Star Trek Online

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  • Star Trek setting – Character customisation – Two combat modes
  • Not enough depth to the end game

Star Trek Online (STO) is a free to play MMORPG that takes place within the Star Trek universe. The game does a great job at capturing the universe of Star Trek and has a good amount of content for players to experience. At launch the game required a game purchase and monthly fee so it has high production value (been free to play since January 2012).


Star Trek Online takes place in the year 2409 and throws players into a galaxy at war. Throughout the game fans of the Star Trek series will recognise many of the games locations, characters and ships which helps adds to the immersion aspects of the game. Players who aren’t familiar with the Star Trek universe won’t feel left out though with enough story built into the game that you don’t need to be a Trekkie for the best experience.

The game is not one to shy away from character customisation either with a wealth of options available. This includes races from all corners of the universe along with plenty of cosmetic options for both your character and ship.


Players themselves can belong to one of three factions in the game including the Federation, Romulan and Klingon. In the game you’ll play as a captain of your own starship but at times can also call on other crew members and assume their role. This means you will get to experience both away missions where you’ll fight against enemies in direct combat and ship based combat. These two combat types are closely linked meaning some quests will even involve a mixture of both.

Outside of combat there are plenty of other activities for players to engage in from crafting to exploration and even team based objectives like the fleet action missions that act in a similar manner to raid dungeons in other games. If that isn’t enough players can also visit The Foundry to create their own missions or play missions from others.


  • An MMORPG set in the Star Trek universe.
  • Massive raid missions will have you commanding a fleet of starships.
  • Plenty of customisation with different races and factions to join.
  • Combat includes both character and ship combat.
  • Use The Foundry to create your own missions or play other player creations.



Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
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  1. This game has so much potential. Graphics, content, strategy, creativity and fun are amazing. The fact that it is Star Trek in and of itself creates a fictitional world that I am already familiar with and allows my imagination to run wild. However…

    I played this game for two years, but have come to a point where I just can’t do it anymore. The bugs in this game are out of control. Most of them are just annoyances but some are actually game breakers, making it almost impossible to play at times. Even worse, just about the time you figure things out well enough to actually become good at the game, they nerf everything to the point that you feel like a beginner again. Please, don’t get me wrong, I love a challenge, but instead of creating more difficulty they strip you of everything you earn and create.

    Most players seem to run around 2-3k DPS, while I have ran a solid 15k DPS. That doesn’t bother me because most people don’t spend as much time and money on this game that I have, but when I run a single 15 minute mission and die 8 times when I used to run the mission without dying at all (as long as I paid attention) it kind of takes the fun out of the game.

    I am letting this game go. Maybe one day Cryptic will actually figure out why people get so frustrated with this game, in the meantime…I’m boldly going to some other mmo in hopes of finding a new and better frontier.

  2. I played for about 2 months, in that time I was able to cap and get fully geared and get to the end of the game! Yay? Well it took running the same maps from level 45-60 over and over and over, then when you start doing some real damage, you get to continue doing them for really no reason at all, over and over. There is no endgame, while you would expect there to be. You run the same missions from level 45-end. I am completely bored, although there is stuff to do, its all work-work-work, for nothing.

    PvP – severely unbalanced. Most people only run a set few ships and everyone goes for damage output. Rarely does anyone make healers or tanks unless maybe theres a fleet battle, which are d rate in entertainment. Its hard enough to even get together enough people to do it.

    They also pretty much force you to buy ridiculously priced ships off their item store to even be remotely competitive with other players. Some events have people paying hundreds yes hundreds of dollars and still not get the ship they want. Its a real sick twisted marketing scam. I would recommend a subscription game because you will put a ton of money into this game trying to get enjoyment out of it.

  3. This reviewer is wrong. This is yet another company that doesn’t think Mac users play games. There is no version available for the Mac…

    • The Mac client was shut down in February 2016 and the review updated accordingly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


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