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.