It has taken me quite a while to get around to this, but last month was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and just in time for this Star Trek Online was released on Xbox One and PS4 free to play. So for you and science I spent a colossal amount of time on it, and still haven’t completed all of the campaign.
With a choice of 3 factions, Federation, Klingons and Romulans. Each has a specific enemy in an intertwined tale. The Romulans are the part of the new Romulan Republic and can align themselves with either the Federation of the Klingon Empire, with their own initial story arc and then borrowing missions from the others. After the initial campaigns all three factions become united over several story arcs.
Missions can be space based or you can take your away team to space stations or planetary surfaces to investigate and fight your way through the mysteries in front of you. Picking you crew and equipment to make for a fairly diverse experience for a free to play MMO. Personally I much prefer the space missions, as with most MMO the ground based ones tend to get a little grindy.
Taking you through space and time, going to locations such as the City on the Edge of Forever, fighting enemies like the Doomsday machine, and having a really deep discussion with Morn in Quarks (though he does ramble on a bit). With jaunts across all the quadrants, faces from Star Trek past, present and future will turn up to help or hinder you. I really do love the game.
It is a nice looking game for its age with some lovely audio that might bring you some tingles as it brings back memories.
Video is short and has nowhere near enough space missions in it but I seemed short of footage when checking recordings.
Now I’d like to talk about Star Trek in general, I started watching when I was very young, I can’t even remember how old I was as it always seems to have been there, with The Original Series and movies and as I got a little older The Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise and the new reboots along with a variety of games (Bridge Commander is still my favourite).
It has always been a comforting presence in my life and I’m guessing quite a lot of other people’s. It boldly took us to strange and wonderful places, let us see different ways of life and ideologies. Helped us to understand why they do the things they do. That it’s how you treat people that matters, not your ideology or religion. That there is a better way of dealing with others. I believe that kind of diversity while growing up helped me be more accepting of others, to help when I can and give when I’m able. I’m far from perfect, but without Star Trek I can’t be sure what I may be like. I genuinely hope it is still around in another 50 years.
To take it back to Star Trek Online, I found this very sweet plaque on New Romulus. It lists all those who have passed away, from Gene Roddenberry to the tragic passing of Anton Yelchin. I may have teared up a little bit about then.