The irony of the "Imperial class assault cruiser" is that it doesn't look like it'd be good for war.
It looks brittle. I mean, the saucer is good. I use it myself. But the hull is a disaster, it looks like it's made out of lego.
well this also is an MMO, and I think Cryptic did a great job in making sure everyone can get a somewhat unique ship. I really enjoy playing around with designs, so thumbs up!
and considering the defiant is canon... times do change for starfleet every now and then which permits some "un-starfleet'ish" looks. all the new designs looks "un-starfleet'ish" if you *only* view through the goggles of the old constitution class. I mean the Galaxy class, wow, it's TOTALLY un-trekkish. because trekkish = a saucer with a set of sticks in it
For me the Cerberus is a most beautiful ship. I don't normally like four nacelle ships, but with the Cerberus they just seem right. It also looks like an escort should look, I think I would poop my pants if one of those pointed its cannons toward me.
I also like the Star Cruisers, they have taken the Voyager concept of a more integrated starship one step further and have produced three very fine looking ships that have a nice modern look, and which look like they do belong in the Star Trek universe.