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First thing i want to add is, don't be fooled by my playtime, i actually have more than 5.000h of playtime in this, but steam for some reason refuses to count playtime for me except rarely.
This would be an even more gigantic review if i touched everything that is wrong with the game, but i'll just stick with the issues that were added with the current expansion and are obviously driving people away from the game, and it will still be a long review, so be warned.
This game used to be one the most casual, if not the most casual F2P MMO out there, it was forgiving and extremely fun, all this changed with the "Delta Rising" expansion, which turned the game into a grindfest, padded enemy HP to the point of hilarity and added forced countdowns in almost every new mission or queue in order to force you into taking a certain amount of time to complete stuff, it doesn't matter if you're extremely well geared or not, you'll have sit there and wait, and to boot on "advanced content"(mid-tier content), they made "optionals" non-optional, if you fail them, mission failed, so if you're unlucky and some idiot in your team decides he wants to ruin it for everyone, he can do easily by shooting something he shouldn't or something like that, and this pretty much killed queued content which went from over 300-500 people playing at any time to around 20-30 at most, cryptic explicitly said they would keep advanced content as hard as the old elite(they promised it in fact), but they lied and increased the HP by 500%(later lowered to 400%, after months of complaining), meanwhile the new max gear tier will give you a 60% damage increase.
They also nerfed exp gain across the board, and added "specializations" which in theory are supposed to be optional, but with the new ships(which use said specializations) and the fact they're incredibly good, it means you HAVE to get them, and they also take forever to get, since cryptic did everything in its power to make sure it does take a ridiculously long time(if you try to get them playing normally, you'll be lucky to get a single point in a week, which would take years of playtime to complete it all, and in 8 months they released a completely new one and expanded a previous one, and have clear intentions to release more, let that sink in for a bit).
They also released a new tier of ships completely turning the previous end-game ships, obsolete(we're talking about $25 ships here), now before you say "every RPG releases new stuff that makes old content obsolete" remember this, STO isn't a regular MMO, your ship IS you, your player character only really matters on ground combat which isn't the focus of STO, on space all you get are "captain" abilities and some minor traits(think of them as minor passive buffs), most of your space abilities come from your officers and some consoles which can be equipped in ships. now some will tell you that the new tier doesn't actually makes the previous one obsolete since you can "upgrade" ships of the old final tier(some cryptic herself said), this is a lie for the following reasons(with one single exception):
1 - The new tier still has another extra skill slot for your bridge officers(this is very important), the upgrade on the old ships doesn't give them a new slot.
2 - The new ships have "traits", some of which are hilariously p2w, but the most obvious one is "all hands on deck of the tactical version of the command battlecruisers(across all 3 factions) which to keep things short, allows you basically cut down your captain abilities cooldown by almost 50%, if you're a tactical captain(which are already the best type), you have 3 DAMAGE buffs, 1 targeted resistance debuff and another ability that gives you cooldown reduction on all your tactical abilities right down to their global cooldown(see where this is going?), just to give an example you'll be able to use your main captain ability(attack pattern alpha = +50% damage) every 45 secs , instead of every 1min and 30 seconds(it lasts 30 seconds...). You don't need to actually use the said ship to use the trait, all you need is to buy it, then "level" the ship(which is quite fast if go somewhere where you can destroy many ships).
3 - Every new ship can use one of the specializations(atm there are intelligence(incredibly strong), command and pilot), the old ones can't, and cryptic made it clear they never will be capable of using it, in other words if you're using old ships, you're locked out of new game content, isn't it amazing?
Now for that exception, there is a ship called the scimitar, which is by far the best ship in the game due to the sheer amount of damage you can dish with it(which is kinda fair, since it was OP in the movies too), but make no mistake, cryptic has made it clear they intent on releasing every old iconic ship as a tier 6 version, so you can re-buy everything again(isn't it nice?), so its a matter of time till they re-release the scimitar.
Cryptic also added "crafting" which is basically RNG-based gambling so you can get a weapon with the mods you wish, you also need to use it if you want take your weapon to highest tier, which is VERY costly, even more so if you're trying to get them to increase in rarity(unless you happen to be a bored billionaire from dubai or something, don't try to increase rarity, its stupid).
So to summarize, cryptic took a game with a booming population, which had a very casual, forgiving and fun playstyle, and turned into a boring grindfest, outright lied to the playerbase, and refuse to fix it, even though the population continues to drop as a direct result of said changes. Cryptic has been trying desperately to reverse this by doing everything BUT reversing/improving on what they did, its not working and it will not work, because in the end, the game is still boring.
My recommendation? stay the hell away from this thing, if you insist on playing this trainwreck, be a romulan tactical captain aligned with the klingons, get a scimitar and the 1000 zen nausicaan ship of the klingon side, it will give you the best console in the game, the plasmonic leech, you don't need anything else.
I'll change this review if cryptic fixes those issues... which i seriously doubt will happen.