In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale. Players take the captain's chair as they command their own starship and crew. Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before.
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Release Date: Feb 2, 2010

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April 12

Season 11.5 Now Live!



Nearly a year ago, the Alliance began to investigate the possibilities of using time travel as a tool to change the past in order to save the future. With the successful construction and deployment of the Annorax-class Science Dreadnought, the first steps were made into a new future of exploration and conflict mitigation. 

Unfortunately, the recent theft of that same ship has potentially planted the seeds of our destruction, and those seeds begin to bear fruit in the episode “Temporal Front”. There will be political intrigue, an enemy plot, and a massive fleet engagement while the past and future of the Alliance hangs in the balance. This Featured Episode will be an escalation point in this budding conflict that you definitely don’t want to miss!

On top of another amazing episode, we have a great collection of features and updates for everyone to enjoy. First and foremost, we have a complete revamp of the Skill System. This revamp will make creating any build you want clearer, simpler, and easier across the board. Everything in the Skill System has been laid out, rethought, continually tested, and iterated on with you on our test shard for nearly two months. I couldn’t be more excited for this change, and I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it. 

In addition to the skill revamp we have the brand new Strategist Secondary Specialization, the Romulan Admiralty Campaign, a new and exciting Na’kuhl-themed Red Alert, and last but certainly not least, the ability to slot ship visuals independent from your starship stats.

All in all, this is one of the largest mid-season updates in the history of Star Trek Online, and I can’t wait to see everyone enjoying it in game.

Stephen Ricossa
Executive Producer
Star Trek Online

To learn more about our Season 11.5 update, check out our overview blog here.

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March 23

Season 11.5 Coming April 12th!



Red Alert, Captains! We’re pleased to announce Season 11.5 our mid-season update will launch on April 12, 2016. The latest update begins with a brand-new featured episode titled “Temporal Front,” where players must prevent Na’Kuhl Temporal Agents from destroying the Federation. Season 11.5 also brings a complete overhaul to the Skill System, plus other new gameplay updates including the Strategist Secondary Specialization, Romulan Admiralty Campaign and Na’Kuhl Red Alerts.

Learn more about it in our announcement blog here!

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About This Game

In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale. Players take the captain's chair as they command their own starship and crew. Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before in this ever-expanding online universe.

Key Features:

  • Free-to-Play - Play a triple-A MMO experience without cost. Play from level 1 to 60 free of charge! There is no box price and no mandatory subscription. Enjoy Star Trek Online as you like, when you like.
  • Become part of Star Trek - In Star Trek Online, you will get to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems, and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode.
  • Adventure in the Final Frontier - Explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations in a vast, expanding universe. Establish contact with new races, discover resources, and uncover mysteries that will influence Star Trek's future.
  • You Are the Captain - Travel into the depths of space, across exotic planets, and even inside starships! Partake in epic space battles and lead away teams across unknown worlds, interacting with allies and battling enemies.
  • Duty Officers - Actively manage the unsung heroes of a starship and delegate assignments. Collect and trade officers with fellow captains to help a crew of legend. Earn special rewards, accolades and even advance in rank!
  • Total Customization - Using Cryptic’s Total Customization technology, every ship can be customized, from color to construction. What’s more, anyone can create a unique alien species in Star Trek Online. Leave your mark on the Star Trek universe!
  • Forge Your Own Strange New Worlds - With The Foundry, players can create and build brand new missions and stories to share with friends and the entire Star Trek Online community. Use the specialized toolset to create missions in space or on the ground. Craft custom missions, or really take your creativity to the next level by designing an entire series of episodes from the ground up!
Join us in Star Trek Online, and boldly go where no one has gone before!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 +3800
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / ATI Radeon X1800 / Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX®: Version 9.0c or Higher
    • Hard Drive: 10GB Free Disk Space
    • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
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Growlrice
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
Takes too much space but, it is more than perfect and I love the graphics! The story and the chooseabilities is nearly infinity! You can even choose your own crew!
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BLitZEr
( 189.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
a fantastic game if you ask me, played many hours and got the best ships and crew, played with friends aswell, loved it going to play it again and again
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DeafMassacre
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Uh that is incredible worst for me. it takes over two hour tutorial. HUD is not well and GUI is too many.
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Urist Mcxeno
( 908.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
ICONIANS
WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE
ICONIANS?!
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OgreLeg
( 164.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I've played this game on and off now for several years. If you are a Star Trek fan, you will love this game. Though easy to pick up and play, it has a subtle and vast depth that can entertain both the solo and the group player for a long time. Likewise the combat, though seemingly clunky at first, proves to be a challenge to master and play well.

This is one of those games I keep installed on all my computers for when I just want to have some fun.
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Molvanian
( 224.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Pay walls keep you from the top end gear, repeatitive missions, broken animations and other massive bugs on twelve year old missions showing this game is not being upkept, despite the constant, new paid content being released. This game is just lazy, which is a shame, it has a lot of potential, but not the time or budget to see it through.
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Commander Jreidariux
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
Best ship battles ever, wide variety of customizable craft, enough said. I am ranked Lt. Commander in-game as of this review and when I play this game on my spare time, I love it.

I usually play this without Steam launching the application, but it can be played with the Steam client.
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cheese chisel -TPF-
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
sometimeswhen people fart only air comes out - more than anything, this game has taught me that
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obamacare
( 89.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
I love this game but it can only support up to windows 7 so im giving it a no until they buff it up
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ジョー、宇宙猫
( 2,087.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Starfleet's goal has always been to serve the United Nation of Planets, to hold the peace of the Galazxy, and to make allies protect it's citizens. Now, in 2410, the state of the galaxy has changed. All of the best captains sport Antiproton weaponry, and use ships either auctioned off of a ridiculously inflated exchange, or spend hundreds of "Zen" (MONEY) throwing virtual keys at virtual boxes that seem to take up 1234567890 out of 100 percentage of item drops from enemies destroyed (so much for preserving the peace lmao). In this amazing Star Trek experience, feel what it's like to transport maps and have the game crash on you, or try beaming down onto the renown ESD and you guessed it: FALL RIGHT THROUGH THE FLOOR AS IF IT WERE A BUG THAT TOTALLY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AS FIXED BY CRYPTIC- I mean *ahem*- sorry, beam onto an amazing map, full of random and completely biased attacks and heated debates in zone chat about who's ♥♥♥♥ are bigger: Jeri Ryan's or Roxanne Dawson's. But wait- there's more!!!! Have fun customizing your ships, running around aimlessly, and the best part: having ♥♥♥♥ing walnut's activate party modules with annoying music and lights surround you, while your character is forced to dance (why are those things not confined to Risa). Enjoy your amazing journey through space as a character who looks like a 1995 rendition of Tomb Raider, while fighting the greatest enemies in the galaxy: rubberbanding, lag, and extremely harsh and sensitive ST fans! Buckle up, put on those IDGAF shades and roll your brand-new Miranda Trash boat through the galaxy!!!
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Zap
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Basically click to win. SCENARIO: Oh no! Enemy ships incoming! maximum shields and let AI fire for you by pressing spacebar. Boarding the Romulans! Press 1 and W. If you've ever seen a W+M1 Pyro in TF2... Weapons have no positive or negative effects that matter, it's just DPS. Crashes so often you spend more time on the loading screen than in game. With 33 hours I've already maxed out the game as far as I'm willing to go. Every "story" is just about the "Iconians" and the acting, OH GOD. You do zero exploring or anything of that sort. When you warp to another planet you don't even need to point the ship, click the destination and go. Warp is so slow you spend minutes waiting to travel, I once made myself a lemonade and came back, only half way there.!

TLDR: Don't play this game unless your really patient or such a diehard MMO fan that likes dystopian Star Trek.
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-robo- Masta
( 435.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Great game i have spent almost 500 hours and have experienced the amazing story lines, combat, e.c.t. That this game has to offer. Trully the best star trek game there is!
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manyblinkinglights
( 218.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Has the ships, makes the noises. You get to mind-meld with Tuvok and help him shore up his fractured, embattled consciousness against telepathic assault in a later story mission. A++.
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WILLIS
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
idk if it was just me but i got an update and can't start it
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peavee06
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I CANT EVEN PLAY
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boss gammer487
( 44.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
this game sucks it boarding and STAR wars the old repuilc was better in every way go play SWOR instead it free and put more work and get more updates then this
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Arkeey
( 75.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Been a few years since I played this last. Glad I picked it up again, because there is much improved, with many more awesome things coming up over the horizon.
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raymond_eggena
( 714.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Game has always been riddled with BUGS. They stopped support for Mac computers. I stopped playing.
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Anarchaotic
( 225.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
I've been playing this game casually for quite a while now. I've had nothing but good experiences with this game. The depth, and scale is amazing, and the player-made "Foundry" missions provide an extra layer of depth to the already story-rich gameplay. Playing Dabo on Deep Space 9, flying around the Risa Summer Resort with my floater rental, and generally exploring the galaxy are a few of my favorite things in this game.

I chose to disregard the negative reviews I saw before trying STO out, and I'm glad I did. This game is fun for Trekkies, AND everyone else that loves a content-rich MMO.
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seblecaribou
( 28.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
CAUTION: I haven't played enough of the game to know if the free to play part is really worth it on mid or long-term, but for what I've seen (lvl 10) it's pretty okay for the most part. So this is an early impression on the game.

I don't really know a lot about Star Trek, aside from the 4 or 5 movies I saw from the original cast, NG and the recent ones. But as far as I can tell, the game does a good job at representing this universe. The presentation falls right into the science-fiction protocol-loving nerdiness of the lore, which is great. The characters talk to you in the appropriate way and there seem to be a lot of (good) fan service, especially with the ships and outfit stray from the different iteration of Star Trek...if you are ready to pay for most of it. The game still lets you have a lot of free stuf to start of well.


The graphics are find as far as MMO goes, even though I wish the aliasing was less protruding even on highest settings. The models are fairly done, the effects and animations do the job, and some of the skyboxes are simply well made. The only real gripe I might have technically speaking would be the lighting effect that aren't the best. A little bit more god rays and atmospheric lighting would make the cool art direction even better justice. Overall, it's not fantastic, but it can be pretty at time thanks to the art direction.

But what I wasn't expecting really, was the gameplay. The mechanics on land are your classical MMORPG stuff, WoW-style. They tried to had a third person viewpoint to the mix but it doesn't help much: it still is devoided of energy or any kind of excitement in the gunplay. I just don't get why they wouldn't go for a basic TPS approch for that part...You simply click on a box and the character execute the action. Boring. The space "naval combat" on the other hand, takes the same basis, with powers and cooldowns, but put it in a new context. It feels like FTL weirdly meets ACIV: Black Flag. You have to manage your power with different gauges (weapons, shields etc.) prioritizing the task you want to accomplish now, and at the same time you use special abilities from your 1st officers, while maneuvering with your ship, exposing certain parts of your shields, and choosing to fire certain canons while others are in a cooldown...it's pretty fun! I have a lot of fun with that part of the game! And it feels new in that genre.

I hope the game stays good at mid and end-game, and just with the ship combat system, I think there is a lot of place for challenging and fun combat. It's free, it's pretty faithful to the series. A nice scifi f2p to try out!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
36 of 52 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3,862.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
After sinking the better part of my university career into this game i came to the conclussion that this game is the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bar you go to with your friends. When your with friends its the best, the conversations with the fleet (guild) or random players kept me up late but when your there without your friends you realise its a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bar. The PVP is dead or woefully unbalanced and despite the three "classes" (the three departments in starfleet, science, tactical and engineering) the holy trinity does not exist here. It is all about DPS numbers with all group PVE actions requiring high DPS to have a chance. The story up to end-game is enjoyable for both of the main factions (fed and klingon) and the sub-faction (romulan) but when you reach max level the game boils down to run the same mission over and over and over to gain currency to buy better gear to make the same mission easier to complete. There is no depth to this game beyond character creation (which is surprisngly robust) and it suffers from pay to win to an unbearable degree.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,080.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
If you like star trek and MMORPG, definetely try out this game.

If you like star trek but not MMORPG, well, have a try. At least the storyline will satisfy you.

If you like MMORPG but not star trek, why not check this game out? It's a good MMORPG.

If you hate both, don't play this game then. You can't have fun, why playing it?

I just hit 1k hours. The storyline of this game will MAKE YOU CHEER when you see characters you love from Star Trek appearing. The space combat is awesome. The ground combat is not as popular among players as space combat but also very nice.

You can enjoy this game the best when you play with your friends, but I have to say that in-game chatting is LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!! If you want to chat well, you'll have to rely on some other aps.

This game has its disadvantages though. First, the endgame period, like many other RPGs, are boring. All you can do is repeating some missions every day. This is not true when you are chasing for higher stats and competing with other players.

For me, all the weaknesses don't matter because I LOVE THIS GAME.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I played it...then realized i'm terrified of space.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
495.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Where do I even start with this? This is actually a nice singleplayer game, in a way. The missions are nice, its the Star Trek Singleplayer that could have been, really.

But everything else is suffering on the multiplayer department. Tier 6 ships are the way to go-- and you have to grind to hell and back to get these, not to mention the T5-X trap that they laid down as a moneygrab. PvP has been junked by both the playerbase and the devs(Its all about one "best" playstyle, everything else has been junked and the playerbase that usually does PvP is elitist as hell, to the point of threatening the devs and the devs generally acting like amateurs when talking back to them).
It also has a huge amount of time locked events. If you weren't there to get the items, your character is locked out, and that's what. Hope you're here for the next event because you're gonna regret it if you aren't.

Overall, this game gets 5 out of 5 meme points. Good luck, shipwright.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
225.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
I've been playing this game casually for quite a while now. I've had nothing but good experiences with this game. The depth, and scale is amazing, and the player-made "Foundry" missions provide an extra layer of depth to the already story-rich gameplay. Playing Dabo on Deep Space 9, flying around the Risa Summer Resort with my floater rental, and generally exploring the galaxy are a few of my favorite things in this game.

I chose to disregard the negative reviews I saw before trying STO out, and I'm glad I did. This game is fun for Trekkies, AND everyone else that loves a content-rich MMO.
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2,820.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This game has a lot of charm for people that are deeply into retrogaming. The engine is fifteen years old and it shows. The visuals are primitive and great fun for the Playstation 2 enthusiast crowd. However, because the game is built on Cryptic's ancient proprietary engine, the game suffers tremendously.

The early (first two weeks or so) of play, this game is very entertaining. It may be prehistoric, but the pew pew is mildly entertaining. The earlier storylines are pretty good, but many have been revamped recently, and the revamps are utterly awful. The dialogue reads like it was written by a middle school student that watched too much scoobie doo growing up.

After the leveling ends, however, you are presented with the reality of the game. Since being bought out by Perfect World Entertainment, Cryptic has lost most of the rights to direct the development of their games. As a result, Star Trek Online and other Cryptic IPs like Neverwinter have recently begun losing players at a dramatic rate. The honeymoon after going FTP has reached it's inevitable conclusion with this game as Perfect World Entertainment has turned this game into a thinly veiled scam and gambling interface that utterly diminishes the intellectual property and is pretty offensive. There is a common excuse used by Cryptic apologists that 'well, all FTP games are like that these days'. Hogwash. That's no excuse.

Because Perfect World has so drastically reduced Cryptic's resources to develop the game, there has been little to no real content introduced since early last year. Ever quarter or so, Cryptic is able to scrounge together a 'featured episode' that evidently has never been edited or run through any kind of quality assurance, and call that 'content'. At the same time, the bulk of their resources and development is spent on introducing more 'lockbox' ships. These 'lockbox ships' are quickly thrown together reskins of earlier ships and don't really introduce anything to the game. You have the privilege of paying for lockbox keys in order to open the boxes that contain them if you feel lucky, as you have less than a .005% chance of getting the ship in the lockbox. The entire game runs off of this mechanic. Where a valid and reputable game has a crafting system, Star Trek Online has a gambling system, where even if you spend the 8-12 months (yes, an entire year) maxing out a single crafting skill, you can't actually craft the gear you are trying to. Instead, you are permitted a minimal 'chance' to create the desired gear.

So in the end, Star Trek Online is a good game to play for a few weeks. As the lead developer has stated the game isn't really interested in retaining players. They rely completely on gamer churn. There is no endgame content, there is no meaningful progression, there is no reason to invest a single dime in or continue playing past the level cap. Everything after that point is a sad scam designed to get you to throw out those dollars. And we're not talking three or four dollars here. For the ships gated by Perfect World Entertainment's Zen (ingame currency) store, you are expected to shell out between 25 and 120 for what you're after. 120 dollars for a ship in this prehistoric engine on a game that is just a thin veneer for a gambling simulator.

I would have recommended this game to people about two years ago. But now, as the population is disappearing and the ingame community is dwindling to nothing, as well as the development team holding a very public scorn for the remaining players, I would have to say 'save yourself the heartache'. Watching what Perfect World Entertainment has done to the Star Trek intellectual property will break your heart if you're a Star Trek fan. According to rumor there is another Star Trek MMO in the works. Wait for that one. This one isn't worth your time.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,559.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
If you have more than a passing interest in Star Trek, this MMO is worth trying out since it's free; you don't need to shell out any money to reach the level cap or to have fun while you level up. The F2P model feels fair since you can grind for the in-game currency that allows you to buy any ship or NPCs in the game. There is no paywall to speak of since as a completely F2P player I managed to get ships and equipment good enough to do endgame content.

My favorite part of the game is building up the roster of capable Duty Officers that you can send on missions, just like what a real captain of a starship is expected to do. Your duty officers can even come back injured if the mission was particularly harrowing, and take time to heal in sickbay. Want to see Seven-of-Nine as a Bridge Officer on your own ship? You can do it in this game.

So why did I stop playing? It's not the F2P nature of the game, which I still hold as a gold standard for F2P games. It's the lack of immersion which I crave for in games that finally drove me away. First and foremost, there is an insane number of loading screens. Moving from a room in my own ship to another room can result in a loading screen that can take up to a minute to load.

Also, the art direction does not feel like Star Trek and the textures on some of the ship are very low resolution, such as my favorite ship in Star Trek, the Intrepid class. The new ships made just for STO did not feel like Star Trek.

Other graphical infidelities kept grinding at me: the phasers on a starship do not fire out of the phaser strips, the bussard collectors are static, the ceiling is way too high inside a ship. And last but certainly not least, I have to pilot the ship myself all the time where a captain in Star Trek leaves the piloting to the helmsman. I signed on to play as a captain, not a helmsman. Immersion gone.

I would return to the game if they fixed this but this is impossible without a total rewrite of the game, which will never happen. Perhaps in the next Star Trek MMO we will have a more immersive experience, but don't write off this one just because it's not perfect. It's a great experience while you level up and enjoy the stories in the missions, all without spending a single cent.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
802.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Am MMO that feels more like a single player game than a multiplayer. Despite seeing players and their ships, most are ultra-casuals that play solo. Queues are always dead. No real advancement as you will be doing the same things after max lvl cap that you did to get there. 6 years of the same bugs, unreliable server setup and the mot god-awful, no respect for the playerbase support I've ever had the displeasure of dealing with. Most support tickets are deleted without player contact unless one is verbally supportive of the company on twitter.

Played for almost 3 years after it launched, left for 2 years, came back a few months ago...same game despite "expansions" that are no more than a new faceplate for the same tired grind. The entire game is a grind and it never ends. There is no endgame, only the same game. Whatever new skills you learn or ships you fly, you will be using them on the same missions at lvl 60 that you ran at lvl 20. You'll even need to run the same mission 2-5 times each (or more) to acquire all the items that can be rewarded...not diffferent missons for diffferent gear, the same missions, over and over and over again...then onto the next mission for multi-repeat runs.

Very limited inventory space with hundreds upon hundreds of wholly useless items that will keep your inv full non stop without buying more space or living in front of a vendor. Player premium currency exchange market is so horridly out of control in price only long established players will really benefit from it before the servers are unplugged (the f2p is there but its a miserable experience now - in the first couple years it was quite good and the "devs" kept the market exchange balanced...they no longer do that.)

Poor and dated graphics from a decade past that don't even begin to stress an old card like an HD6870 let alone ever even get a gtx 790 out of 1st gear. Unavoidable cutscenes that make the replaying of missions miserable as you'll spend more time in cutscenes than in the gameplay of most. Sound effects that have caps...the system can only process X# of sounds but in cases where there are more than it can provide to you it will skip, cut out and stutter while it decides which to make audible and which to mute. The best sound cards on the market cant force the sounds the client cant process.

It is a click to win game with no skill of any kind required or even rewarded. Mash the buttons and you cannot lose. *case in point...I set a mission to advanced level and let my cat walk on the keyboard as I pet her...mission accomplished with no deaths :( Elite is only more time consuming due to the sheer scaling of HP and resists for NPC's...they get entirely ridiculous...no challenge, just time.

There is no more Trek here than in a star wars game, aside NPC names and ship models. If you can get lost in a grind, this might be the game for you. If you enjoy watching the same episode of a show 5 times before moving on to the next, it might be a game for you. If you like to think about your gameplay, enjoy tactics, teamwork, or even communicating with people in an MMO during the few queued events you'll be able to partake in, this is probably not a game you'll enjoy.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I had played this for seval hundred hours a few years ago, got bored, and left. I decided to come back to see if things had gotten more interesting. What I found is, if you're a new player, it is nearly impossible to do much of anything in this game anymore.

You will spend hours waiting for a pve que to fill up to get currency for a grindy reputation system that everyone who plays already has finished. The EC exchange currency has been devalued to a point where anything useful is unobtainable without saving for months, or possibly years, due to the lack of ability to collect valuable loot because no one does pve ques. The crafting system will take years to complete without any money invested, or you could throw money at the game and it will still take a year and a couple thousand dollars, just to allowed to have the random chance at something that may or may not be useful.

Many more examples exist, but to sum up the problems: Lack of players makes a grindy game an impossible grind. If you've never played before, don't waste your time. If you haven't played in a while, it's more waiting for the same thing you've done already.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
143.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Simply awful. This game is infested with trolls. Servers are jink and cryptic usless for any assitance at all. People in game are some of the worst people I have come across on the net to date. Thats really saying something. Not children freindly, not fun at all. Not worth it for free. What a stain on the Star Trek brand. Paramount should pull thier support of this mess.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
291.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
In current state the game is unplayable. Random error crashes with no actual error report. I currently cannot play any romulan class as the game instantly crashes when i try to log in.

Deleted all local files, wiped and reinstalled. First time re-launching the game launcher "error found do you want to verify all files".. I just downloaded the ♥♥♥♥ing thing! It seems they cannot even release a stable enough client atm to allow anyone to play the game.

having said that, when it actually works....

do I reccomend... yes and no

Story play is fun and interesting with a different set of arcs for each three factions. space battles are fun and the avilability to alter the mission difficulties increases the challenge. Ultimately, it has everything start trek and much more when you include the player build foundry missions.

Having said that, the main issues come at end game where everything is limited by dilitium.. which wouldnt be so bad, but you are limited to converting 8000 per day forcing a very slow and at times infuriating grind.
The micro-trasactions are horrific. A new ship will set you back £25 or your equivelent ~2500zen if you buy on discout times.

whilst you can conert dilithium to zen in game, at an average 300 per 1 zen you're looking at 750k dilithium for just one ship, which at 8k per day means its not going to happen.
this al lgets offset by any upgrade of items (which are max drop XII) to XIV also requires dilihium

Very little in the game is actually "free"

i would reccomend the game for the story arcs as an rpg, outside of that, unless you're willing to part with a lot of ££ don't expect anything spectacular to happen as you just wont have the time.

space battles = good
game play = good
story = good

insane unachievable grind without spending a lot of real ££ = awefull
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Recommended
1,217.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This game is starting to stumble on its own gravitas. It is overpriced, though because they do sometimes get actual actors from the various Star Treks, you can understand why. The problem is the content looses its luster, it is way too grindy, pvp is almost non existent and hard to access, and pve action well, just dosent have that many mechanics, the game trys to stay fresh by selling you new space ships, but skimps on content. The devs got to overzealous with this game, and paid a steep price.
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Not Recommended
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
liked this game now wont let me log in
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Recommended
690.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Ground combat and space combat mixes things up a bit...fun!
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Not Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Game crashes at startup. Never even got to play it.
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1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Fun game. Easy to get into, it has its grindy moments as any MMO, but if you like Star Trek you should try this one. And it's F2P which is always a bonus.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
317.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Cryptic releases buggy product, and provides zero support.

If you think the time measurements on steam are indicative of anyones amount of time playing, you dont think at all.

I've played this game since it launched, which, btw, occurred way before steam, or free to play, even happened.

I didnt play on steam for the last year, the place where you think the metrics are accurate, BECAUSE cryptic releases buggy product.

I have spent over a thousand dollars in total on STO and Neverwinter Online, only to discover cyptics dark design pattern running underneath all of their products.

You have no idea what your talking about, noob.
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Not Recommended
318.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Started out as a full size MMO (pay per month) and with a defunk enging, eg ships cant loop or do normal "3d space stuff" And then it got free to play, and currently owned by a company who is just in it to pump as much money as they can from this. Stay away, and don't waste your time or money here.
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Not Recommended
1,062.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Do you like star trek? do you like exploring the galaxy in your starship? discovering new species? settling diplomatic disputes? well than this is not the game for you!

First a recount of my latest encounter with this games support:

After playing this game for years and having beyond hundreds of hours into it, a glitch in the game deleted one of my ships and with it all of my gear, after contacting support and going back and forth for several days they ultimately told me there was nothing they were willing to do to help me... nothing at all.

The bottom line is this is a dying MMO with nearly no effort put into it, there is NOTHING to do in the end game, which will only take you about a weekend to reach max level. The whole game should just be put out of its misery and cryptic should learn how to \ re-evaluate how the currently treat the long term players and supports of this game, especially that still pay money to play a free to play game... They are an inept company that doesn't care about its customers
If they didn't have the star trek IP they would have gone out of business when Atari dumped them and part of me wishes they had...

The game play is weak, pretty much all you have to do is spam the space bar until you win, the writing and acting in the game are some of the worst i have ever seen, almost every "new" mission involves either time travel, and let me sum up ALL of the games story lines in one phrase - "The iconians did it" - This hardly mentioned in the show race is apparently responsible for every single event that has ever happened in the galaxy and has become Cryptic's all purpose excuse for poor writing and zero imagination every story line just leads back to an : it was the iconians moment...
There is nothing that makes Star Trek so wonderful and enjoyable in this game, no interactions with crew members, no dramatic writing, no exciting moments, no diplomatic responses to anything... simply power up shields - hit the space bar and pew pew to victory...

I think my time with STO has come to an end, I recommend if you are a current player you get out before what happened to me happens to you and if your considering playing it please don't, or at the very least don't give them a single penny of your hard earned money it isn't worth it and Cryptic/Perfect world simply doesn't care about any of their players and sadly I don't think they ever will.
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