This isn’t how videos on this channel usually
start, but if you play Star Citizen, you need
to get yourself one of these. Straight to
Loreville, 170 thousand alpha UEC, it’s
a must buy.
I’m Farrister, and this is the Greycat ROC,
and in this video, I’ll be reviewing it.
Star Citizen is currently in alpha testing,
with the ROC as one of the in game vehicles.
It’s described as a light miner, and really
that tag fits the bill. Incidentally, ROC
stands for Remote Ore Collector.
For those who’ve seen other ship reviews
on this channel, you might be surprised that
this video departs a little from the usual
format. That’s because this isn’t a ship,
and a lot of the usual tags such as combat
performance are just meaningless.
Instead, I’ve split into a slightly tweaked
5 sections, starting with a tour and aesthetics,
discussing some of the quirks, looking at
the handling and visibility, reviewing the
operating costs and profits, before finally
summarising with the verdict. Or, in this
case, sharing why you should buy the ROC.
I’ve included timestamps in the video description
to help navigate to each part of the review.
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Part One: Tour and Aesthetics
And, from the outside the ROC has an incredibly
rugged look to it. At the back there is access
to the small cargo bay of 0.8 SCUs of storage.
That will allow you to fiddle around with
the cargo that’s in there, as well as load
additional cargo into your own equipment if
needs be. You can also close the cargo bay
once you are done.
On the right hand or starboard side is the
mining laser which is deployable, and entrance
into the ROC is right at the front. A small
ramp comes down, you hop in, and the windshield
comes down with the 2 little screens coming
across. There are a few interactable buttons
in the cockpit which will handle the usual
features, in terms of powering on, opening
or unlocking the doors, opening the cargo
bay or hopping out of the ROC.
Part Two: Quirks
There are a lot of quirks for the ROC – whether
you’d call them bugs, annoyances, or just
things to be aware of. Firstly, and most notably,
much like the Argo MPUV, the doors will just
randomly open at random times. You could be
driving along, or mining away, and the doors
Secondly, the ROC slips and slides a lot when
mining. It’ll tend to creep forwards or
backwards depending on the elevation, which
can throw off your laser. An old Kerbal Space
Program trick for this situation is to steer
the wheels in either direction, which will
make it more difficult for the ROC to roll.
Another top tip is that Left Alt and X will
give your visor a wipe. It doesn’t help
the outside windshield, but if the doors opened
and you’ve got a dirty visor, it’ll help
And finally, I’ve described this as a quirk
as it may be intended. But if you use head
tracking, the mining laser will follow your
eyes. That’s potentially a neat feature
if you have a very well optimised head tracking
solution. But if you don’t, like me and
probably many others, and you can’t point
your head tracking incredibly precisely, then
you probably want to pause your head tracking
in game whilst mining in the ROC, so you don’t
accidently miss your mining or collecting
Part Three: Handling and Visibility
Generally speaking, visibility from within
the ROC is good. Not that you’ll need it
much, as the user interface icons will generally
guide you where you need to go.
There is a headlamp which can help illuminate
the situation in front of you, although the
lamp is mounted quite high so doesn’t tend
to reach the ground by your feet.
Generally speaking you’ll be using your
ferry ship for scanning, so are unlikely to
be covering long distances in the ROC. But,
it handles just fine. It’s a little like
a moon rover, and the suspension is fairly
forgiving, so you can put a fair amount of
power behind it if you need to move fast.
The ROC does have a crude scanner aboard so
is capable of going out solo. That said, you’re
probably just going to be landed in your mothership
right by where you’re mining.
One thing to be careful of, particularly when
loading the ROC onto your ship, is that there’s
a long travel time on the steering. That impacts
the turning circle of the ROC, so you’ll
want to be conscious of the current position
of the wheels before taking manoeuvres, especially
if getting into a tight spot, such as a ship
Part Four: Operating Costs and Profits
The only real outlay for the ROC is the initial
purchase, and the costs of ferrying it around,
which will depend on what ship you’re using.
LAWoftheWEST Gaming has a good video on what
can ships can transport a ROC which I’ve
linked. But if you don’t own a ship that
can transport a ROC, a Cutlass Black rental
is about 20k alpha UEC from Lorville, and
a single mining trip will cover that cost.
In terms of what you can make with the ROC,
I’ve seen some runs up to 300k. From experience
reviewing the ROC, 150 to 200k per run seems
more realistic, especially if you’re not
being too picky and just hoover up whatever
presents itself. If you are a more discerning
miner, Hadanite seems to be the way to go.
One thing to be careful of is when breaking
up the initial haul. The collector on the
ROC is a little selective, so taking care
not to explode rocks will make collecting
them much much much easier and quicker. So
it’s worth spending a little more time throttling
down than you might in say a Prospector.
Part Five: The Verdict
So the introduction probably gave this away,
but the ROC is a must have in-game purchase
right now. It is available for 50 dollars
on the pledge store, but you’d be much better
just buying in game for 172 thousand alpha
UEC from Lorville. The reason it’s such
a good buy is that you only need to do 1 full
run in it to make up the purchase cost. Then
you can leave it sitting in your hangar if
you don’t much enjoy it, but have it ready
to take out if you want to make a quick buck
It’s pretty janky at times, and only fulfils
one niche of gameplay, but really I don’t
know why you wouldn’t buy one and pay it
off right away. Share in the comments whether
you agree, whether you have one, and if you’ll
now go buy one!
If you’ve found this review helpful, you
may also be interested in my review of the
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