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Posted by Crunchman

Where no man has gone before... it became free to play.

Edited by gamernz

It was still worth it Jeff!

Posted by SlashDance

Time to try this game out !

Posted by Nephrahim

Downloading now. Curious to see how it's evolved from Beta.

Posted by bwmcmaste

Set phasers to stunned.

Posted by ALavaPenguin

Yay gonna check it out

Posted by CrystaljDesign

fap fap fap

Posted by Jeffk38uk

Been playing for a week or so due to a lapsed subscription. Love the new changes they made. Also very cool trailer, I see they are teasing us with potential future stuff.

Posted by l3reak

STO is actually a really fun game. It doesn't have a whole ton of content, so it wasn't really worth a subscription, but as a F2P game there's a ton of fun to be had. And you really can do everything without paying. They've added some really great features recently, too. For instance, originally you just had your captain and a handful of "Bridge Officers". Now they've added a whole "Duty Officer" system that lets you flesh out the ranks of crew with redshirts, enlisted officers, civilians, even refugees or prisoners.

So, you build your crew with these duty officers almost like building a deck, then you can send them off on assignments in one of ten categories - diplomatic, espionage, trade, colonial, etc. You succeed or fail based on your crew's traits & specialties & rank, and you get various rewards based on how well you did, ranging from just xp & credits, to pretty much anything possible. Crafting mats, gear, bridge officers, access to new lines of assignments, special player titles, genetically modified tribbles... you name it.

From what I understand, it's vaguely similar to SWTOR's crew system, though I don't know much about that. Sure, it's not super active, you're just sending your crew out on time-based missions, but you can put a lot of time into managing your deck of officers, trading them with other people, and choosing the right assignments if you really get into it. The main thing it does, far as I'm concerned, is add a huge amount of non-combat content that (as a Star Trek game) was sorely lacking in the past. You wanna colonize a star cluster? You can do that now. Capture Romulan spies and interrogate them for intelligence? No problem. Have your crew put on a concert? Sure, throw some Klingons in there and make it an opera. Point is, tons of new stuff to do.

Posted by gosukiller

Last time I played this was on the Beta. I was pleased with it. Guess ill give this a go for that times sake.

Posted by AlKusanagi

There's only one way I'd ever play: Are there "Bang (X number) alien space babes" fetch quests?

Posted by Wholemeal

I AM A STAR FLEET OFFICER?

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@l3reak: Absolutely, the game should have been F2P from the start. It's a decently enjoyable MMO, but was in no way worth the money they were asking for it.

Hopefully they flesh out some more of the systems now, I'd love to have more to do inside the ship and if there was actual interaction with your crew, it might start to feel like an actual RPG.

Posted by Ash_F

@gamernz said:

It was still worth it Jeff!

Greatest comment. No need to post more comments on this video.

Posted by scraz

Was bored last week and got a referral key off someone.Overall i found the game boring as hell and the interface and mechanics wanting to say the least.large scale PVE ship battles are fun the first time after the third time it became a shit show grind.Boldly don't go were a few people have gone already.

Posted by Rohok

Not a bad game my friends. I absolutely hate MMO's and what they stand for. I despise the 15 dollar a month policies, I despise the grinds, I despise the "instancing", I despise everything about modern MMO's post-SWG and Ultima Online and most of all, I despise WoW.

However, I've actually maxed out a character in STO, the first MMO I've ever maxed a character out in. My philosophy is this: If the game isn't fun for levels 1 - 10 and I decide to quit, don't you dare tell me to wait until endgame. If I'm paying money a month, it better be fun from day one. Well it is. From a person who enjoys games like Skyrim, Mass Effect, ArmA 2, and Total War, Star Trek Online is certainly worth the price (Free). Give it a go, buy something from the c-store (like an outfit or whatever) and have some fun for at least 20 hours. You won't even know the time went by and for a price of 0 dollars, the hours you will get will be more worthwhile than paying 60 dollars for a cookie cutter shooter that will only give you 5 hours of campaign play.

My only advice to you is to bring along a friend. I played every episode from start to finish with a buddy and we had a blast. If you're a Role Player, you'll enjoy it even more than we did.

Posted by onan

I've been playing again for the last week or two since they let people who had subs before back in early (I had a free month from a $5 collector's edition I got a while back). I hate to say this, but if they had the Duty Officer system in place before, I probably would have stuck around. It's terribly addicting, and I'm logging in every few hours to make the most out of my assignment limits (only 20 active assignments at a time). They also got me to buy "Duty Officer packs", God help me, to flesh out my crew with some green/blue/purple quality guys (like items, not shirt colors).

I realize it's a horrible mechanic as a game and it's just a dice roll on a time delay, but it's still compelling for some bizarre reason. I actually felt a bit sad when two of my crewmen (permanently) died on an away mission.

It definitely makes you feel more like a starship captain. Before it just felt like me touring the galaxy shooting klingons with my 4 pets. You couldn't even visit your own bridge before, which shows almost a complete lack of understanding of what people come to Star Trek for. It's nice that you can do that too now. Pointless, but you can.

Posted by Hurricrane

Yay! A reason to go back after quitting 3 months after it launched! I <3 You Star Trek!

Posted by fisk0

@AlKusanagi said:

There's only one way I'd ever play: Are there "Bang (X number) alien space babes" fetch quests?

With the user created content, there probably is.

Edited by cavemantom

I started playing again a few days ago (would've started earlier if I had realized they reactivated old accounts early), and I'm finding it's more or less the game I quit playing a month after launch.

However, now it is free, so I don't feel slighted by the largely awful on foot content. It's mind numbingly easy, despite the common misinformation in the quest tracker but, to its credit, it never lasts half as long as the in-ship content.

I've already broken the spacebar on one keyboard. It has me thinking that a remake/reboot of Star Trek: Bridge Commander would be pretty awesome on Kinect. Telling my crew what to do with voice commands would give this new keyboard a respite, at least.

Posted by Chris2KLee

Probably give it another go.

Posted by McQuinn

I stand by Jeff.

Posted by DarkbeatDK

Nice try Jeff

Posted by vinsanityv22

So it's more JJ Abrams Trek than Gene Roddenberry Trek? I suppose that's better for games.

I'd actually like to check this out. Cryptic seems to botch MMO launches all the time, but they sure as shit crank away on fixing them like nobody's business, and adding content. It's a shame so few people seem to go back to check 'em out later though.

Edited by mr_shoeless

@cavemantom said:

I've already broken the spacebar on one keyboard. It has me thinking that a remake/reboot of Star Trek: Bridge Commander would be pretty awesome on Kinect. Telling my crew what to do with voice commands would give this new keyboard a respite, at least.

No, you don't need voice commands. What you need is a better keyboard.

Posted by Mercanis

It really helps if you're a Star Trek fan. The ship and crew customization is pretty great, as is the ship combat. Ground combat is pretty standard, but also avoidable aside from the main quest line.

I recommend trying it out if you want to pilot your own space ship.

Posted by JuggaloAcidman

When I played the game my bridge was a lifeless ghost town... Have things changed?

Posted by TheHT

Pretty good trailer. If Old Republic has some great space combat akin to this I'd probably be loading it up now, instead of STO. C'est la vie.

Posted by csl316

So like... does everyone get an Enterprise?

Posted by Goblin

Tempting... but unless they have turned up the difficulty from "cakewalk" it's not worth the time it'd take to re-download.

Posted by TorMasturba

I wonder if Jeff actually got around to playing ST: O while it wasn't free-to-play, if not then I bet he felt pretty silly when he heard this announcement. Cue the well known Jeff groan when he thinks some type of money grabbing scheme has been shoved into a game and wants to convey how gross that scheme is: "UGHHHHHH!!"

Posted by Deltex

Star Trek Online, pioneering the MMO space corkscrew since 2010.

Posted by sate2801

massively banned online RPG?

Posted by Viking_Funeral

If I wasn't knee deep in Skyrim (still) and Persona 3 right now, I'd give this a shot. I hope it's still around when I emerge from my tomb of gaming.

Posted by nyv

The trailer was actually pretty good. Played the beta, but had no time for the actual game when it was release. But I remember enjoying the space battles a lot, the ground missions not so much.

Also... Nemoy.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@TorMasturba said:

I wonder if Jeff actually got around to playing ST: O while it wasn't free-to-play, if not then I bet he felt pretty silly when he heard this announcement. Cue the well known Jeff groan when he thinks some type of money grabbing scheme has been shoved into a game and wants to convey how gross that scheme is: "UGHHHHHH!!"

The F2P stuff is actually handled quite well here. You get all of the content as a silver member, with few restrictions. All there really is to buy on the store are certain playable species, snazzy uniforms and some of the higher tier ships. You can easily play through the entire game without spending anything.

Asking $15 a month for this was far worse.

Posted by Akyho

AWWWW! I am already traveling in space in star wars! Do I have to?

Posted by alibson

Played it for about an hour and found the interface really confusing. I felt like I was trying to fly a Warthog.

Posted by BenderUnit22

Jeff would argue it was free-to-play since launch.

Posted by neon123

Nice, dusting off the USS Steakhouse for this.

Posted by sins_of_mosin

I really wished it went F2P months ago when I needed something to do on the PC. Now with SWTOR, I got that covered. Oh well.

Posted by Jonnyflash80

I may have to jump back in and see the changes they've made. I played for a few months when it first came out and I remember it being quite fun, except for the horrible away team missions. I'm looking forward to seeing how they've improved it.

Posted by UltorOscariot

Did the Away Team portions ever get better? Because other than that uninspired, incredbly generic ground combat it was a fun little game.

Posted by Rohok

Oh, there is actual space combat. You know, for those of you that wanted more than Star Wars Clone Wars: Galactic Heroes for an MMO. :) Hint hint.

Posted by Xeirus

@mr_shoeless said:

@cavemantom said:

I've already broken the spacebar on one keyboard. It has me thinking that a remake/reboot of Star Trek: Bridge Commander would be pretty awesome on Kinect. Telling my crew what to do with voice commands would give this new keyboard a respite, at least.

No, you don't need voice commands. What you need is a better keyboard.

Voice commands actually sounds awesome for a Star Trek game.... never crossed my mind, it's sooo nerdy, but so awesome sounding.

Posted by fox01313

Nice looking video, definitely curious to see how the game starts up now over how it started at launch. Bought the deluxe edition a little while back rather cheaply for the art book but if it's like champions online, I should be able to get the one month of that membership level to dive back in & see what's changed on both faction sides (as well as what happened to my characters). See you duders in space.

Posted by BasketSnake

I will go where no man has gone before...to collect fifty thousand rabbit ears.

Posted by Branthog

Free is till too expensive. I bought it about a year ago and played it for literally two days (a total of less than ten hours) before I unsubscribed and uninstalled it. Ridiculously boring. More so than SWTOR.

Posted by TheGorilla

Wow, that video made it look pretty cool. I'm going to have to give this a try. At least it isn't some garbage Star Wars bullshit.

Posted by Brackynews

@alibson said:

I felt like I was trying to fly a Warthog.

Luckily, you can indeed fly STO ships with an Xbox controller. How quaint!

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