Starfield -- Spacey Spoilers Symposium - Starfield Spoiler Salon

I don’t believe so, I think starship design is only needed for using certain modules?

If you are at a starport, and you go into shop builder mode (that is, NOT upgrade mode! That mode is pointless and I don’t understand why it is in the game), and then if the chair isn’t highlighting a piece of the ship currently, you should have the ability to add a component.

Just did the Ryujin faction line. Pretty fun, though the rewards were less spectacular than some. Still, it was a nice change of pace from the other more combat-oriented lines.

Ryujin line, ha:

  1. Go off and do this stealth mission. “Try not to kill anyone.” Companion proceeds to activate and assault every guard until I get fed up and tell them to bug off.

  2. Go off and do another stealth mission. “You might want to tell your companion to stay home this time.” – Good advice, but a bit late…

Yeah, I immediately dismissed my BFF for that whole line. Stealth + Bethesda companion = no bueno.

I saw a distress call listed on one of the planets in the solar system I was in, so I went there. It was a training ship. When I hailed them, there was a panicked guy saying his instructor was hurt and he didn’t know how to fly, to help him.

I forgot what dialog option I chose, but I figured I’d disable his engines, board him and see what was up. I targetted him and disabled the engines. But I still couldn’t dock. I tried disabling the shields, but all his other systems got destroyed and his shields were still intact. If I shot him anymore the ship would get destroyed. :(

Oh well, I guess I couldn’t help that guy. Hopefully someone else can help him.

I very much dislike companions in the Bethesda games and only take them along when required. In Starfield, I took Introvert because I knew I wouldn’t want them.

Anyone finding it too much of a benefit or necessity to have one along?

I have always played stealth sniper so companions just ruin everything. Speaking of: I got myself a pretty decent suppressed rifle that I put a medium reflex scope on, among other mods, and just cleared out a bunch of spacers from a research station being assisted by UC marines. It was glorious. Just at level 17 but this is the gameplay I’ve been waiting for.

I would say that companions in Starfield have better writing than any other Bethesda game so far. I really liked what they did with Sam and Andreja in particular (though I haven’t completed Andreja’s personal quests yet, I’m very close to the end). Sam feels like a real person with relatable issues; Andreja has a unique position and perspective that’s mostly handled with some nuance; even Sarah had her moments too. Barrett was the weakest, but it’s still better than other Bethesda companions by a mile, in my opinion.

So, in short, I think it’s worth taking them for their personal quests. I enjoyed them a lot more than I was expecting to, really.

One of the powers is locked behind Barret accompanying you to a Temple. Other than that, well, they do provide extra carry capacity and the occasional goodie, as well as someone else for the enemies to shoot at.
The Isolation perk with its 60% damage increase however is nothing to be sneezed at, and of course you can get by with a much smaller ship if you don’t need to take the whole gang along.

I’d say it’s about even. But I’m miffed that they omitted a few choice companion picks like, say, Kaiser. Those curves, the steely gaze, the sheer determination in his voice…swoon

Yeah, the companions aren’t utterly useless in fights, but I probably get 90% of the kills, so they mainly act as infinite tanks when I’m concealed. I could easily do without them, since everyone will target me if I step out into the open anyway, and in tight doorways and places like that they tend to recklessly block my fire.

They are more or less useless for non-combat activities, but they do have some of the only decent dialog in the game. I don’t know the rules for their story progression, but I assume you have to carry them with you for it to happen.

The real WTF thing is when they ask to talk to you, you exchange a few comments, and then they give you some tiny amount of cash like you’re a little kid visiting a grandparent or something.

That isn’t always the case. I’m currently in NG2 with it at level 3, and I did the Barrett quest in NG1 which got it to level 2.

Yeah. I just don’t understand why they teased that possiblity and then just railroaded you into siding with the corporation instead. All three options suck, but it’d be more palatable without that implicit promise of an epic quest for the good ending.

Like, it seems pretty clear they had a bigger ambition for the quest at some point because it is a lot of setup for so little reward, and then had to cut it down. But if you’re gutting the quest anyway, why bother leaving in that hook.

I would’ve done that as well if it was possible. I just paid the money.

I told them I’d totally gather the resources for their indentured servitude camp, and then buggered off and left them to rot in orbit.

That sounds like you don’t need companions to accompany you outside the ship, but having them along for the ride would be fine. I do have Sarah on the ship with two crew, so can mix ‘em up from time-to-time to chat with them if that’s where the story lies.

I don’t think I’ll take anyone along unless it’s necessary. I don’t want to mess with my stealth snipering.

Remember too that those companions can also be ship crew, and add their bonuses to space stuff. If you go the loner route, you can’t use crew either from how I read it, which might or might not be a big thing if you are into space fights.

Oh darn. I thought Equisilus had found a good loophole for the loner perk. Keep everyone on the ship. But you’re probably right, if you keep them on the ship, maybe you don’t get the introvert bonus.

I’m pretty sure that for ‘introvert’, at least, you just can’t have them around when you are land travelling because that’s where the O2 is used and that’s what it’s about. Wouldn’t make sense if you leave them on the ship and not get the benefit of the trait. They aren’t ‘following’ you on the ship and that seems to be the key.

The trait language though says as companions or crew, so it’s very unclear. Or maybe we’re talking about two different things?

Oh, yes, you mean the isolationist skill. I was talking about the trait introvert. We’re both correct.