Its interesting to see that my last Star Trek Online post covered the controversy over the tier 6 ships. Of course that’s a fading memory now, with tier 6 the norm, and many of the key tier 5 ships subsequently replaced by new and improved tier 5 versions. The panic over the intel ships did turn out to be a one-off thing, with subsequent ships all fitting into the general styling of each faction, and the Intel Ships themselves came with options to give them a more traditional appearance.
My favourite, and still ship of choice, replacing my trusty Excelsior, and Odyssey Class came in the form of the Command Cruisers. I’ve always like the big ships, and the Command Cruisers ticked a lot of buttons for my play style. They’re built around being a version of the bunker building options available to Engineering players that I’ve always favoured. They come with consoles that generate platforms that provide familiar shields or phaser turrets, and also come with a hanger slot, so you can launch support craft.
The intervening time also saw the launch of the Agents of Yesterday expansion to tie in with last year’s 50th anniversary. Adding TOS styling to the game was a great decision although like many I wish there were more 23rd century set missions before your character is transplanted to the main STO storyline. The fact that once they do, they still use the TOS communicator, tricorder and transporter animations becomes a bit anachronistic, but they look cool so I’m happy to let that slide.
The missions themselves are also great fun. Revisiting classic locations and storylines from TOS is really well executed. The infamous Vasquez Rocks (Kirk Mountain as me and my friends had dubbed the location) are brilliantly realised and instantly recognisable. The retro designs of the starbases and various aliens are excellently done and for a fanboy like me it’s great fun.
They’ve also nicely linked it in to the temporal storyline that sparked in the main storyline, and the welcome return of Agent Daniels (quickly recognisable and it’s hard not to like the cheeky nod to the DC character Rip Hunter).
All in all, from what I can see Star Trek Online is going from strength to strength. The latest storyline has allowed them to focus on some new races Cryptic have designed themselves as well as a plot that has favoured exploration which has proven a nice relief after the combat heavy (but still excellent) Iconian War.
Which is not bad for a seven year old MMO.