I know they're fantastic in PvE, but it seems to me like the slow rate of fire and travel time would make missiles a not very good choice against players.
serker [ Editor ]
Missile sniping is just completely horrible, yes. But lots of PvP goes on the pattern "tackler got him->gang warped on top of him->he is a wreck", so shooting is at point blank range, and missile speed doesn't matter. Missiles don't have tracking issues, so you will be able to put stable damage on lesser-sized vessels. And final damage is the same, and choice between missiles and turrets is, after all, a choice between missile ships and turret ships.