June 25, 2012
Where No One Has Gone Before… Back to STO
Rallying words indeed and with Destination Star Trek London coming up in October 2012, what better way to get into the spirit of Trek than to whip out a pair of Spock ears and delve into some Star Trek Online (STO). Challenge number one was trying to remember the account name and password I registered back in 2009! Unless I have missed something totally obvious I cannot find one link which allows you to retrieve any of this information; if there is a reason for that I would love to hear it. Anyway, after realising it was going to be a rather long drawn out process to retrieve this information, I opted instead for creating a brand new account. Now the game is happy to let me in and is busy patching itself, 41% and counting.
Back in 2009 I was so excited about this game and couldn’t wait to get into it, so I am quite ashamed to say that this will be my first time actually playing it all these years later, better late than never though right. I’m wondering what the game will be like now since back in 2009 when it was released I remember that it took quite a bashing, as quickly as people were joining the STO community they would also be leaving. I think by the time I was ready to get going, all my friends had quit. Since I already had a WOW subscription running I wasn’t sure I wanted to subscribe to a second MMO, especially one with so much negative feedback; I now regret basing my decision on what other people thought of the game and I try not to do that anymore. But in January 2012 STO moved to a free-to-play model and jumping into the game has never been so easy, instead of charging to play or to download the game they use other means to generate revenue, such as charging for certain in-game items from the Cryptic Store (C-Store).
The game is a Cryptic Studios creation and is set in the 25th century and in the Star Trek timeline occurs after Star Trek Nemesis and I’m expecting numerous nods to famous Star Trek storylines and characters from the TV series. It follows the general pattern for MMOs including: player customisation; character advancement; crafting; player rewards and grouping – both into fleets, the same as guilds in WOW, or as usual, grouping with other players within the game to achieve goals or perform Fleet Actions (Raids). You can choose to play as either the Federation or the Klingon Empire, and there are certain races attached to each of these factions.
Over the past three years the game has been updated 6 times, into what are termed Seasons. I’ve included some of the highlights below, you can find more information on the <a href=”http://sto.perfectworld.com/”>Star Trek Online</a> website.
- Season 1: Common Ground (Skills and PVP Updates, New Missions and Ships…)
- Season 2: Ancient Enemies (Level-Cap Increase, New Klingon Episodes…)
- Season 3: Genesis (Episode Replay, Sector Space Revamp…)
- Season 4: Crossfire (Shooter Mode, Klingon Updates…)
- Season 5: Call to Arms (37 Skills, Mission and Economy…)
- Season 6: Under Siege (Fleet Advancement System, New Max-Level Content…)
With all these seasons added STO should be a totally different game to the one which was released in 2009. I would be really interested to hear from other gamers who have played STO, or are still playing STO, but right now the only thing to do now is wait for the patch to finish and then decide which race I’m going to play – the important part, obviously.