I really liked this game, I wanted to play a sci-fi space shooter and thats what STO does so well. At the time it was on sale so I took the lifetime package. Yep I am in this game for the life of it, but I would not recommend this game for anyone else. Sorry, because this game has potential just needs a better developer.
Graphics in space and space combat are nice, there are better but they do a decent job
Game is space oriented not too much running around on planets.
Fairly reasonable game events the game has a large population even with all its problems.
Very much pay2win, and most my friends that play usually told me that they went to other sites to buy items or EC to purchase items in game.
Dropbox galore: Almost all the good stuff is from a drop box or you have to buy it. They do have some events that give away some items like ships etc. but the grind is intense.
Serious grinding takes place for items and end game, yeah you can do foundry missions, but that just another form of grind and its pretty lame to just sit there and shoot ships so you can loot make EC then get some items.
Did I say this game is a grind??
PVP: unless your in a pvp guild and they kit you up forget it, you pugs and non pvp guilds wont even last a few seconds in pvp its so slighted towards these pvp guilds its crazy. Its not even fun for just the avg joe to go in and play a quick match.
Story lines for new updates and download content is light in story and can be done in anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. They expect you to pay 160 for reskinned ships, new clothes/uniform designs, and a few hours of content. Which really anyone could have developed in a foundry mission. The service is getting worse as this game goes on.
Soooo now to the real reason I cannot recommend this game to anyone. The game runs like crap. I have noticed a steady decline in this games function throughout the year I been sub'd but now it stutters so much I cannot even log on. My toons are always getting dropped and when I go to sign on again, I am continually dropped from the login servers. So, yep I payed a lifetime membership to play login all day. When you post or talk about the crappy server status we are blamed. Its obviously our IP and Internet service, but really I could see that if it was just a few of us but its not its everyone. They say they cannot control this problem its something called a Cognet? Well, every other game I play has issues, crap even defiance had a weekend of stuttering, however they fix it or find a work around. I have an Asus Rog and really do not have any problems playing any game. Just this one.
Bottom line, do not pay money for this game, play it and enjoy it if your just free subing ... if you can get online and play it. My only saving grace to this game is that I am a lifetime member and the hope is there will be only a few people on the servers as this game matures and I can log in and do what I like. GL all.