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Star Trek Online
Monthly Fee: $14.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
What kind of game is it?
Star Trek Online is a massively-multiplayer role-playing game for the personal computer. Or PC MMORPG, if you’re into the whole brevity thing.
Who's the developer?
STO's development was a relatively turbulent one. Originally under the direction of the now-defunct Perpetual Entertainment, the game was rescued by Cryptic Studios after Perpetual's closure in 2008.
Cryptic has been around since 2000, founded by Michael Lewis and Rick Dakan. Fortunately, they have experience in the MMO space, as they are the studio behind City of Heroes and its successor, City of Villains. Cryptic was purchased by STO's publisher Atari in 2008.
Where am I boldly going, again?
The game features ship-to-ship space combat (everyone's the captain of their own vessel) as well as away missions on terrestrial grounds. Star Trek Online takes place in the year 2409, paving new ground for the Star Trek franchise.
Kirk or Picard?
Where's the review?
Beacuse it's an MMO, we want to give our reviewer plenty of time in the live game environment to check everything out. We'll have a review on the site for you shortly.
See it in action: