Star Trek Online is an epic 3D sci-fi MMORPG based on the popular Star Trek franchise. STO features story-driven gameplay that largely follows the Star Trek canon. In this game, Players command their star ship within the vast Star Trek universe and can also complete ground missions. It was released for Microsoft Windows on February 2, 2010. The game was initially subscription-based but was re-launched as free to play on January 17, 2012.
Tips and tricks for playing the game
1.”Class” is a slightly loose term
In character creation, you will have to make a choice. Do you want to be really good at ground combat or space combat? Maybe you want to be a little good at both, and that is an option. However, many of the traits you can select from are geared towards emphasizing one way or another. Warp core theorist, for instance, will help with your ship’s energy levels — a useful thing to have when you are trying to reroute all power to shields or weapons.
Another thing you will need to consider carefully is your captain’s chosen profession. While you can pilot any ship regardless of your captain’s specialty, your chosen profession will decide where you are at your best.
For space, Engineers specialize in Cruisers, which are meaty mammoths equipped with large crews and sizable weaponry. Escorts are smaller, faster and more heavily armed ships that dish out far more raw firepower than they can take. Lastly, science ships are important because they supply support allies and weaken enemies.
As for ground combat, your role is more set in stone. The most important thing here is your “kit” which comes with a special ability you can use during combat. Engineers can equip a kit that lets them teleport small phaser turrets or shield regeneration stations. Tactical kits allow you to boost your ranged capability temporarily.
2.Use your replicator. If you look closely at your inventory window, you will find that there is a button labeled “Replicator” that does something quite awesome. The Replicator allows you to sell your junk loot anywhere you like. Well, as long as you are in a starship. If you are on an away mission, obviously you cannot use the replicator systems present on the big space ship.
3.Managing your shields. Space combat can get hectic and figure out the best way to handle your shields will determine the success of particularly challenging fights. There are two basic methods for handling the redistribution of power to your shields. Most people simply do click on each segment of the shields user interface, which will pull power equally from each of the other three shields. That is well and fine in a simple fight, but when you are being bombarded from various angles, you will want a better method.For those times when two or more sides of your shield are taking various levels of beatings, remember that clicking the center of your shield will redistribute power equally among the entirety of a ship’s shield.
4.Finding your way aroundNavigating space can be a daunting task, but thankfully Cryptic’s supplied a system list feature. If you press “M” key, a window with three tabs will open up. One tab holds a top-down map for the sector of space you are in, another has the galaxy map, and finally, you will find a third tab containing an alphabetical list of every destination within your current sector.Every mission comes with a destination, and assuming you are in the right sector of space (check your galaxy map for that) your system list is going to be a big help. Just find the location, double click it on the list and your ship will auto-navigate to that location. You can also use the visual top-down map to do this but finding your destination through the list is much easier. Of course, you may prefer to go for immersion and avoid the list, although the reality of being a starship captain is that you have got an underling to handle the boring stuff.
5. Tweaking your setupThis is simple, but it is worth mentioning just in case some people disregard it. Both your action bar and your power management window can be adjusted to your preference. I suggest messing with the power window at the very least, as you may find that one of the other variants is more useful. The button you will want to look for resembles three pages stacked upon one another. The three options give you various UI level complexity, depending on how crazy you like your MMOs to get.
Another thing you can tweak is the way your ship looks. Cryptic is known for their customization, and things are no different here. Once you have completed the tutorial, you will find that the Earth Starbase has an NPC that will allow the customization of your ship. It is deep and will likely cost you a little bit, although in beta it is a free service. Still, hopefully by launch, the first “refit” will be free.
Pros And Cons
*Excellent foundry system
*It has a great story.
*Solid character customization.
*Good reputation system.
*Tons of content.
*Controls and interface can feel clunky.
*Cash shop items are very powerful.
There is a lot to like about Star Trek Online, even for players who are not hardcore Star Trek fans. As for the console versions, it is also not all there yet. At the same time, it is hard to name a more overtly generous free to play MMO in the current market, and it is worth a shot, for both Trek devotees and the merely Warp-curious.