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    Oh, if that's the case, fair enough!

    When it comes to Steam, I'll be D/Ling it!

    On a semi-related note, it was funny realising I should cancel my TOR subscription. Not that I won't go back to it (maybe) but that I'm waiting for my friend who's also playing to stop having stupid exams.
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    I bought this when it was on sale on steam in the '10 Winter Sale, or just before, I forget which. Never got round to playing it. It's 83% downloaded now :)

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    "...Rock, Phaser, Shotgun..."

    Oh, nicely done.

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    You've bent my ear, I think I'll try and coerce my fiancée to play this with me with honeyed mentions of mass effect comparison.
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    Downloading at a snail's pace currently, you've intrigued me enough to give it at least a fair shot.

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    I definitely will be checking this out again. I played some last year when the Foundry had been released. People were really newbie friendly. There were some mechanics that were kind of confusing and the in-game help didn't help much, but you just ask general chat and there was always someone nice. One thing I thought was funny was tribbles reproduce in your bank and inventory if you forget any food in there with them xD (tribbles act as temp buffs items.) Also not all ground quests are 'shoot ALL the aliens', they have 'diplomatic' missions. Like one was a corrupt ferengi working on a base station. After doing some investigating, you could convince him to play it straight, turn him in to his merchant brothers and have them deal with him, or turn them all into Fed Sec and get all the ferengi's business licenses revoked xD

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    This seems like it's a little different to the usual MMO fare, so I'm giving it a download. Can't do any harm, at least, even if I'm not so much into Star Trek.

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    Meh.

    It remains as it did when I first played it. they've clearly changed, a gerat deal for the better, a lot of it.

    But it remains an MMO in Star Trek unifiorm.

    The MMO gets a recognisable universe, recognisable factions. It gets a quest structure format. It gets its world building half done for it.
    The MMO also gets some really interesting mechanics - the space combat, with the emphasis on movement and positioning is very interesting.
    The MMO also gets some interesting NPC management systems out of it.

    Star Trek? It gets taken to a universe where the primary drive for captiains is their payment in credits.
    Where captains have to BUY bits for their ship.
    Where captains spend 80% of their time in combat.
    A wide, open, lonely galaxy replaced with one crammed full of fleets bumping into each other.
    Intrigue and exploration replaced with repetitive MMO mechanics.

    It still feels like a standard MMO riding on the back of the Star Trek license, with very, very little done to make it feel Star Trek.

    I'm going to reinstall A Final Unity tonight and play that...
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    Hey, this is kind of neat. Violent, but neat. I have a couple of newbie questions regarding player skills:

    Do ground abilities come only from kits? Do space abilities come only from bridge officers? I can spend skill points on stuff that promises to enhance all sorts of abilities, but it's not quite clear how I get those abilities.

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    I'm in on this now as Jo'hn Steiner III, Tactical Officer. Will give it a fair go at least.

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    I'm willing to bet that whatever nasty you have to use, it won't be the case with the Steam version. Regardless, I'm waiting for that because of Pando. That doesn't exactly help you though, I suppose.
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    Only for the game download. You can uninstall Pando after the game is installed. From that point forward the game client handles the patching.
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    I wish Tabula Rasa had stuck around goddamn that was the only MMO I ever enjoyed due to it's story and gameplay (Well near the end after they added the FPS like system)
    But I was seriously upset when the MMO was closed down :'(

    I did actually buy STO when it first came out and was rather... Unimpressed but if it's good like you're saying now OP I guess it can't do any harm to re-download it and have some fun until GW2 is out.

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    As others have said, don't go into this expecting deep dialogue and examinations of interspecies interactions. Aside from the point-and-click adventures from back in the day, Trek games have usually been about the phasers n' torpedoes side of the Federation, and the setting of this one is right in the middle of a new Federation/Klingon war and about five simultaneous galactic invasions.

    As an example of how comically generous this game is with XP, I've not played it for more than 10 minutes over the past two days. I've STILL gained a full level and change (from 36 to 37.5) from the passive duty officer XP gains. I'm especially glad that the game scales to your level. If it didn't, I'd have skipped 90% of the game.

    Anyway, here's something useful: http://t.co/EzJQ9jER

    Want to bypass that awful Pando downloader for the game? Grab that. It's the autopatcher, stripped of all the game data. It'll run, see that you don't have any of the game data files, and pull everything down from the main file server instead of choking your line with pseudo-torrents. Much faster and more reliable.

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    I caved in. Can't be bothered to wait for the Steam version, or more precisely, if it does come out, I'll delete this one and download it from Steam. Not that I'm really bothered either way.

    I also used that link Dominic, so thank you, greatly appreciated.
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    Thanks for the patcher, Dominic! Downloading now.

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    This games been on Steam since retail? At least it's still on my Steam list from buying it from retail and it works fine all patched etc.

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    Can I play a tribble?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williz View Post
    This games been on Steam since retail?
    The game was removed from the listing just before it went FTP. If you already have the game, I believe it's received whatever update necessary for it to carry on working normally. I'm confident it'll go back under the Free To Play section under Steam, it's merely a question of when.

    So, completed the tutorial and reached the starbase. The ground combat isn't too bad, although it seems a bit convoluted to get to the proper third-person shooting mode...two button presses, in the right order? It's not a big deal, but I don't just see why you can't press one and do it. Similarly, I'm not overly keen on the speed control for the ship. I may need to do a fair bit of remapping to get things comfortable. I also found that my ship turned as slow as hell, but maybe that's just starting it up.

    Anyhow, I dived in and am an Engineer (I think?) but I haven't used any of my skill points yet because good lord, that looks complicated. Still, my name is Odan and my ship is the U.S.S. Convergence. Do we have a fleet yet for RPS?

    One final, curious thing; when I downloaded that link, I ran the executable of the patcher from inside the zipped folder, without extracting it. Now, I don't know how much of an impact that had, but I cannot actually find the folder for the game. It's installed, obviously, but I tried doing a search for it in all the usual places, doing a search in the search option of the Windows panel and I just can't find it. Any idea where it'd auto-download to? On top of that, when I went to create my character, the screen appeared to get bombarded with menus and I ended up not being able to see the character I was creating. Fortunately, he looks alright, but that was a bit frustrating.

    //EDIT: I think it downloaded it all to a temporary folder. That is...bad. I may wait for it to come out on Steam afterall...//

    Still, the ground combat is decent and the ship combat seems decent enough. Obviously need to sink a bit more into it, but it has promise, I'll give it that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    The ground combat isn't too bad, although it seems a bit convoluted to get to the proper third-person shooting mode...two button presses, in the right order?
    You just press B to switch between RPG and shooter controls. As for space combat, your starting ship is pretty terrible and handles like a beached whale. If you want something more agile, the moment you hit level 10, get an Escort, which is Federation standard language for 'small, fast gunboat'. They're best played like a fighter, with lots of cannons on the front and turrets on the rear, wheras cruisers are more age-of-sail material with broadsides aplenty.

    Also, the game has been pulled from Steam for the moment, because it was previously under the Atari banner. I think Perfect World want to integrate Steam achievements and other standard stuff before putting it back up.
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