Star Trek Online PC

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  • Summary: In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe will appear for the first time on a truly massive scale. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or, they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand theIn Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe will appear for the first time on a truly massive scale. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or, they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems, and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star. Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries. [Atari] Expand
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  • Developer: Cryptic Studios
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. 85
    It is one of the worthier options among the titles which try to compete with WoW, and the one that has convinced us the most to date.
  2. Two months after its release Star Trek Online is still missing content, especially at the high level range and on the Klingon side of the game. The good point is that Cryptic is steadily releasing updates. But despite that the game is still a game more for casual mmo gamers than core gamers.
  3. On the whole, STO is very promising; it needs a little more clean-up and content, but the fundamentals of the gameplay are very strong, and the options available during character creation make for an experience with a lot of potential depth.
  4. 68
    A smattering of memorable moments in 50+ hours of game time simply isn’t good enough for me to be able to recommend Star Trek Online to MMO fans. It’s quite a gorgeous game, but that novelty evaporates, and what’s left is repetitive, and simple in all the wrong parts.
  5. 65
    On occasion, Star Trek Online comes together and provides an epic and fun experience. However, these moments are hidden deep inside the repetitive and boring gameplay.
  6. games(TM)
    60
    It's almost "ha-ha" buggy in the same way that Fallout 3 was, but at times can cause a great deal of grief. [Issue#93, p.108]
  7. AceGamez
    40
    Star Trek Online can be considered an impressive piece of fan service but, as a game, is a disappointingly unimaginative and shallow example of the MMO genre with severely flawed, poorly thought out mechanics that do little to draw players away from the powerful embrace of WoW.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 221
  2. Negative: 83 out of 221
  1. AllanT
    Feb 11, 2010
    10
    The game is awesome...space combat is extremely well done and fun...ground combat takes some getting used to. All the negatives you read The game is awesome...space combat is extremely well done and fun...ground combat takes some getting used to. All the negatives you read about this game are either the learning curve was to much for that reviewer or is an issue that im sure will be worked out over time. People need to realize that MMO's of this size need some time to work out the issues. Warning this is not a button masher kids game and does take some intelligence to master! THANK GOD! Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2017
    10
    I have read many reviews that say this mmo falls short. These are completely false; do not be misguided. As a gamer who has played WoW andI have read many reviews that say this mmo falls short. These are completely false; do not be misguided. As a gamer who has played WoW and League, I was led to believe that this game was horrible since the space battles are auto-targeting and the skill cap is super low. Being a trekkie, I played anyways. I quickly learned that this game is absolutely fantastic. Yes, space battles are auto targeting. However, there are so many aspects to the combat, including the fact that you are fighting in a 3d space, not 2d like WoW, you need to position your ship to attack the weakened side of a ship, whilst protecting your weak shields, and all the weapons have a specific firing arc, meaning you need to bring your guns to bear.

    Regarding the skill cap, it took me two years of competitive playing to get to level 60, not because the game forces you to farm, but because of the immense amount of in-game content. And, once I finally reached level 60, I thought I was done. Little did I know that in PvE and PvP level 60 players are pooled together. So, I went from dominating in PvP to getting my ass whooped when I went from level 59 to level 60. I have been playing the game now for SEVEN years, and I still am ways away from reaching end game level, nevermind being competitive.

    The biggest thing, however, is versatility. If you think you've made a 'build' in a game, you don't know what a build is until you've played STO. First, you need to fill out your traits, of which there are about 40 to choose from. Then, you move on to your skills tree (yes, it's a completely separate thing from traits). Ok, done right? Now you do that again a minimum of EIGHT times since you customize skills and traits for each bridge officer. Then, you pick up to 70 duty officers, each having their own set of skills. After that, you pick out of the 80+ ships in the game, each having an entirely different style, with differing health, speed, turning radius, shield modifier, warp core type, and size. You then hand pick each of the minimum eight weapons you put on that ship. Each weapon can be either a beam, dual beam, cannon, dual cannon, heavy cannon, dual heavy cannon, turret, or omnidirectional beam. Each of those weapon types comes in over 20 different energy types. All of this, of course, doesn't count torpedoes, mines, and missiles. Each weapon can be from the mark I to XIV, will be built for DmG, Pen, Crit D, Crit Chance, Acc, Rad (radiation), and each of these can be paired, and stacked up to 4 times. This means you have literally 7x20x4x14x6!= 5 644 800 specific weapons to choose from, not counting stacking. Yeah.

    THEN, you hand-pick for your ship out of 200+ shields, out of 300+ warp engines, out of 700+ deflector arrays, 500+ impulse engines, and, out of over 1000 consoles that boost and buff your ship in different ways.

    All of this is for ONE faction, of which there are three to choose from. I won't even get into reputation, modifying weapons, researching new weapons, upgrading ships, retrofits, refits, enhancements, or fleet variants.

    Finally, perhaps the most important thing is that this game has character, and it's ridiculously fun. Devs are always releasing new missions; problems are patched and fixed very quickly. All the equipment, characters, star systems, and races are straight from the tv shows, with some new and exciting additions. Honestly, I think STO's story should be the next tv series; it would bring Star Trek back. As for the game, join, or don't. There's already a lot of great players, but if you do join, you will surely not be disappointed. (Btw this is my honest review I'm not endorsed by STO it's just honestly that good)
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  3. Feb 25, 2015
    9
    This game, as of 2015, is very robust in content and delivery. It was important to preface my review with this, because at launch, it wasThis game, as of 2015, is very robust in content and delivery. It was important to preface my review with this, because at launch, it was bereft of content that most MMO's would consider a basic requirement (endgame content, for one thing). Now, this game if fully fleshed out, especially considering it is a F2P game. The space combat is highly engaging, reminiscent of Insurrection and Nemesis. On the ground, you don't feel like a vulnerable away team just waiting to get blasted (and the in-game lore does a decent job explaining why). The opening story and following episodes are very entertaining, but at times repetitive in their objectives. The secondary features of the game may intimidate new players at first, but are well worth getting into. Some people may be put off by the amount of currency required to buy some of the truly top of the line ships, but it is possible to play this game, fully featured, without ever spending a nickel of real money. That approach can be a little grindy, so if you can afford to put US$10-20 towards some ZEN (game store currency), you may appreciate the later stages of the game a bit more. Expand
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    7
    I have played this game since the BETA testing. I originally signed on because I am a huge Star Trek fan so naturally at first I wasI have played this game since the BETA testing. I originally signed on because I am a huge Star Trek fan so naturally at first I was captivated by the lure of the Star Trek universe in an MMO. After playing for a few months this allure wore off and I realized that underneath STO was a flawed game. There was little in-game content outside of the basic missions and the PVP arenas were constantly full, requiring you to wait at least an hour or more just to get into a match.

    I am happy to say that since then, STO has vastly improved. There is a ton of mission content, more upgrades and customizations and crafting content and a lot of interesting side-missions. It is still not perfect, the missions get repetitive (as in all MMO's) and the PVP wait is still a long time. Overall, if you are a fan of Star Trek you will enjoy STO, especially since it is now free-to-play.
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  5. DanielT
    Feb 7, 2010
    5
    Has some good bits such as the large fleet battles but the missions are just too repetitive at the moment and everything feels a bit rushed Has some good bits such as the large fleet battles but the missions are just too repetitive at the moment and everything feels a bit rushed and unfinished to me. Could have done with a few more months in development to make it a more satisfying experience in my opinion. Expand
  6. DaveB
    Feb 11, 2010
    3
    Some really nice visuals, but the game itself is horrible. Every mission falls into 2 catagories - 1) fly a couple of patrols killing ships Some really nice visuals, but the game itself is horrible. Every mission falls into 2 catagories - 1) fly a couple of patrols killing ships at each waypoint (about 90 percent of the time) and 2) going to a planet and playing a very badly designed 1st person shooter (about 10 percent of the time). The space combat is not 3d, and is so mindless you might as well be shooting at a block - the ground combat is so buggy and mindless you just need to turn on autoshoot and walk forward an inch every 40 seconds or so. Stay far away from this one folks, your gaming money is better spent on something worthy. Expand
  7. Nov 10, 2016
    0
    BEWARE! Do not try the PC Version on Windows XP! After 6 Years (!!!) this is STILL THAT buggy, that it destroys your Windows Installation!!!BEWARE! Do not try the PC Version on Windows XP! After 6 Years (!!!) this is STILL THAT buggy, that it destroys your Windows Installation!!! (Corrputs install/uninstall Programs Manager). Problem is solvable, but NOT funny!

    Should be detected as Malware/Crapware by Anti-Virus Software!
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