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Description

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 ArcDiscoveryDominionTOS StarfleetRomulanKlingonStarfleet
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 ArcMission
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

Screenshots

Star Trek Online Windows The "Classic Bridge" is simply the TNG bridge with some slight changes. Mainly some missing chairs and the addition of the background panel from the episode "Parallels"
Star Trek Online Xbox One The U.S.S. Enterprise needs our help.
Star Trek Online PlayStation 4 USS Enterprise NCC-1701-C
Star Trek Online Xbox One We are approaching the two klingon ships.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Star Trek Online: Mirror of Discovery" -- updated title (June 2019)
  • "Star Trek Online: Emergence" -- updated title (November 2017)
  • "Star Trek Online: Awakening" -- updated title (October 2019)

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Critic Reviews

Games Finder Windows Dec 22, 2014 9 out of 10 90
games xtreme Windows Jul 08, 2010 8.7 out of 10 87
Mana Pool Windows Sep 15, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Gamers.at Windows Mar 23, 2010 77 out of 100 77
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Mar 17, 2010 77 out of 100 77
GamersGlobal Windows Feb 04, 2010 7 out of 10 70
CGMagazine / Comics and Gaming Magazine PlayStation 4 Sep 22, 2016 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Windows Feb 19, 2010 67 out of 100 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Feb 05, 2010 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Windows Feb 17, 2010 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

Characters

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.
It should be noted however, that Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto do appear as Spock, but in voice only.

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.

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