Re: STO: are starship phasers worth a darn?
Yeah, depends on the ship. For an escort, beams are a waste. You can turn fast enough to keep the mich higher DPS cannons facing the enemy, so use them.
For a cruiser, they turn like they're stuck in cement, so you'd never get a cannon to face the enemy for more than a shot or two. Beams allow you to get a bunch of weapons on target most of the time.
Only annoyance for me with the beam/cruiser approach is that it takes your torpedos out of play when you're mostly broadsiding. Gotta use emergency evasive just to fire a torp and return to broadsiding...
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