I have a new computer, new web host, and I’m ready to hit cataclysm running. I’ve been playing Star Trek Online a bit lately, and I wanted to do a comparison post from what I’ve seen so far, which is admittedly not much.
First of all, it’s not WoW. It’s a very different game, with a very different focus. It is more flexible, I think, and more casual friendly.
The first thing I noticed was the differences between Perpetual’s plan for the game (the original developers) and the actual product. The ship was originally intended to be an environment where other players could go, and you were supposed to be able to recruit player crews, etc. This did not happen, and I’m not sure it would have worked anyways.
Your ship, rather, is another avatar for your character. Think of a mount with special skills. The lore reasons for you getting your own ship as a fresh Starfleet officer are shaky at best, but whatever.
This is a game for casuals. You can pilot any ship with any class, and even if it’s not optimal, it can work. Talent specs are much more flexible.
It’s also way easier than WoW, I think. But I think that may change at higher levels, and it’s good from a casual standpoint. The game has made me appreciate WoW in some respects, but in other respects its a better game for me.
When Cataclysm comes out, I’ll probably shelve it. But now that I have a PC and not a Mac, I figured I owed it a try.