||03-16-2012 03:55 AM
I wonder if not all ship types should get a "special" ability.
Science Vessels: Sensor Analysis + Beam Target Subsystem
Escorts: Dual Cannons + special Escort Defense bonus (I don't think many remember that this exists, but it was introduced a while back).
Cruisers: are missing something here.
I am not saying that it's unbalanced the way it is, but from a broad design perspective, having each ship class have a special ability that makes it unique may have been a better idea. This would have particularly worked well for the Odysey and Bortas. Then the Odyssey Tactical and Science variants could have lost their "Cruiser Special" and replaced with the Escort or Science special. The trend could probably have started earlier, with the first Tier 5 ship maybe having _two_ class special abilities instead of merely one, and those ship that stayed within their class totally getting their special abiltiies.
E.g. We would have had
Assault Cruiser: Cruiser + Escort Special Ability
Star Cruiser: Cruiser + Science Special Ability
Galaxy-Retrofit: Cruiser + Saucer Seperation Special Ability
Ah, well, too late now...