… had some fun with Star Trek Online last night …

Ok. So I still haven’t played that much Star Trek Online… but I was able to login last night with my buddy (and GEEX podcast co-host) Kurt Beckstrom to mess around for a bit.  I had just finished the noob area and had docked with a starbase in orbit around Earth…

After figuring out how the zone instancing works in Star Trek Online, I invited Kurt to my away team and hunted him down.  I found him in the admirals office, admiring the view of the planet below.  It really is pretty impressive the way they have created the atmosphere.  It really reminds me and feels mostly like what being in Star Trek should feel like except for all the random player characters jumping around.  Highlight of the night… we found the emotes and proceeded to follow other players around and dance with them.  For all you dance fiends out there, there are several different dances that you can perform including… the Robot!

After playing around, we beamed back to our ships to fly around for a while.  Let me say again that the flying is painfully slow, but a lot more fun when you are with someone.  We decided to fly straight towards Los Angeles and see how close we could get.  As you get closer and closer to Earth, the lights from the cities start to show up.  You start to get detail from the mountains and lakes and it’s actually pretty cool and probably not something they needed to put in there because there really was no reason to fly over there.  The limit comes when you reach the Earth’s atmosphere… your screen starts to shake and then everything goes white until you turn around and fly out.  Either way… pretty cool.  I wonder if it’s possible to take an away team and beam down.

Instead of flying all the way back to the starbase, I decided to “warp to sector space”.  Let me just say that warping in Star Trek Online is ALWAYS satisfying.  It just feels cool.  When you reach sector space, the world really opens up.  You are now flying at warp speed through space and you can see several systems that you can travel to.  You fly to them and warp in.  Each space sector has several systems you can travel to and if you fly to the edge of the sector, you can travel to the adjacent sector.

I traveled over to a system next to Sol (where Earth lives) and found a graveyard of federation ships next to a federation out post.  It was pretty impressive.  I didn’t know what to do there so after looking around for a while I warped out and traveled back to Earth and logged out.

Just being able to travel around and explore space is something that might hook me into picking up Star Trek Online.  I really wanted to play more last night but it was getting late.  Tonight I plan on jumping in and seeing where some of the quests take me and how they play out.  People who are talking negative about Star Trek Online, from what I’ve read and have seen for myself, are probably comparing it too much to other MMOs and not taking it for the awesome qualities that it does have.  Check back later for more of my impressions of Star Trek Online.

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