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Ensign
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 14
# 1 Cannons - Change Their Look
05-19-2013, 11:46 AM
So its always bugged me how cannons look when we fire them in STO. They are all displayed in a pretty messy way. Each shot has some sort of bubble trail behind giving the impression that you may just be firing some sort of space liquid. For me this takes away from the Star Trek feel in space battles especially for Klingon and Romulan ships as well as the Defiant class Fed ships.

Why are the cannons not more, well, canon? What I mean is can we not make them look a little more accurate, take this clip for example, a simply Star Trek mod where cannons on both the Romulans and Fed ships look like the cannons we see in the series. No bubble like trails just small sharp blasts that actually feel like they are hitting their target and making the battle sequence much more cinematic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_EX3_nfpZ4

By chaning the cannons to a simpler form we do two things, firstly we would reduce the amount shown on screen, due to the lack of these silly trails we have and thus improving performance all round as well as making the battles look and feel more like Star Trek.

I've never liked how the cannons looked in STO, they are so far from the series they just don't belong here, especially when all the other weapon effects like torpedos, phasers and eve mines, are all done so well.

Am I the only one who dislikes how cannons look right now and would like to see them changed to something similar like shown in the clip?