Fleet Advanced Research Vessel Retrofit review?
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Join Date: Sep 2012
04-20-2013, 11:07 AM
I have both of these ships, and would like to use the Fleet Advanced Reasarch Vessel Retro a lot more. But sadly I find the vesta to be the more efficent ship.
The question you have to ask yourself when choosing between science ships is; 'What do I want to do.' The cool downs on most science skills are long, and your deflector can only buff so many differant science skills at once so you usualy want to double up abilities rather then fielding a veriety.
People often steriotype science ships as healers and both the vesta and ARVR are good at this, but the truth is that a cruser with a Lt.C science station is better then any science ship at this.
So science ships have two roles they can fill better then other craft, holding, pushing and grouping things and debuffing things. Their debuffs mostly suffer from extreemly long cool downs so the usefullness of these in PVE (where enemies should be poping a lot more quickly then your cooldowns) is limited.
That leaves us with the PVE role of... well gravity well and tractor repulsors realy. Repulsors are fantastic when used correctly to save an optional from a bad pug, but in a good group they are generaly unnecisery and will often get you yelled at.
Gravity well is fantastic for any groups with AOE damage, which is most. Pull ships into one place, scatter volley the heck out of them, and let the exploding warp cores of the weeker ones help take out the bigger ones.
So for this reason the vesta wins the PVE comparison. While the ARVR can pack just as much gravity well, it is much better at single target DPS then AOE. cirtainly you can get creative with single cannons, mines or BFAW, but the vesta's heavy cannons are simply more efficent.
Now PVP is a differant story. The ARVR can suprise people there. But it wouldnt be much of a suprise if it were plasterd all over the forum.