I recently decided to block the C-Store because I found of some of the most recent additions to be ethically wrong.
However, back in November, I decided to get myself a few thousand C-Points, to buy the Defiant bridge when it came out and with that in the back of my head, I decided it was OK to use those C-Points, to acquire the Deep Space Nine Bundle. Since those C-Points were acquired months ago, specifically for this, I decided it was OK.
I open'd the C-store and? The bundle wasn't listed at all?
I started clicking through the tabs (remember, I've been looking forward to the interior for months now), and finally found it under the "Bundles" tab.
Why they have not decided to place such an anticipated item on the "Featured" page is a mystery to me.
Anyways, I purchased the bundle, and the stuff dropped half into my already existing items (Uniforms to the tailor for example), and those things I did not have room for, dropped as items into my inventory.
When I got the bundle, at first I could not see the mentioned KDF bundle, which seemed a bit odd, as it was advertised, but since I am not a big fan of the KDF, I did'n give it a second thought until the transaction was complete.
The C-Store interface jumped a little, and out of nothing, a 3'd options appeared (the 2'nd being the TOS bundle). The KDF bundle appeared upon purchase of the DS9 Main bundle.
"Cool" and Logical.
The KDF Pack holds:
The 3 Duty Officers (with a slightly diffrent layout than the Fed. I will update the thread with theese later)
The Two Bajoran weapons.
And once you have it, all you have to do is go KDF side and claim it.
Another good thing is that that the bundle is account-wide, so any and all characters can claim it regardless.
Anyways, let's move onto the content:
Defiant Interiour (Belfast):
This is what most of us have been looking forward to, and of cause this was also the first I tested... Headed straight for the shipyard to get it replaced and tested out.
The Interiour is ALMOST to scale. Some of the Bridge elements were a tad too raised above the ground (such as the Conn station and the captains platform), and it's a little taller than expected, but it dosen't ruin anything. It's small and compact... What you would expect on a warship.
Classic LCARS: This is HUGE... It's awesome. Unlike the Blue on Blue Cryptic has led themselves to belive is "great", but in reality is painful to the eyes, this one is really sweet, and it feels Trek. Again at some points the textures are a bit oversized, but doesn't really break anything.
Engeneering, Messhall, Sickbay, Transporter room... its all there and it mostly looks right.
I loved that you had to walk to get between the diffrent decks. It feels right that you cant just take a turbolift from the bridge to engeneering. Not sure if it was like that on the show though.
The Trophy room... One word: perfect.
Neither Pro or Con:
Unlike the TOS interior, the officers on this ship are not wearing era-specific uniforms. This has been pointed out to be annoying to some. I for one did'n even know that it was possible (Don't own the TOS bundle).
Not sure if it is good or bad.
Based on feedback from another reply to this thread, KDF officers "correctly" get a firefight if they go into engineering.
There are only 3 decks, and the diffrent locations are misplaced. It especially bugged me that the Messhall is on the Engeneering deck, and not the crew deck. Nothing that breaks the expirience though.
When going from the bridge to the crew deck you have to use a maptransition. This dosent seem quite right, as I seem to remember the rear doors of the bridge lead to hallways rather than a "deck change". They got this right on the Stock model, but not the C-Store one... Wich is a bit dissapointing. Still dosent break the expirience though. (This may be to prevent wandering NPC's).
Several surfaces suffer from the DX11 "Black Texture" issue on the AMD Radeon HD 4870x2... Poorly done, and disappointing.
Appearently you can only leave from the bridge.
All in all I was satisfied. The interior as a whole feels right, and I can advice those who want the bundle just for the interior to get it. It's worth it IMO.
Now obviously I can't tell you if you like the weapons or not, so I am simply gonna provide you with the specs. Both weapons level with the character (Specs from a Tactical Vice admiral with 9 points in Weapons Proficiency, Special Forces and Squad Command):
Primary: 33 Phaser damage x2 (90 DPS),
Primary: 2.5% cnahnce +2 stun,
Primary: -50% runspeed,
Primary: +20% Critical Severity
Secondary: 94 Phaser Damage on up to 3 targets
Secondary: 2.5% chance: +2 Stun for 2 secs
Secondary: -50% runspeed for 6 sec
Secondary: +20 Critical Severity
Primary: 41 Phaser Damage x2 (85 DPS),
Primary: 2.5% chance: +2 stun,
Primary: -50% runspeed,
Primary: +20% Critical Severity
Secondary: 12 Phaser Damage x2 (2.7 DPS)
Secondary: -50% Runspeed
Secondary: +2 Stun
Secondary: 2.5% chance: +2 Stun
Secondary: -50% Runspeed
Secondary: +20% Critical Severity
All in all they seem ok in battle... But if you ask me, there are better things you can use your C-Points on. It's not worth buying the bundle for theese.
Starfleet War Admiral:
This uniform seems fairly ok to me. It's the nice high detail uniform that we have come to expect from Cryptic recently. Some of the textures are a bit oversized (ok... Violently oversized), especially the Gold lines along the zipper.
I had to tinker a little with the colors to get the right combo though, so be aware.
The uniform comes with:
A nice looking Starfleet themed belt (Not UFP like the Jupiter Veteran).
Bajoran Vedek (male):
I geuss it is ok? Nothing TOO cool to be honest. The colors were fairly direct, and it seems close to canon.
The uniform itself is a "Off Duty" set, located under the Dropdown on the upper right corner of the first screen. It is important that you do it on the very first screen... Why follows in a sec.
It consists of:
Robe lower (in lack of a better word)
Vedek Hood (You will find this on the first page, on the "Category" drop down, when you have selected "Off Duty".).
All in all the uniforms are nice. Not a let down, but not a "wohooo" either. I'd say you should'n buy the bundle for these unless you want to stand out, wich you WILL do in theese.
As I understand it, theese are the same across the board.
Increase Aux power by 15 while using Cloak, Mask Energy SIgnature or Phase Shift, wich will in turn improove your ships stealth effectiveness.
+15 Aux when cloaked
Are they worth it? I think so. The benefits are somewhat biased towards Eng, but i honestly belive that they add a worth while bonus both to missions and assignments.
They come in a assignment box, so you won't loose them if your roster is full.
Shuttle (Type 10, Defiant Chaffee type shuttle pod):
This qute little thing... so small and so sexy, and SOO manuverable the Fighter will get a run for its money.
Base hull: 6000 (Got mine above 18k with skills)
Weapons: 2 Front, 0 Rear
Eng Consoles: 1
Sci Consoles: 1
Tac Consoles: 1
Skills attached: Emergency Power to engines
I was a little sad that it couldn mount cannons, but in the end I geuss it is fair enough, considering it's manuverability.
It comes in a box, so if you don't have ship slots open, you can simply wait to unpack it. I did not test if you could sell it.
You should also note that you get a real tiny (almost correct scale) Shuttle Pod pet to follow you around. When in your normal ship. It's so qute.
Having tested the bundle and it's contents, the question remains: Am I satisfied with my purchase?
I am still dissapointed with the sluppy (even lazy) approach to textures, both on the bridge and the uniforms provided. I've seen older games with pretty bad engines provide high quality very detailed textures, so I actually expected alot more here.
Nothing is of the +1 mentality, so there's nothing that will give you that OP thing people are always mentioning, but it still gives you an edge that makes your money worth while, and as such the bundle makes itself worthwhile.
If I knew all these things before I had bought the pack? Yes... I would. But I would probably have waited for stipends rather than use real-life money.
What a great review. I appreciate that you made it easy to read, a couple of typo/spelling/grammar issues, if I'm being nit-picky, but otherwise well done. Great use of color and lists to sparse out all that info, thereby avoiding a "TL;DR" tag. I like that you gave your opinions, but also gave straight facts/details allowing the reader judge for themselves.
I have one suggestion: You've got your sections highlighted and underlined for each "item set", I would advise you use the same color/font with the word "Synopsis" or "Results" or something similar just before the line "So... The question is now: Am I satisfied with my purchase?". This will further nail down the review into categories and allow players to skip-to-the-end should they desire to do so.
I do have some questions, please:
Is it possible to just claim one or two items? Say I just want the guns and DOffs for a new toon, but don't want the shuttle.
Is it possible to claim just the shuttle pet without getting (or at least keeping) the shuttle itself?
I'm confused about the Vedek Hook, specifically, it's color...
Originally Posted by anazonda
Vedek Hood (You will find this on the first page, on the "Category" drop down, when you have selected "Off Duty" This also means that you can not change it's color wich mildly put sucks big time).
Originally Posted by Captain_Revo
someone just pointed out its in the very first option you come to. under category. you can then change the colour at the bottom under head options.
I'm unclear about your comment and what Captain Revo says... So perhaps this is really a question to both of you:
Can you change the color of the Vedek hood or is it stuck at one color (and what is that color)?