|Dev: Cryptic Studios|
|Pub: Perfect World Entertainment|
|Release: May 21, 2013|
|Players: 1 (MMO)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes|
There's a complicated upgrade and gear system for ships, too, so RPG progression will remain important even while you're blasting Tal Shiar vessels with proton beams. Your vanquished foes will leave behind all sorts of fun stuff, like weapons, shields, and consoles, for your crew.
Other improvements abound as well, as we've come to expect from MMO expansions. You'll have plenty of new ships to work with, including some from the Tal Shiar. There's a new adventure zone called Nimbus III (it's capped at Level 26, but players above that will be scaled down), complete with dance competitions and new missions. There's a new Reputation story for max-level characters that pits you against the Tholians. An easier user interface stands out among a plethora of other useful improvements.
Unfortunately, in terms of graphics, Star Trek Online leaves something to be desired, even with this update. I noticed tons of pop-in and other minor graphical glitches, and in general the world is just not depicted in a lot of detail. The visuals are nice enough that a Star Trek fan will get a sense of familiarity, but it's hard to feel fully immersed when the environment is this dated looking.
Nonetheless, the bottom line here is that Star Trek Online has come into its own with Legacy of Romulus. Newcomers will find an elaborate set of Star Trek stories, World of Warcraft-style ground combat, and a fun and innovative space-combat system; those who played before the expansion will find their options greatly expanded. Klingon fans in particular should be thrilled that they now have a real faction with a full experience, instead of just a tacked-on option.
Anyone looking for a new MMO -- and especially anyone who likes Star Trek and wouldn't mind having some space combat thrown into the mix -- ought to give this game a shot. Not only does it have a lot of features lacking elsewhere in the MMO universe, but it's free to play, too. Basically, the worst that can happen is that you download it for nothing, and the best that can happen is hours upon hours of enjoyment.
Date: May 24, 2013