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- Design your captain and crew from set races or create new ones: choose science, tactical, medical officers and more, then customize each with hundreds of skills and unique equiped weapons, equipment and armor.
- The first Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) set in the Star Trek universe, and the first AAA MMO ever to feature ground and space combat at launch.
- Command a Klingon or Federation ship across a limitless galaxy, where you will discover, explore and develop your crew in an endless range of encounters. Randomly generated quadrants give players unlimited opportunities.
- Uphold the Prime Directive, or toss it aside as you comb space for bizarre planets and alien species, battling aliens as you go or using diplomacy.
- Customize the look of your ship using over 50 unique ship models, and do the same to your equipment to create the craft and equipment of your dreams.
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When starting out I was presented with the same basic "create your character" sequence that is common with most MMOs. A somewhat unique feature is to be able to give yourself specific traits. Character customization is good and keeps everybody looking different. You also get to pick whether you want to be part of the Federation or Klingon Empire (each comprises several different races). In this part of the game you also select what you want your ship to look like. You can do a reasonable amount of customization to your ship which keeps things looking a little unique between everybody. The intro/tutorial does a decent job of walking you through the basics of the interface and interaction with the world.
After everything is set up you start out by doing missions for different people. After you get your missions, you leave the space dock and "fly off" to your mission location. What I found quickly is that the missions consist of two types. Type one is essentially "go to this location and kill the bad guys". Type two is "go to this location, beam to the surface, and kill the bad guys".
As you kill more bad guys and complete your missions, you gain experience to improve your abilities (most of which help you to kill bad guys faster). After you gain enough experience you gain a new rank (go from Lt. to Lt. Cmdr.). Each rank contains 10 grades. So the total number of "levels" you can obtain is 50 I believe. After gaining rank you can buy better ships... so that you can more easily kill the bad guys.
One feature is the ability to scan and collect resources.Read more ›
I had the opportunity to play in Open Beta, through the Head Start, and now I'm about a week into release. So, I've been playing this game fairly consistently for close to a month. I play games a lot, and I have played nothing but this game since beta, and I think I've got a pretty good handle on most of what it offers, so I feel like I have more than enough information to write an informed review.
I bet if you were to ask any Trek fan who had never heard of this game (hypothetically) what a Star Trek MMO would be like, you would get a huge amount of great, creative, fun ideas for a truly massive game that encompasses the vast and noble feeling of Star Trek.
The one thing a Trek fan would NOT tell you is that they would expect ANYTHING like what this game is.
What Cryptic has done here is taken all the 40+ years of lore, all the potential for a massive and engaging game, all the many varied aspects of Star Trek, and they distilled it to a very, very simplistic space shooter that feels about as massive as a shoebox.
All that talk of diplomacy from the TV series? Forget it. This is Trek for the ADD crowd. It's all phasers and photon torpedoes. It's all out war all the time, and you won't stop until every ship in every system is reduced to a pile of floating debris.
Exploring the galaxy? Seeking out new worlds and new civilizations? Hardly.Read more ›
Now throw all that away, because instead we got a tired MMO.
There is no real RPG here for fans of classic RPGs. The dialogue is bland and perfunctory, without choice or consequence in any serious measure. The enemies are all normal Star Trek enemies, and basically reskins of each other. The exploration is limited to pressing a button on a shiny object and getting some useless mineral reward. If you imagine a game like Mass Effect, Dragon Age or Fallout with the Star Trek license you will be severely disappointed, because you end up with a bland and stale traditional MMO with no feeling of story, exploration or discovery what-so-ever. I think we all pretty much knew this would happen when this was announced as a Cryptic MMO instead of a single-player RPG, but it is still disappointing to see.
Space combat is probably the saving grace here... very fun, and though insanely repetitive it never really grows old much. Ground combat is fun but extremely buggy the last time I played, just not a polished experience at all. Even if combat was awesome across the board though, you still need a reason to fight, and STO gives you nothing... no story, no innovative missions, NOTHING.
Unless you love Guild Wars style MMO missions, avoid at all costs, despite the license. I wish I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Space combat was lacking. 2d combat in 3d environment. Repetitive.
Ground combat was weak.
Had to manually map controls for every profile/save game to use xbox... Read more
This game is not playable on windows 8.1 and has a fatal error while trying to play and I will not sacrifice the security of my computer to play this game.Published 2 months ago by borg
It's great for that feeling of commanding your own starship, and that's about it. If you like role playing your characters or building of the story with what's in your head, you... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's good and my ship will blow up your ship! One week of allwowance monkey an I'm klingon wariror and will blow you up honeorless topaz! Oh yeah and it underpeice.Published 11 months ago by MegaVak
HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. After the update to DR, it crashes all the time. There is no way to close the game. Starting the game requires reinstalling & repatching.Published 16 months ago by bigblue
For starters, you can download this for free now. This game has come a long way since it's release. It's a fantastic game if you want occasional away missions mixed with epic space... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Aaron Graves