Star Trek Online Review (PC Online)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Mar 01, 2010 11:01

The Star Trek universe recently expanded with a new film that reset the original story and gives a whole new generation a chance to appreciate it. Now it’s going another place where people have gone before and exploring strange somewhat familiar places, seeking out...well, fun we hope.

But is it really? There are a lot of things I think are missing from the game. For example when you start, you can only be a member of Starfleet. Plus, you don’t even go through any type of training. I guess they thought that actually going to Starfleet Academy would have been boring and so you are, instead, thrust straight into the game’s story all willy nilly.

Borg are attacking, you’re just a cadet but somehow all the officers on the ship are targeted by the Borg and suddenly you’re in charge (how’s that for an extremely forced storyline?). On top of that, the Klingons are actively invading Federation space, oh and the Romulans, they’ve got all sorts of problems after their planets were destroyed. But still, they want to fight the Federation as well. It’s amazing that the Federation lasts as long as it does isn’t it? I hear the Dominion might be coming as can hope.

Now on to the game. It’s Sunday and I was going to hop in and do some missions to get some material for the review and, the servers are down. Reading through the forums one finds that they have problems with load balancing at times, logins and now it seems server stability. Not exactly the type of launch we’ve come to expect from Cryptic. This was two weeks prior to publishing and things seem more stable.

Problems abound in the game as enemy ships can shoot through asteroids and even through other enemy ships (Borg spheres shooting through Borg Cubes). Unfortunately, you cannot also do that. It doesn’t happen all the time, maybe just with smaller asteroids. But it does happen a lot. Then again, I took on six enemies with my basic Bird of Prey and blasted them all to oblivion. So obviously I either have a perfectly set up ship, or there are some game balancing issues. They are also facing ’tens of thousands’ of bug reports at present and are simply swamped. So, many issues will be a long time in the fixing. But with a massive game and massive amounts of players, bugs are certainly to be expected. Of course, downtime on a weekend, that’s just inexcusable.

The graphics are nice, but they don’t compare to that other massive online space game and seem almost shoddy in comparison. You have a fantastic range of customization for your character and ship. I made my own alien for Starfleet and then a Borg-liberated Klingon. You can give certain body features more prominence than others. I made my Melfica (that’s the alien race I made) have longer than average arms and longer than average fingers. I based the idea on the standard ’gray’ aliens and then mixed in some Peter Lorre. So he’s sort of creepy looking to say the least. The Klingon I based on two ideas power and fear. So she’s about 2.2 meters tall (7.2 Feet) and big in a very physically fit way. Since she survived assimilation and liberation she’s got the infected looking skin and still sports a Borg implant.

The sounds are, well, Star Trek. All of the sounds are authentic from the phasers and photon torpedoes down to the transporter and computer voice. It’s all there exactly as it should be. I just wish they had Robert Picardo as an emergency medical hologram. That would have been perfect.

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Our Rating for Star Trek Online Review (PC Online)
8.0 Replay
It’s repetitive at times but it’s far better than just going to kill hordes of cute little bunnies to level up. In fact, I rarely think about leveling up while playing.
7.5 Graphics
Far inferior to some other online space games but better than some other premium MMOs.
9.5 Sound
Perfect! I could close my eyes and imagine I’m watching the show, or living it...well maybe.
7.5 Gameplay
It’s not bad, but it could be far better. You’re extremely limited in what you can be and do right now. Hopefully, over time, that will change. Crafting is just plain BAD.
8.5 Multiplayer/Online Content
The main problem is that people rarely work together like they should. But you have the option to play alone, co-op with others and even player-vs-player.
8.5 Overall
A good start, hopefully it will continue to expand and improve and become a richer Star Trek Universe and experience, one in which we have more than two options of what to be and do.

Rating: 2.5, votes: 4

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