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19th December 2018: Give The PetaQ His Due

As I didn't really get into Fleet Ops either time I've tried it, I instead played a couple of games of the base Armada 2, just to see if I still liked it as much as I used to.

At first, I put on a 3v5, thinking I'd do that quite easy as I used to be able to 1v7 the AI back in the day. However, with my lack of practice, and two allies that did absolutely nothing all game, I was soon spanked by some very angry enemies.

Not wanting to be held back by stupid AI allies again, I immediately threw on an 8 player deathmatch. For whatever reason, none of the computer enemies really seemed to get up to speed in that game, and other than a cheeky attack on my base by some Romulans, it was a boring slog to wipe them all out.

Maybe this game is no longer for me, in any of its forms.

Engaging the Cardassians

Engaging the Cardassians

Enemy Klingons and Cardassians destroy my base

Enemy Klingons and Cardassians destroy my base

Cheeky Romulans make a run on by base

Cheeky Romulans make a run on by base

So I pay them a visit to sort them out

So I pay them a visit to sort them out

27th August 2018: Revisiting Fleet Ops

It's been quite a long time since I first tried Star Trek Fleet Ops, but just recently had another little hankering for it. I remember not really liking this mod when I first played it a few years ago, I think due to it not seeming like something that should be played single player.
For no other reason than just to check it out again, I did some skirmishes that unsurprisingly left me feeling exactly the same way about it. If I put on limited resources, the AI can build ships way faster than me. But if I use unlimited resources, I can go straight for big ships which the AI just doesn't do for some reason, and it's too easy.
Oh well.

Taking out a Borg enemy

Taking out a Borg enemy

The Dominion put up a fight

The Dominion put up a fight

Chaos ensues as me and my Fed allies take on six opponents

Chaos ensues as me and my Fed allies take on six opponents

25th July 2016: Star Trek Online Update

After giving Star Wars another go it was only fair to give Star Trek the same treatment, and I reinstalled STO. Initially, I had no intention of playing this again at all, as I was only interested in seeing what they had changed when they redesigned the galaxy map. As it turns out, I was very disappointed with the map, as it's still not all in one piece, though it is vastly improved over the original sector blocks.
What got me sticking around for a while was finding out that they had added a bunch of new missions for players who were 50+. A huge problem with this game when I played it last was the lack of content when they raised the level cap from 50 to 60, but with the new missions I was hoping things had changed.

It always takes me a while when I come back to this game to get my head around things, as it is quite different to other MMORPGs. It didn't help that in these intervening months they had completely changed the skill trees and I had to learn what was going on with that to get Macan and his crew back into action. In addition, something strange had also happened to several of my ships, and their appearances had been reset. Gone were their cool dark blue patterns to be replaced by the dull, plain Federation standard. Bums.

Once I was up to speed I was off to the Delta Quadrant and plugging away at the missions. This time, I was able to go through all of the Delta missions, and the Iconian missions, and was able to hit level 60. I think a good chunk of that also came from doing daily quests, red alerts, and other rep quests as I was trying to get some better gear and extra traits. Without those extra missions, I think I would have probably stalled around level 57 or 58.

The game is mostly still the same, that being a huge buggy mess. And it's such a shame, because if this was completely fixed it would be a decent game. In just a couple of weeks play I had my away team officers getting stuck on terrain, lots of server timeouts, graphics bugs, and quests failing to continue or complete. The ground combat is still shockingly bad, and a complete janky pile of crap. But space combat is really interesting, even if I still don't know what's fully happening.
At times when playing it, I was wondering whether to subscribe for a month and then work towards getting a better ship, but overall I don't really think it's worth much more of my time. Also, a lot of the new ships look pretty crap, and not very Trek-like at all. Some seem to be from the future, some from different timelines altogether, and some are from other species that just seem weird mixed in with the classic Federation, Klingon or Romulan ships I'm used to. And I really wouldn't want to spend good money on any of those.

Seriously? They haven't fixed this shit yet?

Seriously? They haven't fixed this shit yet?

Evil Changeling doing some Dhalsim shit

Evil Changeling doing some Dhalsim shit

Another evil Changeling trying to grope Karynna's boobs

Another evil Changeling trying to grope Karynna's boobs

The Kaloris gets hit with some proton beam thing

The Kaloris gets hit with some proton beam thing

Macan and Vaadwaur villain strut their funky stuff

Macan and Vaadwaur villain strut their funky stuff

There's some serious Alien stuff going on right now

There's some serious Alien stuff going on right now

Hanging out with the Voyager crew

Hanging out with the Voyager crew

A huge three-way scrap breaks out

A huge three-way scrap breaks out

Kinda nippy in here

Kinda nippy in here

Can't be all that elite if Macan can punch it into submission

Can't be all that elite if Macan can punch it into submission

This guy stands on his chair to give me orders

This guy stands on his chair to give me orders

Neelix hides

Neelix hides

Now, now, ladies. Settle down.

Now, now, ladies. Settle down.

Yay, we're awesome. Kinda.

Yay, we're awesome. Kinda.

This happens way too often

This happens way too often

Giving T'Ket a bit of a shock

Giving T'Ket a bit of a shock

Nog is still tiny it seems, though not as tiny as Jade.

Nog is still tiny it seems, though not as tiny as Jade.

This Klingon has stolen Yoda's hover chair

This Klingon has stolen Yoda's hover chair

Anyone up for some basketball?

Anyone up for some basketball?

This is not how you carry a wounded ally

This is not how you carry a wounded ally

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