It'd be a shame if we couldn't command from inside the ship. Although, I guess it may get too confusing at times, so the view from outside the ship may be to make combat easier. Plus, they could always introduce gameplay inside the ship in an update or patch. If we can't command from inside the ship, can we still explore it (and have our own quarters)?
When I first found out about STnline, I was psyched. You were to start out as an ensign, move up in rank on a "live" starship, (by live, I mean with other live crew members), be assigned a ship, be able to move around in your ship and partake in ship activities +++.
Now? You get your ship right off the bat, the interior is gone, it's just outside view 24/7. The only other "live" people are other captains which you can join up on missions on planets and the like.
I _HATE_ the art style of the new game, a crap load of "kiddy future" ships and uniforms. It's a lot less Trek and a lot more "Star Wars".
You should see some of the old interior shots, beautiful! You could command your ship from the bridge, be boarded etc...
Now, it's like "Eve".
I'll download the demo (if they have one) and see how it is before I pass off final judgment. Maybe I'll be surprised and end up gaming it.
Check out these links for some interior shots, what could have been...
Is that confirmed, that all ship actions are 3rd person? That would suck big time. Wow... the interior screenshots looked great. It would be a horrible decision if they went in different direction.
The only thing I've seen that comes close to the game you want is in Second Life. They have full blown Trek and BSG sims. You have your own quarters on the ships, work assignments, etc... Pretty detailed and involved. Considering all of it is created by users, it is pretty impressive. But the graphics and horrible lag leave a lot to be desired.
Well Second Life really isn't a game. It's more like Facebook with avatars. So the Trek sims on SL have more in common with groups or clubs than a game. Still, they have the right idea on how to structure a Trek RPG game, they just don't have the tools to pull it off.
FB lets you place friends into lists, which helps. So even though I have like 100 friends, I only get updates from family and a few close friends. I still get a lot of crap requests but I just delete them.