After lengthy in-game discussions with a fellow pilot, I thought I would create a blog of sorts about my experiences of trying to enter the tier. I will be honest about everything and try to give as much detail as I can, and I’ll even speculate, where I can, on why I feel the way I do about things.
So, first off… ship and loadout! (see the screenshot).
I have started out with the Phobos Aura for three reasons…
I used to own it before the transition to 0.8.0 and wanted it back.
I like Empire ships and I wanted to stay with Empire.
I The only other ship I have T3 modules for is a Tackler… and I had no intention of buying the entire Fed ship tree just for that!
So, let’s talk action!
Entry One: Dipping of the toes
My biggest complaint about T2 remains how weak Rank 4 ships feel. On the occasions I have gone back to flying the Hercules Arrow (once my favourite vessel, and still to my mind the best looking ship in all of Star Conflict) I was left shocked by how bad it is compared to the Rank 6 ships. There is absolutely no reason to fly a Rank 4 ship unless you haven’t got access to anything better.
Guess how I feel right now? Yeah, that’s right - I’m flying a Rank 7 ship and I feel like it belongs in Tier 2, not Tier 3.
More frustratingly, I am flying a Gunship and yet I have unloaded my Overcharged Heavy Lasers into a stationary Recon Interceptor and he didn’t even notice. That moment dragged the entire game down for me, and it’s the apex of a nagging sensation I’ve had in every T3 game so far - I feel weak.
Now I can understand that some ships are not built for raw power, but a Gunship is not one of them. I am willing to admit I have gone off the Gunship in Tier 2 and it might be that if I went back to my Deimos-2 I might feel the exact same way. Actually, I might just go and try that for the sake of comparison. Back in a moment…
Yeah, it’s Tier 3. In Tier 2 my Gunship feels like it has power. I kick in with the Overdrive and I feel like I can shred anything that comes into my gunsights. Something happens between T2 and T3 that seems to render the Gunship impotent, and that’s an issue when I don’t have another ship to transition into. I can see now why some people believe Engineers are way overpowered; they certainly feel that way in Tier 3!
More shall follow as the T3 mission count rises.
Edit: I decided to dip into the PvE world for a mission to see how the Phobos handles there. Wow… I like this ship in PvE! It’s not ideal and I think the more I play with it the more I am going to realise this does not fit my playstyle, but the sheer damage it can cause is awesome!