I am quite surprised. Without threat control or threat mod consoles, I can take and hold aggro away from Escorts in this thing. I want a T5 version with 4 tac consoles already. And a Connie-esque drivetrain.
After flying the Ambassador, I can totally see why people are upset about the Galaxy.
The Ambassador is a good ship. Manueverable enough to be functional in a fight, sturdy enough to hang in if things go south, and it has the extra bite of the trifecta Tac consoles.
The Galaxy needs some TLC after this for sure. At least another Tac console, if not a bump to manueverability as well.
When I first read the stats on the Ambassador, I was thinking that 7 deg/sec turnrate would make it a slug like the Galaxy. But somehow Cryptic managed to balance it in such a way, that at the very least it doesn't feel like a slug.
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I've been very pleased with it, although its utility as an aux2bat cruiser for a Tac Captain isn't all that compared to the Excelsior or Galor, it's a fantastic heal barge, but not one that lacks teeth.
I'm also using the Nadeon detonator for the moment as involving photons feels "right". It's a very capable healer, I made it possible for some escorts to take liberties they normally never could have done on Hive Onslaught, and managed to weather the storm of incoming fire quite nicely.
The turn rate isn't exactly stellar, compared to the Galor, Vor'cha or Excelsior I normally fly it can be a little ponderous, but it manages anyhow.
All in all, I agree that this is one of the best balanced new ships released, and the cherry on top of a cake baked mostly from "awesome mission". I wasn't that enthusiastic about the 'Bassy before, but I've fallen for it like a fool. And it looks damn fine in MACO colours too! Just out of interest, what're people calling theirs? Mine's the USS Wellington on my Eng, and my Tac who's admittedly unlikely to be permenantly posted to one, is in the USS Waterloo.
I will be getting one for at least tree of my tunes. Each tune has a diferent primary ship. One is the Galaxy Dreadnought, a Galaxy Retrofit, and the last guy the Ambassador. I have two T5 Ambassadors so far. One name USS Warhammer, and the other USS Excalibur named after the Ambassador Class that survived the borg attack and and was temporarily commanded by Cammander Riker during the Klingon Civil War in TNG.
It is not too late to fix the Galaxy R, at least the Fleet version of course. I have yet to see anyone fly around in one. That 5th Eng console slot should be swapped around to be Tac console slot. It could still be a monster like the Dread it they do that.