Fleet Advanced Research Vessel Retrofit review?
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Fleet Advance Research Vessel Retrofit Review
04-19-2013, 09:01 AM
I just found this post as someone who has this ship thought I would post my opinion of the ship. Before the Vesta was released this ship had the most flexible Bridge Officer layout of any science class ship with the universal lieutenant slot. This ship has the highest hull strength, crew count, and shield modifier of any science class ship and with 4 engineering and science console slots and can be configured to tank quite well or at least take a good beating. The downside for PVP players? maybe the turn rate which is significantly less than any other science ship but which is still well above a cruiser class ship. Given that science ships generally run beam arrays this is not necessarily a big deal for general play, fleet actions, or special task force missions. In PVP play this may prove to be problematic for bringing certain abilities to bear quickly on a target such as tachyon beam or sub-nucleonic beam. However, if you happened to have purchased the Advance Research Vessel Retrofit which has the tachyon detection grid console not only do you get the fleet version ship at a discounted price but you can equip this console on it. This would allow you and any teammates close enough to see cloaked ships for a period of time and target them. This can be quite useful in the right conditions and may potentially provide an edge in PVP combat.
This is ship with its console slots and its bridge officer layout out of a commander science and lieutenant commander engineer is best served as running as a pure science ship or potentially a support healing ship. This ship will not be a heavy damage inflicting ship that other science ships can be, so if that is what you are looking for this is not the ship for you. As you stated you were and engineer I can see this potentially being a good ship for you as your abilities would complement the ship well in the roll of support/healing or causing enemy chaos in PVP, or doing crowd control and de-buffing in general play. This ship is probably the best hybrid of a cruiser and science ship in game currently.
Now the real question is; ?Is it worth it?? If you have already purchased the Retrofit version which will give the fleet version discount and you are comfortable playing the type of roll described above then absolutely. If you are looking to buy this stand alone at a cost of 4 ship modules (2000 zen) then it suddenly becomes very debatable. I think at this point that one of the Vesta ships (at 2500 zen each) would be a better option if you are leaning heavy on the science side of things. They have a more configurable bridge officer layout, are more maneuverable, and depending on the version you purchase can either dish significantly more damage or take nearly as much of beating. If you are leaning more on the cruiser side of thing then the Odyssey which has more hull and crew, very configurable bridge officer layout and can deal more damage would be a better option.
Not sure if that is the type of review you were looking for, but hopefully you or anyone else will find it helpful. Inevitably any ship I have used has been very playable as long as you understand how to use it based on its strengths and weaknesses.