So once again I have returned to STO (Star Trek Online) for season 8 and I found myself once again in STFE (Special Task Force: Elite), testing out the new ship Obelisk Carrier; a top level ship players can pick up for free at this time. It took me a while to get used to the set up of a carrier, as I tend to fly the high DPS escorts, but after a couple of different set-ups, I found this slow support beam ship really fun to fly.
This sort of ship really can't turn and while it's two wings of fighters can lay down quite a lot of fire, they are fairly weak. So the DPS of this ship is highly variable. It plays a much better support role. With is high hull strength it is a good tank, and it's large amount of engineering slots can provide a lot of support.
For gear I went with beam weapons and additional armour and shields, to provide a decent broadside, while me ship sits in the fray.
Fore Weapons: 3x Antiproton Beam Array Mk XII [Acc] [CrtH] [Borg]
Deflector: Adapted M.A.C.O. Positron Deflector Array Mk XII
Impulse: Adapted M.A.C.O. Combat Impulse Engines Mk XII
Warp: Obelisk Subspace Rift Warp Core
Shields: Adapted M.A.C.O. Covariant Shield Array Mk XII
Aft Weapons: 3x Antiproton Beam Array Mk XII [Acc] [CrtH] [Borg]
Device: Shield Batteries, Weapons Batteries, 2x Auxiliary Batteries
Engineering Consoles: 2x Electroceramic Hull Plating Mk XI [Rare], x1 Monotanium Alloy Mk XI [Very Rare], x1 Assimilated Module
Science Consoles: 2x Field Generators Mk XII [Rare], x1 Emitter Array Mk XI [Rare]
Tactical Consoles: 2x Antiproton Mag Regulator Mk XI [Rare]
Hanger: 2x Obelisk Swarmers
I decided to go with the Adapted M.A.C.O. set and two Field Generators with this ship, so it had almost 15,000 shields per side, and the Emitter Array to improve shield healing. So with it's total 61,000 hull and the Electroceramic Hull Plating & Monotanium Alloy to protect against the Borgs Plasma and Kinetic attacks, this monster is a real tank.
In the image above you can see that with this gear, you have plenty of energy to spare, so locked my weapons at full and put the shields as high as they would go next. This allows this ship to output a lot more damage and tank really well. As for the officer slots, I went with mainly healing, slows and de-buffs. These are some of the most important skills needed in STF if you're not playing a high DPS ship.
So as a summery this is a good all round ship, while it's no escort for DPS, it's also no weakling and will provide your team with a lot of much needed support and healing.
If you have any questions or if you enjoyed this and would like me to do more on other ships please leave me a comment below.
Come in grab a drink and some snacks. We are here to celebrate the 365 weeks, 2557 days, or for those of you who still haven't looked over to the left and done the math the 7 years I've been a member here at GameSpot. Many of you will know me and many of you will have seen me around, but almost all of you wont know that I've actually been using GameSpot since the late 90s.
Over the last 7 years I've had lots of ups and downs. Ive been forced in and out of jobs due to the poor economic state. I've come to terms with my dyslexia and the depression it causes. I've travelled and seen many crazy thing, scary things and wondrous things. My tastes have changed a lot over these 7 years, I now eat meat, I dont just wear black anymore and I'm now more open minded with music. But over these years something hasn't changed, my love of gaming and my love for Gamespot, my go to gaming site.
Not to say that nothing has changed here at GameSpot, quite the opposite. Like the content it covers, the site has had many changes. Layouts and programs have come and gone. So have members and staff. Many of which I've joked with, argued with, and had a lot of fun with. Even with the changes I've always felt that my contribution was welcome and wanted as a member.
So I'd like to take this time to say thank you. Thank you the members I've had so much fun with. Thank you to the staff, the ones who are here now and the ones who have gone. A special thank you to my local team GameSpot UK. Finally a very special to the community managers and the moderators, who do so much work to make sure we the members are having a good time.
Here's to a great 7 years and hopefully another 7.
Now for some Sea shanties
Alestorm - Shipwrecked
Once again this years E3 has flooded our minds with new and exciting games for us to look forwards to in the future. While not everything we wanted made an appearance, we were still spoiled for choice. After seeing the backlash over the presentation of this years Readers Choice awards. I decided to build a version closer to how the older voting systems worked. While not as elaborate in design, I and many users felt it was a simpler and fairer way to judge what as a community we felt was the best of E3.
Overall there was quite a good turn out and a lot of the regular Fuse crowd voted. With such a wide range of cool looking games on display this year, the votes were spread over quite a large range of genres and styles, showing the the diversity of the Fuse community. Almost every game received at least one vote.
While it was very close, after the the votes had been counted and double checked. Three games stood out as the clear cut winners. So I am proud to give you the Fuse top 3 games of E3.
3rd Place: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
2nd Place: Tomb Raider.
1st Place: Assassin's Creed III
Maybe we'll see a similar out come from the Reader Choice awards but at this time it looks like we'll be lucky if they ever announce the winners.
I would like to take this time to thank everyone who voted. This really could not have been done with out you. To the Fuse Community, thank you.
So I haven't really been able to do my weekly blog and I've decided that it was stating to be a little too forced. I started these to try and improve my writing in general, as I have quite bad dyslexia and writing anything at all is a challenge. When I was younger I was really ashamed of it and learnt to cover it up quite well. I don't really know how many people read my blog or how many of them would even be able to guess I have these problems. I really want to keep writing these blogs, as I feel that by writing even a little helps me in the long run. I am however going to make some change to the how often I do them. I couldn't keep up with doing them weekly and honestly they started to feel a bit pointless. So from now on I'm going with at least once a month.
In other news...
My old GPU that was in my main rig finally cooked itself and while I probably could have resurrected it, I got it a much needed upgrade.
I upgraded from this old power hungry nVidia flagship GPU the 8800GTX, which even today is a monster of a card. To a ATI HD 6850. This little card uses a bit less power and with the ASUS directCU V2 it's a lot cooler. For the price it's probably the most bang you can get for your buck today. In terms of computer graphics this is a £100 nuclear bomb.
So to round this off lets have a few tunes I've been enjoying recently :)
And something a little diffrent. I really like the video to this one.
Mass Effect 3
So I haven't posted about what I've been playing in a little while now, mainly because I've only been playing a few multiplayer games on and off. It's also because I've been playing a game that has been in my mind since I finished the second game and I've been savoring it like a malt whiskey.
The Mass Effect trilogy is by far one of the best Sci-Fi stories in games so far. In my opinion it is what Star Wars was for films but for games. Throughout the series the choices you made had effects that tailored your own story. So with the save I made in the first game, it felt like even in the end chapter of the third that it was my story and that the choices I made through out the series were still playing out.
As far as gameplay, in ways it's come miles from the first game. They have refined the combat again from the second and it feels even more fluid. The guns as fun to play with, during the exciting set pieces and the enemies have a good variety. Though I will be glad I won't have to face another wave of brutes and banshees again. As far RPG side still feels really toned down and still lacks the diversity the first game had.
Graphically all these games have been fairly impressive, both technically and artistically. Using lots of effects seen in films to immerse the player and aid the story telling. This is for the most part true of the third game. A number of bugs some times ruin the carefully crafted moods of the game. A number of times shaders would go crazy, causing some extremely distracting shadow flickering and some animations would be interrupted abruptly.
These problems are mere nit picks compared to what I'm about to talk about. Everyone probably saw this coming and I will keep it spoiler free. I was determined to like the ending, I thought that if Bioware had done so well up to this point, there was no way they could mess this up. I keep replaying the last ten minuets of the game in my head. I still can't believe that was how it ended. My feelings on it are mixed and I can't decide if I like or hate the ending. It didn't make much sense at all and it really didn't offer much closer to the series. I wasn't expecting what happened, that's for sure.
In conclusion I did enjoy the the game and unlike a lot of people, I'm not going to write off a good 30 hour game because of the ending.
Lets start this off with some rock :)
KMFDM - Light
Jim Guthrie - The Prettiest Weed
I'll finish on something Bioshocky.
So you may have been wondering what has happened to my blog these past few weeks. Well I decided that I wasn't ready to write about what I was playing just yet (I'm sure some of you will have guessed what game I'm talking about). I'm due to me been rather busy, I'm still not at that point yet.
So to make this blog a little less pointless.
Supreme Commander 2
I've been playing quite a bit of this multiplayer with a friend this week. We used to play it quite a bit, but recently we haven't played it very much. As a massive fan of RTS's in general love the series and the series this game is based on, Total Annihilation. I do however think that this sequel is a bit of a step backwards from the first game. As it's lost a lot of depth in a move to be more streamlined and easy for new comers. It's still a very good game.
I don't have much else to say really so I'll wrap it here.
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