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Posted: Jan 10th 2011 10:47AM Tom in VA said

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The biggest challenge for me in STO is that the game lacks staying power.

Many positive reviews and impressions (like Beau's here) are based on preliminary experiences with the game. The problem with STO is that, after a couple of weeks to a month, you have pretty much experienced all the game has to offer. After that, it's just wash-rinse-repeat at progressively higher levels. Criticize WoW all you want, but WoW at least offers a lot of variety and creativity in its quests and zones. STO ... not nearly so much.

The game gets very stale fairly quickly. Most of the positive review and quasipositive impressions I have read are from people who have only played a little bit.

I am not slamming STO by any means, and I enjoyed reading Beau's impressions of STO (they were similar to my own, initially); it is an OK game, really it is. But it is NOT a game that merits a premium subscription ($15/month) simply because I don't think most players are going to find enough here to do to commit to such a pricey monthly subscription fee.

In my opinion, Cryptic should "wake up and smell the coffee" and recognize that STO would generate more revenue overall if they charged, say, $5/month or went F2P altogether and used MTs to generate revenue.

Posted: Jan 10th 2011 11:30AM The Grand Nagus said

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@ Tom in VA: I'm pretty sure that if CO sees a significant revenue increase after going to the F2P hybrid model, STO will follow soon after. At the end of the day Cryptic is a business, and that means their going to do whatever makes the most money. Turbine has already proven their hybrid model works better than the normal monthly sub:

http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/01/06/turbine-lotro-revenue-tripled-since-going-f2p/

Posted: Jan 11th 2011 7:59PM Lockerd said

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Hey If anyone is new to Star trek Online. just send a message to Lockerd@Lockerd and I will help with anything you need,

Posted: Jan 11th 2011 8:02PM Lockerd said

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and Beau If yo uwant a cool starter ship go down to the Enterprise starter ship. its pretty cool. and if you got the colectors edition then you can redeem your red matter device. it is very handy.

Posted: Jan 12th 2011 2:29AM Lionhearted said

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The game is much better than it used to be, to the point where I'd say it's "pretty good."

My biggest complaint -- and why I took a break from it -- is the lack of content. You run out of content quickly. Someone could max level the thing in a month and still be a fairly casual fan. My other complaint is the cash shop is excessive -- too much emphasis goes into it for a $15 a month game.

But for casual players, this game is going to be a great bet. The episode arcs that they keep adding in have been very good -- even story wise -- and the Foundry, which will allow players to create content, promises to add a lot to the game as well.

More diversity in content, more stories from the episode arcs and additional content for players who've hit the max are needed badly... even more so than being able to sit in the chairs as easily as you'd like... but it's clear they *are* working on it. The title was pushed out too soon (probably Atari's fault), but leaps and bounds have been made since then.

Posted: Jan 20th 2011 9:55PM Flix said

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Well I must say from experiance that all of you that are complaining about Beau's comment:

"My fellow players were mostly helpful, peppered occasionally with some "your mum" kids who seemed to have stumbled in from a World of Warcraft trade channel discussion on Chuck Norris."

he could not have hit it any closer to square on the head! I played WoW since it was released and I quit playing WoW for that exact reason. WoW's community is ~70% age 13 to 18 without respect, I only found sanctuary by turning off trade, city, yells, and says. This very experiance ruined the feel and depth of WoW.

when you look at STO the community is intelligent adultswith ages estimated to be ~50% 30 to 50 30% 19 to 29 and the rest 13 to 18 this has created a more mature audiance that is more respectful and helpful towards others.

In hindsight Beau you did a wanderful job on this article and I look forward to reading about your next visit to STO and if anyone joining STO needs some friendly help or advice in the game contact me I'm Flix@Calcova in STO

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