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Offline Mr. Wizard

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Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:06:56 am »

I like Star Trek Online.

I like it despite all of its numerous flaws and foibles.
I like it despite its developer demonstratively not having any clue as to what makes games compelling.
I like it partly because it is set in space and has spaceships.
I have a heavy bias which makes me like most things set in space regardless of actual quality.
I like it because it (seemingly accidentally) treats the player with some level of respect.
Finally, I like it because dirk0707 works for the company that now owns Cryptic Studios
and dirk0707 is my favorite forum member <3

So I want to invite other forum-mites to join me in Star Trek Online.
Now I know it is Free To Play, and I don't expect anyone to join in unless I can justify it, with science.
So here it goes:

ANALYSIS OF STAR TREK ONLINE
The Good
Positive Aspects
  • In addition to your captain, you get a cadre of Bridge Officers, that man your battle stations and
    escort you in ground combat missions. They each are fully customizable, from their outfits and
    appearance to the set of skills they carry, 4 ground skills and 4 space skills.
  • You will gain ships for free as a matter of leveling. A max level captain will end up with 5 ships,
    out of a selection of 13. There is a definite power difference between ships, but the ships present
    at each tier make sense. You wouldn't expect a humble Nova Class to be equal to a Galaxy Class
  • Ships can be customized into one of three styles, and pieces of the ship can be switched
    between the styles. You can use the saucer from Style 1, the Nacelles from Style 2, and the hull
    from Style 3 if you want.
  • Any Captain can use any ship,, but captains in ships that favor their background will be able to
    use their abilities to its fullest.
  • The space combat is fast paced, with lots of interesting abilities. You can vent a cloud of plasma,
    unleash a pack of torpedoes, or create a mini blackhole!
  • Space Combat allows you to manage directional shields and power levels. Selecting a facing
    redirects all shield power to regenerate it, selecting a power level sets a percentage
    of maximum possible effectiveness
  • SPace combat is visually fun, with bright lasers lighting up your ships, shields lighting up as they
    get hit, and explosions scaling to the size of the vessel that created them.
  • Space combat:Positioning matters, but isn't too important. A ship shield facing may fall due to
    damage or sabotage, but the other 3 facings will be alive and well. It is advisable to keep moving
    and turn your ship often, else enemies will get hits dealing 100% damage straight to the hull.
  • Ground combat gives you 4 officers to play around with, each bringing their own customizable
    skills.
  • Ground combat also has a wider variety of equipment than you may expect, given the setting.
    You have access to borg-like personal shields, energy miniguns, rifles, pistols, and shotgun-like
    weapons, and stylized armor.
  • Ground Combat: Captains can also equip kits, which provide them with the same sorts of skills
    Bridge Officers have
  • Free accounts will end with a maximum of 6 bridge officer slots, which is hardly a drawback at
    all. It means that you will need to be careful about picking officers and ships, but once you're at
    max level and have all 6 officers, they can be retrained in any ability.
The Bad
Negative Aspects
  • It is content poor. It has plenty of excuses to start fights, but it rarely takes you to interesting
    places or feature interesting stories. It has lots of art assets for places, but you will often see the
    set pieces reused and the same enemy confrontations replay. It will never need me other than
    to press big clearly marked buttons. It is a game with nothing to say and little to show.
  • There is no place to go. Sure, it may have hundreds of planets listed in a map, but they can
    only be explored in a mission. Most of them are the same "Alien Planet" copy and pasted.
  • What content there is is geared toward single players. I am alright with this, but it is an MMO,
    and playing with friends should be easy. It isnt, you will find lots of irritating UI and design
    choices that actively make it harder and less rewarding to play together. Not impossible, just
    irritating.
  • Tactical background Captains are boring. Most of their abilities are slight variations of "X% more
    Damage" If you join me, I recommend picking an Engineering or Science background. It isn't that
    they are mechanically better, but they are much more fun and enjoyable.
  • Traveling to mission areas is tedious. You must fly there the same way you fly during combat,
    just at a compressed scale. This means there are large chunks of the game where you are staring
    at your ship flying in a perfectly straight line toward your intended destination. You can't simply
    walk around your bridge, or otherwise be elsewhere. The only thing you can do is check duty
    officer assignments, a system that is a trading card game crossed with a facebook game.
The Ugly
Stupid Aspects
  • If you like PvP, it is very much pay to win. Players can purchase new ships with access to more
    battlestations in more configurations. These ships also tend to have "consoles" that give access to
    powerful and unique abilities.I should also fairly point out that the game allows you to mine
    dilithium, which can be used to purchase store credits on the public exchange and can allow you
    to eventually purchase anything in the store. Eventually. The cheapest item in the store,
    unlocking the NX Serial designation, costs 80 credits, which amounts to 15000 to 20000
    dilithium. You can earn at maximum 8000 dilithium a day. Ships cost thousands of credits.
  • The Mass Effect style armor is bad and Cryptic should feel bad. They realized that nobody liked it
    and introduced an option to disable visuals, but man, who thought it was a good idea in the first
    place?
  • It seems to me that Cryptic accidentally made Free To Play to barely have an impact on
    gameplay. With their last game, Champions Online, they gutted the entire game system so that
    free players were practically playing an entirely different game than subscribers. Not to mention
    that they are currently gutting the Champs Character editor, AFTER the game was already free
    to play. So I have no guarantee that the gameplay wont be limited in the future.
  • The editor allows players to edit everything about their character, from uniform to face to race.
    While a nice feature,It makes everything in Starfleet look terrible.
  • The Klingon faction has LESS content and exists primarily as a method to have structured war.
    However, structured war was never implemented, and all we get is a set of missions where
    players can fight each other.
  • The games content totally ignores the setting. It is a space game with a Star Trek theme.
And there you go, 12 positives and 11 negatives/stupids. Now, I wont argue that many of those negatives can outweigh any of the positives I listed above. However, I can only say that I have had fun while playing the game despite the loud criticisms my own experiences found.

If you want to give it a tray and join me playing it, you can pick it up and play for free from their official website or through downloading it through steam. I recommend either an Engineering or Sciences background for your captain. I am known as Mr_Wizard in game.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2012, 05:02:51 am by Mr. Wizard »



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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 07:51:18 am »
I only played it for like, a day back in Beta or whatever. My ship was called Snicklefritz :)

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 03:00:14 am »
I've been having a decent amount of fun playing this.
Even if you don't feel like playing, just logging in for a few minutes and giving your Duty Officers some new assignments is fun, and it gives you dilithium and experience too, along with the occasional item from certain assignments.

As long as you don't go into this game expecting the same Star Trek as from the TV shows, you can expect a decent game.
The combat and general ship controls feel too light. Currently I'm flying in a Voyager-like ship, and it handles like I'm flying a shuttle or something. Only the Cruisers feel properly heavy and sluggish, but that just makes it kind of annoying when all the other ships can turn fast.
Then again, if combat was slower, you'd quickly get annoyed too since you have to do it so often.

And I agree that just the fact that it's in space gets the game extra points :P
« Last Edit: March 23, 2012, 03:03:08 am by Didero »

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2012, 10:24:24 am »
I need to post here because i freaking play it!

Anyway i find this a fun MMORPG oddly enough even if it does have a lot of flaws. Its typical WoW type era heavy instanced MMORPG that i really hate on principle. But i guess it had a certain charm to it.
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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2012, 11:50:48 am »
I forgot to post a picture of my captain!
Here he is, looking busy saving the galaxy:


He's a Saurian officer, and he just made Admiral. I haven't seen many other Saurians around, so he's probably not the most optimal species :P

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2012, 11:57:49 am »
They are fine mechanically. They are just missing something.

That something is boobs.

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2012, 01:50:41 pm »
This looks fairly interesting, I might join it later.
OK, both of you die and let us know what happens.

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2012, 04:25:26 pm »
Saurian?


Those... evolved dinosaurs from that one episode of Voyager?  :(
Sam is basically right, he's just cranky.

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 06:07:19 pm »
A saurian is the sitting president of the United Federation of Planets during the time of the game.


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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2012, 03:47:21 am »
I mainly picked that race because I liked the description. And I guess the stats too.
Though I've forgotten both :P

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2012, 10:25:06 am »
Ok I'm level 22 now.

It's starting to get less boring.

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2012, 11:33:20 am »
A saurian is the sitting president of the United Federation of Planets during the time of the game.


DERP
Probably not a Goat, either.


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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2012, 01:36:46 am »
Stop making fun of my granddad, you guys!



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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012, 05:39:46 pm »
10 gig install.. still haven't pulled the trigger to try it yet.

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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2012, 02:03:18 am »
If it helps, the game is 'only' 8.86 GB on my computer.
Then again, I don't have the Steam version, but the standalone one. It shouldn't make much of a difference though.

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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2012, 08:25:35 am »
I installed it. Just haven't launched it yet, that is what I meant.

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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2013, 10:22:23 pm »
A bit of Necromancy is needed! After all there is a new bit update on the way. Pretty much a bit expiation. Content wise this is a lot larger then what going Free to play ever was. So what is it?

Romuluans! Romulans are on the way and it all looks pretty good based on what I have seen on Tribble the test server. If anyone got questions about it just ask and I will try to answer them.
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2013, 01:38:25 am »
So the new Update has hit, and this is by far my favorite part of it.


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Re: Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2013, 02:03:59 pm »
Oh hey, that's cool. I have to redownload this sometime.

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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2013, 07:13:53 am »
Oh summer event is going. Not that awesome however. But whatever.
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