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Star Trek Online
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Star Trek Online is also available for free on Steam


Description

Star Trek Online, often abbreviated as STO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Cryptic Studios based on the popular Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry. The game is set in the 25th century, 30 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis. Star Trek Online is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game within the Star Trek franchise and was released on February 2, 2010. The game, previously requiring a game purchase and a recurring monthly fee, is now free-to-play.

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Each player is the captain of their own individual ship. The game setting is in a war-time universe in the year 2409, utilizing any and all officers who have access to a ship, including the player's character. In keeping with naval tradition, anyone who commands a ship, regardless of his or her actual rank, is considered a de-facto "captain". Players can start in Star Trek initially in only one faction as a Federation Captain, but other factions unlock as players level up. Currently the only two factions available are Federation (at the start) and Klingon (upon reaching Level 25). Each ship has a number of crewmen who will all be NPCs, referred to as Bridge Officers. Bridge Officers have a separate progression, including the purchase of skills and equipment, and can be promoted to higher ranks by their ship's captain.

Timeline

The year is 2409, and the Federation and the Klingon Empire are once again at war. The rise of a new Chancellor, J'mpok, sees the Khitomer Accords torn up, and an aggressive campaign of Klingon expansion underway. The Romulans, directionless and adrift after the destruction of their homeworld in 2387, continue to intrigue amongst themselves - a conflict which inevitably draws the Federation in to the machinations of the once-proud Star Empire. The Cardassians, still recovering from the Dominion War, stir up trouble near Deep Space 9, as does a resurgent Terran Empire. And, after a period of relative inactivity, the Borg have begun to encroach on the Alpha Quadrant once more, attacking the Vega colony. At the same time, the Undine - known to the Borg as Species 8472 - aggrieved at what appear to be incursions into fluidic space by Alpha Quadrant powers, have begun infiltrating the major powers and driving them to conflict. And, behind all of this, a mysterious, ancient presence...

The game features references to several famous storylines, ships, and characters from various Star Trek shows. The story unfolds in the standard timeline established within the televised Star Trek series, in contrast to the alternate timeline presented in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (film) reboot.

Gameplay

In Star Trek Online, each player acts as the captain of their own ship. Players are able to play as a starship, controlling the ship's engineering, tactical and science systems by keyboard/mouse or using an on-screen console. Players can also "beam down" and move around as a player character in various settings with access to weapons and specific support and combat skills relating to their own character's class. The two combat systems are intertwined throughout the game: away-team missions feature fast-paced "run-and-gun" combat, while space combat stresses the long-term tactical aspect of combat between capital ships. Both are offered in concert with the Star Trek storyline and emphasize ship positioning to efficiently utilize shields during space combat, as well as the player's away team's positioning in consideration of flanking damage and finding various weaknesses to exploit during ground combat.


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