I don't know if the randomly generated mission zones will become stale over time. Right now, they're anything but. I find the space combat very white-knuckle. The over powered NPCs in the space combat missions is what makes my heart race. Like W101, the content scales based on the number of participants. However, you're always out numbered and flying noob ships against NPC cruisers is a battle. You go in knowing that you're outclassed and out-gunned. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Some groups know how to handle the situation and we complete the mission with no deaths. Other groups struggle and ships get popped left, right and center until they stop charging in alone and let someone else get things going. In either case, no one is communicating in chat, myself included. Action trumps words and the players who have a clue about to do go for it.In a recent "State of the Game" letter to the players, the Alpha strike behavior of the NPCs has been deemed unintentional and will be fixed before release. I hope they don't tone them down too much. It's space. It's war. Shit - err, death happens in space. So far there's no death penalty so I don't see what the problem is anyway. With a DP that isn't lose your ship and it's gone permanently, I'd rather have exciting over-powered NPCs, instead of easy encounters that we'll be repeating.
I WISH I'd thought to record the mission previous to this one. OMG, what an insane ride. I'm damaged spec'd but acting as a tank in many groups and doing pulls when no one else seems up to the job. I definitely won't go DPS for Live. So far, I'm liking the tank role in space even though I've never wanted to tank in other games. I'd like to try out the science/support ship role too.
It's also exciting to realize that I'll be able to play with anyone without worrying about what server people created there characters on. I don't know how easy it will be reality, to get together with people you know. For all I know the tools in place to facilitate such grouping might be inadequate or crude. But at least the whole rick-roll of starting over to get on the right server with friends and acquaintances won't exist.
Noob in Space - Lowbie PVE Mission