Battle Stations! Our Star Trek Online The Breach Review
One of the best features of the Star Trek Online mmorpg is flying around in your own personal starship, engaging in epic space battles. Cryptic has found a way to crank this feature up to eleven (for all you Spinal Tap fans) by having a team of players flying their ships through the interior of an insanely massive Voth ship as The Breach space queue returns for another engagement. Cryptic has made some changes to this unique battle in this latest go-around. It's time to call all hands to battle stations in our Star Trek Online The Breach review.
Let's begin our Star Trek Online The Breach review with the basics. This event is a space queue for five players, who have to fight their way on and within the gigantic Voth Fortress Ship. The players get rewarded with marks of their choice along with a Voth Operative Transmission, which is used in the event reputation task. The overall goal is that the players have to destroy the Voth Fortress Ship from the inside, but first, they have to actually penetrate the ship. Personally, I find the STO The Breach mission to be one of the more interesting space queues that the game offers as it's pretty imaginative.
The first stage of the Star Trek Online The Breach mission begins with the players having to destroy multiple hard points and the two integrity field nodes that make up the shield preventing the players from accessing the interior of the Voth ship. This entails the players flying through a trench on the exterior of the Voth ship, ala the Death Star trench from the original Star Wars. A change from the previous versions of this mission is that mmo players do not have to destroy a hundred hard points to progress to the next stage. In this latest version, players have to take out the two integrity field nodes and have someone reach the hangar door mechanism. This ensures that players do not have to make multiple passes if their shooting is sloppy, and the assault path is much more clearly laid out for players to follow.
The second stage of the STO The Breach mission has the players rallying at the hangar door to destroy the mechanism keeping the players out. This hangar door is easily destroyed by the players combining their firepower. Again, this bit is a change from the previous versions of the mission. Players used to have to destroy a good number of hard points to gain ingress into the Voth ship instead of a single mechanism. Once the players enter the Voth ship, they then fly through the ship's interior until they reach the Engineering Chamber. This stage is just the same as the previous versions as players will fight a number of Voth ships and send repair crews to power up three friendly captured ships. The subpower core has to be destroyed in order to advance to the final stage of the Star Trek Online The Breach mission, which will require players to open up the three different power relays to ferret out the actual core. Once the core is destroyed, the players will then fly into the final stage of the mission. The huge change in the latest version of the mission is that the Dreadnought Bay section has been removed from the mission entirely. Players used to have to clear an entirely different section with hard points and a Voth Dreadnought after they entered the ship and before they reached the Engineering Chamber.
The final stage of the Star Trek Online The Breach mission features the chamber where players have to destroy the power core of the ship, which will cause the ship to explode. This fight is unchanged from the previous versions of the mission. The power core is protected by a rotating pair of shields, requiring the players to fire through the gaps in order to destroy the power core. I really love this stage of the mission as it reminds me of the final fight from the movie Tron where the heroes fought against the Master Control Program. The change in this part of the STO The Breach mission is when players have to escape the Voth Fortress Ship after destroying the power core. The escape route is different, and there are actually two routes for players to choose from. The first route is the same route that the player took in flying through the ship. The second route is located below the first route and bypasses the Engineering Chamber completely before merging into the first route.
So, what do we think of the new changes in our Star Trek Online The Breach review? To be honest, they're very welcome. The Dreadnought Bay was my least favorite section of the mission as it chewed up quite a bit of time, and the fight was just a basic slugfest of beating down a bunch of hit points. I also like how players don't have to destroy a hundred hard points to reach the second stage of the mission. The changes that Cryptic made to the mission make it run a lot quicker, and the fun factor is bumped up by streamlining the mission and cutting out the slower parts, such as the Dreadnought Bay. The best parts of the mission are kept, such as flying through the trench and within the Voth Fortress Ship. One of the strongest space queues in this free mmo has been made better with these changes.
So what's the final verdict in our Star Trek Online The Breach review? As indicated above, this mission is a lot of fun to play, and the changes made make it better by allowing players to enjoy the best bits while also cutting down the time needed to complete it. Another point about this mission is that it looks even better now. Star Trek Online (which you can play for free here) recently updated their visuals, and these improved graphics really pop in The Breach. All of the sections of the mission look tremendous, but the trench bit is probably my favorite from a visual standpoint. Plus, the rewards for completing the STO The Breach mission are pretty good, with players earning a ton of dilithium crystals and a cool looking Voth hand weapon. Even better is that Voth Operative Transmissions from previous instances of the mission can be used in the current reputation project. The game now usually phases out old event currency, but it has not done so with The Breach. My Romulan alt got a head start on the reputation project as I had not finished it the last time the event was run and still had a number of transmissions in my inventory. Overall, this particular mission is better than before, in both gameplay and visuals.