Less power drain equals more damage. I really believe all beams need is an overhaul/fix to the way weapon drain works. When used in conjunction with Nadion Inversion (turns off drain), beam arrays do quite respectable damage if you can get a bunch of them on target. Maybe, maybe, they could use a reduction in damage falloff rate in acknowledgement of the fact that most ships which would want to use them have really poor agility. Which would again equate to more damage on average.
Uh. What. A beam array broadside cruiser will always want their side shield to the enemy, which means the same shield facing is always taking damage. These ships are not agile enough to choose where to get hit.
Nadion Inversion has a cd of 3 min its too long and by more dmg I meant the basic dmg