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What a F2P Star Trek Online Means to People Who Don't Care

You may have heard about Star Trek Online, you may not have. I don't imagine it's something that casual Trekkies have kept tabs on, but it's out there. And if you, like me, once held claim to your bit of land in the World of Warcraft, this Trek version of an MMORPG is right up your alley. But let me tell you why it's also important to people who don't normally play MMOs.

For one thing, it will be free for all to play starting January 17th. That means you pay just once to install the game, and thereafter there is no subscription. They make their money if you want to get certain upgrades within the game. I know the monthly subscription is a big drawback for a lot of gamers who claim not to have the money for MMOs.

But what about people who don't generally play games anyway? Well, look at that uniform in the picture associated with this post. Does it look familiar? No? Well, it does and it doesn't. That uniform is an evolved version of the uniforms used in Star Trek: Voyager and in the latest Prime Universe movies. That's right, this game takes place in the Prime Universe. And not only that, but it takes place several years into the future after Star Trek: Nemesis.

Star Trek Online chronicles the life and times of the Federation 30 years following the death of Praetor Shinzon. In 2387, Spock Prime and Nero fall into a singularity caused by Spock's attempt to stop the wave of destruction from the exploded Hobus star. Meanwhile, the star had already destroyed Romulus, and in 2409 you, as a captain in Starfleet, investigate why the Hobus star blew up in the first place.

This is just one of many storylines that take classic Star Trek and spins it into an interactive universe. The best part? You create your own crew. You can model your captain after Kirk or you can put yourself in the captain's chair. You can come up with entirely new characters and not a single person can complain because they're your crew and no one else's. You can complain about Archer, you can complain about Janeway or Sisko, but there is no complaining about your captain, or your first mate, or your doctor or your helmsman.

Here's the point: Star Trek Online is the new prime universe series you've been waiting for since the end of Star Trek: Enterprise. The series where you're the captain. So you don't care about games? Play it for the story. In fact, for added continuity, hook your computer up to your TV so it feels like you're watching it like you used to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation. Don't like J. J. Abrams's direction in the Alternate Universe? Fine! Use Star Trek Online to go back to the Prime Universe and forget Nero ever touched Vulcan.

In Star Trek Online, you love the characters because you made them. And you love the stories because, well... they're Star Trek. Go to their website now! If you had an account before, you can play for free now. Otherwise, you can order the game and start playing for free on the 17th. Or if you're really into it, pay the subscription fee! Playing around in the Star Trek universe? It's everything a Trekker ever wanted!

PS - No, this is not a sponsored post. I just really like the game.
PPS - You'll notice I didn't reveal a lot of plot details. Discovery is half the fun! :)