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Star Trek Online Mission Play
Good news about the development of Star Trek Online and hope for game play.
Episodes within Star Trek: Online are meant to let the player feel as if they’re playing an episode of Star Trek itself. The writers and developers of the game went though over seven hundred Star Trek television episodes before sitting down and writing their own for the game.
First, I like that they are calling missions episodes. That is very inspiring. Secondly, requiring the writers and developers to watch and be familiar with the shows is a big plus too but did they get the spirit of the show?
Included in the episodes are themes, dialog and dramatic moments, all designed to “look, feel and play like Star Trek."
I really like that they are going to set up the game play more like an episode of Star Trek. What they have to say about the use of drama and including 3 "seasons" each containing 14 episodes of play at the start is inspiring. I still have some questions though.
- Will each episode include in some moral, ethical question or social exploration of the human condition that was at the heart of all Star Trek?
- Will the missions assignment have some means of randomness or include in random missions so that the game does not come across as playing through a linear storyline?
Star Wars: Galaxies: Death Troopers
This is something I have wanted to see for a long time (sort of). I have advocated for a decade now that franchise owners should run their MMO plots in tandem with their franchise fiction. It would provide:
- a better immersion into the setting
- more content for the game
- cross-promotional opportunities to pull players into the franchise, and readers into the game.
This is not what I had in mind though...
Worse idea since the Christmas Special?
Death Troopers is probably the stupidest idea to hit a franchise since Star Trek Voyager. Simply, it is zombies in Star Wars, and not even an original or setting consistent attempt to capitalize on the zombie Crazy.
To make matters worse, they are implementing it in Star Wars Galaxies, the game Sony Online Entertainment is seeing how many time they can ruin it before it just dies.
I miss Galaxies
It is no secret that I am a huge Star Wars fan. In fact, I have the posters for Episodes 4, 5, and 6 hanging in my living room over my coach. I used to play Star Wars Galaxies... a lot.
I left the game twice after major recodes of the game that made it simply unplayable in any fashion that could be described as fun. They have offered me several free trials to try to lure me back, and I always update my client (which I still haven't uninstalled). The hope returns that the game will be fun again, but that is quickly crushed.
Is there hope?
In the lead up to the release of Death Troopers SOE has plans to overhaul some of the core systems again.
- Update 13 will add in Star Wars Chronicles. A system for players to make their own missions (PvE and PvP)
- Update 15 will overhaul the Galactic Civil War system
Updates 14 and 15 will be the Death Troopers additions.
O, the pain of it all
Yet again, I am torn whether or not to dust off my old account and give Galaxies another try. If you are still playing, let me know how the gameplay is now
(via Club Jade.)
Star Trek Online added Romulan Screenshots
The Star Trek Online Official Site posted 3 gorgeous new screenshots. This is the one MMO, I cannot wait to play, and with every new image, my desire grows.
These new screens prove 2 things about this game:
- They have figured out how to make space look compelling.
- They are breaking new ground for planet-side graphics in an MMO.
Leonard Nimoy to Announce Star Trek Online Footage
We are thrilled to announce that legendary Star Trek actor and director Leonard Nimoy will be our special guest at the reveal of the first gameplay footage from Star Trek Online! (STO)
I can see it now, Nimoy’s legendary voice narrating the adventures displayed on the screen. I only hope they are not bringing him in just to say, “Roll tape” or “May Star Trek Online live long and prosper.
If you just can’t wait…
Cryptic Star Trek Online's Cryptic Future?
It may not be dead, Jim, but who can get their hopes up anymore? Perpetual Entertainment/P2 is not going to be making Star Trek Online, and now rumors are floating around that Cryptic will be picking up the project... maybe. We do know that Cryptic is working on a secret Sci Fi MMO, but that is not the same as proof positive that we they are in fact making Star Trek Online. I hope the game is not dead, bus this is not enough to give me hope yet.
(via WarCry Network)