For the last few months, I’ve been playing the (official) free-to-play MMORPG based in the Star Trek universe. I started playing it because it was free! And because I enjoy Star Trek. I used to play maybe an hour or two a night if I have time, but it has started getting less – it is surely not as addicting as WoW. I guess I got my money’s worth (I did spend $10 to get some in-game credits).

The game is both good and bad. It’s good in the sense that it is based on the Star Trek lore (but 20+ years in the future), and there are various cameos by “current” and past characters from the TV series. Some of the episodes are inventive and fun, such as the ones where you go back in time to the James T Kirk era, or when you’re given a mission by Q.

However, it suffers from the same problem that most MMORPGs have, which is a lot of grinding missions. While there are two battle modes (one when you’re in a ship, and one when you’re doing away missions), they get boring after awhile as many missions fall into the kill-x-enemies category. I’ve also encountered some infuriating bugs, such as it not recognizing that you’ve satisfied your (kill-x-enemies) criteria and proceeding with the next trigger.

The fun and non-typical missions that use the Star Trek lore shows that the game can be really fun; but unfortunately the majority of the missions are the ones which aren’t fun! This makes me wish that they spent more time and resources into the story so that I would keep playing. Maybe I’d even keep paying!