I’ve been playing Star Trek Online (it’s in open beta now) and I’m finally starting to get bored with it. I love Star Trek, its why I preordered it, but I”m certainly considering canceling that order.
The upsides have obviously been good enough as there are a few days in a row where I haven’t even logged into WoW. Sadly I think its just the shiny new toy syndrome that has caused that. The upsides are that you get to pilot a spaceship and if you love Star Trek you get to interact / immerse yourself in a culture that you love.
The downsides though… well… I know things like broken spawn points, server downtime, lag, horrific chat system will get fixed. These are things that are vital to an MMO and it doesn’t bother me that they don’t work 100% right now. Fuck, it is beta. The main problem I have with the game atm is the quest system.
The organization of the quest log is really atrocious. I literally started with the letter A and just kept pushing buttons until a window popped up that gave me my ‘journal’. Unless you remember what the quest rewards are you won’t get a chance to find out again until you complete it (the journal doesn’t say). But thats okay… because every quest is the same. You travel to a system, kill some aliens, beam to the planet, kill some aliens while retrieving something, beam back to your ship to kill escaping aliens, and then collect reward. I shit you not… that is every quest I’ve done.
I know it sounds just like any other MMO. You have basically the same types of quests that you do over and over until you hit max level. The problem with it in STO is simply variety. It is basically the same races everytime and well… a planet in the background is a planet. It’s not like you are going from a forest to a swamp to a castle to a hovering city… its space. There’s some stars and you are fighting some aliens… speaking of aliens. Since it is basically the same aliens over and over (Gorn, Klingon, Nasican (spelling is off on that one)) you see the same ships over and over. At least when I kill the same orc for 40 of the same levels their armor changes.
Granted, I’m going to keep playing of course because I like the Star Trek universe. I’ll let ya know if it gets any better but atm… I wouldn’t pay a monthly subscription for it (I’m not even taking into account the bug fixes that beta will do).
Anyone else playing it?