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I'm sure this has been asked before, but either the search function sucks, or I do. I apologize.
I just got promoted to Vice Admiral (yay me). I'm flying the fleet escort, and looking at the purchasable ships, I'm just wondering if they are really better. I don't really pvp yet, so the cloak is of little use, but is the multi-attack mode worth paying the money for?
Both the c-store ships are more skewed towards science rather than engineering., which I use for ETPS. Is this because it's better to have hazard emitters and transfer shield strength for survival?
I haven't done any end-game yet, so I'm a complete newb when it comes to it. I've read the STF escort post though, to get some pointers.
I have a fleet escort myself and love it they are awesome ships only thing i prefer the looks of is the tactical refit but thats just me as i love the defiant look for what is meant to be a fast sleek ship.
The VA ships aren't really better, just different. MVAM console is a nice gimmick and the cloak is cool for PvP. Both create additional options only. There is a drawback though, it's really hard to get a good looking Fleet Escort, the only thing that needs improvement IMHO.
Reiterating what others have said, the Fleet Escort is a marvelous ship for running STF's in. If you change to one of the other ships dont hope to be more effective DPS wise, but do it to have a different playstyle even if some missions take longer.
For me I tend to run Fleet Escort for STF's and either a D'kyr or Nebula refit for general PVE. For my cloaking ship fix I just hop onto a KDF toon.
People above me pretty much already sum up all things about fleet escort, i just want to add that not just for escort. The entire ship lineup we have right now, you won't see a huge different in between f2p ship or c-store ship. Unlike other f2p game where cash player has significant advantage over free player, so far STO has it balance out quite nicely. (But who knows what will happen in the future, let's just pray that they can keep it this way). There are some advantages for certain c-store ship over their free counterpart that's for sure, but it won't be anywhere close to free ship getting totally facepwn by c-store ship. I would say in general free ship are at least 85-90% as good as c-store ship, for some it is even equavilent.