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Survivor of Remus
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 359
# 15
02-25-2013, 09:24 PM
Originally Posted by sophlogimo View Post
No, it does not. It does not even remotely work like a tractor beam. It is, in fact a "shut down enemy drives" power, which as an entirely different thing. And that's why they should rename it, I think.
They have that already. It's not the same thing. Shutting down the enemy drives means knocking out the engine subsystem. [Aux] impulse engines are useful specifically because they allow for maneuvering when that power is drained or the subsystem is disabled. The tractor beam is an active attempt on the part of the operator to keep the ship in one place despite the ship fighting it. It involves pushing, pulling, monitoring power carefully and leaving the ship dead in space so allied ships can take advantage of its complete inability to maneuver or turn. It's acting much, much more dynamically than simply pulling an enemy ship closer or pushing it away.