Just my 0,02€
I like the new different orientations, i just wish that other ships (especially the "old" star cruiser) could also have a similar variants!
The Topic starter mentioned that the variants wheren't either tactical ship or science ship, which is true.
They are more like a cruiser/tac or /science Hybrid. I like that, i was never a fan of Min/Maxing.
I just wish the game would favor more balanced or flexible ships, instead of ships that are either glass cannons or pure tanks that can't even kill a asteroid.
The only thing that keeps me from buying that ship is the really slow turn rate and it's (really ugly imo) looks. (I just hate those rediculus oversized nacelles, everytime i see one of those ships i want to .... well forget it. )
I have to slightly agree with the thread creator. They are just duplicated ships but it isnt a major issue and is easily fixed.
The main issue is the science variant because it doesn't have a commander level science bridge officer station. There are 2 ways to fix the problem, either make the universal station commander level or take the commander level engineering station and change it to science for the science variant or tactical for the tactical variant.
It's a cruiser with a large slant towards either science or tactical. Cruisers have the commander engineer boff seat. if you want commander science or commander tactical, there are science ships and escorts for you to fly.
The variants are fine. Cryptic wasn't designing them to be the one starship to rule them all.
i love the new flagships. of course they are all cruisers with a little orientation to other class ships (one lonely console). One Console does not make a complete different ship, but it adds a nice variety to them. but in the end it does not make a huge difference in flying the different versions. and i think that is absolutly intended