Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lets Play Star Trek Online: All That Glitters

Are you familiar with Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram? He's quite unique, even for an old EMH Mark I. Now he holds rank in Starfleet in his own right! We've received a message that the Doctor requires assistance to deal with a medical situation on an Ocampa freighter in the Shenda system. He is currently en route in one of Voyager's shuttles. Normally I would send a medical Vessel, but we have seen a spike in Vaadwaur attacks and I want to make sure he has all the resources he will need. Could you go to the Shenda system and assist the Doctor?

So we're back to the actual story, and as you can tell by the mission intro, we have a special guest for this mission, The Doctor, voiced by Robert Picardo, who played the character for seven seasons on Star Trek: Voyager. Much like Ethan Phillips as Neelix, Picardo steps seamlessly back into a role. The voice work is rather solid, in my opinion.

Now this mission itself, is rather well balanced, opening in space, beaming down, with combat spread out so that its not to overwhelming for the player. The actual story introduces Gaul, the leader of the Vaadwaur, a rather self-righteous villain who twists things around so that it benefits him in the long run... which leads to the cold-blooded massacre of the Talaxians on the Asteroid base.

This mission is also notable for the 'who do you save' element when you have two groups of hostages, but can only save one, regardless of how fast you are. Its perfect for the story being told, and the first time in Star Trek Online this is a factor, though there is no consequence or difference regardless of who you choose to save.

Next time... it's another set of Patrol Missions with 'Know Your Enemies..."  

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