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shar487a 11-27-2012 08:52 AM

Omega Cutting Beam looks like a pocket laser pointer
 
Just curious as to why the Omega Cutting Beam only draws a narrow red line to the target whenever it shoots. Its graphics remind me of a pocket sized laser pointer. Is there any way for Cryptic to enhance its visual effects? Perhaps a narrow rotating laser cone over the target, similar to the Enterprise-D's first encounter with a Borg cube?

mastergenera1 11-27-2012 09:49 AM

yea it would be a bit nice as it is now it looks like a blander AP beam.

saltypineapple 11-27-2012 11:38 AM

Well in "Q-Who" the beam was whitish in color not sure why Cryptic made it a light red. Now within the game if you have the beam you should have noticed that when the beam is hitting hull it carves a circular pattern which I thought was a nice touch.

shar487a 11-27-2012 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by saltypineapple (Post 6813771)
Well in "Q-Who" the beam was whitish in color not sure why Cryptic made it a light red. Now within the game if you have the beam you should have noticed that when the beam is hitting hull it carves a circular pattern which I thought was a nice touch.

I have the Omega Cutting Beam, but I'm guessing that the circular pattern it is drawing over the target is a bit too small to been seen without zooming in. Perhaps they can enlarge the effect to make it more readily visible?

adamrezeau1982 11-27-2012 08:58 PM

Thoughts on Cutting Beam visual effect
 
I wanted to weigh in on the visual effects related to the cutting beam. At this point, I don't want to touch the discussion related to how powerful it is, although I think I was expecting something a little more in line with the beam that decompressed Main Engineering on the Enterprise-D during The Best of Both Worlds in just a few seconds...but that's beside the point.

As it stands right now, the cutting beam effect looks like a special effect out of The Original Series. Now, that's not to knock TOS, for their time those effects on the show's budget were great. But let's face it, it's 2012. I think we can make it look better. While antiproton beams in STO typically look red, if this weapon is inspired by the beam in Q-Who and Best of Both Worlds, I'd expect to see a sharp white beam wielded with scalpel like precision. If not updates to appear more like the effect that inspired it, what about updating it to match the appearance of the old yellow antiproton beam. It would stand apart from any other beam in game (except may phasers), and it would look like something that's delivering a devastating attack.

illcadia 11-29-2012 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by saltypineapple (Post 6813771)
Well in "Q-Who" the beam was whitish in color not sure why Cryptic made it a light red. Now within the game if you have the beam you should have noticed that when the beam is hitting hull it carves a circular pattern which I thought was a nice touch.

You would remember it as a white-ish color, but it's not. I rewatched the episode recently, and it's definitely red.

thanatos9t 11-30-2012 08:12 AM

Yeah it is red/orange https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ln1OW3im4A

burstorion 11-30-2012 08:23 AM

One thing I do like about the cutter is that if the enemy is moving at speed, theres a trail of molten metal (I presume it is) that flows off into space..its a nice effect that makes it look like it is actually cutting the hull with a beam capable of melting hull armor

saltypineapple 12-01-2012 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by thanatos9t (Post 6862661)

Well what do you know, it is! Mistook the borg's white "environmental" tractor beam for the color of the KCB.

bohiap 12-04-2012 04:56 PM

I got my cutting beam today and I can't see any animation for it. According to the chatbox it is doing damage, I just can't see it. :mad:


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