Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online is a MMORPG set in the Star Trek universe. The game takes place 30 years after the events in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and builds upon the destruction of the Romulan homeworld Romulus portrayed at the beginning of Star Trek (2009). With the Romulans being crippled and even at the point of extinction, the Klingons seize the opportunity in 2382 and start conquering the Romulan sector, leading to a strained relationship with the Federation. In 2399 the band snaps and the Khitomer Accords, the sole reason for 106 years of peace, are broken. Now the current game date is 2409 and war rages in the Alpha Quadrant with the Federation fighting against the Klingons, an again-strong Dominion, the Borg and several other enemies.
At the start of the game, the player creates a Federation character and can choose from nine different races including Trill, Andorian and Vulcan. The ability to create a member of the Klingon Empire like a Gorn or an Orion becomes only available after reaching level 6 (of 50) as a member of the Federation. This limitation takes into consideration that the Klingon Empire is focused on Player-vs-Player-Combat either against themselves or members of the Federation in combat-arenas or in space with only a handful of quests being available to Klingon players. Besides that difference, the gameplay remains the same on both sides.
The game is divided into two parts: Space and Land. Right from the start of the game, the player has full control over his own star-ship from a 3rd-person point-of-view allowing him to traverse the space between the sectors and the star-systems on a tactical map as well as take part in full-blown space battles. The player always directly controls the movement of his ship and has full control over its speed, weapons, shields and energy-allocation making the battles very tactical, although not as complex as in the Star Trek: Starfleet Command series. In addition the player has access to special abilities depending on which of the three classes (science, engineering or tactical officer) the player chose for his character. He can also employ help from up to three bridge officers who themselves have special talents.
NPC bridge officers also beam down with the player to planets, stations and such if he's not in a team with other human players. Land battles are fought in real-time (again from a 3rd-person perspective) but are more stationary and play more like combat in other MMOs than the space battles. Although flanking an opponent gives a bonus to damage, using abilities is the main way to success and experience points. Each enemy whether killed in space or on the ground grants experience points and advances both the player and his bridge officers in rank (which function as levels). This way the player and his officers earn skill points to be distributed among the several different skill trees, unlocking new abilities for both ground and space or improving existing ones.
The player always has full control over his bridge officers. He alone decides their armor and weaponry, which skills they level up and if they are worthy to be promoted to a new rank. This is also the case for his ship which he can outfit with better gear, change the appearance of or replace with a completely new one once he's reached specific ranks and unlocked access to new ship classes.
Each star system in the game is its own instance while the overall tactical map is hosted on one server. Once a player enters a system, he'll automatically join other players already there and be brought up to speed regarding the current status of their quest (if there is one). Once the objectives - usually a combination of space and ground battles - are completed, the players return to the tactical map and can get their reward right away through the use of the communicator instead of flying back to the quest-giver. Typically new quests are also obtained this way.
Full list of story-based missions for each of the available factions is listed below. Many of the episodes or story arcs and missions have been added via updates while initially only a small number of missions was available (a larger one for consoles since the game was online for six years at the time of their launch version).
| Faction story arcs | | Story Arc | Discovery | Dominion | TOS Starfleet | Romulan | Klingon | Starfleet | | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | | Tutorial (Discovery Starfleet) | X | | | | | | | Tutorial (TOS Starfleet) | | | X | | | | | Tutorial (Romulan Republic) | | | | X | | | | Tutorial (Klingon Defense Force) | | | | | X | | | Tutorial (Starfleet) | | | | | | X | | Age of Discovery | X | | X | X | X | X | | Agents of Yesterday | | | X | | | | | Allies | | | | X | | | | Borg Advance | X | | X | X | X | X | | Cardassian Struggle | X | | X | X | X | X | | Delta Quadrant | X | | X | X | X | X | | Empire | | | | | X | | | Engineered for War | | X | | | | | | Fek'Ihri Return | | | | | X | | | Freedom | | | | X | | | | From the Ashes | | | | X | | | | Future Proof | X | | X | X | X | X | | Gamma Quadrant | X | X | X | X | X | X | | Iconian War | X | | X | X | X | X | | In Shadows | | | | X | | | | J'Ula's Discovery | X | | X | X | X | X | | Klingon War | X | | X | | | X | | New Frontiers | X | | X | X | X | X | | New Romulus | X | | X | X | X | X | | Romulan Mystery | X | | X | | | X | | Romulan Mystery (mission subset) | | | | X | | | | Solanae Dyson Sphere | X | | X | X | X | X | | Vengeance | | | | X | | | | Vigilance | | | | | X | | | Warzone | | | | | X | | | Wasteland | | | | X | | | | Yesterday's War | X | | X | X | X | X |
| Story arc missions | | Story Arc | Mission | | --- | --- | | Tutorial (Discovery Starfleet) | | Graduation Day | | Routine Maneuvers | | Trial by Fire | | The Shadow Knows | | Children of War | | Reporting In | | Tutorial (TOS Starfleet) | | I Sing to Arms | | Search and Rescue | | Bull by the Horns | | Dislodging Klingons | | The Taurean Affair | | Earthward Bound | | Tutorial (Romulan Republic) | | A Day on the Farm | | A Day in the Sun | | Virinat, Invaded | | Flight from Virinat | | Tutorial (Klingon Defense Force) | | End of Watch | | Red Alert! | | Intruder Alert | | Challenge for Command | | Your New Command | | Journey yo Qo'noS | | First City | | Tutorial (Starfleet) | | Graduation Day | | Training Cruise | | Field Promotions | | Communication Breakdown | | Assimilation of the Innocent | | Age of Discovery | | The Plausibility of the Possible | | Impossibility of Reason | | Secrets | | Downfall | | Welcome to Earth Spacedock | | Agents of Yesterday | | Explore the Spacedock | | In the Shadow of Cestus | | Painful Omens | | Return to Babel | | Tangled Webs | | The Battle of Caleb IV | | Allies | | The Price of Neutrality | | Memory Lane | | Bigger Picture | | Smash and Grab | | Tradecraft | | Borg Advance | | Report on Borg Activities | | Where Angels Fear to Tread | | A Gathering Darkness | | Assimilation | | Fluid Dynamics | | Task Force Op: Borg Advance | | Cardassian Struggle | | Lost and Found | | Spoils of War | | Jabberwocky | | The Factory | | The New Link | | Task Force Op: Cardassian Struggle | | Delta Quadrant | | Escalation | | Mindscape | | Reunion | | Revelations | | All That Glitters | | The Kobali Front | | Capture the Flag | | The Dragon's Deceit | | Task Force Op: Delta Quadrant | | Alliances | | Takedown | | What's Left Behind | | Dust to Dust | | Empire | | Duties of Command | | The Hunt Is On | | Space Chase | | Manhunt | | Friend or Foe | | Task Force Op: Romulan Imperial Minefield | | Engineered for War | | Hunt | | Ceremony | | Turn the Tide | | Fek'Ihri Return | | Blood of the Empire | | Destiny | | Afterlife | | The Gates of Gre'thor | | Freedom | | Toward Freedom | | Task Force Op: Romulan Mystery | | The Vault | | Mine Enemy | | Frozen | | Coliseum | | Cutting the Cord | | Darkness Before the Dawn | | From the Ashes | | Explore the Flotilla | | The Helix | | Crossroads at Crateris | | Gasko Blues | | The Search for New Romulus | | Turning Point | | Task Force Op: Romulan Imperial Minefield | | Neutral No More | | Future Proof | | Sunrise | | Stormbound | | Time and Tide | | The Temporal Front | | Temporal Reckoning | | Ragnarok | | Gamma Quadrant | | Storm Clouds Gather | | Armistice | | The Search | | Doomed to Repeat | | Quark's Lucky Seven | | Tenebris Torquent | | Home | | In Shadows | | An Inside Job | | Enemy Action | | Sleepers | | Cloak and Dagger | | Revelation | | Mind Game | | Iconian War | | Uneasy Allies | | Blood of Ancients | | Delta Flight | | House Pegh | | Time in a Bottle | | Broken Circle | | Butterfly | | Midnight | | J'Ula's Discovery | | Para Pacem | | Illusion of Communication | | Beneath the Skin | | Sentinels | | Rescue and Search | | Within the Briars | | The Ninth Rule | | Ruins of Doom | | The Measure of Morality (Part 1) | | The Measure of Morality (Part 2) | | Klingon War | | Task Force Op: Age of Discovery | | Diplomatic Orders | | Stranded in Space | | Researcher Rescue | | Secret Orders | | The Doomsday Device | | Task Force Op: Romulan Imperial Minefield | | The Galaxy at Large | | New Frontiers | | Echoes of Light | | Of Signs and Portents | | Mirrors and Smoke | | Brushfire | | Beyond the Nexus | | Melting Pot | | Scylla and Charybdis | | The Renegade's Regret | | New Romulus | | New Romulus Aid | | Staging Area | | Task Force Op: New Romulus | | Hidden Camera | | Warehouse | | Mountain Base | | Secret Shuttle Codes | | Overgrown Caves | | Web Access | | Latest Findings | | The Power Source | | Secrets of the Ancients | | Romulan Mystery | | Heading Out | | Empress Sela | | Desperate Measures | | Shadow Play | | Taris | | Task Force Op: Romulan Mystery | | The Vault | | Mine Enemy | | Frozen | | Coliseum | | Cutting the Cord | | Darkness Before the Dawn | | Romulan Mystery (mission subset) | | Task Force Op: Romulan Mystery | | The Vault | | Mine Enemy | | Frozen | | Coliseum | | Cutting the Cord | | Darkness Before the Dawn | | Solanae Dyson Sphere | | Sphere of Influence | | Circles within Circles | | Supply Woes | | Task Force Op: Solanae Dyson Sphere | | The Contested Zone | | The Omega Standoff | | Tower Control | | A Step Between Stars | | Fluidic Destruction | | Surface Tension | | Vigilance | | A House Pursued | | House on Fire | | Alpha | | Vengeance | | Small Packages | | Last Stand | | The Best Defense | | Turnabout | | Devil's Choice | | Warzone | | Bringing Down the House | | The House Always Wins | | Second Star to the Right, Straight on 'til Morning | | Keep Your Enemies Closer | | Wasteland | | Secrets of Nimbus | | The Lost City of Paradise | | Blind Men Tell All Tales | | The Undying | | A Fistful of Gorn | | Installation 18 | | Yesterday's War | | Temporal Ambassador | | The Once and Future Agent | | The Core of the Matter | | Vorgon Conclusions | | Terminal Expanse | | Survivor |
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Probably due to likeness rights, originally none of the actors from any of the five Star Trek shows and eleven films make a physical appearance in Star Trek Online. However, several characters who appeared as infants and young children do. Some include:
- Kirayoshi O'Brien, the infant son of Miles O'Brien from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Now grown and working for Starfleet at Memory Alpha.
- Naomi Wildman, the young child from Star Trek: Voyager. Now commanding Deepspace K7.
- Miral Paris, the daughter of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres from Star Trek Voyager. Now a Security Chief aboard the U.S.S. Kirk.
Also as the MMO has gathered additional updates (labeled "seasons"), several later episodes have attracted actors of various Star Trek characters to reprise their roles. These include Worf, Nog, Tom Paris, Nellix, The Holographic Doctor, Tasha Yar, Sela and many more.
Leonard Nimoy Tribute
The game paid tribute to the death of Leonard Nimoy through a fountain in Vulcan, which has a stone statue of his character Spock along with the inscription "live long and prosper".
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Game added April 6th, 2010. Last modified December 2nd, 2023.