I've been playing the beta for the last couple weeks. These last few days I could barely bring myself to play, I'd login and see if they made it any less tedious for an hour or so and that's about it. I don't know if I could even stand to try the end of beta event, I suspect the server will crash if it's very popular. And Im not sure how it'll work with how instanced the game is....I saw 50 people tops in the starbases/cities. And everything else had 12 or less when it was PVP instances.
The crafting in the game is minimal, and doesn't seem to work correctly past the first few tiers of items. It all takes place in Memory Alpha....which I think atm is kind of a pointless place. It may be less pointless if people use it as sort of a bazaar...but I doubt it'll happen.
The PVP in the game is boring, it usually boils down to Klingons hiding behind their cloaks and federation turtling up in a big clump waiting. The matches should take at most 15-20 minutes, but often times it takes double or triple that time frame because of the hide and go seek of it all. It's really really boring 95% of the time. The other 5% consists of lag and being gang banged by the whole enemy fleet no matter what side you're on. If you don't focus fire, the fights take ages....and people will usually run away.
The PVE of the game consists of ground and space. Ground is boring as hell, it's like an FPS in slow motion. Takes tons of shots to kill something....and there are a lot of ground based missions where basically if your whole team doesn't group up and go..stuff spawns so fast you can't make any progress. They will literally spawn behind you as you take on the next group of crap.
The space PVE is more fun, but after tier1 (the recently made it easier and had a bug where the higher tiers were easier)...the combat starts taking ages. And you're usually alone in most fights unless you team up or join fleet actions. I liked it for awhile, but after it started taking me 30+ minutes to do a solo mission every mission part..got too bored to care. There's just no "fun" in it when every non-shuttle sized ship takes 5 minutes to kill unless you get extremely lucky with the timing on all of your shots. But it usually boils down to you flying in circles for 4 of the 5 minute fight....yay.
And the Klingon race is PVP focused, and because their queue system is stupidly setup..it's infuriating. It takes probably 20-30 minutes to join a queue most times. You can only queue into 3 different PVP instances at a time...there's usually about 10-12 of them..never stopped to count em out because most of them are ground based and I despise ground missions. After a PVP match ends (I discussed above how long they take) the queue system holds you hostage for a few minutes..perfect for smack talk. Because each side can see each others zone chat THE WHOLE MATCH. So you'll say something, someone from the other team will respond...because there's no fancy way to tell whose on your team. Since the queue system doesn't auto-team you or offer any easily used raid interface so you can target teammates to use abilities on them. So you are forced to make your own teams.....just a stupid stupid setup. Then the rest of the Klingon stuff is a few PVE missions which is really generic.
You get 3 character slots. You either buy more at their store or get more in your game package on the more expensive packages/subs. There are 3 classes tactical, engineer, science. No idea if they are even remotely balanced via their skills since there's no good listing of their skills past level 20 or so. Any class can use any kind of ship....they are science vessels, escorts, and cruisers. (heal/buff, DPS, tank). This just allows you more and higher rank abilities in the specific type of vessels. Science vessel = science, escorts = tactical, cruisers = engineer.
The game isn't bad, but for an IP like Star Trek. If I were trying to maintain it's value, I would be very pissed off at what this game offers. The sounds of the game are about the most correct thing in it...
Sure MAYBE they will improve if in a few months...and MAYBE it won't suck then. And MAYBE pigs will fly by then. And MAYBE in a few more months Cryptic can pump out another MMO......Champions Online only came out September 2009. Glad I got to beta it before it went retail is all I can say.