I've been playing a lot recently and one thing is starting to annoy me to the point where I want to stop playing. It seems the AI has the ability to direct each shot of the laser to different rooms, which will cause a lot of damage across my whole ship. I read the wiki and I can't seem to find anything about this for the player, am I missing something or is this a special laser that I haven't been able to find yet. Its really starting to suck to loose all of my major systems from one laser volley.
AI hitting multiple rooms with one laser
There are two different kinds of lasers. Beams and, well, lasers. I think that's right.
Beams can go across multiple rooms, and there's even ones that don't do damage but set the rooms on fire. However, beams cannot punch through shields.
Lasers go pew-pew and hit one spot, damaging one single area more, but they can punch through shields.
I hope that answered your question... ):?
If he's not talking about beams, the rest of the AI's weaponry is randomly targetted; there's no rhyme or reason to it so it comes down to luck what rooms get hit at what time and your ability to respond to this is an important factor of skill though there are quite a few situations you just can't get out of; the micromanagement is reasonably stressful but ultimately not super difficult for anyone who's played an RTS or what have you.
Edit: Beams are decent enough for the player; Burst Laser 2/Hull Laser 2/Pegasus/Breach Missiles are all better. But if you find a powerful beam (Glaive/Halberd) randomly in sector one or two you might as well use it (or if your ship layout starts with one). Oh right, Ion Bomb is easily the best single weapon in the game though you'd want multiples of Burst Laser 2 in an ideal situation.
I know beams are different, I'm talking about the 'bolt' style laser
@Levio: [Edit: Just re-read your post and no, its all coming from one weapon.] Yes but that's not whats happening, it's not a beam it's a laser and each 'bolt' hits a different room, so it causes a lot more widespread damage then just hitting one subsystem.
@Chrjz: If you ever get it again please let us know the name of it :)
PS: By volley in the first post I mean volley from one weapon, not all the weapons
Alright I made a video of this happening, You can see the laser on the left of the slug ship fire three shots that hit multiple rooms, one the shield, one the life support and the last hits my sensors. This is all from one laser, you can see the color of the bolts are all the same.
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