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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Mixed (165 reviews) - 66% of the 165 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (7,259 reviews) - 77% of the 7,259 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 2, 2010

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July 6

Agents of Yesterday Now Live!

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, the crew of Star Trek Online could not be prouder to announce our third expansion - Agents of Yesterday - is now live! Prepare your classic Original Series tunics and dust off your Mark II phasers; you’re about to take an away mission to an amazing adventure in that classic 60’s era. Our expansion is full of amazing features to bring you a complete and classic experience here in Star Trek Online.

First and foremost, players can create brand new captains in the Original Series era and engage in a story that takes them through the 23rd century and beyond. There will be a sweeping mystery to solve, one that ties into the overall story Star Trek Online has been telling for years. For players that choose to keep playing with their existing characters, we have a can’t-miss set of five episodes that will tie up the story arc we’ve been telling for nearly a year. 

Next, we have an amazing cast of voice actors joining our captains on their adventure through this episodic content. Walter Koenig will be reprising his role as Chekov, and Chris Doohan will be filling in for his father by playing Montgomery “Scotty” Scott. Chase Masterson will be reprising her role as Admiral Leeta from the Mirror Universe, and Matt Winston will be making his Star Trek Online debut as Agent Daniels - originally seen on Star Trek: Enterprise. Finally, we have Joseph Gatt playing the cyborg crewman 0718, a character from the new Star Trek movies who joins us on our first adventure into that universe.

In addition to the amazing story content and voice actors we have a brand new Temporal Reputation that will grant people not only powers and a new suite of endgame gear but new queue-based content to play. The new Temporal Specialization will let people continue to differentiate their captains at endgame, and provides a full complement of brand new bridge officer powers. We will also be running a new “Temporal Agent Recruit” event for a limited time for any of our new TOS era captains. The recruitment system will provide challenges for players to complete that will provide a reward to that captain, and rewards for any other captains on their account.

This expansion truly captures the feel of the Original Series, and I can’t wait to see everyone in game!

Steve Ricossa
Executive Producer
Star Trek Online

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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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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!

Agents of Yesterday Expansion has launched!


  • Protect the Past – Agents of Yesterday allows players to embark on a brand new journey in Star Trek: The Original Series. See familiar characters and locales while commanding 22nd Century starships inspired by the Series that started it all.
  • Save the Future – Bringing all of the various Star Trek timelines and universes together, Agents of Yesterday sends players to the past to secure the timeline against interference. Play as a Temporal Agent and prevent enemies from changing the past…and the future.
  • New Starships – Command starships from every era! From the famous 22nd Century Constitution-class Cruiser to the 31st Century Chronos-class Temporal Dreadnought. With designs taken straight from the eras and inspired new designs, there’s a unique ship for every Captain.
  • New Specialization Tree – Become a Temporal Agent, gain the ability to manipulate time, and ensure the timeline is protected against those willing to destroy the past and reshape the future.
  • New Special Task Force Missions – Some battles are simply too big for just one Captain. Join up with other Captains and take on all new challenges in space and on the ground!
  • An Authentic Trek Experience – Featuring Chekov, Daniels, and more characters straight from the TV shows and movies voiced by the actual actors and actresses, Star Trek Online provides an unparalleled story experience.
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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75.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
Don't let the time played fool you. I've been a player since we could pre-order it. I LOVE the Star Trek Universe. I still do and I enjoy this game from time to time because it IS a Star Trek game. However, that is the ONLY reason I play it. Even though I play it I could never, in good conscience, recommend this game to anyone. This game, at it's core, is a very typical free to play shovelware cash grab that has no dignity whatsoever. Thank god it's free otherwise I would never play it and laugh at anyone who did.

But let's take a few steps back and examine it shall we? Graphically this game is okay. It's not hyper realistic and the models and textures are all over the place in terms of quality. Some ships look amazing while others look like someone just slapped a texture in the UV window and called it good. The ground missions and planets are pretty uninspired and just blase. But I don't play it for that, I just want to fly a ship. This is only the tip of the iceberg for graphical issues with this game though. There's tearing issues, texture issues, disappearing models, the list goes on. It's one HUGE buggy mess. The game is still playable, but sometimes, just barely.

Speaking of which, if we move on to the mechanics of the game, it basically comes in two flavors. One is the space battles where the angle you attack your foe and the positioning of your ship are crucial. The other is the ground battles, which are basically WoW styled. Although not in a good way. The ground battles are excrutiatingly boring and repetitive. Actually the same could be said about the space battles as well...but firing a full spread of torpedoes and phasers on a ship is way more interesting to me. Oh and that takes me to progressing through this game. Two words: Good luck. Progressing is a painfully slow process with timers and cooldowns (some can be up to 24 hours of a wait time) Yup, you guessed it, this is one of those games that deliberately slows you down because there isn't enough content elseware. The funny part is- as new content is released, these timers only get longer. Also, if you want to fly around in a BA ship and blow stuff up like a king but only spend a minimum of 20 dollars, forget it. This game LITERALLY requires money to play effectively. Yes you can play free but you will be incredibly gimped. It's laughable how much the P2W model is ingrained into this game. Apparently Perfect World and Cryptic are both developers with zero shame.

Okay, enough about that. The sound is well, Star Trek. All the sounds and music you've ever heard in a Star Trek are all here so it's not like the devs had to try to hard with this. Even then, they still managed to screw up sound effect timings. This, is also a buggy mess.

So graphically i'd give it a 2/5, while some textures and models and environments are nice, the rest is just garbage.
Game mechanics are definately going to be a 1/5, the ONLY thing this game has going for it is the ship battles, but even that'll get old.
Music/Sound sits at a 1/5. I love the Star Trek sounds but they didn't nothing to reinvigorate the music and even failed mixing SE properly.

In my book this game is a 1/5. Try it if your a fan of Star Trek and curious about the game. Otherwise go spend your money on a game that actually respects the players.
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The Master
127.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Hope you like space battles, cause it's 90% of the game.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
I adore the Star Trek lore. Watched TNG from start to finish, now in Voyager and I got DS9 and ENterprise to go. So I wished STO was to be recommended, but I must say it is not, for one specific but big part: the away-missions. I love the graphics, ambiance, the space flight part is awesome imo, I even like the voiceacting and runing through stations and ship, but the combat on foot is boring, tedious, painful and a big part of the game. It ruins for me what could be not only a great Trek game, but a great game in it's own right. Damn you, crapy away mission artists, if only you got your act together, I could lose another few thousand hour of my life in an awesome game, not to mention a great Star Trek adventure! goodbye, my very own Federation Star Ship...
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153.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
This is a money making insult to star trek. dreadful. The only way to win is spend money.
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Grand Admiral Phoenix Gaming
133.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
fun game i love the area of things you can do and ships you can get
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44.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Never gets old, maybe ground combat is pretty weak and graphics are outdated due to being 6 years old game. (2010 Release)

But all in all, this is the most up to date Star Trek Game so far and if you are Star Trek Fan , you'll enjoy it as much as you can along with its cons and pros.

Good thing, game content is keep getting updates and there is possible improvements and additions both to content,gameplay and graphics as long as game gets funded.
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Bon Jovi
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
I was really hoping to like this now. I'd bought at release and disliked the game due to bugs, bland gameplay, land combat being boring, new servers being laggy, etc (4 years ago?). Just watched all 7 seasons of DS9 and wanted to go and have some fun so installed since I saw it is FTP, why not? Crash within 15 mins of starting to play every time I log in, tired of repeating the borg landing mission from scratch. What a shame...
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5.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
i like minecraft
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Comrade Frost ☭
275.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
I am a lifetime subscriber who has played since the year of fail. I really want this game to be good, just as have always wanted for this game. Unfortunately everything is so overpriced and the only way to get ahead is to either spend a small fortune in the C-Store or spend a small fortune gambling with lockboxes or R&D promotions. I have seen people spend more than a hundred at a time and get nothing but some useless junk and almost enough lobi crystals to buy a ship that they didn't want. Honestly I hate Perfect World for what they have done to this game. They wrecked PVP, they wrecked the economy, and they cheapened the gameplay. As devoted I am to continue playing I am about to take one hell of a break until STO is bought by a new developer... again.
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42.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
I like it a lot when it works - but it wont even load half of the time. I just reinstalled it from scratch and it still doesn't work. It's just sitting on the loading screen... for the last hour... doing nothing.
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
307.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This review is a thorough and comprehensive breakdown of what is in Star Trek Online. I fully expect it may make some want to play the game, even though my personal opinion is negative. I explain this in the conclusion.

An Overview of Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online (STO) is an MMO set in the Star Trek Universe created by Gene Roddenberry. This is the universe that started with Star Trek: The Original Series back in the 1960s and included The Next Generation as well as many more TV series and movies. This is NOT the Star Trek from the 2009 movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Star Trek: Beyond.

tl;drYou thought I would just put it here and let you skip my whole thought out review? The NERVE. JK: it's at the bottom if you really don't want to read this.

The Story Gameplay
Your character, which you can go to extensive lengths to customize (more on that later), begins as an acting officer aboard a vessel. Almost immediately, they will become the captain due to an unfortunate series of events. From this point forward, you take permanent command of the vessel and complete missions which unfold into a story. Each season of missions covers a new storyline. This part of the game is what I found most enjoyable.

The MMO Experience
Put simply, there is little in terms of actual MMO gameplay. You fly around at warp and can see other player-controlled ships flying by on their way to other destinations. In addition to that, there are PvE events which you have a fairly decent chance of filling up the mission queue to get it to start. But PvP is ABSOLUTELY DEAD. In all my hours of playing STO, I've never EVER been able to engage a PvP event because no one wants to play (and to be honest, the controls aren't exactly good for making this a PvP game anyway). And as far a co-oping missions, if there is a way to do it, no one told me. The missions, story or daily, seem to all be single player only.

Character Creation/Customization
Both when you first create your character and any time you're at a starbase, you'll have the opportunity to modify your character's outfit and appearance with an amazing amount of freedom. Pick from dozens of outfits (less if you don't spend ZEN on them) and use any color scheme you want to (Just a recommendation: make your character an ALIEN. By doing so, you'll be able to give your character almost any features from any race you want, other than a cat tail, and you can much more drastically alter your character's appearance later on.). Also, not only can you modify your own captain, you can also modify the appearance of any of your bridge officers.

The ship customization is also surprisingly liberal (no, not the political orientation). Your ship typically be configurable with parts from at least three classes of starship, allowing you to make starship combinations that never existed in movies or on the wiki. In addition, you can choose what type of windows you want, as well as painting your ship with a variety of decals, in the colors of your choice (though only some of the decals are actually good, and only on some ship classes).

The Progression System
As you complete more missions, you'll earn experience points that help you rank up and acquire bigger and better ships. At every 10th level (at least up to 50) you earn a free ship of the next tier, in any one of the three ship classes. However, to claim each bigger and better ship, you'll need an open ship slot. If you don't have any, you'll have to give up one of your smaller ships for it, and unless you bought it with ZEN Tokens, you'll have to pay to get it back.

The Currency(ies)
Energy Credits
At the start of your Star Fleet career (or Klingon or Romulan career), your missions will all award you in Energy Credits (EC). These are useful for buying basic upgrades for starships, low level healing kits, and basic weapons. Because of the upgrades you'll either collect as loot or be awarded for completing missions, this means that you'll rarely spend any EC outside of the Exchange, what you use to sell items to other players. In addition, they are also used to pay for appearance changes (to player and starship) that don't require the use of ZEN Tokens. These latter uses are what most of your EC will be spent on.

This will be what you both loathe and need during most of your STO gameplay. Dilithium crystals (DC) are the currency that is not only used for purchasing most starships, but also for fleet projects, purchasing ZEN on the Dilithium Exchance (DEx). As a result, you'll always be somewhat short on the stuff. However, you cannot get DC directly. Instead, you complete missions which award you Dilithium Ore (DO) that then has to be refined to DC. It occurs at a 1:1 ratio, but you can only convert a maximum of 8000 per day. In addition, the missions you can complete to earn DO are long, tedious, and low reward. It's difficult to even hit the maximum-refined-per-day. This is where the DEx comes into play. Some players will pay with real cash to get ZEN, then sell that ZEN on the DEx to get DC directly, with no daily limits and very little waiting.

ZEN Tokens
The paid, real-world based curency of STO, this annyoing gold coin is necessary to buy some higher tier items in STO. These include the refit and retrofit starship variants, as well as ALL Tier 6 starships and most small craft (except the Danube Runabout). As with all real-world-based currencies, ZEN is cheaper per-unit as you buy in larger amounts. However, by using the DEx, you can obtain ZEN without ever spending a penny on this game; it'll just take a long time. This is to do with how much grinding it takes to earn DO. It also doesn't help that the price of ZEN on the DEx is always increasing, since there's always more demand than supply. When I started playing STO, the exchange rate was around 80 DC per ZEN. Now, it's at 400 DC per ZEN, and it's only going to get higher. That said, if you can take advantage of a slow period of buying in the market, you can get ZEN a little cheaper and turn it around for a profit of DC. It'll only be a minor victory though, since you'll always want more. More for more character slots, more ship slots, more advanced ships, a character rename, a cool outfit, The Original Series ships and outfits, ... I think you get the idea. No matter how much ZEN you earn through the exchange, you'll have to buy some with cash at some point if you want to buy more than one or two things with ZEN during your STO career.

This one is the most confusing and the last to worry about. Once you reach Level 50, you'll be able to take part in reputation missions for a variety of factions, including New Romulus, the Dyson Joint Command, and the Delta Alliance. These missions will give you Reputation Marks (RM) that you can use on projects for that specific faction. On completion of the missions, you will earn Reputation Points (RP) that can be spent in combination with DC on highly advanced equipment. There is also a similar system for Fleet advancement, but Fleet projects can be contributed to by anyone in the fleet, and only started by high ranking members.

The closest thing to a community or faction this game has, fleets are groups you join for a few small benefits. You get another daily mission, and when the fleet is big enough, access to another dilithium mine (and DO mission) which you can transwarp to from the fleet's starbase. If there's more to fleets than that and the projects, I never experienced it.

If you just want to play this game for the single-player story missions, go for it. I enjoyed the story. For a fun multiplayer MMO experience, I'm sorry. It's not here, and that's why I don't recommend this game.

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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
160.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
10/10 would dabo again
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Ground combat is ♥♥♥♥ing boring, the whole crafting dynamic sucks, you need to pay to be competitive in PvP.

That being said, if you're like me, and you want to fly around in starships in the Trek universe and blow ♥♥♥♥ up, I fully recommend this game. Don't buy it to have a great MMORPG experience, buy it to have some fun playing around in starships and mentally reenacting your favorite episodes.

Personal advice: don't spend money on this game, just level up until you get the starship you want (for me it was the Sovereign-Class cruiser), play around for a bit, and just quit whenever you start feeling bored. Rinse and repeat if you want to try out different factions/classes.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
434.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I've always been a fan of Star Trek, and this game offers another path into it. Its great to see that some of the actors in the series have been part of it by supplying thier voices. It's definatly a commerical draw in the aspect where by you need to pump a lot of real life money into the game to have some of the cool things, but so far I've been happy with the choices Ive done on a limited budget.
For those of us who like single player games, its a good mass multiplayer game to play single player, yet have more than enough real players to make it not feel like a SP game.
I also like the development of constant new content and updates.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Honestly the space combat is wonderful, a beauty to play and if that was all that was in the game I would recomemd this game to everyone that I know. The thing is the ground combat is very unpolished, trully making those sections very boring and tedious. The other issues I have are that the design of the ground spaces and the very little help of the mini-map make even getting through the tutorial a chore.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,166.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Interesting storyline, good mix of both ground and space combat, fun seasonal events, and tons of customizability throughout the game. A fun atmosphere overall.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
375.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
This game does a decent job of being entertaining sadly the dialouge feels bland after the first game "arc" as i call them after that it feels like faction choice never mattered. Star Trek Online's free to play model is very friendly to free players since you only loose access to some races for the Federation you can't play as a Klingon, Catian, Joined Trill, for the Klingon Defense Force you can't play as a Ferasian and Joined Trill, and for the Romulan Republic you can't play as a Reman so you aren't missing much unless you like those races. The class system is decent since any race can be any officer (Tactical, Engineering, and Science) and each class can get kits which allow you to pick the skills you want to use the highest is 5 kit skills after level 50 after that any skills you gain later are inherent skills that can be upgraded but racial traits change depending on what class you choose and while this is good it makes all classes seem the same after you start picking traits yourself.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
669.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
From having played this game since the first day of the beta all the day to just yesterday, I've got to say that the game has been one of the most sporadic, random, and on-a-whim games I've ever seen. There have been periods where Star Trek Online is fundamentally evil and obviously run by a company that does not care for its players, and there's been times where the company has actually put in some effort and been a half decent group in favour for the players.

The game content shifts in regards to this-when the company is headed or run a particular way for whatever period of time it runs that way for, the game content and the stuff available to do either improves, worsens or stays roughly the same.

At current, the game is good, and the TOS content/missions/ships added is amongst the best I've personally seen in years. Some of its a bit odd and fanservicey, but this is a Star Trek game-who cares if Scotty is magically on the same station you're on? It's Scotty!

Overall, this game has some highlights. I'd say if you're going to play this game, play it for the space combat and the smattering of missions that have a Star Trek feel. If you're not into Star Trek, this game is bearable and fun with friends, as you can build your own space station for all of you; alone, though, this game will hold little entertainment for anyone not invested in the Star Trek universe.

It's still the best star trek space sim we have out there, in my opinion, and the best star trek game still in circulation. It's also the only star trek game of its kind.

Play with friends or if you're a fanatic; otherwise, unless you really like the space combat and *shudder* the ground combat, you're not going to get the most out of this.

7/10 in recent times, could fall as low as 5 or 4/10 depending on what content is currently being released.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,147.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
A otherwise pretty good game gone completely of its rockers. ST:O Has seen a bumpy road and changed publisist more often than I have underwear. But they were pretty much all the same. ST:O is a cash wh*re being passed around and exploited for the franchise. OK, OK profit is what companies make but ive never seen such a bad p2w concept in my life! PVP is completely ruined and dead because of it. Plenty of PVE crap being pumped into it though so if that enough for you be happy and rejoyce. Also open up your wallet!
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
The game is a neverending pile of garbage.

Wonky gameplay that gets repetitive pretty soon, uninspired missions that become grindier as you progress through the game (yes, they add kill X enemies mid game and not in the beginning, it's like they ran out of ideas and went "oh, ♥♥♥♥ it").

AI is terrible too, with friendly officers getting stuck annoyingly often. Quests also suffer from constant bugs one way or another, sometimes even progress stopping bugs.

Graphics wise it's outdated, which is not entirely a bad thing, but is paired with terrible acting and direction in cinematics, giving it some below amateur feeling that you can't wash off.

And last but not least, the user interface is more of a bother than a help. Things like huge symbols in minimap that simply wont let you see what you are suposed to see, to everything looking pretty much the same and thus making it harder to even understand them, or weird design choices like not giving a more direct approach to equiping kit abilities, having to realize on your own that you are suposed to try random keys until you get P and see a selection of avaliable skills.

Basically, if you can skip this entirely you won't regret it, it doesn't get any better as you progress, it only gets worse.
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