Star Trek Online F2P Launch

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#1 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

The game is now officially F2P for everyone! I'd recommend checking it out, it has a lot of flaws, but it's a very different experience from most MMO's and if you're a Trek fan, there is quite a lot to enjoy here.

Also, the restrictions placed on F2P are pretty light, you can literally play through the entire game for free. Access to more inventory, character slots and some of the higher tier ships are the only things you'll lose out on.

The only warnings I'll give are that, if you're not a Star Trek fan, you probably won't find much appeal here.. and be prepared for a serious lack of end game content.

Link to the download client

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#2 Edited by Venatio (4716 posts) -

I created an account and I can't log in, and I've had to download the game twice so far, so it did not start well atleast, really liked the beta though

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#3 Posted by Gregomasta (1599 posts) -

I was very interested in this when it came out. I'll definitively check it out.

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#4 Posted by Turambar (7992 posts) -

So I played the game for about 2 months or so when it first came out.  How has it changed since then?

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#5 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

@Turambar: I didn't play the game much that far back, but there was a major overhaul to the ground combat, that made it a bit more fast paced and a lot more interesting. They've revamped the skill systems several times and there's quite a few new mechanics and features in place these days, most notably the duty officer system, which lets you send your crew (not the bridge officers) away on assignments for rewards. It's a nice little mini-game thing that helps make it feel like you're actually captaining the ship.

A lot of the newer missions are really good too.

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#6 Posted by JoeyIA (666 posts) -

I'm excited to try this out, I hope it runs better on my PC than Star Wars does. I DL'd DC Universe too, so it should be a pretty good week :)

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#7 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

No Mac client. :(

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#8 Posted by Fattony12000 (8237 posts) -

I'll be online soon, it's kept my trial character from ages ago it seems.

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#9 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Do I smell a new Quick look in the works??? I sure hope so :D

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#10 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@Aetheldod said:

Do I smell a new Quick look in the works??? I sure hope so :D

I doubt it. They did an entire thing for the beta. 
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#11 Posted by Bane (678 posts) -

I played through the game as an Engineer and had a great time when I was in my ship. The ground combat left a lot to be desired though. It's good to hear they've made some changes in that area because they were sorely needed.

I've been thinking about jumping back in to see what's new and now that it's free to play I just might. I just picked up Evochron Mercenary on Steam so I'll be checking that out first.

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#12 Posted by Fattony12000 (8237 posts) -

So, we got a guild or some shit we can roll around in?

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#13 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5440 posts) -

Yup totally downloading the client right now. It always looked interesting, but I hate the idea of a subscription. Also I usually get bored of MMOs in about a week, so very little investment on something I might not get into is great for me.

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#14 Posted by Ubersmake (771 posts) -

@Fattony12000 said:

So, we got a guild or some shit we can roll around in?

That would definitely get me back in. A fleet full of duders, visiting space-laser-death upon Borg.

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#15 Posted by yyZiggurat (1066 posts) -

Downloading the client now.

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#16 Posted by Brackynews (4387 posts) -

@Turambar said:

So I played the game for about 2 months or so when it first came out. How has it changed since then?

I have a blog and some videos from last summer/fall after the ground combat revamp. Since November a lot of people like the Duty Officer system (some play it almost exclusively). Visually the game looks great on a modern DX11 system, and they are overhauling the graphics and UI even more.

@Fattony12000: I've searched the Fleet list for lobsters many times, and never seen it come up.

@Hector: Unofficial Mac client.

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#17 Posted by SmilingPig (1370 posts) -

I know that its imposible but I wish that the new STO F2P would beat EA's SWTOR.

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#18 Posted by delta_ass (3807 posts) -

I played it for a bit last year. The problem with STO is that it has a decent space combat section reminiscent of a 3D version of Starfleet Command, but the ground combat sections are mandatory and absolutely horrible. Even if you're not expecting something along the lines of Mass Effect 2, they're still incredibly boring and stale and clunky. And the game forces you to play them, you can't just stick to space.

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#19 Posted by activatetheasset (29 posts) -

Anyone else having trouble connecting? I've downloaded the client and created an account, but when I try to connect, it always times out. It's happened about 20 times over the last couple of hours.

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#20 Posted by kristov_romanov (502 posts) -

If anyone needs a hand with anything let me know.

Been geeking in STO since launch.

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#21 Posted by Fattony12000 (8237 posts) -

I can't spend any of the 12,000 points on levelling up my dudes or ship? I can select all these skills from the tree but the accept button won't highlight. I'm a Lieutenant 3 or some shit.

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#22 Posted by KommanderCevin (273 posts) -
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#23 Posted by spazmaster666 (2111 posts) -

I may check this out as I am a big Star Trek fan. However, I watched that entire beta series that GB posted last year and none of that gameplay footage interests me AT ALL.

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#24 Edited by FreakAche (3049 posts) -

After watching that video, is the story really as simple as, "EVERY SINGLE VILLAIN FROM EVERY SINGLE STAR TREK SHOW EVER IS BAAAAACCCCKKKK!", because that sounds incredibly stupid.

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#25 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

I am playing right now. Kinda bored. NO one else to play with. 

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#26 Posted by KommanderCevin (273 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man: Well, the f2p stuff just started, right? There's bound to be a little influx of people. I'm downloading it right now afterall.

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#27 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@KommanderCevin said:

@The_Laughing_Man: Well, the f2p stuff just started, right? There's bound to be a little influx of people. I'm downloading it right now afterall.

I have two guys. One is level 20. I made a new guy. But still kinda lonely. I NEED ATTENTION! 
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#28 Posted by Pezen (2136 posts) -
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#29 Posted by Galiant (2237 posts) -

While I'm kind of interested to try it out, I'm too busy playing Old Republic.

Star Wars > Star Trek, any day.

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#30 Posted by Maystack (941 posts) -

I played the beta on my old laptop and from what I remember, it was alright. I have way too many games to play at the moment though.

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#31 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

@Fattony12000 said:

I can't spend any of the 12,000 points on levelling up my dudes or ship? I can select all these skills from the tree but the accept button won't highlight. I'm a Lieutenant 3 or some shit.

I had this problem before, and it seemed to fix just by logging out. I imagine the influx of players is causing some weird lag problems.

@FreakAche said:

After watching that video, is the story really as simple as, "EVERY SINGLE VILLAIN FROM EVERY SINGLE STAR TREK SHOW EVER IS BAAAAACCCCKKKK!", because that sounds incredibly stupid.

You're not going to see Khan or anything like that.. but in terms of the Romulans, Borg, Dominion, etc, yeah, they all show up at some point and most have their own story arcs. There are a few new ones though.. but really, it's not like they could have not had the Borg. I love the fact you can have retrofit Borg technology integrated into your ship.

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#32 Edited by Marokai (3550 posts) -

Eagerly await actually playing this game, but the download client has enjoyed going as slow as possible.

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#33 Edited by MattyFTM (14791 posts) -

OK, I'm redownloading this. I really enjoyed playing it when it launched, but I stopped playing about 15-20 hours in. Looking forward to seeing how it has evolved.

Also, does anyone know if I get any bonuses for having bought it at retail and subscribed for a month or two? Or am I just like all the Free 2 Play players?

Also, what's up with the Space Neon Lobsters? Are they still going in any form? If not, is there any plans to revive the fleet now the game is Free 2 Play and plenty of people seem to be interested in playing again?

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#34 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

@MattyFTM: You'll keep anything you had unlocked as a subscriber, so you should have one extra character slot, a bigger inventory, extra ship slots and extra bridge officer slots, but it depends what level you reached before you stopped playing, since those things gradually expand as you level up (silver members just have to buy them on the store). And any new characters you make won't have access to those things.

No idea what happened to the guild though. I've never been much of a guild person, and the game is barely an MMO, you rarely even need to be in a group.

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#35 Edited by MattyFTM (14791 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind: Yeah, I didn't get to a super high level. I don't remember how high I got. I guess I'll find out in 1 hour and 6 minutes when it's finished downloading and I can login. And I never did too much in the fleet, but it was just nice having a tab of Giant Bomb people to chat to while in game.

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#36 Posted by Hero_Swe (1294 posts) -

hah, man. My beta login still has all the friends in the list, sadly the guild doesn't seem to exist anymore.

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#37 Posted by PenguinDust (12986 posts) -

What are the limitations placed on F2P gamers versus subscription players? What parts of the game require you to spend real money now? What's changed between the two incarnations of this game?

I plan to check it out soon (having too much fun in Skyrim right now), but I was curious about how much is blocked off for non-paying players.

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#38 Posted by Hero_Swe (1294 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

What are the limitations placed on F2P gamers versus subscription players? What parts of the game require you to spend real money now? What's changed between the two incarnations of this game?

I plan to check it out soon (having too much fun in Skyrim right now), but I was curious about how much is blocked off for non-paying players.

Very little. http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p_features

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#39 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -
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#42 Edited by MattyFTM (14791 posts) -

So I log on and load up my character and am confronted by a million whizzing green messages telling me quests have ended and new ones have started and shit that I've earned and whatnot, and messages popping up from people and then a stat respec screen. At which point I said "fuck this" and quit. I'll come back to it, but I don't have time for all that nonsense right now. I could create a new character and avoid all that, but I really liked the character I had. Eh, I'll sort it out sooner or later.

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#43 Posted by TheHT (14235 posts) -

The space combat totally makes this game worth playing. Ground stuff can be pretty cool too, the shooter controls are a tad clunky (not the aiming, just the attacking and movement) but for what's clearly never been an action game, it's real neat.

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#44 Posted by fox01313 (5186 posts) -

I dove back into it myself too & few things I noticed after playing for a while in the opening month or so. While going through my klingon side character that there's a bunch of tutorial lore/info type quests in the list of available missions in addition to some history/quiz missions for some extra stuff so I'm wondering if there's more PVE stuff on that side but saw some lore tutorial stuff on the federation side as well as being able to go to the federation grounds now. Still trying to figure out a lot of it myself as there's quite a lot that has changed but strangely more interested in it over playing more of the old republic.

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#45 Posted by emergency (1206 posts) -

Played like an hour or so there now, having never played it before or really knowing what I was getting into. Pleasantly surprised, I'm not a Star Trek fan by any account but it was quite interesting. Ground combat isn't great, but I think I can kind of deal with it... hopefully. Shard went down for maintenance though, seems a bit of an obscure time but it's only for an hour so can't complain too much.

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#46 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6651 posts) -

I tried playing a little bit of this yesterday, it had some interesting stuff but it seemed really terrible at conveying information to new players, I pretty much don't know anything about this game other than what I know about MMOs going in.
 
Also the space combat just reminded me I should go play EVE again.

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#47 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

The 2nd Anniversary event is starting on the 2nd of February. Q will be showing up to start some mischief, they'll be new presents and other fun/stupid things going on.

More importantly, there's going to be a new mission for us to test drive the new flagship. Everyone who completes this mission before the 6th will get one of there very own. After that, you'll likely have to buy it from the c-store.

Prepare to see a lot of these!
Prepare to see a lot of these!
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#48 Posted by JustKamToo (1004 posts) -

Hmm very cool ship I just started again and to stop myself getting to confused made a new character. A tip to those that like the look of their first character but want to start anew. You can go to start fleet and talk to the tailor just go in as if you’re going to change your look then click save. You can now load this look to any new character you make.

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#49 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6649 posts) -

So, I just came in here to say: Try this game. Even if you've never seen a single Star Trek episode in your life. Try this game. It's really, really fun.

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