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Originally posted by david13e
Well, I'd like to know what Mopar likes about the game? Isn't one of the biggest complaints on these boards that "I hate STO" doesn't offer any information? Well, the "I love STO" posts without any explanation are exactly the same. Why do you enjoy STO Mopar? What groung breaking mechanic does the game have that causes you to give it an "85"? Because it is branded Star Trek? Really if you want to post STO love posts, why not use the official boards? Do you think I would get the same consideration you seem to want if I posted something negative there? Post something positive and back it up and it wont be subject to attack.
Okay David I will take your challenge to heart..
I guess the easiest place to start is that this is Star Trek. As a Trekkie for almost 40 years I enjoy all things Star Trek. I have a lot of novels, own ever episode of each series and own all the movies. I have been involved in ST gaming for years with my real highlight being part of Taldren's Inner Circle for the SFC series. So it only makes sense that when STO came out I would be playing. The chance to be in command of an Akira class starship or the Defiant is just way to cool.
I enjoy the graphics of the game and the customizing options they offered. Actually this is a mixed bag as I am a purest and watching some people be silly with uniform and race choices to me is just lame I still find that the fact I can have a character wearing those classic clothes very cool.
As for the actually game play I really enjoy the more casual play style the STO has over most MMOs. While the instancing system does make the game feel less massive and more solocentric the upside of the system is that I do not feel I am out of it if I have to not play for a few days. Running a business, doing a radio show, hardware and software reviews plus dealing with kids, having time for my wife and by real world friends, I just do not the time to commit to a game that is more play demanding.
I like the mix of ground and space combat. Now arguably the space combat is much better than the ground combat but the change up from time to time is nice and feels more like Star Trek than if it was all ship or all ground.
As for what ground breaking mechanic, there is none. This not a game that is full of innovation and I do not thing anyone has ever said it was. I rated the game an 85 because it is a "GOOD" game in my opinion but not great, if it had reached great it would be rated at 90% or over. In fairness my review score is based on the stuff I have seen coming up on Tribble as well.
At the end of the day the reason I play STO is however that it is FUN! I have a blast playing the game. It has sparked me to write number of short fiction pieces on my fleet forum. My fleet is full of great guys and we are all a bit geeking in that we RP even on Vent. :-) But that to me is part of the fun.
I am well aware of the flaws in the game and do post in official forums and other locations. This game is not perfect but then no game is. But at the end of the day if you have FUN with the game then that is all you are really paying for and I AM having fun.
I have a soap box and I am not afraid to use it.