As a science fed captain I might as well not even bother with waiting on them to put in a race change token so I can get the benefits of better exotic damage and just fly a Rom all over. Sheesh.
And I'm talking PVE here! It was bad enough with the escorts being the fav's and now this.
The next gear doesn't offer much hope either with everyone having +42 kinetic damage resist on consoles and warp cores all over the place. Might as well stop playing STO altogether since it's now a War machine and the federation values mean nothing in this game's design, heck we can't even have meaningful easy to find and enjoyable diplomatic missions until we reach Tier 4 on the diplo meter!
I would like for the devs to open a poll/feedback thread on what exactly the players would like to see in the near future for the game.
romulan ships in total have less speed, less power, less turn rate and less defense on speed tank. i got several ships on fed side having 70-80% speed defense while maintaining sweapons on 125 and shields on 75-100. afaik no romies can do the same. and forced to use cloak to compensate those turn rates and speed drawbacks.
they are glass cannons in difference to feds.
The one thing that annoys me the most about Romulan BOffs is that Cryptic shoehorns every player to get a full bridge crew of them (either from the faction vendors or from the embassy) to stay competitive in PvP. They are just vastly superior to all other BOff species' in this game. Efficient and Leadership have been nerfed so hard, they are only useful as an intermediate solution until a player gets access to Romulans.
Romulans don't just have a "little edge on crit", the difference to Feds/Klings is huge, really huge with 5 Boffs + Superior Romulan Operative trait. This means a big imbalance for itself - not mentioning the cloak/decloak buff-thing.
What is the result? After we have barely seen any engineers in PvP, we will barely see any non-romulan tacticals in the future, too. Great to know that a tactical character with best equipment (for example purple MK XII consoles and weapons, elite fleet shield, MK XII borg stuff, an expensive ship like a bug) will become almost useless in PvP because there exist much stronger romulans
Please don't get me wrong: romulans are awesome and it is cool that different "fractions" (yes, yes they are no fraction...) have their own abilities/advantages.
But this is not just a difference, it is sheer imbalance.