For me, it’s the Parasites (and formerly Federation). I just love the art style and their capabilities match how I like to play perfectly. So what do you prefer and why?
I’m particularly curious how many people play/like the Empire and Alliance. The Alliance mainly because I really don’t know much about them and the Empire because they always seemed a bit on the meh side to me (despite the visuals that I love).
So what does your faction have that really appeals to you?
Rebels. Although all their weaponry are vanilla their small cruiser hulls can make for nice cheap plasma/missile boats and the larger hulls can go toe to toe with most other races. The frigates are tiny, making frigates a little more survivable and fast. The fighters are all around decent although I find the search for the ‘ultimate’ fighter a rather useless race.
Next is Tribe. The Hull bonuses makes them all around winners for pure charging and CL spam. Frigate spam is boosted by Tribal repair units giving them a somewhat decent boost in a frigate skirmish. Again fighters are decent for what they do.
I dont have the last DLC, thus i can’t tell if i like it or not. Some time has passed from my last play with only vanilla and DLC races, and i dont really know why, but i like a lot to mix my fast moving fleets with the nomads ^^
With the Alliance, I have built a very strong MWM fleet with anti-aircraft and anti-assault support. It has served me well.
With Nomads I just conquered that 47-planet galaxy using cheap fighters, quick assault cruisers and a similar but much weaker MWM fleet. I am sure I could do the same with almost all the other races, but I like the hull designs of Nomads almost as much as the Alliance art.
I fiercely dislike The Tribe. Overpowered and single-minded.
I am not sure which race I will try next, for the Expert campaign. I will probably try the same approach as above, but with another race. So I like the fighters to be as cheap as possible, a quick and versatile cruiser as assault ship and a hard-slot-heavy cruiser for the MWM. Any tips?
I’ve been mostly a Federation MWM-monkey here for a while, due to my efforts to climb the Veil Nebula scoreboard. But the Rebels are actually my favorite art-wise. Though I haven’t bought the Parasites yet, so we’ll have to see if they rock my world.
Actually, if you’re going to use WWII armored vehicles as an example of “quantity has a quality all of its own,” you’d be better off using US armor rather than USSR T-34s, which was one of the best medium tanks of WWII. If you’re going to use WWII in general, though, USSR army tactics would certainly be one use of “quantity has a quality all of its own,” though.
More on topic:
I personally favor the Empire, followed by the Parasites and Outcasts, mostly for aesthetic reasons.
I’m a Rebel man, through and through. I’ve played every non-modded\ race except the last two DLC races. I’ve beaten the campaign with every race EXCEPT the tribe (and that’s only because to hell with the tribe, seriously. Too OP to bother with!) Their fighters are amazing, their hulls are perfect for me. Nothing not to love about them!