I really, really want to like missiles, but I can’t. By range, they are not as good as plasma. By weight, they are as heavy as heavy plasma. This means something very important, if you use them, you have slow pieces of crap that plasma kills that are not as strong as plasma. If you make them fast, you have NO protection because every slot will be used in engine placements.
Counter argument. When you get into short range, they are very good.
Nope, pull the other one, it has bells on it.
It tracks at .9 and reloads at 2100 for the fast missiles. Considering how easy it is to set up anti missile frigates, who is going to field the slow ones? And if you miss, well, it has to run out of gas before it can be used again. Then add to this, the heavy plasma launcher has a lower minimum range! Add to that, if you don’t use a ton of them, none of them ever hit because their counter is so cheap and effective.
It sucks at long because the reload and refire rate is a lie. 2100 is probably closer to 20000. It sucks at at mid because the reload is closer to 10000 if you manage to hit and not miss. It sucks at short because plasma boats can come below you minimum and do things to you that your mom warned you to avoid. Then they suck because unlike every other weapon, they can be countered. If they are shot down, your laughing because you get the real reload rate. On the other hand, if they are EMPed, they circle and circle their full fuel allotment. If you miss, well tough. Suck it up.
I realize they were given a speed boost, it is not enough. They are probably the worst weapon in the game by cost, weight and usefulness.