Posted: May 29
As a Founder, with a lifetime account I will admit up front my opinion may contain a small amount of bias. Since I have not had to pay for the game, following Beta, I have had the fortune of enjoying it off and on at leisure. STO, has evolved since the beginning, with a whole new research and development system, additional episodes with a magnificent ton of canon content, STO allows players to experience up close, old favorite worlds, species we've grown up with for decades, and new, powerful enemies of ancient Trek lore, back to cause destruction. The graphics are mid-level, but the game makes up for those shortcomings by allowing players to fully customize their ships, officers, characters, and more.
One evil little caveat, this game is notorious, and I do literally mean Notorious for it's legion of micro-transactional content. I do not agree with the level the current owners of ESO take micro-transactions. I believe that paying out of pocket for the chance to wear Star Trek: The Motion Picture costumes, is a little overboard. This is just one example, there are hundreds more. Each has to be bought separately with coins from the in-game store. Coin's can be purchased with real money. As a huge fan of Trek, up until about 2 years ago I had purchased everything the in-game store allowed, and the sheer volume of new content available by micro-transaction was so high, I didn't have the hundreds or even thousands of dollars necessary to keep up with it. Sadly, there is a lot of content, including actual pay to win ships, consoles, etc. which may be out of the casual gamers reach. If one can overlook this glaring and elephant in the room sized flaw the game has, the game can be fun. The episodes are like playing an interactive star trek series. It has a lot of room for growth and potential. I would recommend giving it a try if you haven't already.