Odyssey Variants: How good are they really?
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Join Date: Jun 2012
11-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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Hello and good evening,
I 've got another brilliant stupid question for all the Odyssey owners out there.
Do you really think, also with the Vesta variants coming soon, that the Odyssey is worth buying?
I mean right after becoming Vice-Admiral, I unpacked the Odyssey Requesition Pack some players received a long time ago and I wasn't very satisfied with this variant.
Most terrible thing that bugs me is the turn rate.
Maybe I could live with that and equip the Odyssey class with beams instead of cannons but anyway: Is it worth buying?
Thanks a lot for upcoming suggestions!!
IMO, the Odyssey is a very solid ship.
The Odyssey Star Cruiser (the anniversary edition) is essentially a bulkier, tankier Star Cruiser. You are not going to be impressed with it because it's a lobotomized version of the science Odyssey variant.
The "real thing" is, IMO, much better. Personally I favor the tactical version; although the science ship has Sensor Analysis, it takes forever for it to match/exceed the extra punch of the third tactical slot.
However, the biggest problem is determining WHICH ONE TO GET, obviously. You need to look at the hulls and the goodies to determine what you want. IMO, the Operations Odyssey has the best console and the worst hull. The console is sufficiently good that if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick this one, but it's worth knowing what you're getting into hull-wise. The tactical Odyssey is probably the most solid for doing DPS, but the console should be named 'The Barge of the Dead,' in my experience, due to its propensity to be torn to bits. The Science Odyssey's hull is an interesting one, due to Sensor Analysis, but has certain limitations (most notably the way Sensor Analysis "commits" you to a specific opponent, which is especially troublesome if you want to help out a teammate). The Work Bees aren't magic, but they ARE helpful - it's a little like Nanite Health Monitor except for space. That said, they have no offensive application whatsoever, so while it's good for helping you tank and protecting allies, it's useless for DPS, except in the sense that it keeps ships intact to do more damage.
If the turn rate bothers you then you're going to want to get the Operations Odyssey at the very least, due to the saucer sep, which is also, IMO, the best console. Don't make the mistake so many people do and assume the saucer is worth anything - it's very poor in terms of pet value. The real benefit is getting rid of the saucer. It won't turn your ship into an escort, but it's more agile than the Excelsior, at least with all three consoles equipped.
IMO the best thing to do is pick up all three in the pack; ultimately, that gives you maximum versatility.
However, you're going to have to realize something - while there are band-aids for the Ody's agility, there is no true cure. Even saucer separation won't truly fix this due to the relatively lengthy cooldown, even when you factor in the Odyssey set's reduction to that cooldown. At some point you're going to have to face the fundamental nature of the Odyssey : a big, bloated space whale. While you can do things to help with this, if you can't deal with this then it is not the ship for you. Also note that the inertia rating is of concern as well - that's why it's harder to control than the Galaxy class. That said, there have been people able to do surprising things with it - I have seen some surprisingly effective cannon-centric setups.
Personally, although I'm currently on the Regent right now, I would suggest the tactical variation with all three consoles, the engineering slots with neutronium, the science slots with field generators, and the tactical slots with energy type boosters. I put two of the console set in the engineering slots and one in a science slot. As the Borg console bonus is going away it gives more room for adding another armor/shield console if it's ditched, while keeping the MACO shields and Borg engines/deflector. It's worked well for me. You might well prefer the Omega set for agility boosts.
As a note, it would be helpful if you told what your captain's career is, and aren't afraid of the One True Build (TM) fans telling you you are an idiot for even entertaining the thought of not using a particular ship type... unless it's an engineer in which case many would tell you you are an idiot for considering any other ship.