Star Trek Online Review, Part 2 - The New - Page 2
Changes to Warfronts
Warfronts are what the equivalent of WOW’s battlegrounds. They consist of PVP missions where a group of players fights against another group of players to acquire resources or fulfill other objectives. At the beginning of the game, you could only PVP against the other faction. Now the Federation can fight against other Federation ships for “training purposes”. Everything is “simulated” but the actual gameplay doesn’t change.
If you have a group of friends you want to play against, instead of queuing randomly, you can set up your own Warfront. This is also quite good if you want to hold a tournament with premade teams.
This is something Cryptic has used for other games. Through the Foundry users can create their own content with new maps, quests and so on. Not everything that’s been created by users is released to the player base however. Each episode is reviewed by a group of players that were chosen by the developers, who review the content. This is a great idea, however not all player created missions are great. Some of them are just waves of ships that get thrown at you and that you need to destroy, others are more elaborate.
The Crafting System
When the game was launched, the crafting professions were inexistent. Cryptic then implemented some rudimentary system where you had to find components from looting and resources, and use them to enhance already existing items. For example, if you wanted a certain shield with some special stats, you just needed to find the needed components, buy the common quality version of that shield from some vendor, and then go to the R&D Officer and give him the resources you found to upgrade it. The crafting system further evolved, and you actually need to have blueprints for some of the items now. It also has several categories, and crafting feels more like crafting rather than just exchanging items.
The Buddy System
Okay so you played Star Trek Online for a while and that friend you tried to bring in with you has finally decided to give it a try. Your character is now Vice Admiral however, and your friend is just a Lieutenant. You really don’t feel like leveling another character, maybe you don’t even have time for that, or maybe you already have an Admiral for each class. Yet you really do want to play with your friend when you can. No problem, you can now group up with them and tell the game that you want to scale down to their level.