Star Trek Online: The Final Frontier Part II: The Wrath of Quinto
This week with Star Trek Online: The Final Frontier, there will be a change in format. No longer will this weekly post be told in a story book form as it’s simply boring and stupid. What I’d like to do is give you, the reader, a proper introduction to the game (which I failed horribly at doing the last time), and an entertaining straight forward opinion while our character, Dryxx, progresses through his career as Captain of Star Fleet Command. Yes, you heard right. Dryxx has now become the Captain of the U.S.S. Happy Fun Time! Before we continue our story, let’s pause and explain what Star Trek Online is all about.
The game takes place in 2409. Approximately 30 years after the events in Star Trek Nemesis. The story branches out into three conflicts between the Federation of United Planets, Klingon Empire, and the Borg. The Federation is trying to stop the Klingon’s from taking more planets within Federation Space, while the Borg is out searching the stars to eliminate all organic life.
Leonard Nimoy as the narrator and Zachary Quinto as the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark VI, both lend their voices to the game. The JJ Abrams 2009 adaptation bares some influence to Star Trek Online, even using some story elements from the movie in the game while maintaining the traditional feel of the original series. But according to the game’s website, the timeline of the film takes place in an alternate universe, allowing Star Trek Online to be it’s own entity.
Periodically, new content is updated through a “series” of “episodes” that work as quests to advance the main story forward, while other episodes work as side quests. Each series block consists of up to five episodes as if written for a television show that tell a complete story. As of this writing there are four series with twenty episodes! Upgrades can be purchased with Energy Credits which then can be obtained in two ways: completing missions, or simply buying them using real money. What the player can do for free, especially the customization of both the character and ship, is amazing. And, yes, all players will become the captain of their own ship and crew.
As we continue, we learn that Dryxx has been a busy little alien, rescuing and beaming the wounded from stranded ships onto the U.S.S. Happy Fun time; away from the attacking forces of the Borg. Thus the promotion from Ensign to Captain of our happy little light cruiser. In short, in last week’s episode, Dryxx assisted in the rescue of the U.S.S. Khitomer. Once his task was complete, the Happy Fun Time was under attack incapacitating the active Captain which left Dryxx, who is the next highest ranking officer, to be the new helmsman of the ship.
After completing the tutorial missions, Dryxx is summoned by Admiral Quinn to aboard the Earth Spacedock for new orders and the ability to do some customization.
At this point into the game, Earth Spacedock is a colonial station that serves the Federation Fleet with entertainment, weapons, supplies, and a docking bay for all space faring cruise vessels. It is here that the player under takes new missions that further extend the main story of the first Episode of Star Trek Online.
To be honest, since I’m not a trekkie fan at all, I never thought that I would be enjoying Star Trek Online. What attracted me to the game was the ability to be a captain of my own ship similar to the hit video game Mass Effect. And as a Free-2-Play (F2P) game the amount of freedom and content is staggering. To further add the special touch that got my juices flowing for an outright nerd-gasm was the ability to board the bridge of my own ship and explore every nook and cranny of the U.S.S. Happy Fun Time. From my own ship I can then invite friends aboard and have a space party. But for right now, I must rescue a freighter that is under attack by the Orion Syndicate.
Stay tuned next week, Dryxx meets the Vulcan and embarks on an escort mission.