Maximum Warp

The Star Trek Online beta is done, the head-start is tomorrow, and I can’t wait to enlist in Starfleet. I think I remember a forum post saying that the final retail patch would be posted today, so I’m going to run the client tonight and hopefully avoid any long waits for tomorrow. Hey I can dream right?

My previous thoughts on the game haven’t changed. I wasn’t expecting a virtual world sandbox game. I wasn’t expecting Mass Effect style dialog trees. All I wanted was an emotional response when firing a photon torpedo or sending my ship into warp, and I got that. The game has improved a lot since I first started testing in late November. There are still bugs and rough edges to things, but Cryptic has been able to show a lot of improvement in two and a half months. My only disappointment with the game is the linearity of the non-combat missions, I would like to see a little bit in the way of options instead of just: read, click, read, go here, read, click, read, beam out.

I had already decided in December that I was going to play at least the first six months, but based on my open beta experiences I’ve decided to go all in, as they say in poker, and I bought a lifetime account (my third, the others being LotRO and Champions).

Is it a risk? Oh yeah. Will I regret it? Maybe, but not as much as I would regret it if I was still playing in a year and hadn’t bought one. Of course I could have taken the one year sub and then switched to a lifetime next year, but then I would miss out on the playable Borg captain and be paying $60 more for the lifetime plus the $120 for the first year sub. So I’m taking a gamble that I’ll still be playing this time next year. That is a pretty safe bet for me. I’m still not at max level on my first hero in Champions and I didn’t get my first max level in LotRO until a month before Moria came out, so I don’t chew through content that fast.

So, I’m in it for the long haul and if Cryptic can make good on Zinc’s State of the Game from yesterday, then I’ll be a happy player for quite a while.

6 Comments

  1. ScaryboosterNo Gravatar says:

    I had a hard time with the game. I didn’t like CO and STOd beta was not good fir me. I might check it out in a year, but by that time SWTOR will be out. J feel Cryptic is just looking for money not fans

  2. I had the opposite happen, beta totally turned me around and I had clocked 43 hours in a week before it was over. So I am gonna go in. Champions was not the game for me and handled poorly but this crew seems to be taking Trek in the right direction.

    I’m old, I have been watching Star Trek for over 20 years, and I am ready to go.

  3. BrianNo Gravatar says:

    It is always interesting to see how different everyone’s reactions are to the same things. I’ve also been wondering if my opinion of Champions would’ve been different had a I played more of the beta and been through the infamous 0-day patch.

  4. xXJayeDuBXxNo Gravatar says:

    Oh man, lifetime subs to both Cryptic games, that’s quite the investment. I do wish I bought a lifetime sub for LOTRO when it first released and I still might here soon.

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