely more powerful than any pre-Washington Naval Treaty battleship (many of whom are classified as "battleship" in this game, even though they have lower displacement, smaller guns, thinner armor, etc.).
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