If I had been a brand new player giving this game a try for the very first time, I would be in the process of deleting it right now.
Brand new DSC toon, get through the tutorial, get to ESD, talk to everyone and I'm given my first mission. Join the TFO "Defense of Starbase One". No problem, big giant bubble shows me what to click, so I do and there is only TFO available, easy as pie for a brand new player. That was the only easy thing, well, other than watching my ship get blown up, repeatedly. Did anyone actually think this through before deciding to make brand new players run a TFO, a TFO that all levels of players can join, a TFO that all levels of players will join since you also added the random TFO thing ?
Did anyone ask themselves what the effect would be if a new player in thier puny T1 ship, Mark 0 gear and almost useless BoFF skills got pulled into a TFO with four high level players ?
I'll tell you what happens (or happened anyway), the TFO scaled to level 53, my brand spanking new ship and gear and weapons couldn't put a dent in any of the enemy ships and I spent the entire TFO waiting on the respawn timer to count down. I couldn't even take the chicken way out and go park away from the action because the respawn is right in the middle of where the enemy spawns. Respawn, boom, respawn, boom, respawn, boom.
I love this game, I have loved it since the first time I ever played it, but if I had been a player just trying the game for the first time ? To the recycle bin it would go. I wouldn't know that the entire game isn't going to be like that, all I would know is that my very first non tutorial mission was about the same as playing a standard FPS on insane mode while running around naked.
For the ones who do get past that experience, no where did I see any pop up etc telling me that ship now had multi damage, including three criticals, meaning my very next mission attempt would have also meant multiple booms due to weakened shields and hull, and I would have had no clue how to fix it.
This really needs to get looked at and re evaluated.
LTS and loving it.