Bought the game yesterday and loving it so far, however I have a couple of questions:
1. I've seen certain abilities (I'm a Sience officer) that have a discription like Hold +2, what exactly does this mean?
At first I thought If I hold the button for 2 seconds it will have extra damage or something, but I don't see a difference....
2. I've got a science console for my ship and it gives +5 Deflector Dish, I found another console while doing a mission that gives +5 Auxiliry (did I spell that right?) Power. Where can I see what the deflector dish and auxiliry exactly does?
Hold basically means stun, so using those abilities stuns the enemy temporarily. I'm not really sure what the +2 part means as all abilities that hold have that same number as far as I've seen.
Deflector Dish is a science stat which helps any science abilities that use the deflector dish... off the top of my head a couple examples are tachyon beam and energy siphon.
Auxiliary power is one of your four power stats, along with weapons, shields, and engines. While the others are relatively self-explanatory, auxiliary power helps with certain abilities, improves your turn rate, raises crew regen, and increases your cloaked ship detection radius. Check out Ship Power Levels for more details.
No it's certainly +2. I'm just saying that it's ALWAYS Hold +2. Never just Hold, or Hold +some other number. Thus why I have no clue what relevance the +2 has.
Like Talec said, it's probably used in determining whether the hold overcomes resistance, although I've never seen a guaranteed hold resisted by anything that isn't temporarily immune to holds anyway...
Or again, maybe I'm just lacking in perception and missed some Hold +4 or similar somewhere. I don't know.