On Labor Day weekend I had the pleasure of attending Star Trek: Mission New York, a convention like no other. While not the first Star Trek Convention, it is the first in a long time and fans both young and old flocked to the doors showing that it was greatly missed. My journey into geek-hood started while watching re-runs of The Next Generation with my mom. Seeing people like Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Michael Dorn (Worf) and LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) in space had me falling in love instantly. It is so inspiring when you see people that look like you doing amazing things, especially when you are a child. Being able to attend this convention bought back so many of the feelings I had when I first watched the series.

A couple of days before the show I got an invitation to check out the Star Trek Online booth and play the game on console before it was to be released to the masses. It was amazing! It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a controller and really played a game, looks like I’ll be picking it back up though. I also got the opportunity to speak with one of the game developers and ask about all of the world building that goes in to the game.

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When playing Star Trek Online you are given many options, as of Tuesday (9/6/2016) you will be able to play it online through either Xbox One or Play Station 4 for FREE! If you are a PC gamer then you are already set, Star Trek Online was released in February 2010. While the game is free to play, if you want to expand and try out elevated features then you gotta throw down a few dollars, but levels 1-60 are yours at no cost from the beginning.

Within the game itself you can choose to join the Federation or not and pick your characters based off of the multitude of alien species that are seen through out the Star Trek series, to name a few: Romulan, Orion, Vulcan, Klingon and so many more.

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After choosing your Captain you will be given the chance to pick the ship that calls to you and outfit it with the best gadgets in the galaxy in order to complete your missions. Every aspect that you remember watching in Star Trek is now at your finger tips. You will be able to train members on your crew, contact them for support and control different features on the ship itself!

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Combat in the game is not only limited to just floating around in space, you are also given opportunities to check out different planets in one of the four quadrants and see how the different worlds operate. Because this game is online you are given infinite possibilities since it is constantly being updated (yay technology!).

The lovely folks over at the Star Trek Online booth were kind enough to give me a few extra game codes to pass along to 10 lucky readers. The codes are to be used to download extra content, comment below with your favorite character and I’ll pick a lucky winner in a few days.

Til next time!

For more awesome visuals check out the trailer below: