Why So Hideous?April 30, 2010
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do find it quite fugly…but then again, no one has ever described a manta ray as cute and cuddly either, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome! And that’s what this new Maelstrom Class fleet escort skin reminds me of — a giant manta ray, albeit with clipped fins, surfing through the dark depths of space.
I was surprised to see it as a new addition to the C-Store today, considering it was supposed to be the Cruiser variant “Nomad” that was to be added. But apparently, the latter’s design hit a snag with the higher-ups at CBS and had to be delayed, so they pushed the Maelstrom (which had been approved) out instead. An unfortunate turn of events for those who were looking forward to the Nomad, but good for fleet escort captains like me who were itching to give their starships a new facelift. So I took what Cryptic points I had left, made the purchase, and went on to give the U.S.S. Taiga a new look.
It certainly is an intimidating looking ship, made even more daunting by the fact it’s now armed to the teeth with the new high-end weaponry I’ve equipped. I guess doing those daily missions paid off, but I still have a lot more Marks to farm before I can buy everything I need to get to where I want to be.
Other notable things contained in the Season One – Update One that went live yesterday include a Difficulty Slider as well as a death penalty in the form of an Injury System. More thoughts on those at a later date, when I get the chance to play around a little in-game.