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Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:50 PM

Cruisers useless?
 
I was reading during the beta that cruisers are essentially useless while leveling up compared to escorts and science vessels. There was a fairly lengthy post that explained how a science ship can tank well enough and still have all use all of its unique skills while cruisers only gained 1 additional weapon slot. Escorts pack a lot more punch and when fitted properly can "tank" well enough.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:52 PM

My cruiser works just fine for leveling, but i do have to do some 5,000,000 point turns to get in to space dock.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Tsvaox
I was reading during the beta that cruisers are essentially useless while leveling up compared to escorts and science vessels. There was a fairly lengthy post that explained how a science ship can tank well enough and still have all use all of its unique skills while cruisers only gained 1 additional weapon slot. Escorts pack a lot more punch and when fitted properly can "tank" well enough.

That was before they nerfed Science vessels at the end of Open Beta. Also, Escorts are very easy to take apart. Fly one and you'll know, they're glass cannons.

Cruisers useless? Absolutely not. They still have more health, more shielding and more power for what they run.

EDIT: I just remembered, on the last day of Open Beta, I tanked a Scimitar-class Battleship in the Alpha Centauri Secure mission, by myself, in a Tier 3 cruiser, for four and a half minutes. I know this, because that's how long it took for the zone to reset when I first engaged it, and nobody came to help me until after the zone reset.

I still had 90% health when reinforcements arrived.

I guarantee you, no science vessel or cruiser will be doing that at Tier 3.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:53 PM

Cruisers are the only thing feds can use in PVP and not die 60 times. But you will still die 40 times. lol

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:53 PM

Cruisers useless? No. Just no. If I didn't have a fleet mate supporting me with his cruiser I wouldn't last 5 seconds to do the wonderful damage I'm supposed to in my escort. Each ship class has its role and all are very useful. Take a few hours to actually play this game and you'll see what I mean.

Cruisers = Heavy support
Escorts = Heavy Damage
Science = Heavy debuff/buffs.

All this will vary depending on the type of captain piloting of course.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:55 PM

I've been around with the cruisers and my teammates are always happy to see me around so they can do what they do best in their escorts and science ships.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:55 PM

My T3 cruiser at the end of open beta was running with 7k shields / 21k hull and could run 6 beam arrays without losing any power. Useless? I think not.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:56 PM

Cruisers have additional power reserves, which helps when firing all those weapons. Some of the most consistent high scoring players I've PVP'd with love their cruisers. The Klingons clamored for a tier 2 cruiser and Cryptic responded, certainly it must be of some use, or else why would that happen? Each ship suits a different kind of play style, and each captain does as well. The combinations between them add diversity to the game, so not every ship will appeal to every player.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 10:59 PM

That is partially true. Cruiser are serious tanker when it comes to fleet action. Science ship can be great tank BUT most of the skills are single target while Cruiser ships have skills that absorbs hits to recharge their shields. Remember, each ships have their own strong and weak points. Cruiser tanks long numbers of enemy ships, science makes a target or a specific number of ships weaker, and escort is for dealing damage.

Archived Post 01-30-2010 11:03 PM

I hit tier 2 in beta and had both a cruiser and an escort. I really liked the cruiser because I like using phasers with their wide firing arc. But I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvved the escorts maneuverability and how fast they could drop kling ships in pvp. Plus watching youtube videos of the defiant in action kinda makes me wanna go escort.

Would an escort ship with an engineering officer have at least decent survivability?


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