Monday, March 19, 2012

End of the Road

I don't mean the Boyz II Men song, although that was pretty good and a common school dance song.  I am referring to Star Trek Online.  Even though it has gone free to play, my only interest in the game has been their Featured Episodes.  Up until The 2800, they were very interesting and what Star Trek is all about to me.

After the first episode in this series, I wrote a post about being disappointed.  I figured I'd let the rest play out before I gave my impressions again.  Sadly, I can't say it got better.   I am very disappointed with the effort Cryptic put into The 2800.  Enough so that this it has pretty much killed my interest in the game.

Where to start?  The voice acting was very bad.  If you are not going to do it right, don't do it at all.  I appreciate the effort that their staff put in for it, and it is not their fault.  Professionals should have been hired.   As for the story, I found it to be pretty bland and uninteresting.  Part of that is because it involved Bajor, which I never liked anyway.

I will say that the Deep Space 9 space walk was pretty neat.  That's about it though.  All of the other action was uninspired and pretty buggy to me.  I had to force myself to finish the last episode of the series.  During the last space flight, when ever I'd spawn I would be mass targeted by Dominion ships and destroyed.  Took be ~8 lives to finish.

The fact that Cryptic is really pumping out the c-store offerings is also annoying.  I don't mind them making money, but why should I buy anything when there is only sub-par content to use it on?  If they released decent content at a faster pace, I'd be more inclined to purchase items.

I don't know, maybe I have just been spoiled by the quality content in SWTOR.  I don't think that's the case though,  the Cloaked Intentions featured Episode seemed a lot better than the 2800.