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Fighters have deflector shields?!

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Fighters have deflector shields?!

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Progath
01.12.2012 , 01:33 PM | #1
Okay so this is incredibly nit-picky I know, but as far as I know fighters don't generally use deflector shields (and usually not hyperdrives either, though X-Wings did) yet once I got to the 2nd tier of starship missions all of a sudden EVERY DAMN FIGHTER has a deflector shield. What? I am confused. I thought they were incredibly expensive and too resource intensive for most fighters... so why does the entire fleet of fighters have them? Someone explain!

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Yeltrah
01.12.2012 , 01:53 PM | #2
To make the missions tougher to complete. Pretty sure that's the only reason they would

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Wheezal
01.12.2012 , 01:56 PM | #3
Rebel Alliance fighters had shields, thats what helped them overcome the sheer numbers of cheaper TIE based fighters they faced from the Empire.

Now in movies they werent so pronounced as in games and EU lore (in fact i sometimes got the impression that shields actually made incomming fire more dangerous in some scenes, those Y-wings in the trench run were decimated).


from a mechanics standpoint, it's a cheap and easy way to make missions more difficult. from a lore standpoint, it would have been nice if the fighters looked a tad different to show they were more advanced versions.

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Progath
01.12.2012 , 02:01 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Wheezal View Post
Rebel Alliance fighters had shields, thats what helped them overcome the sheer numbers of cheaper TIE based fighters they faced from the Empire.

Now in movies they werent so pronounced as in games and EU lore (in fact i sometimes got the impression that shields actually made incomming fire more dangerous in some scenes, those Y-wings in the trench run were decimated).


from a mechanics standpoint, it's a cheap and easy way to make missions more difficult. from a lore standpoint, it would have been nice if the fighters looked a tad different to show they were more advanced versions.
I expect bombers to have them considering their importance/size/scarcity/overall bulkiness, but little fighters with shields just seems goofy to me. Well whatever, diverting power to blasters three shots them anyway so I guess they have small/cheap shields anyway.

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VanorDM
01.12.2012 , 02:04 PM | #5
Depending on what exactly you consider lore...

Pretty much everything other then Tie Fighters and Tie Interceptors had shields on them. X-Wings, A-Wings, Y-Wings, B-Wings, Tie Advanced, Tie Defenders, Assault Shuttles, ect... All had shields.

Tie-Fighters were too small and expendable to bother putting shields in. They were sorta like the Japanese Zero, fast but very lightly armored.

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Progath
01.12.2012 , 02:10 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by VanorDM View Post
Depending on what exactly you consider lore...

Pretty much everything other then Tie Fighters and Tie Interceptors had shields on them. X-Wings, A-Wings, Y-Wings, B-Wings, Tie Advanced, Tie Defenders, Assault Shuttles, ect... All had shields.

Tie-Fighters were too small and expendable to bother putting shields in. They were sorta like the Japanese Zero, fast but very lightly armored.
Fair point... I guess its hard to make the argument of, "well the X-Wings didn't look like they had shields when they got blown up in Episode IV" when we're talking about a game set in EU where it is apparently established that the Rebel fighters DID have shields.

That's the thing though. The REBELS had shields... and very few ships to equip those shields to. When I am on a mission to destroy 60 fighters it is odd that they all have deflector shields. Republic is wasting a lot of money imo.

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VanorDM
01.12.2012 , 02:17 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Progath View Post
When I am on a mission to destroy 60 fighters it is odd that they all have deflector shields.
Shields are standard options on most starships, kinda like a radio/CD player. In fact the odd thing was that Tie-Fighters didn't. They were designed without a shield because they were for all intents throwaway kamikaze type ships.

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Progath
01.12.2012 , 02:23 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by VanorDM View Post
Shields are standard options on most starships, kinda like a radio/CD player. In fact the odd thing was that Tie-Fighters didn't. They were designed without a shield because they were for all intents throwaway kamikaze type ships.
Well I guess I never considered that TIE-fighters were the crappiest fighters in Star Wars history. No wonder Empire always gets boned in Battlefront II space battles.

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Idunhavaname
01.12.2012 , 02:42 PM | #9
They do have shields. The more unbelievable thing is how can a single freighter manage to destroy an entire destroyer... (looks at Exeutor)... oh crap.
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RIP orange pixel

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KaL_InvictuS
01.12.2012 , 02:44 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Progath View Post
Fair point... I guess its hard to make the argument of, "well the X-Wings didn't look like they had shields when they got blown up in Episode IV" when we're talking about a game set in EU where it is apparently established that the Rebel fighters DID have shields.

It's already established in the movies that all rebel craft have shields. You'll recall a line spoken by one of the Y-Wing pilots during the Death Star battle in A New Hope: "Switching power to...FRONT, deflector shields". That's why they were probably picked off that easily. Switching power to frontal shields (in order to protect themselves from the anti-air turrets on the death star's surface) made them extremely vulnerable to the fast and agile TIE Fighters that came from the rear.


As far as the TIE Fighter is concerned (and the entire line of "movie" TIEs, meaning the TIE Fighter, Bomber and Interceptor) what they lacked in Shield they made up in maneuverability and speed. And numbers, apparently. That was the purpose of the TIE Fighter anyway: a cheap, fast and maneuverable air superiority fighter, that could deploy en masse from Star Destroyers and achieve victory through sheer force of numbers alone.

But I guess all that is 3 thousand years into the "future" so I'm getting a bit off-topic.