Uberwatch May 23, 2013 @ 12:28am
So is this MMO worth trying?
I am not a star trek fan. I may have watched a few of the movies, watched a couple of the TV series but I am a huge Sci-Fi fan, especially when it comes to games.

I just need to know if this is fun at all. What's the best part of the game, what's the bad parts. I would like some information. Sure, it's F2P and I can see for myself, but I don't wanna waste download time unless I know what I'm about to play.
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Mandragoren 209 May 23, 2013 @ 12:49am 
Since you say you arn't a Star Trek fan its a little harder (if you were you'd already be playing). Its a fairly good game, the space combat is the best part of the game by far. Working with weapon firing arcs and power levels in addition to the skills your character and your bridge officers get makes it quite a challenge if you play the missions on any level but normal (elite is fun as hell but you WILL die a few times on the way to max level unless you already have top level gear). The foundry (player created missions) also offer some great experiences. Many of them are crafted by fans of the genre and Star Trek itself and show a LOT of work put into many of them.

The downside. The ground combat is in my opinion is far less successful, it is not terrible but its not great either. The gameplay at max level is somewhat static but can be quite fun anyway, you basically end up running the same task forces or missions to gain the most reputation marks/gear. *edit* Atm the servers are being crushed by people wanting to try the new content, so the login time is severe. Thats a pretty big downside but it will likely sort itself out within a week at most.

In my opinion its worth a download, your first playthrough will be very fun, the missions are quite well scripted for the most part and offer some intersting gameplay and storylines. You can get to max level and compete in max level gameplay without spending a dime so that is a plus.

Hope that helps
Szeron May 23, 2013 @ 11:56am 
Ground combat is nothing special - a bit clunky compared to the newer MMOs on the market(it does have some intricate mechanics to it, however - flanking, crouching, expose&expoit, etc.). PVP has a very high skill-ceiling, but not a lot of variety - if that's your thing. Also, crafting is kind of brushed aside into a dark closet at the moment as well(hopefully it will get its due overhaul in the next major update).


The biggest single draw of this game.. is probably the space combat. It is quite fun and has a lot of depth to it.. without drowning you in spreadsheets and graphs like, say, EVE Online. There really isn't anything like it out there on the market and the closest thing.. was probably the old Starfleet Command series and perhaps the tragically short-lived Earth and Beyond.

Beyond that, there's soo much going for the game. You're able to customize not only your character, but also your ships and crew as well - both cosmetically and gameplay-wise. Most of the game scales with your level and party size(or lack thereof), so you're pretty much free to play the game at your own pace(and revisit things later if you want higher level versions of the rewards). The intermediate, 'time-based currency' means you can 'buy' pretty much anything in the game without paying a cent.. if that's really your prerogative. Conversely, it's also a very valuable currency in its own right, so people are willing to trade the premium/real money currency for it(especially for starbase construction). There's even the Foundry system, as mentioned, where other players can create (and do) create content for the game.. ranging from simple 'patrol' missions to engaging storylines on par with episodes from the TV series. Most of the content in the game(outside of perhaps the foundry) is generally centered around 20-30 minute blocks of time, so it's really easy to pick up, play, and make progress.. without requiring you to sit down for hours at a time(although you can still do that without penalty if you like).

Dmanplayer723 May 23, 2013 @ 3:17pm 
If you are willing to download 4.5gig for the game and well over 15gigs worth of patches give it A go.
KadeSmash85 May 23, 2013 @ 3:22pm 
It's free to play you don't have to pay anything. O_o I'd say give it a try for yourself
Gearhart May 24, 2013 @ 12:17am 
Id say its worth a try as mentioned the space combat is i amazing i played all the old star fleet command games and its pretty much that system that they use. Its straight forward enough to not fry your brain as mentioned but has enough depth to it that mastering it is fun and very rewarding.

Ground combat/missions not so much, but at least they tend to mix them in with the space combat portion and they do move the story along.
Silver May 24, 2013 @ 12:18am 
Try it
Kartana May 24, 2013 @ 2:15am 
What I don't understand is: do I have to pay for the new Romulan content (to play the class etc) or is it free?
Erikon May 24, 2013 @ 3:11am 
You will have more entertainment watching the shows i am afraid.
Falaris May 24, 2013 @ 9:56am 
@Kartana: The new romulan content is just as F2P as everything else. The starter packs for it is just that, starter packs with some free ships and such. (And you get free ships every 10 levels anyway).
Uberwatch May 24, 2013 @ 10:52pm 
Hmm. Might download when I get the chance.
AbsynthMinded May 25, 2013 @ 10:57am 
Well given the server instability that was created with this new conteant, unless they expand the servers or arrange for more backbone to handle it, expect stormy seas ahead. I hope the shiny wears off soon to allow for more steady load on the server, but yeah they need to get more capacity for the weekends
smelly tank May 26, 2013 @ 4:06pm 
Back when I was more active in this, the endgame was rather weak. Klingon content was extremely limited (pretty much just stapled on the back end of the Federation content).

It wasn't really worth it compared to other newer MMOGs. STO suffered from the "pay to win" model of "free" MMOGs. The more real currency you spend, the better gear you have. The free ships will carry you, but there's a big difference between the free ships & the "pay to win" versions (more consoles/officer slots, better hull rating, etc)

I felt slighted as a Klingon player over the lack of content... I got my own "pay to win" ships along the way, but it didn't matter because there wasn't that much to do. Maybe it's different now, but I have mixed feelings about getting back into it at the moment.
Wuffles May 26, 2013 @ 6:37pm 
This game has bugs, lots of them. I purchased a life time sub before the game was released. Worst mistake I have ever made. While the gameplay can be fun, the game is hampered by so many bugs and broken areas, it has ruined the experience for me.

I've tried to go back many times, and I am disappointed each and every time.

If you can push past the bugs, great. If not, stay away.
red alurt bettlestetions May 26, 2013 @ 8:30pm 
YES, free to play doesnt affect this game. The restrictions are void. I found myself enjoying it and in a fleet within my first 5 months. Give it a go!
CJM May 26, 2013 @ 8:35pm 
I've been playing since F2P, only got 13 days of game time though. PvP is fun until you reach level 50. Most lower levels are competitive, but Level 50 players often have top tier gear. All purples at the very least, if not gradient gear. The exchange (auction house) is terrible inflated, making it difficult to afford decent gear.

So far I've only run into one serious bug.

A bridge officer sits in the floor, rather than on a chair on the Odyssey bridge.

A random exploration mission resulted in my crew mysteriously vanishing. (Thought it was a clever game mechanic, alas it was just a bug.)

Got stuck on a bush at the end of the Coliseum mission, had to leave the map for 15 minutes, and then restart from half-way.
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