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Is Star Trek Online Fun?

Spockhearter1

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Report this Dec. 29 2010, 11:10 am

I seriously LOVE Star Trek and I was wondering how amazing Star Trek Online is and how it works. Can you fill me in on it?


 


Thank you in advance!!!


"Facinating."

zergis

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Report this Dec. 29 2010, 3:21 pm

I've been playing it casually for a couple of months. There are fun parts to it, but overall it's far from what it should have been. The developers Cryptic are still doing major updates to it though, and it's certainly getting a lot better. The space combat is rather fun and well done, they've got firing arcs (fore and aft weapons, where phaser relays are partly overlapping, making it possible to do broadside attacks, torpedo launchers and cannons have much narrower arcs, forcing you to face opponents directly) and shield facings and that stuff, making it more than just target-attack. You're locked into a third person camera though, meaning you can't control anything from the bridge (which is a place you can visit, but can't actually do anything in), and for some very strange reason they haven't learned what Khan got to learn the hard way - that space is in 3D. All space travel takes place in a 2D plane, where you can move slightly up or down from the default plane, kind of like Bethesda's Star Trek games did it (Star Trek: Legacy, Star Trek: Encounters and Star Trek: Conquest), and space is divided into pretty small zones with loading screens in between, so nothing like other space MMOs like Eve Online in that regard. There's a lot of interesting customizability to the game though, apart from selecting from Star Trek races (and creating your own), you get to design your uniforms and ship (not entirely though, just from a small selection of pieces based on the ship class, you generally get 3 nacelles, saucers and hulls to select from). Ground combat is rather tedious and plays exactly like every other MMO, and the quests are very uninspired in general (Kill 5 squads of Klingon ships! Kill 5 more squads! Beam down to the planet below and fight 5 squads of klingon warriors! Fight their leader! Beam up to space and fight a klingon flagship!), with the occasional odd gem (their "Feature episodes" have had pretty good quality over all). It's not all combat, they've got exploration and diplomacy missions too, which is good, but most of them boil down to "Go to this area of space and find an unexplored planet, beam down and scan 5 plants/anomalies/life forms and beam up again" or "Contact this planet and give them 100 units of some supply they need (Medical supplies, force field generators, self-sealing stem bolts etc.), then warp out of the solar system and get your reward". There are also First Contact missions that I have not yet unlocked, but I'd be surprised if they were any different. It's hard to say if it's good or bad, it does pretty much what every other MMO does, not much better or worse than any of them. It is pretty fun to spend an hour or two with every now and then, but it could have been so much better, and much more Star Trek-y.


 


The gaming site Giant Bomb did a pretty good "endurance run" of the game during beta, available at http://www.giantbomb.com/star-trek-online/61-21810/videos/ and nothing revolutionary has changed since then, except the look of sector space, which now looks more like space than a grid.

Matthias Russell

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Report this Dec. 30 2010, 11:29 am

It requires more thought in battle than many other MMOs, especially space battles. The gameplay can get monotonous but this is compensated with good story.

zergis

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Report this Dec. 30 2010, 11:36 am

The "Digital Deluxe Edition" is on sale on Steam right now. You still have to get a time card or set up a subscription with your credit card or through Paypal (which you can cancel before the 60 free days are over to avoid getting charged if you don't like it) to play the game though.

tobytja

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Report this Dec. 31 2010, 5:40 am

I was really disappointed by STO. I thought, that I would be able to play an engineer, as it was promised, when the game creation was starting, but I only can play commanding officer. I'm not interested in commanding a ship! I want to play engineer, and to work my way up from scratch, not to get my own vessel in the beginning of the game!

Matthias Russell

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Report this Dec. 31 2010, 7:45 am

Quote: tobytja @ Dec. 31 2010, 5:40 am

I was really disappointed by STO. I thought, that I would be able to play an engineer, as it was promised, when the game creation was starting, but I only can play commanding officer. I'm not interested in commanding a ship! I want to play engineer, and to work my way up from scratch, not to get my own vessel in the beginning of the game!


I never thought that would be the case. I always understood that the different tracks just meant different abilities. If you want to be an engineer, then role play. Being stuck in engineering and adjusting antimatter flow isn't the kind of activity that makes a selling video game.

CmdrBrodyHansen

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Report this Jan. 03 2011, 10:10 pm

Quote: Spockhearter1 @ Dec. 29 2010, 11:10 am

I seriously LOVE Star Trek and I was wondering how amazing Star Trek Online is and how it works. Can you fill me in on it?

 

Thank you in advance!!!




It's a fun game, especially if you love Star Trek. I never played an MMO before, but caught on quick, as the learning curve isn't too bad,

I stopped after 5 months of non-stop gaming, as I reached the highest rank and did everything. They've added more content, and weekly series. SO they're doing well still, which is good.

CmdrBrodyHansen

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Report this Jan. 03 2011, 10:12 pm

Quote: tobytja @ Dec. 31 2010, 5:40 am

I was really disappointed by STO. I thought, that I would be able to play an engineer, as it was promised, when the game creation was starting, but I only can play commanding officer. I'm not interested in commanding a ship! I want to play engineer, and to work my way up from scratch, not to get my own vessel in the beginning of the game!



If you bought the game and then found this out, its ur fault for not doing the research. But, if ur just saying this, then all I can say is its an MMO game. It is what it is, and to each is own.

asteriski

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Report this Jan. 05 2011, 4:50 am

I think zergis gave a good description of the game, above. I just want to add that it is definitely very fun, for me at least. I guess it depends on what sort of games you like though.


 


You can download a demo here!

endeavor99

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Report this Jan. 05 2011, 9:12 am

See for yourself:


http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/01/03/massivelys-2010-players-choice-awards-results/


Also, if you go to the official Star Trk Online website, you can play a demo for free. http://www.startrekonline.com/demo


Here are some other sites you might be interested in:


http://www.stowiki.org/Main_Page


http://stoomegasquadron.guildlaunch.com/index.php?gid=175068&gl_user=2023464&char=8465972


If you do play, give one of your klingon crew members a tribble 


Or send me a message and perhaps we can do a mission or two together.


There's a book by author Michael A. Martin about the story behind the game called "Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many." He writes it as Jake Sisko. I found it not only interesting, but very intuitive. He discusses all of our favorite characters From TNG, DS9, and Voyager and villains as well as some of the latest movie. The Xindi are mentioned as well.

zergis

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Report this Jan. 05 2011, 2:27 pm

Quote: endeavor99 @ Jan. 05 2011, 9:12 am

See for yourself:

http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/01/03/massivelys-2010-players-choice-awards-results/

Also, if you go to the official Star Trk Online website, you can play a demo for free. http://www.startrekonline.com/demo



Well, sadly the demo is pretty much a joke. It's only the character creator, tutorial and the first mission, meaning you don't get much feel of the game at all in my opinion. They could at least have had the first fleet action, some of the patrol missions or sector defense missions in it, as that would give you a much better idea of what the game basically plays like.
The missions they included in the demo are pretty much single player only stuff, where you occassionally spot other players but not in parts of the missions where you could actually help each other.

Also, those Massively Player's Choice Awards seemed very poorly controlled, meaning whoever could rally the most people or cheat the system (by clearing cookies or using proxies) would win. STO probably deserves the best new MMO of 2010, as it's main competition ended up as huge failures - the biggest (new) MMO launches of 2010 was Final Fantasy 14 and APB - FF14 has been pretty much panned by all the critics, and APB was shut down little more than a month after release. Star Trek Online had a really poor launch, but has improved since release - and other than that probably has the most potential of the MMO's of 2010. It is in dire need of more improvements though.
Looking at the other categories STO won in it's pretty clear that the polling didn't work properly. Some of the major criticisms against Star Trek Online were it's poor PvP combat, confusing currencies and crafting systems, and poorly designed ground combat - yet STO won in both the "Best PVP" and "Best Crafting" categories.

I recommend you try the game out, and I think STO has a lot of potential, especially since Cryptic actually seem to be working on improving it - even if it's a very slow process, but the demo is not a fair representation of the game - neither of it's stronger points or it's worst.

endeavor99

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Report this Jan. 11 2011, 9:37 pm

http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/01/09/rise-and-shiny-recap-star-trek-online/

Mwulf

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Report this Jan. 18 2011, 12:21 pm

It's very fun. Just try it yourself. You can get it off Amazon for $5, and play for 30 days free.

The subscription fees are exorbitantly overpriced, however, and really ought to transition to a free-to-play format, but never will, because the Star Trek label automatically guarantees them customers, so there's no real incentive to improve the game or alter the subscription system to compete with other mmos.

SDK

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Report this Jan. 19 2011, 11:09 pm

You know the above post would probably branded as a troll post on the STO forums and its user given a warning and the post deleted. It couldn't be any further than the truth though. SWTOR will indeed be a thousand times better and more fun than STO. Even if SWTOR ends up being a complete and total financial disaster.


 


*edit, ok the last post on the first page.

Matthias Russell

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Report this Jan. 20 2011, 4:16 am

Your last post seems like a troll post to me, an STO player and fan. You can't even compare the 2 for what they offer as a complete package.

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