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New Dominion Episodes

Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 17 2012, 12:07 pm

A new Dominion series of episodes began on 2/11 titled "The 2800."  It involved the return of the Dominion Fleet which disappeared in the wormhole at the end of season 6 of DS9.  What are your thoughts on these episodes in game play and story?

Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 17 2012, 12:11 pm

My thoughts on the first episode:


I thought it was interesting that you go to DS9 to discuss the Borg when something completely different happens.


I liked how there was a lot of different types of gameplay- trade, diplomacy, ground battle, and space battle.


I thought it was silly to fight our way to the shipyard in the core section where you board your ship when your ship would have been docked in the docking ring.


The new Jem Hadar at the end looked cool but what did he do to the XO?  He walks up to her, then she screams and falls without him even touching her.  What the heck happened there!?!


Was anyone able to obtain Holosuite time by selling stembolts?  I couldn't find a buyer.


OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Feb. 18 2012, 1:13 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 17 2012, 12:11 pm

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>Was anyone able to obtain Holosuite time by selling stembolts?  I couldn't find a buyer.

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I sold them to the Starfleet Captain you tell about the delay that you do the Duty Officer Missions for. Sorry I forgot his name.


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Mitchz95

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Report this Feb. 18 2012, 9:15 pm

The first one (Second Wave) was good, the second one (Of Bajor) was kind of boring. Due to some kind of bug, the third one (Operation Gamma) is available, though it appears to be unfinished. Don't play that one yet.


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Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 18 2012, 10:15 pm

Must be why they are debugging again in the morning.  Lots of debugging going on this week, in fact.


I found "Of Bajor" to be rather boring myself.  It was a great attempt to make a diplomacy episode that minimized the fighting, though.


I enjoyed the Founder battle; was kind of fun in that it was different.  The orb experience was also very interesting and well done. 


So though it wasn't extremely dynamic, it was a nice change and contributed some interesting story, even though I thought the anger of the Bajorans was silly and made no sense.  30 years later, members of the UFP for much of that time, and they are anger at Starfleet being on the planet, and just in one city?  I wasn't at all sold on the concept.


Though I enjoyed the concept, it dragged out a bit. But I am left anticipating the rest far more than I was after episode 1.

Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 18 2012, 10:15 pm

Quote: OneDamnMinuteAdmiral @ Feb. 18 2012, 1:13 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 17 2012, 12:11 pm

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>Was anyone able to obtain Holosuite time by selling stembolts?  I couldn't find a buyer.

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I sold them to the Starfleet Captain you tell about the delay that you do the Duty Officer Missions for. Sorry I forgot his name.


Never thought of going to him.  Good to know. 


Mitchz95

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Report this Feb. 19 2012, 9:24 am

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 18 2012, 10:15 pm

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>I enjoyed the Founder battle; was kind of fun in that it was different.  The orb experience was also very interesting and well done.

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Founder battle? Which side-mission was that? I just fought Jem'Hadar.


And I liked the Orb experience too, my only complaint was that I didn't recognize any of the people. Regardless...


SPOILER ALERT!


 


 


...it turned out much better than what happened at the end of "Crack in the Mirror".


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Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 19 2012, 2:04 pm

You have a choice between a founder battle or a jem hadar battle in the holodeck.


One of the things I like about Of Bajor is all the options it has.  You can play the level several times and always get something different.


When dealing with the Vorta on my 3rd go, I started talking about theories about the wormhole then started explaining about the prophets.  **This part made me made.** The Vorta says, "The bajorans may believe in gods that can twist time and space but we do not."  REALLY!?!  The Vorta are deeply religious in their devotion to the founder gods, but they can't understand advanced species being worshipped as gods? 


The writers are showing little understanding of trek in the 2800.


Mitchz95

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Report this Feb. 19 2012, 2:50 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 19 2012, 2:04 pm

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>The Vorta says, "The bajorans may believe in gods that can twist time and space but we do not."  REALLY!?!  The Vorta are deeply religious in their devotion to the founder gods, but they can't understand advanced species being worshipped as gods? 

>The writers are showing little understanding of trek in the 2800.

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They believe in gods, just not ones that can twist time and space.


One thing I'm not liking is the overuse of emotes in cutscenes, and the occasional bug that makes the room empty while people are talking.


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Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 19 2012, 10:15 pm

As if the dominion has no record of such temporal anomolies!?!


And yes, that vogue-like hand gesture has been used far too much.


Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 25 2012, 11:06 pm

Not impressed with episode 3: Operation Gamma.


I like using the shuttle, but now I will have to spend a long time resetting my toolbar for my starship. And the reason for using the shuttle was stupid. I'm supposed to sneak to DS9, disable the sensors and enter the wormhole undetected. Sooo, no one in ops realized the sensors were down due to phaser fire, not a loss of power or something. Also, the worker bees and fighters they sent after me didn't report being fired upon and destroyed by a shuttle? It made no sense.


And why am I going to the gamma quadrant to contact the Dominion when Starfleet has the Founder who signed the peace treaty in custody? They could have simply sent her to DS9 like they are doing next week.


So although the gameplay was interesting and fun, the writing was just awful. Why can't we get fun and new gameplay AND story telling that makes sense?


Big fail this week. BTW, those stupid little knats were much faster work when your shuttle has a turret. That ferengi also had it coming to her.


Mitchz95

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Report this Feb. 26 2012, 10:14 am

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 25 2012, 11:06 pm

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>Not impressed with episode 3: Operation Gamma.

>I like using the shuttle, but now I will have to spend a long time resetting my toolbar for my starship. And the reason for using the shuttle was stupid. I'm supposed to sneak to DS9, disable the sensors and enter the wormhole undetected. Sooo, no one in ops realized the sensors were down due to phaser fire, not a loss of power or something. Also, the worker bees and fighters they sent after me didn't report being fired upon and destroyed by a shuttle? It made no sense.

>And why am I going to the gamma quadrant to contact the Dominion when Starfleet has the Founder who signed the peace treaty in custody? They could have simply sent her to DS9 like they are doing next week.

>So although the gameplay was interesting and fun, the writing was just awful. Why can't we get fun and new gameplay AND story telling that makes sense?

>Big fail this week. BTW, those stupid little knats were much faster work when your shuttle has a turret. That ferengi also had it coming to her.

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OG is actually my favorite one so far. I guess there were a few plot holes (okay, a bunch) but it was still good.


The swarmers were pretty tough, though. If I didn't have Torpedo Spread and a turret, I would have died for sure.


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Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 26 2012, 12:01 pm

I did it the first time with an array and decided I was better off with less DPS and more targetting area. The swarmers are easy, just hard to hit. I actually hope we see more of them. Too bad we couldn't eject warp plasma.


Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 26 2012, 2:11 pm

Another couple of small things that bothered me:


The ferengi wants you to go salvaging in the "planetoid", however you go a series of asteroids, NOT a planetoid.


The tunnels where the ferengi is hiding are slightly bigger than your small craft but the Ferengi Maurader flies in and out.  That ship is as big as a galaxy class ship.  How did it get in there!?!


Of course the scaling in the game often annoys me.  I wish they would overhaul DS9 itself to make it look better and more properly scaled.

OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Feb. 27 2012, 5:55 am

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 26 2012, 2:11 pm

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>Another couple of small things that bothered me:

>The ferengi wants you to go salvaging in the "planetoid", however you go a series of asteroids, NOT a planetoid.

>The tunnels where the ferengi is hiding are slightly bigger than your small craft but the Ferengi Maurader flies in and out.  That ship is as big as a galaxy class ship.  How did it get in there!?!

>Of course the scaling in the game often annoys me.  I wish they would overhaul DS9 itself to make it look better and more properly scaled.

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I noticed the scaling at DS9 too my Soverign ship looked about as big as the Defiant when I was right next to it.


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