Support this thread. This problem has existed for way too long.
These test results are from April of 2012 and should be credited to Hilbert (Mancom)
""I got some data.
Firing on a cruiser with a bonus defense of 60.
Using dual beam banks of common variety. 15% bonus accuracy from skills.
Beam Overload 3 and normal beam fire both had 24% miss rate.
Call me lazy. Those were so close I didn't bother testing 1 and 2. I just moved on to the [acc]x3 test.
There was a difference there.
Normal beam fire missed 9%
Beam Overload 1 and 2 missed only 4%
Beam Overload 3 missed 20%
Enough of a difference to think it needs to have a look at.
So. Funny thing. I am surprised at the 4% results. I haven't parsed any data in a long while. If I could have BO3 hitting like that wow that would be great. I thought 20% was normal. Go figure."" Originally from 08/02/12
I don't think BO3 has changed much since that time. But hey, who knows.
Just to put that in hit figures right quick, common gear was hitting at 76% no matter what.
[acc]x3 was hitting 96% for normal fire, and only 80% for BO3. I guess modified beam attacks aren't a strong suit here.
the state faw was in before the state its in now was that it didn't miss at all. then it was changed to be allowed to miss, but they couldn't get it correctly factor any accuracy modifiers to it. borticus said as much IIRC, but it would be impossible to track down the post, that was 12-9 months ago pre forum change over.
BO3 seems to have the same accuracy as FAW according to my parsing. each are at ~75% fired from acc2 weapons, that otherwise have an accuracy in the mid 90% range. BO1&2 appear at least 10% more accurate
The higher Tier BO miss more? That sounds like poor attempt to control highend damage spikes from it considering the ol' standard of BO to drop shields and a torp HY/TS with DHCs for the kill was popular before the Acc changes to BFaw and BO.
Still, I support a fix to this issue as I enjoyed my BO3s in combat.
ideally, though i doubt they could program such a thing, FAW used wile targeting someone would just hit them. FAW used wile targeting an ally, or nothing, would go into random AOE mode. both uses would be important and useful
at this point, i think they are best off scraping current faw, making a beam rapid fire out of it. then make a beam aoe built basically off of PSW. its got 10 range, and 10 pulses and lasts 10 seconds and can hit 1 targets per beam in that beams arc. so like CSV, were cannons strikes actually hit doesn't exactly match up to what gets hit, but it doesn't really mater. stranded acc values apply.