I just started the game and I enjoy a lot of things about it. But there is one thing that concerns me, that is the C-Store. Now I checked it yesterday and I saw this huge ship which cost 2000 C-points. Now here is my question:
Can you get the best ships in the game by simply purchasing the ships for real money, or can you actually earn such ships in-game without paying hundreds of dollars on the huge ship. I know you need a rank to get it, but still, if its the best ship in the game?
Anyone can tell me how the C-store ships works compared to the ships in-game?
Well, in my opinion, the ships in the C-Store aren't the "best" ships in the game. All the ships in the C-Store can be bought in-game. Through emblems. Although it will take you a long time to get 500 emblems, and I wouldn't spend all that time and spend it on a ship. The only ship in the C-Store that is even worth considering is the Excelsior Retrofit. Otherwise, you can choose a retrofit once you reach Vice Admiral.
All the ships that are RA level, and VA level are all considered tier 5. Meaning that they are all the great, just different. They all have different traits. I see lots of VA's flying around in the fleet escort, or the Deep Space Science Vessel, or even the Excelsior Retrofit, which are all considered to be RA lvl. They are all great ships, same lvl, just different. Just find the one you like best, and go for it. And don't let people think that you have to fly the ship that is in your profession. Like tacs in escorts, sci in science vessels, & eng in cruisers. I put my Eng in the Science Retrofit and it works great. It all depends on your play style. Some fly a ship just because they like the way it looks. So my advice is for you to find the ship that you like the best, and go for it.
None of the C-store ships are required to succeed in the game. And you can obtain them with emblems without purchasing them. One advantage of buying, though, is that if purchased, it is unlocked for ALL your characters. The emblem grind would only buy it for that particular character. I have been playing since beta, and I have only purchased 1 ship from the C-store (advanced heavy cruiser refit, aka Excelsior), and I only use it on 1 character. And of course, I bought it during one of the sales. If you are just starting out, I would wait and see if one of those ships is right for you. Get a feel for the game first. You can't use those ships anyway until you are admiral rank.