Conclusion: Being a Cryptic game, STO bears many resemblances to the studio's last game, Champions Online. As such, similar thinking has gone into this title, and if you had issues with those ideas last time, you probably still will. Star Trek: Online may be far from perfect, but it's made a good opening move, and the content yet to come is set to make things even better.
Excerpt: Star Trek Online ( STO ) had a rocky launch. I was one of those people who had paid $5 at Best Buy to Pre-Order Star Trek Online , just so I could get in my three weeks or so at playing the Beta before the official launch. Thankfully I was able to try it first, because when it came time to pony up $50 to buy it I had to pass for a number of reasons. Overall it was a mess when it debuted. It’s been over a year now since the launch.
Pros: Amazingly addictive space combat gameplay, fantastic visuals in space, and authentic Star Trek sounds throughout, scripted missions are good clean fun, loads of starship variety, intuitive interface, hardly any learning curve. Free Weekly Episode missions and Season content updates. Robust PVP and character creation options. Lots of canon material. It very well may be the best Star Trek PC game ever!
Cons: Annoying bugs. Most ground combat/content is bland and uninspiring. The Klingon side is an afterthought and it shows. Lack of end-game PVE content. Not for hardcore MMO enthusiasts.
Summary: While I’ve enjoyed playing Star Trek Online, the ground combat and episodes involving them could use some sprucing up. The game has a half done feeling with these in and using your bridge crew when your friends aren’t on to play with you can be cringe-inducing. The space combat however is handled beautifully and almost makes up for what lacks in the ground combat.
Play as Star Trek character in combat-heavy, open chat MMO.
Common Sense Media
24 July 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Star Trek Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) based on the popular Star Trek franchise. Kids will boldly go where no one has gone before, to explore star systems, examine space anomalies, and fight alien species, with a rather heavy emphasis on the combat. Parents also need to know that this game requires purchasing the software as well as a monthly subscription to play.
Summary: War is afoot, the Borg are back and new menaces slink in the dark reaches of unexplored space. The Final frontier is opening up and a few good captains are all it may take to shift the balance. Welcome aboard Captain.
Excerpt: Championing the old and new, Geometrix combines the carefree spirit of mobile gaming with the repetition, competitiveness and energy consumption of an arcade title. Simple in its delivery, your aim is to manoeuvre your ‘characters’ – in this case, rather rudimentary little squares with classic Thomas the Tank Engine like human features – away from incoming triangles which, upon impact, end the game.
Excerpt: When Cryptic (developers of the excellent superhero massive multiplayer online game, Champions Online ) released Star Trek Online earlier this month we drew a sharp breath. A game that promises full space/ground combat, player versus player (PVP) combat and a metric tonne of customisation options…these are all grand ideas indeed even before you take the subject matter into account: Star Trek; possessing a ravenous and loyal fanbase for decades, satisfying them is surely...
Conclusion: Personally, I would have preferred a game that took more risks and didn't stick to the RPG formula so closely. At the end of the day, there isn't much to distinguish STO from a dozen other MMORPGs aside from the Star Trek skin. Nevertheless, what it tries to do it does reasonably well, even if the final product is rough around the edges.