(Register now) As you would have read, Star Trek Online just gone Free to Play a couple of days ago under the stewardship of the developer (Cryptic Studios)’s new owner, Perfect World Entertainment. Though I have had no qualms paying a month to try the game out back then, the game apparently did not have the final “pull” factor for me to do so. Hearing the game going Free to Play (F2P), I almost immediately gave it a try.
I got to confess, I am pretty impressed with the first hour or so of trying this game. Star Trek Online is nowhere near the colossus which is The Old Republic, but getting to try out space flight and combat early in the game (almost immediately) is something which pleased me. Yes, it may lack the many features which The Old Republic has, but the development budget is no where near, hence it is an unfair comparison.
Like most maneuvering of vehicles in online games, such as rowing the boat, I am pretty bad at this. The combat, both space and ground, in Star Trek Online might not be anything ground-breaking, but I actually enjoyed it, even if I stayed at a spot while firing at enemy ships without the need to move about dodging them.
There are 4 sections of your ship, in layman terms the front, back, left and right, which can be damaged. The strategic thing to do is to position yourself properly after a side takes too much damage from a source.
I am actually glad to give this game a go before I go overseas in a couple of hours to visit my relatives. This is certainly a game I will be playing more of over the next few days of my holidays once I return. Free to Play is really good move for Star Trek Online, and I will recommend those who are looking for some (free) space adventures to try it out.