In honor of the launch of Star Trek Online Season 14: Emergence
on console last week, PWE
has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our console readers! We’ve got 25 sets of codes apiece for PlayStation 4 (SEN version) and Xbox One, each with a trio of starter packs for each faction.
- Federation Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 Constitution Class Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear, One Small XP Boost
- Klingon Defence Force Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 B’Rotlh Bird-of-Prey Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear, One Small XP Boost
- Romulan Legacy Starter Pack Content: Tier 1 T’Varo Light Warbird Starship, 12 Inventory Slots, 12 Bank Slots, 1 Borg Bridge Officer, 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear, 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear
Read on to enter to win!
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Dragon Nest, TERA M, Mabinogi Mobile, Icarus M, Summoner’s War, Star Trek Online, Osiris New Dawn, Lord of Vermilion Arena, PUBG, Stardew Valley, Warframe, Overwatch, Path of Exile, Astroneer, KurtzPel, RuneScape, Dota 2, Second Life, and Renaissance Kingdoms, all waiting for you after the break!
If you haven’t been paying attention to the television market over the past few years, you might have missed the fact that we are in the middle of a revolution of how shows are made and broadcast. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney, and CBS are greenlighting all sorts of fantastic shows with the hopes of strengthening their audience and luring them to these pay-to-watch platforms.
Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Walking Dead, The Defenders, Star Trek Discovery, and Stranger Things are a few examples of how these companies are getting acclaim and major viewership with ambitious projects. Large amounts of money are being thrown around on both the licensing and production of these shows, and companies are frantically looking around for the next big hit. So while Disney is boldly announcing a Star Wars live action TV series, Amazon went to the fantasy equivalent and nabbed a little thing called Lord of the Rings.
Yes indeed. The big news from this past week was that Amazon bought the rights to produce a multi-season Lord of the Rings series. While the exact cost of this deal wasn’t revealed, industry experts estimate that it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 to $250 million. No small po-tay-toes any way you look at it. But what will this series mean for our beloved MMORPG? I have a few thoughts about that.
Did you know about all the MMOs I hate? I sure as heck didn’t! I mean, I knew there were a few games I hated (Scarlet Blade, Alganon) and some that I have pretty poor feelings toward for various reasons (Star Citizen, EVE Online, League of Legends, H1Z1: Kash of the Kow), but those are also games I discuss only in particular circumstances.
Yet thankfully, I have been informed over the near-decade of writing about MMOs that there are a number of games I thought I liked but that I do, in fact, hate. This was a surprise to me, but I think that for purposes of comprehension, it’s best for me to list for reference all the games that I apparently utterly despise. It’s all very confusing to me, but I’m confident that by sharing and making the occasional off-color joke, I’ll be able to decipher it all.
So, Star Citizen alpha 3.0. Around the Verse. Does anyone read these, or do you just skip to the comments with your popcorn? Let’s find out! In this episode, CIG’s Eric Kieron Davis, dressed inexplicably like a Star Trek character, says the team checked in 756 updates to the 3.0 alpha over the past week, as it’s focused specifically on mobiGlas, missions, traversal, shopping, and stability. No, the patch still isn’t on the PTU. They’re working on it. But seriously, what’s with the Spock shirt.
The meat of the episode is on quantum travel, and no, there won’t be a physics exam at the end (although I could actually arrange that if you want). Alpha 3.0 will overhaul that system with distance in mind; instead of just clicking your destination and be greeted with the “same experience regardless of where you were going,” alpha 3.0 players will find that long trips feel quite different from short ones.
Perhaps few things bug me so much as when developers introduce a meaty gameplay system into an MMORPG only to neglect or abandon it by the time the next expansion rolls around. Lord of the Rings Online’s skirmish system, World of Warcraft’s garrisons and class order halls, or Star Trek Online’s exploration system are but a few examples that have rankled my sensibilities over the years.
It’s frustrating because players latch on to these systems and find enjoyment in them, even years after their introduction. It’s doubly frustrating because with some refinement and updates, these systems could become relevant and even better than before. But no, they’re shoved back under the bed so that devs can play with their new shinies.
If you had your pick, what older MMO systems do you wish your game’s developers would take the time to upgrade today?
Despite its utopian idealism, Star Trek isn’t a stranger to the occasional scary tale or horror-themed outing. Captains in Star Trek Online
have faced many terrors in the night, but perhaps none are as creepy as the one in Hearts and Minds
This special quest only pops up in the game on Friday the 13ths and Halloween, so you have a very limited time to check it out before it goes away again. It’s a “mad science” theme with a total of 13 (!) enemies that is decidedly different in tone than the rest of the game. The mission features some neat rewards, like a rare duty officer and a Vulcan Lirpa, and since it’s relatively short, it’s worth running to snag these items before they vanish.
Star Trek Online is also running a Halloween costume contest on Risa tonight at 6:00 p.m. EDT that will be judged by the development team.
One Gamasutra writer’s return to Star Trek Online
created a (ahem) discovery that this MMO contains a great wealth of storytelling thanks to its episodic design.
“The quality of its narrative is uneven, but mostly good and mostly very Trek-y,” the author writes. “The best parts of the game are those that manage to go beyond mere combat to tell an interesting story about Trek’s weird, wonderful galaxy.”
Experienced players will back her up on these observations, which continue to note how STO takes up plot threads from the show and continues them in unexpected and interesting ways. The format of the missions as “episodes” allows for a longer and more narratively rich story to be told, which stands in stark contrast to many other MMOs on the market (which is why, of course, that we praised this aspect as to why STO is an underappreciated game).
“STO succeeds in large measure because it manages to nail Star Trek’s tone so well, using its limited suite of mechanics and UI tools in creative ways to capture that spirit,” the author said.
Once again, Star Trek Online’s
console community plans on catching to the latest update as Cryptic announced that Season 14: Emergence is scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 14th
The update contains a new featured episode called Melting Pot that stars LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge. It also tosses in a new tier 5 fleet holding, a Tzenkethi Red Alert, two new fleet holding defense queues, and the “miracle worker” specialization. In addition, players will be able to grab a free kilt and “skant” uniform option for free when the update arrives.
In the meanwhile, console players will have to console (ahem) themselves with a double experience weekend. This event, which is running through October 30th, doubles the skill points and expertise from all manner of activities.
If you’re kicking yourself that you missed out on some of the more recent giveaways over at Star Trek Online
, then kick yourself into gear instead. Cryptic announced that it is reprising its shuttle and uniform giveaway
through the end of the month to anyone who logs in to claim them.
The free shuttle in question is the Type 7, most commonly seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is a nice upgrade over the default shuttle that the game gives you for small craft missions, sporting a device slot and two forward weapon slots. And if you don’t mind mixing up the eras, you can pilot this shuttle wearing the new Star Trek Discovery uniform, which is the first piece of content from the current TV series to make its way into the game.
Star Trek Online also changed up its featured mission rewards for Melting Pot with a “Preeminent Deflector” that apparently synergizes well with shield output. Could be useful!
Curious about STO? One brilliant Massively OP writer called it one of the “most underrated MMORPGs” currently on the market — and gave 10 reasons why.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
will launch its sixth major update since Knights of the Eternal Throne
at the end of November. It will include an additional operation boss fight and another flashpoint to continue the Alliance traitor storyline. And even though the update is well over a month away, we know that storyline will continue on the Chiss-occupied world of Copero, once again tying author Timothy Zahn to the game.
But who are the Chiss, and why are they so important to the Star Wars universe? Besides being the species of the Imperial badass Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Chiss are very much a mystery to the galaxy at large. However, thanks to the many books, comic books, and video games, we do know a thing or three about this secretive species. Here are 10 things that you need to know before jumping into the new content.
I’m the type of player who has a stable of games that I return to from time to time, particularly when I’m looking for a dependable, enjoyable experience. I’ll stay with these games for a while until I can feel the fringe of burnout approaching and then let them go until they are needed once more.
Among these titles is a long-running favorite of mine — and an MMO that I feel is somewhat underappreciated by the larger community. The game is, of course, Star Trek Online. I was there at launch with my Del Taco cup in hand (there was a silly promotion that involved shuttles you could get from buying a soda), I’ve popped in for most of the anniversaries, and I’ve generally had a great time going through all of the featured episodes again and again while nerding out in my starship.
While I won’t argue that it is a perfect MMO or that it’s free from cash shop shenanigans, Star Trek Online does have a lot going for it that can get overlooked when players are hunting around for a reliable and slightly different gaming experience. Here’s why.
In honor of the launch of Star Trek Online Season 14: Emergence
on PC last week, PWE
has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our PC readers (console folks, you can sit this one out)!
A hundred winners will be taking home a code for the Accelerated Officer Training Pack, which contains a Retrofitted 23rd Century Constitution-class Cruiser (T1), one Large Experience Booster, and free gear requisitions from Level 10 through 50.
And five winners will also score a T6 Tzenkethi Shuk-din Escort:
“As expected with Tzenkethi design, the Shuk-din Escort [T6] is highly maneuverable with immense shielding capabilities for its size. It comes equipped with the latest in Tzenkethi shield technology, which allows the starship to massively increase defensive capabilities along all non-Forward shield facings. The forward array is tuned to offense, increasing the damage dealt by the ships’ weaponry against any foe within their forward-facing 90-degree arc.”
Read on to enter to win!