This past week or so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Star Citizen. Mainly, my original contribution from two years ago.
You see, I invested in the Scout package which netted me a nice Aurora MR and lifetime insurance for it. This past week, I was playing Arena Commander (formerly the dogfight demo) and felt that the Aurora wasn’t really for me. It just didn’t have the maneuverability that I like in a ship, let alone a fighter. So I started looking at my options.
Option 1: Shell out some cash for a cross-chassis upgrade to the Origin Jumpworks 300i. This lets me transfer my lifetime insurance to the new ship.
Option 2: Shell out some cash for a cross-chassis upgrade to the Anvil Aerospace F7C Hornet. This also lets me transfer my lifetime insurance to the new ship.
Option 3: Purchase another ship entirely and just cope with the fact that its free insurance will run out in 4-6 months.
At the time I was making my decision, the Hornet was available to try out in Arena Commander and I took it for a spin around the block. It was fun, more so than the Aurora, but I felt it was missing something else. I then knuckled under and did some research on the forums and on YouTube on the 300 series (as it was the only one I couldn’t try out). I finally decided (after a day or so of thinking) that I’d do Option 1 above.
Now, that decision made, was I happy with the baseline 300i model or did I want a different version? New options!
Option A: Stay with the Origin Jumpworks 300i.
Option B: Shell out some cash for a ship upgrade to the Origin Jumpworks 315p.
Option C: Shell out some cash for a ship upgrade to the Origin Jumpworks 325a.
Option D: Wish that the Origin Jumpworks 350r package was available for purchase.
Well, I exercised option D right away, but after even more research into the differences, I finally settled on the 315p upgrade. Here’s why I chose it:
- The 315p comes with a jump engine (the other variants don’t specify having one)
- The 315p comes with a tractor beam (while I could always use another gun, I appreciate the potential for the tractor beam)
- The ship brochure said that it had more powerful engines and a better power plant because it was the exploration variant
- The 315p comes with a special scanner package (I think it’s to help identify new jump points or something)
- The 315p has more cargo space
Now that I’ve had some time with the 300i trainer (it’s pretty darn maneuverable and I enjoy flying it) I have a couple of things to say. First, I hope that when Star Citizen finally shows up that my ship is far less squishy than it is right now. As it is, it feels like it’s made of paper, shields and all. Second, I really hope that the racing engines that the 350r comes with will be able to mount on my 315p (I love twin engines). Third, I hope that I become much better at flying because there’s a bit of a learning curve to the mechanics.
I really like my 315p. It looks like a combination between a Scimitar and a Hellcat. I changed my desktop wallpaper for the first time since October to this lovely image of it (click to make it worth your time).
If you’re interested in seeing more, here’s a floor show video of it.
I’m really proud of my purchase and I’m looking forward to flying it for real in the actual game. I’ll be okay flying the trainer in the meantime, but Star Citizen can’t come soon enough.
Until next time!
P.S. Here’s the director’s cut advertisement for the 300 series. See if you can spot the Wing Commander III scenes.