Originally posted by ctcc42:STO has one of the best F2P buisness models you are likly to encounter. Choosing not to pay will not lock you out of any content or features, or prevent you from obtaining anything. Every perk given to those who pay can be purchased by tradng in game currency. It has its faults. It isnt ballenced, but it also isnt pay to win. -Not every perk, some veteran rewards are only for subbers / lifetimers like a lvl 50 ship token, and the 1k extra dill refine ( every 2 days tho )! and respec tokens! Best to check the matrix overiew on the main site on the differences!!-STO does not reward min/maxing as greatly as many other MMOs if you like to generalize you wont be penalized for doing so. Although cryptic promote the three class types as healer/tank/dps this is only slightly true in ground combat, and in space it isnt true at all.- once again, all 3 classe have there OWN skill tree ( 1 class specific, 2 are shared ), altho u dont need to min/max, there is a diference when flying a science captain in a science ship. Or a Tactical captain in a science ship. - While PVP can seem a little like pay to win when you first try it, it is in fact learn to win or L2W. Knowing which combination of abilities to use with which ships, with which equipment and then knowing how to watch your oponents buffs and utilize your ship makes it stupidly easy to beat inexperianced PVPers.- fair warning tho, depending on your faction, it might take a while before u get in a pvp match!