is Star Trek online worth playing? i'm not big on MMO stuff. can i do solo play? i just want to play around in that universe alone. should i check it out?
It’s… a mixed bag?
I’ve been playing on-and-off since it came out. Back then, you had to buy the game and pay for a monthly subscription. I tried it for a month (1st month was free) and wasn’t blown away by it. Nor was I totally disappointed. It was a different type of game than I prefer - MMOs are not my cup of tea, I prefer a good FPS game, something they don’t seem to make anymore unless you like generic cookie-cutter sequel clones made truly for consoles (which I don’t) - and so… I toyed around with it.
But when it was $15 a month to play? It wasn’t worth it. No game is, in my opinion.
About two years ago (more, maybe?) it went free to play though. Which got me poking around in it again. They’ve added tons of stuff since then, and continue to add stuff. But it remains, as ever, a mixed bag in my opinion.
Because it is free, I would come down on the judgment of giving it a try. Because you’ve nothing to lose if you do and find it’s not your cup of tea. More than likely, 80% of trekkies would be able to spend a few weeks or months fooling around with it all, easily. It’s got a learning curve, and you need in-game currency (that you earn via doing missions) to get better tech and what not — no “humans have no money” stuff in this game, lol — but that’s sort of a needed in a game.
If you want a lot of the really cool, shiny, awesome, stuff to add into it? You’re going to either spend a lot of time grinding (playing repeatable content over and over) or you’re going to have to do the foolish thing (IMO) and spend actual hard-earned real life money to buy fantasy stuff in a video game. Most of that stuff though comes later, once you’ve established and earned your rank, and so by the time you’re at the level of “Oh I have to have that starship/outfit/device!” you’ll either be an addict and not care, or you’ll have moved on and given up, lol.
The content can also get repetitive, especially if you’re like me and not willing to spend real cash to buy fake stuff. Virtually every single mission is either combat based, or at some point requires combat. But then again, it would be really tough to offer any sort of true exploration, because exploration is really usually a puzzle in Star Trek that takes a really free-thinking mind and as awesome as we all want to think we are as fans, in a game, I doubt we would be able to solve the riddles we see like the nature of Farpoint station, or explaining linear time to the prophets, you know?