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Federation Carriers

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So Cryptic is finally serious about giving the Federation faction their own carriers. I thought the Atrox was just a one time thing, but now we have this new Armitage carrier (which is just a remake of the Akira, but its ok). Let me start by saying that I'm glad the Federation is getting carriers. I really see no reason why the KDF should be the only ones who get it.

The Armitage looks like a pretty good ship. With only 1 hangar slot, it doesn't give much versatility with your shuttles, but it is good enough. What I really like about it is that it has a fast turn rate. Cryptic did a good job at finding that balance between escort and carrier. The torpedo point defense console actually excited me. It can shoot torpedoes at up to 8 targets. I could just imagine all those torpedoes flying around and blowing everything up.

For the most part, I think it is a good ship. I would have preferred that Cryptic made a new ship instead of just "retrofitting" an old ship, but I guess we can't get everything. Go ahead and give me your thoughts about the ship. I'm also curious to know what you think about the Federation having carriers.

Written by Attilio on June 17, 2012 at 09:58 pm


Nyxadrill1962 (Member) said...
June 18, 2012 at 04:29 am

I was going to get the Atrox for my Caitian toon but decided on the Armitage when it appeared. I think they got the design/looks spot on but it can also use the skins of the Akira class and the Thunderchild refit. I have to say I love it to bits. I'm still getting used to carrier working but I'm getting there. I just wish I could remember in the heat of battle that I have fighters!! I find that I plow in to a fight and forget about them!The turn rate is excellent and the Torpedo PDC gives some nice fireworks! I've added the cannon PDC from the thunderchild for a little extra support (great for popping fighter clouds). Only glitch so far is that they havent set up the phased polaron cannons so that they can be fitted but I'm sure they will fix that.

In short I'm having a whale of a time with it and will no doubt be adding it to my other toons.

All in all its a tough, fun little ship.

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Warburton1881 (Member) said...
June 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

I haven't tried out the new carrier, but I do have a small bit of news from Tribble. I went on yesterday to see if there was anything new on the horizon and discovered that there is a new visual that shows your whole away team standing in front of your transporter as you get ready to start a ground mission. It's a nice touch and gives a more realistic feel to the game. Earlier, I had tried the new mission "No Win Scenario." It's o.k., but I wasn't real excited about it. Basically, it's like some of the grinding missions on the Foundry where you fight a whole bunch of ships, then another, then another, until you finally get to the end. The interest in the two new Missions may be fairly low among the players, because as far as I could tell, I was the only person on Tribble. ESD and the Academy looked like a ghost town. You don't realize how much difference the mere presence of other players makes until they aren't there.

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