Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wondering About ... The Tactical Display

Last night I managed to sneak in one mission before going to sleep.  Eve Survival is nice that way.  I can look up the mission and figure out how long it will take.  I did part one of The Rogue Slave Trader and it only took 15 minutes.  That fit right in my play schedule.

While doing the mission I decided to play with the tactical display for the first time.  I must not have used it right, because I didn't get anything out of it.  I guess seeing how far out something is useful, but I get the same intelligence looking at my overview.

My fantasy MMO background may be getting in the way.  I prefer the view of my ship where it is as big as possible and I just scan the camera drones around when the overview doesn't give me the direction information I need.  I have the feeling that to really use the tactical display correctly I'd need to keep my ship zoomed out so it looks like a tiny dot.  That seems like such a waste of such a graphically beautiful game, at least when running missions.

So I'm wondering.  Is the tactical display not that useful or am I just a n00b that needs to learn how to play Eve?


  1. Tactical display is a very useful tool that helps to maintain situation awareness during the chaotic fleet battles. It is also useful when ganking or when being ganked. It just not very useful in missions where AI is very predictable and follows the script from eve survival manual. I am not a PvP expert by any means but knowing where and how far your opposition is in relation to the the grid is very important.

  2. Another point, the graphics do look great, but all of it pales in comparison to the ability to survive the battle, which is why pvp players usually play completely zoomed out and with details turned way down in order to compete with lag and be able to detect the changes around them at a glance.