Star Trek Online
You can play through the entire Star Trek Online Tutorial, as well as the Episode "Stranded in Space." Master your skills in space and on the ground, then rescue the S.S. Azura! The Demo is restricted to the Federation faction.Additionally, players that have allowed his or her game subscription lapse are welcome to play for free this weekend as Cryptic attempts to draw players back to the game. Various other reward and incentive programs have also begun which reward players with in-game items or currency for the amount of time played as well as for referring new players to the title. [Note: The link to the demo installer was removed by request of the developer.]
So for current players how much has the game changed? My only experience is from the beta but from what I read not much changed from that -> launch.
Is it worth the subscription? Or is it still a "Buy it, play the 30 days cause you'll see all the contnet by then, shelve it next to your Warhammer Online copy"?
There is a difficulty slider. You can now bump up the difficulty one or two notches. If you play at a higher level (advanced or elite) you get more xp and slightly better loot.
The space combat at Elite is much better. From what I have read, ground is too hard but I have not done ground at elite yet.
They added a little more content for ra1-5.
There are 3 endgame raids. They are more or less like the regular episodes but harder and you can't use your Bridge Officer NPC's so you have to have a group of 5 real people. A lot of the Star Trek population has a hard time with these. I have only done the first one. The first time I went, it was with random people and it was a train wreck. The second time, I went with people who had previous mmo raid experience and it was very very easy (but fun). You get tokens which you can trade to a vendor for epic purple gear for completing the raids.
There are 2 daily missions at RA5 - one is to explore 3 systems and the other is to complete 3 pvp matches. You get tokens for completing the daily's to trade in for epic gear. you used to only be able to get 1 type of epic weapon but now you can get all types (Phaser,disruptor,tetryon and polaron)
The fleet actions are level banded now so if you are RA5 you can do Fleet actions with other RA5's. This is actually very fun and you get level appropriate loot now instead of lowbie stuff.
They have added a TON of other stuff but most of it is fluff and not really content. dont get me wrong, all of it is cool and fun but it's all stuff like additional outfits, ship variants and minor tweaks.
The game is a lot of fun. It's awesome while you are leveling up but once you get to the end and get your ship loaded with purples, sadly the fun ends.
They do have a ton of stuff planned so I wouldn't write it off completely. I will post a list of stuff in a separate post in a min.
Also - I typed this up in 5 min so if I missed anything sorry.
hmm, thanks for the write up. I think I'll give the demo a whirl then. Didn't want to spend the download if it was still identical to the beta.
The fact that there are endgame raids in a Star Trek universe makes me want to go cry in a corner.
Yeah, those borg don't seem to be adapting. You can fight them in the same way, every day, and they never catch on.