— Prima Official Strategy Guide
It uses a casemate design, sparing the turret commonly seen on 21st century tanks to conserve weight. Thus, it always presents its strong frontal armor towards its targets. The same control () is used to aim the cannon laterally and steer the vehicle.
Its hover design gives the Nekomata a slightly taller profile. The Nekomata can move sideways, and spin in place faster than the Tiger. It is too heavy to traverse water.
The Nekomata is much less stable than the Tiger. Accelerating, stopping, firing, and traveling over uneven terrain affect aiming much more than they do the Tiger. The Nekomata may drift backward when firing, and will slide down slopes.
- The vehicle is named after the nekomata, a cat in Japanese folklore with supernatural abilities similar to the kitsune or tanuki.