Whats up guys and gals with ships?!! I’ve been threatening to release a comparison of the freelancer and the cutlass (black) and i think its time that i did so. On the surface this post might seem like just another one of my number crunching comparison threads reads like an eye chart, and there will be some of that, but what my ultimate goal will be is to show how ship recent updates to ships are going to change a once stagnant meta. In my opinion, the meta of ship combat and even the relative non combat quality of ships were heavily weighted so that only a very few ships truly stood out. Literally dozens of vessels were left behind in the dust of those few but now we are starting to see the proverbial tortoise start to catch up to the hare. Perhaps the most dramatic example of this situation is the freelancer vs the cutlass. FIGHT!!!
The comparison between these two ships has been made many times by many people and the Freelancer has come out on top the considerable majority of the time. In the past the cutlass was less maneuverable, had far less missiles, and had less gun firepower if it used gimbals. Outside of combat the cutlass was arguably even worse as it had no bed, a bit less cargo space, and shorter range which made it far less likely to be able to make a long distance cargo run as compared to the Freelancer. In short the Freelancer was the ship to beat in this part of the market and it had no legit competition for what it was made for. Has that changed?
Round #1: Cargo
Wow! Right out of the gate we got a comparison that is hard but interesting to compare. If all we do to compare cargo is look at the raw SCU numbers, the Freelancer would score first blood with a 66 units to the 46 units of the Cutlass. Unfortunately for the Freelancer there is more to cargo than just the amount of crates to be moved as we have vehicles, men, weapons, and who knows what else to throw into that equation. The Cutlass is reported to have enough space for 9 marines and 2 dragonflies all at the same time whereas the Freelancer can only really have 5 men and 1 dragonfly unless someone goes and sleeps in the beds. Though i dont know for sure, ive heard that the Cutlass also will have a weapons rack for rifles and equipment and thus giving just a tiny bit more stuff. To judge who wins this category is not easy as it comes down to Freelancer being a bit more focused on carrying crates opposed by the Cutlass having more diversity. In this game, im going to default to the generalist over the specialist as that seems to be what Chris Roberts wants. WINNER CUTLASS
Round #2 Flight Characteristics
The challenger is definitely more nimble than the champion as shown by the Cutlass being listed on the ship matrix as being 10 m/s faster in SCM and 100+ m/s faster in afterburner than the Freelancer. On top of that the Cutlass has more thrusters to make it as good or better than the Freelancer in pitch, roll, yaw, and accelerations with the sole exception of Y axis acceleration. If the champ wants to try to win a war of maneuvers, he will have to be absolutely perfect and hope the challenger is not. WINNER CUTLASS
Round #3 Avionics
The Cutlass is starting to get a little loose and cocky after landing some great hits on the champion. Yes indeed the Freelancer is getting a little bloodied and oh THERES A RIGHT UPPERCUT, the Cutlass just got rocked and is backing up to get its balance. The champ’s dual medium computers just surprised the single computer the Cutlass brought. How did the challenger not remember the fact that the Freelancer has the same processing power as ships like the Vanguard or much bigger? WINNER FREELANCER
Round #4 Propulsion
Now we are the championship rounds folks and endurance is absolutely key now as both these warriors have got to be pretty tired. We cant help but wonder just how much gas in left in the tanks of both of them. Both of them have trained real hard and have medium sized quantum and jump tanks but i got feel that the champ’s got the advantage with it’s two fuel tanks and fuel intakes to the challenger’s single tank. And despite taking those heavy hits early in the fight the Freelancer’s dual medium shields are holding up convincingly whereas the challenger’s shields are showing some usage. WINNER FREELANCER
Final Round: Ships Weapons
Ladies and gentlemen the two have gone the distance it given it all they got here tonight and has been a hell of show. At this point it may come down to who can just get that harder hitting punch to impress the judges enough to win the decision. OH MY!!, the Cutlas is unleashing a flurry of missiles one after the other. Two, four, eight, TWENTY-FOUR size two missiles making a nice display over the champ’s twelve size two capacity. But wait, the champ isnt using size two missiles!! The champ has just fired his powerful size four missiles, i guess the champ went for power over quantity. They are slugging it out with their guns now. All those mounts on the cutlass is definitely hitting hard but the freelancer’s turretted size threes are hitting more often and solid too. Who will the judges favor the flashy hits or the consistent jabs to the face from the champ? WINNER DRAW
All commentaries aside, we looked at basically everything there is to examine aside from a tractor beam. The gap between these two has closed a lot and now i dont think either is a bad choice at all. In my eyes, the Freelancer is just a little bit more focused on the cargo and/or relatively solo play but the cutlass is catering to the more diverse or even group play. Neither of these are right or wrong, its just what fits for you. And honestly this what we have needed in Star Citizen for a long time, having multiple ships that are in the close price point of each other that feel just a little different. The Freelancer is still the champion but only because the match ended in a draw. Thus setting the stage for Freelancer Vs Cutlass 3 one day!
Do you agree with the color commentator? Leave ur own comments below and let us know which one you think is likely to come out ahead.