Star Trek Online’s secret weapon may be in its episode design

    
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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.

Source: Gamasutra
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Even though I’m a Star Trek fan I’ve never got past the tutorial missions. Not sure why, I never deliberately said “Meh don’t like won’t play”, but there always seemed to be something else that was drawing my attention more.

This might be a good rainy day game to dive into when I’m feel restless and bored with my current stable of games….

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BladedDingo

the tuorial is just really crappy.

good news is that if you manage to make it past the tutorial and then make another character, you can skip the tutorial on them.

But it’s worth it, if you have an hour or two to slog through the terrible tutorial, the actual stories you play from 1-60 are pretty damn good trek, even if they are a bit cheesy. but hey, that’s star trek for you.

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mysecretid

I’m sure no one is surprised that I agree with this article on all points. :-)

As you, yourself, have written, Mr. Justin — if one does not enjoy Star Trek, or the general tone of its writing, then one will not enjoy Star Trek Online.

But if one does enjoy Trek, there’s a lot here to like — and yes, the way they structure their stories (and their content-delivery) has a LOT to do with why the game works so well when it works.

Other games could do to take a few notes, in my opinion …

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Geoffrey Tillman

I agree. It may at times be uneven but it always feels pretty Star Trek to me. I also love the wide variety of ships

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Greaterdivinity

“The quality of its narrative is uneven, but mostly good and mostly very Trek-y,”

I can get behind this in a big way. It’s inconsistent as hell from a writing and even sometimes gameplay standpoint, but it’s always very Star Trek-y and almost always very enjoyable. Been playing again a bit recently and still enjoying myself, even if I’m completely lost and terrible at the game.

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I think this nails it pretty well, too. I was there for the first Featured Episode release, The Depths of Drozana, back about Halloween 2011. Perfect mission to play for that holiday. First voice acting in the game, too. It’s also the only MMO I play these days.