A Review of Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus
I find it ironic that I'm sitting here writing this article while waiting for server maintenance to close down on Star Trek Online.
Though, I guess it's to be expected, Tuesday is maintenance day. (Was a little lazy with getting the article typed though.)
Beyond that, however, is the game. Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus.
Star Trek Online: A Little Background
Before we get into Legacy of Romulus, I guess I should say a little bit about Star Trek Online.
STO follows the original timeline, or the Prime universe (Star Trek Prime) instead of the universe created by (J.J. Abrams first Star Trek movie). The events in STO take place thirty years after the end of Star Trek Nemesis. Star Trek 2009
Data's alive, and he's the new captain of the Enterprise, which has moved up in the alphabet to the letter F. This new model is a ship design that's only appeared in the game thus far (the Odyssey Class). And, technically, the Enterprise hasn't even appeared in the game.
(I believe they're not allowed to show it.)
But, all of that is a digression, and my train of thought is evident in said digressions.
STO is based around a new war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Players can choose between those two factions and play as any number of species within the faction. The Federation has a larger number of options than the Klingon Defense Force.
So on, and so forth, it's just like a lot of MMOs where you have the separate factions to facilitate PVP and what not.
Which MMO would you rather play?
Legacy of Romulus
Legacy of Romulus was STO's first expansion pack. It added a wealth of new content to the game in every way shape and form, above and beyond what their previous "expansions" (episodes/seasons) brought.
Legacy of Romulus wasn't just a new bad guy, a couple of new worlds, and a few missions.
Legacy of Romulus brought a new race and a new faction to STO. Now, it's possible to play as the Romulans. You can fly their starships through the galaxy as a member of the Romulan Republic, and you can fight against the malefic Tal'Shiar and the Romulan Star Empire.
Then there's also new content for the Klingons, new villains, and plenty of mechanics changes.
And, I can't think of any more to say about it.
I like it, don't get me wrong. The Romulan missions, what I've played of them, are fun, but there are a lot of negatives that I've run into. And, I'm pretty sure a lot of other players have run into them too.
The First Week
Let's just make a list of the problems I encountered:
- Patching took forever.
- Login failed due to unknown error.
- Login queues.
- Server disconnections.
- Daily maintenance.
- Daily patching.
- Romulan Starships suck (Yeah, only in game negative I've seen.)
Another major problem is the server. That's right, singular, a game with two million players has only one server. Not only that, but Holodeck, the server STO is hosted on, is split into nine shards. One-ninth of that server is actually dedicated to running the playable game. Two other shards are the closed and open Beta testing. That's one-third of the server.
The other two-thirds of the server are occupied by other games.
Two other games.
There are rumors circulating STO that one of those games, Dungeons and Dragons Neverwinter, is going to be moved off of the server.
My question is simple:
- Why in God's name are there three games on one server?
Do they cost that much to run?
I know it's free to play, but there are a hundred different things they sell in game. There is income there, quite a bit of it. If there wasn't enough income to keep the game running why would they put out an expansion?
I don't know. I don't think I could run a business like that. I'd be to worried about gameplay and story, not cutting penies to put more in my pocket. (Not that I'm saying the developers don't care about the gameplay and content. Oh my God, do they care about gameplay. It's almost always the people holding the checkook that hold the game back.)
I realize this review isn't a glowing ball of praise for Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus, but I do like it.
So, in the end, my recommendation is simple: Give it a shot.
Take is slow, and be gentle with the game and how its run. The world is a blast, the people are great, and the stories are above and beyond what I've seen done before.
It was problems with corporate Perfect World and Cryptic that tainted this review.
Anyway, download the game, and come and find Shy'nyp. We can hang out. And, maybe, just maybe, I'll get you an invitation to DALAN, the fleet I'm in. It's the best fleet in the game.