Star Trek Online Impressions Wrapup

So the almighty DNA, er, NDA has dropped its pants, and bloggers everywhere are evaluating its full moon.  So check ‘em out!

  • Don’t Fear the Mutant – “They have some good stuff in there.  No, make that great stuff.”
  • Ten Ton Hammer – “Is the game perfect? No. Is the game fun? Absolutely.”
  • West Karana (one, two, three, four)
  • Dragonchasers – “When I played the Star Trek Online beta, I came away disappointed.”
  • Juxtaposed Life – “It is a game that I really wish I was more excited about, but my time in it was not nearly as positive as some other people’s.”
  • MMORPG.com – “The bottom line here is that if you’re a Trek fan, and you’re going into Star Trek Online expecting it to be just like your favourite show, you’re going to be disappointed.”
  • A Ding World – “I think it is a nice game, but still in its infancy so to speak.”
  • Tobold – “The biggest disappointment for Star Trek fans is that STO reduces the drama, dialogue and interaction of characters of the series to combat.”
  • Eurogamer – “You’re confronted with a game that’s being assembled, almost before your eyes, out of multiple discrete parts – like a flat-pack MMO.”
  • Common  Sense Gamer – “If you are a Star Trek fan, then there is a very high possibility that you will love this game. Seriously.”
  • Casual is as Casual Does – “We give the title a solid two thumbs up.”
  • No Prisoners, No Mercy – “So far, however, we like what we see.”
  • Potshot – “There is a distinctly Trek-like feel to the whole thing and though it has warts, I’m going to stick with it to see what it becomes for a while.”
  • Cedarstreet – “But… that’s pretty much STO, summed up. You fly around, shooting stuff, then beam down, and shoot stuff. How much shooting can one game contain?”
  • Blue Kae – “I am happy with what I’ve experienced so far in closed and open beta.”
  • Angry Gamer – “Well…meh. The game is ok but it is nothing to stop your current MMO over.”
  • Bootae – “Like Champions Online it’s a game that looks interesting short term, but I’m not convinced about it long term.”

As for me and mine, I’m not going to be spending any more time in the beta this month — the game looks sufficiently interesting for purchase, and it’ll have one month after that point to convince me it’s worth the sub.  One thing that’s really working in Cryptic’s favor is that STO is coming out in a relatively dead time of year.  Apart from Global Agenda (a title that’s really not in the same category), STO has the stage all to itself, and there isn’t anything this big on the immediate horizon, so it also has a bit of time to grow.

P.S. – Angry Gamer put this post up about how easy it is to exploit others in STO right now.  Scary!

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13 thoughts on “Star Trek Online Impressions Wrapup

  1. They had better fix that I swear to GOD or I will shove a phaser up…. well never mind. Just fix it Cryptic! By the way I need some really awesome Fallen Earth sites :) Other than your blog..

  2. Even if they don’t fix that issue, I can see the server population flagging and avoiding those players pretty quickly. You can’t change you account handle (that I’m aware of) and there’s no other servers to transfer to.

  3. There are far too many bloggers who seem to dislike the game because they have burr up their butt about anything with the name Cryptic on it. I am a Star Trek fan from way back (since the original series) and if there is one thing that this game is it IS THE STAR TREK EXPERIENCE. In fact I found it to be just like stepping into an episode of Star Trek.

    Thanks for the mention on your web site. It is much appreciated.

    Julie

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  6. “The biggest disappointment for Star Trek fans is that STO reduces the drama, dialogue and interaction of characters of the series to combat.”

    This is my biggest worry. I really hope they are not sacrificing the Star Trek world for combat. Star Trek has such an amazing universe history/lore, that it would be an ABSOLUTE shame if they ignore it. This game could really have a living, breathing world, I hope it reaches my expectations.

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  9. “Apart from Global Agenda (a title that’s really not in the same category), STO has the stage all to itself, and there isn’t anything this big on the immediate horizon, so it also has a bit of time to grow.”

    Hey Everquest 2’s Sentinel’s Fate expansion is launching, although that is a different genre too I guess.

    I’m keen to know what STO is like, so far most of the games have felt 1 dimensional (the best was the 25th anniversary edition on the Amiga I reckon), and Star Trek is too complex a world to do in anything short of a good MMO.

    Yet this seems to sound like they’ve developed a space shooter.

  10. “The biggest disappointment for Star Trek fans is that STO reduces the drama, dialogue and interaction of characters of the series to combat.”

    This is my biggest worry. I really hope they are not sacrificing the Star Trek world for combat. Star Trek has such an amazing universe history/lore, that it would be an ABSOLUTE shame if they ignore it. This game could really have a living, breathing world, I hope it reaches my expectations”

    My question is how would this be accomplished? By some “choose your own adventure” dialog? By typing in your own text and hope you have enough of the key words the game is looking for to get a reaction?

    I’m down for some more of the cerebral type of Trek adventures, but what are the suggestions as to how to impliment this type of game play.

    IMO the ground combat is getting better and space combat is fun, after grinding WoW for the past few years this game is a nice change of pace…now if I could just play for more than 30 min at a time before a server crash I might really have some fun and suggestions.

    I also liked Enterprise, especially the Mirrior episode, I loved Scott Bakkula trying to act like an angry badass, he was almost Shatnerian in his performance lol

  11. I Have ahard time just connecting to the server, as there is only one! Which to me, is freakin’ outrageous, I couldn’t believe my eyes!
    Didn’t Cryptic and Atari have enough educated producers with experience enough to realize the traffic this title would potentially produce?
    There hasn’t been a decent Star Trek game for The PC put out to date! Which is also hard to understand!
    Star Trek is the Hope Diamond of the PC game world in terms of subject matter and successfully produced material.

  12. I am a hard core PC gamer, and an ardent fan of not only Star Trek , but of all Sci-Fi in general. So having put my money down and considering what Cryptic and Atari have riding on this mmorpg , I am reassured that it is in the best interest of both the gaming community and their future success in the industry to fix this new product they have created and placed out here in the arena of consumer opinion. Yes people , we are PC gamers but we also fund these corporations that make the games we love to play, it is a synergistic relationship, So they better get cracking and fix this thing until it hums the Star Trek theme like it means it!

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