Star Trek Online Turns Five

The Star Trek Online website announces a milestone for Star Trek Online that Star Trek: The Original Series failed to achieve, as the game has now completed a five-year mission (thanks Jamie). Here's a bit on where the sci-fi MMORPG will boldly go from:
When Captain James T. Kirk took the Enterprise out, it was originally scheduled for a five-year mission, so five years has a pretty big significance in Star Trek lore. Seeing Star Trek Online mark a date of five years of live operations is a cause for celebration unlike any other year, and this anniversary we are pulling out all the stops.

This year, we’ve got two additions to the Anniversary content that will run from January 29th through February 26th of 2015. The first of which is a new Featured Episode called “Dust to Dust,” and the second is a new minigame where Q has tasked you with stabilizing Omega Particles across the galaxy in an effort to secure the keys to the new Kobali Samsar Cruiser Starship as well as craft some upgrade kits in the process.
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Feb 1, 2015, 18:09
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Feb 1, 2015, 18:09
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Endo wrote on Feb 1, 2015, 18:04:
Yet another grind event. Used to be you just had to run a special mission to get event stuff. Not any more. Now every single one is just another grind, as if there weren't enough grind already. Hope you like running the same crappy mission 15 times for one lousy ship!

I think it's finally time to uninstall.
So, no missions to skip grinding? I like the action missions in its open beta. I just don't have time to grind like in WoW. Ugh! Speaking of WoW. I need to check it changes since I only played its original WoW.
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Feb 1, 2015, 18:04
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Feb 1, 2015, 18:04
 
Yet another grind event. Used to be you just had to run a special mission to get event stuff. Not any more. Now every single one is just another grind, as if there weren't enough grind already. Hope you like running the same crappy mission 15 times for one lousy ship!

I think it's finally time to uninstall.
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Feb 1, 2015, 16:07
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Re: Star Trek Online Turns Five Feb 1, 2015, 16:07
Feb 1, 2015, 16:07
 
Haven't played this game in hmm, guess it's been years now? So that means my recollections are obsolete, mis-remembered, just plain wrong etc. But that's never stopped anyone on the internet...

I wouldn't say the entire game was fun, but there was enough fun in it to be worth your time and/or money. As for specifics, hmm...

There were a lot of interesting user-made things (don't remember the name of anything, sorry...) to play, if you wanted something that felt like an old Star Trek episode or whatever. And the spaceship fighting/flying around was good.

The main thing I remember disliking was walking around on some random planet. If I got a mission to beam down to planet X and explore/fight/whatever, I knew it was going to be a chore. Having some of my guys disappear through the ground in the middle of the fight was usually bad, except when it let me finally defeat the enemy guy who had also fallen through.

Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 23:14:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 21:43:
When I feel like buying something I almost always buy keys and take my chances on the different crates to see what I get. I got a temporal science vessel that way once.

Well, to save yourself some money buy keys from the exchange. It's stupidly easy to grind EC, and quickly. When I was playing a lot my biggest money makers were coming from cornering markets with a couple of people. At one time I had Jevonite and Ferasan Nepeta Leaves markets all to myself. I'd simply buy them up when they were dirt cheap, then start chipping away at the market. Building up my EC's and then controlling the market price.

Aha, this reminds me of something. At some point I noticed my playing time had become maybe 10% Star Trek Online, and 90% Ferengi Online i.e. chasing profit on the exchange. So I'm paying real money in order to earn pretend money? That's when I knew it was over.

Assuming it's not changed since then, I'd call this one of the better free MMOs. They wanted your money, of course. But I never felt the developers of Star Trek Online actively disliked the non-paying players. Unlike, say, The Old Republic, where the message was clear: pay money, or please just go away.
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Feb 1, 2015, 12:26
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Feb 1, 2015, 12:26
 
You can take the gameplay out of a mmo, but you can't take the mmo out of the gameplay. Meaning, imo "same as it ever was". I can read miles of mmo changelogs and wala, still pretty much the same thing in gameplay feel, which to me is the issue.
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Feb 1, 2015, 12:26
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Feb 1, 2015, 12:26
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Sleeeeepy wrote on Feb 1, 2015, 12:15:
The main thing I took away from this is that apparently starships use keys.
LOL.
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Feb 1, 2015, 12:15
 
The main thing I took away from this is that apparently starships use keys.
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Feb 1, 2015, 11:17
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Re: Star Trek Online Turns Five Feb 1, 2015, 11:17
Feb 1, 2015, 11:17
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ViRGE wrote on Feb 1, 2015, 06:26:
Creston wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 15:49:
This is only five years old?? I would have sworn it would be fast approaching its tenth birthday.
And conversely, I still remember when this game was in development hell over at Interplay. We never thought we'd see the day where it actually shipped, let alone run for 5 years.
Eh? Interplayed made ST:O? I didn't even know. I remember their cancel(led) Vulcan game decades ago though!
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Creston wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 15:49:
This is only five years old?? I would have sworn it would be fast approaching its tenth birthday.
And conversely, I still remember when this game was in development hell over at Interplay. We never thought we'd see the day where it actually shipped, let alone run for 5 years.
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Jan 31, 2015, 23:29
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Jan 31, 2015, 23:29
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Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 23:14:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 21:43:
When I feel like buying something I almost always buy keys and take my chances on the different crates to see what I get. I got a temporal science vessel that way once.

Well, to save yourself some money buy keys from the exchange. It's stupidly easy to grind EC, and quickly. When I was playing a lot my biggest money makers were coming from cornering markets with a couple of people. At one time I had Jevonite and Ferasan Nepeta Leaves markets all to myself. I'd simply buy them up when they were dirt cheap, then start chipping away at the market. Building up my EC's and then controlling the market price.
Crap, I posted incorrectly and quoted the wrong places earlier.
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Jan 31, 2015, 23:14
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Jan 31, 2015, 23:14
 
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 21:43:
When I feel like buying something I almost always buy keys and take my chances on the different crates to see what I get. I got a temporal science vessel that way once.

Well, to save yourself some money buy keys from the exchange. It's stupidly easy to grind EC, and quickly. When I was playing a lot my biggest money makers were coming from cornering markets with a couple of people. At one time I had Jevonite and Ferasan Nepeta Leaves markets all to myself. I'd simply buy them up when they were dirt cheap, then start chipping away at the market. Building up my EC's and then controlling the market price.
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and it is always wrong."
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Jan 31, 2015, 21:43
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Jan 31, 2015, 21:43
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Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 21:14:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 19:00:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:03:
Is F2P very limited or has a lot to do as a freebie? I didn't get far in its free open beta. I wonder if I will be able to use my old beta account or did it get wiped?
It has plenty to do. You can get ships at top tier, do all the content, and never drop a dime. Some of it is grindy but it's not bad.
Ah OK. I just don't have a lot of time to grind. I am already grinding in real life.

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Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 19:00:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:03:
Is F2P very limited or has a lot to do as a freebie? I didn't get far in its free open beta. I wonder if I will be able to use my old beta account or did it get wiped?
It has plenty to do. You can get ships at top tier, do all the content, and never drop a dime. Some of it is grindy but it's not bad.


Yeah you can do pretty much everything and even come out with a good setup and good gear. The stuff you buy is mostly cosmetic, except the ships and some of those end up being give-aways around Christmas if you're willing to grind some. If you hate grinding you can buy some things that will give you xp bonuses too. I never felt like I needed that but I'm never in a hurry to level up either.

I played a long time and earned all the gear from the missions (plus reputation gear) and then mixed and matched.

When I feel like buying something I almost always buy keys and take my chances on the different crates to see what I get. I got a temporal science vessel that way once.

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Jan 31, 2015, 20:21
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Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 20:11:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 19:37:
Thanks. Weird, your quoting failed.

Yep. And weird that the quoting failed especially since I simply hit the quote button. Oh well, shit happens. Enjoy it though if you go to play, there's enough to keep you occupied for a bit.
Yep, hopefully ST:O will be around for a while while I catch up with other stuff beside gaming.
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Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 19:37:
Thanks. Weird, your quoting failed.

Yep. And weird that the quoting failed especially since I simply hit the quote button. Oh well, shit happens. Enjoy it though if you go to play, there's enough to keep you occupied for a bit.
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and it is always wrong."
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Jan 31, 2015, 19:37
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Jan 31, 2015, 19:37
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Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 19:00:
Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:03:
Is F2P very limited or has a lot to do as a freebie? I didn't get far in its free open beta. I wonder if I will be able to use my old beta account or did it get wiped?
It has plenty to do. You can get ships at top tier, do all the content, and never drop a dime. Some of it is grindy but it's not bad. Thanks. Weird, your quoting failed.
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Ant wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:03:
Is F2P very limited or has a lot to do as a freebie? I didn't get far in its free open beta. I wonder if I will be able to use my old beta account or did it get wiped? It has plenty to do. You can get ships at top tier, do all the content, and never drop a dime. Some of it is grindy but it's not bad.
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"For every human problem,
there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."
--H.L. Mencken
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Jan 31, 2015, 18:52
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I would put it in my top 3 F2P MMOs for the F2P player. In fact, I am not sure I can think of a F2P MMO that you can have more fun with without spending a single dollar.

I have often wished that Champions Online had been even HALF as good as this game. Hell, I might settle for a quarter.

And to answer the original question: Yes, much better than during beta or launch. As someone else mentioned, the player created missions can be a good source of fun as well.
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Jan 31, 2015, 15:55
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Creston wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 15:49:
This is only five years old?? I would have sworn it would be fast approaching its tenth birthday.
Ditto. Isn't time supposed to go warp speed?
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This is only five years old?? I would have sworn it would be fast approaching its tenth birthday.
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Jan 31, 2015, 14:07
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Jan 31, 2015, 14:07
 
I have a max level character in that game.

It's pretty fun I think. You can solo everything if you want. Some of the fan made missions are good so check those out too.

It's much better than when it came out. I think it's at least worth a download.

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