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STO Update: Gameplay Video of Guardian of Forever & Doomsday Machine + STO Galaxy Map + more February 5, 2010

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Today wraps up the first week of Star Trek Online (since the head start began last Friday). Today we have a fan video showing off some cool TOS elements in STO. We also have a map of the galaxy, so you see where you can go in STO. All that and the latest links.


Gamplay Video of Guardian and Doomsday Machine

Star Trek Online lets you visit and interact with famous people, places and things within the world of Star Trek. And even though the game is set in the post-TNG 25th century, there are parts of the game that call back to the original Star Trek. This gameplay video from CaptainTrekkie shows off two of those TOS elements.

STO Map of the Galaxy

There is a lot of real estate in Star Trek Online. The Galaxy is broken into sector blocks, with a number of sectors within each of those, and individual systems within those. Here is the map of the entire Galaxy of STO (courtesy vgrevolution). NOTE:the map only shows highlights of a few of the systems in each sector.

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More STO Links

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(NOTE: first month is free with purchase)

Thanks to Ulrich


1. The Chief - February 5, 2010

Wonder how much Ellison demanded for that?

2. SebiMeyer - February 5, 2010

So much how of the game is story and how much is action? This looks very action heavy.

3. JP - February 5, 2010

At the beginning of the video i hear the music from Star Trek 6. Is that native to the game or something the creator of the video added?

4. Kirk's Revenge - February 5, 2010

#3 And speaking of Star Trek 6…

Proof again that the Federation is a “Homo sapiens Only Club.” They put Earth right at the center of the galaxy!

Copernicus, where are you when we really need you?! (He was Klingon, by the way.)


5. Bryan - February 5, 2010

I can’t wait to play this damn game!

#3 I’m pretty sure the creator of the video put all that music in, the real music in the game sounds a lot more generic.

6. ernest - February 5, 2010

look at 1:45
the Guardian’s portal shows the Terran Empire flag with a guy in a space suit

7. summoner2100 - February 5, 2010

@ 4. Kirk’s Revenge – If you look at the map, it is only the Alpha and Beta quadrants. Gamma and Delta are missing, so Earth is NOT at the center of the galaxy!!

P.S. Thanks for the map…

8. JP - February 5, 2010

#5: thanks for the reply. I’m sorry to hear that the incidental music in the game isn’t the same as the video. Every trek game i’ve played has had pretty generic music (worst of which for me was BotF because i played that game endlessly).

9. The Original Animated Next Generation Deep Space Voyager Enterprise I-XI - February 5, 2010

Coincidence that this video shows elements from objectively the 2 best episodes of TOS?

10. JimmyMac - February 5, 2010

Please make this game for Mac!

11. Gavvo - February 5, 2010

this game is a dissapointment…such a wasted opportunity…

12. S. John Ross - February 5, 2010

#4: The Earth’s just at the center of the map, which isn’t a map of the galaxy.

13. Jeff - February 5, 2010

Ugh, a developer’s voice for the Guardian…

14. Dunsel Report - February 5, 2010

You can get great voiceover talent for cheap. I wonder why the Guardian sounds this dorky. Also, if they really want to capture the spirit of Trek, players should be able to step through the Guardian and end up in Roman times or in some similar Paramount 1960s backlot genre.

15. Julio - February 5, 2010

I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played so far, but I gotta say if you haven’t picked it up yet, you may want to wait. The servers have crashed at least 5 or 6 times today alone… I don’t think Cryptic had this thing ready for prime time when they released it. I do understand that launch-time MMO’s often are unstable, but I feel like a beta tester with this one.

16. Federali Aundy - February 5, 2010

This map seems to match up well with the Star Trek Atlas book that came about about 6 years ago… I wonder if the game designers got permission to use it…

17. MaxxFlash - February 5, 2010

. . . Harlan calling his attorney in 5, 4, 3, 2 . . . . 1!! Hey you kids get off my lawn!!!!!

18. Naver Drol - February 5, 2010

@ #16 I have that book… and I pay the game. It only sort of matches up. Federation and Klingon space is a lot smaller in this game. Cardasian space seems to be larger then it should. Also the Borg are on the wrong end of the map. And most of that blue area in the Alpha Quadrant is supposed to be Federation space. The game treats that as “unexplored” even though it’s practically touching Earth.

19. Canadianknight - February 5, 2010

#14 – Well… not *CHEAP*. ;) I’m a professional v/o artist. Sure, you can get cheap voices online, but more often than not, you get what you pay for. :)

That said… the v/o for the Guardian is HORRIBLE. I mean… this is the GUARDIAN… should be deep and mysterious. It’s…. gah…

Game looks fun. Now if they’d just make a Mac version…

20. Your Friendly Neighborhood Mobile Emitter - February 5, 2010

Wow, the voice acting for the Guarding of forever is HORRIBLE. Mispronunciations all over the place, and it’s just too bombastic and overdone.

21. RetroWarbird - February 5, 2010

The STO map is not a bad map. In all my attempts to make 2D maps of the 3D Galaxy (at least, the Star Trek explored portions) I try to do the same thing – color code the “territories”. But these guys did a nicer job than me, and I particularly like the sector break-ups.

Would like to see each area in more detail, and more distant regions.

22. Kirk's Revenge - February 6, 2010

#7 & #12

Damn, I should really stop listening to Klingon talk radio!
Nothing but propaganda.

Seriously though, I really like the map, especially the inclusion of all those obscure planets and sectors (Devron, Minos Korva, Iconia, etc.) from TNG.

23. Cheve - February 6, 2010

You should put a Spoiler sign on that, Anthony. It is a game, but this things are great surprises when you finally get there.

24. TheMightyBruce - February 6, 2010

So whats the story here- did Cryptic ask Harlan to use the GOF or not?

25. TheVisitor - February 6, 2010

I prefer this STO Map:

26. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - February 6, 2010

The video is not a true reflection of the game because the music in that video is a lot better than the trash monotonous , uninspiring ear-rape that cryptic has labeled music.


do you think that players put spoiler tags in “General chat”?
don’t try to be clever, your only revealing your own ignorance of MMO

27. darendoc - February 6, 2010

I’m sorry, but that Doomsday Machine looks like a turd…

28. MagicDan - February 6, 2010



The spoiler alert would only be for the people who don’t own the game.

Revealing huh?

29. Joel1245 - February 6, 2010

#4 Kirk’s Revenge…

I don’t think you can say they put Earth at the center of the galaxy. The map only starts from the home of the Federation of Planets and branches outward, starting from the Alpha Quadrant. This shouldn’t be understood to necessarily represent the center of the galaxy.

30. Norm - February 6, 2010

I’m not sure how this would work, but I would love to see a new form of the Doomsday Machine in the next Trek…not heading towards Earth or any of the ‘save the planet’ crap that we’ve seen so many times now, but a different twist.

31. Spockboy - February 6, 2010

I realize it’s easy to criticize but the Doomsday Machine looks like a giant acorn and the Guardian of Forever’s voice is so bad I cannot find the words.

One question. Isn’t space black anymore? (LOL)
Every single movie or video game of space I see now is hip deep in nebula. Just the latest trend I guess. I love how it looks, but a black void now and then would maintain the feeling of the mystery of outer space.

: )

32. Craig - February 6, 2010

Isn’t it stupid to have the Guardian in their because then a Starfleet officer could just go back into time and make it so the War never happens. I am not sure if the Guardian should have ever been in Trek if the Federations enemy’s ever got a hold if it they could change everything.

33. M Oracle - February 6, 2010

Pity the Doomsday mission is currently bugged and cannot be completed by a large chunk of players on STO (I’m one of them)… Oh well. At least the Guardian looks nice ;)

34. That Nutty Fanboy - February 6, 2010

33.: I just completed it yesterday. It’s not bugged. =)

35. Andy Patterson - February 6, 2010

Seems like a game of this magnitude could have recruited better voice talent for the Guardian. Barton Larue didn’t sound like a southern minister to me who dropped his ‘R’s’ through his nose. And Larue was the original voice – even if he did die in Sweetwater, Tx 30 minutes from where I grew up. but that’s pretty blaring there. I mean, they’ve got Nimoy’s voice on there and we couldn’t cast up for an entity that controls all time?

36. CmdrR - February 6, 2010

Nice map, if a tad 2-dimensional.

37. Losira - February 6, 2010

Tell Harlen to suck it up. Its sad that someone who wrote stories that are great could misbehave so much. That map is great better then geography of other star maps. Siutable for framing in a trekkies home

38. USS EXETER - February 6, 2010

Since I am unfamiliar with MMO’s can someone tell me if it’s customary to put those types of games on different game platforms like X-Box, PS3, Mac, etc…

And has anyone heard they are already planning on doing just that? Reason I ask is I don’t want to have to go out and by a new PC to play if it’s coming out on X-Box.

39. Frederick - February 6, 2010

The animated series Guardian voice was also horrible. It sounded like someone doing a bad ghost voice. ” I am the Guardian of Forever… booooooooooo!” Nobody could redo the original.

40. John Gill - February 6, 2010

All looks good to me EXCEPT that cheap-ass voice for The Guardian, that turns me off to it completely, I would be embarrassed to put that out to the public. Is the original voice guy for it not available anymore?

41. Desstruxion - February 6, 2010

Abrams should have the Guardian of Forever in the next flick.

42. Spockboy - February 6, 2010

The original voice was James Doohan I believe, so………….no.

: )

43. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - February 6, 2010

@38 It’s only on PC atm

44. Bobby - February 6, 2010

The music is Star Trek 2, not 6, if I’m not mistaken. (Unless maybe there’s some ST6 music in there somewhere that I just missed?)

Gotta echo the comments on the voice acting. The Guardian is esp bad but all of the voiceovers were pretty terrible imho. They had better actors playing redshirts on the TV show. :)

The visuals on the other hand look fantastic.

Too bad the storylines all seem to be about boldly blowing stuff up where no (or lots of?) stuff has been blown up before.

I love that both the Guardian and Doomsday machine are in there though. Those are my favorite two TOS episodes!

45. Mr. Delicious - February 6, 2010

The Guardian sounds like it’s been sipping McCoy’s Saurian Brandy….you know…from the secret Sickbay stash…that really screws you up….

46. Bucky - February 6, 2010

We’re the Laurentian system on the space map? I wanna know where the hell the rest of the fleet was in “Star Trek”. I’m assuming Klingon space-ish.

47. Bob - February 6, 2010

Ellison got plenty.

48. SciFiMetalGirl - February 6, 2010

I finally got to play! And I must say that I really like this game! Sure, there are a couple things that aren’t perfect, but the things to explore are a lot of fun! There is a lot to do, and a lot of things to learn!

49. CarlG - February 6, 2010

Yeah about that voice acting…

“Did somebody order a LARGE HAM?!”

Still gonna pick this game up when I get back to work though. :)

50. CarlG - February 6, 2010

@41: I just had a brilliant idea — Brian Blessed as Guardian of Forever.

Whoops, I meant to say BRIAN BLESSED!!

51. Anti-ChiCom - February 6, 2010

Pure Velveeta….pure cheese.

52. CanOpener1256 - February 6, 2010

good lord .. those interior sets are horrible. In one, if you could sit in the chair, the table top would be at eye level.

53. CanOpener1256 - February 6, 2010

… in defense of the game the outside environments and space battles do look excellent.

And ten-four on the Guardian’s voice. Hopefully they will fix that one day.

Also, am I the only one that finds those cartoon looking heads weird and a little disappointing?

54. Pyork (JE) Productions - February 6, 2010

The Guardian voice sucks, but this game is actually looking pretty cool. I’d still like to see a patch release for full axis flight.

Can’t wait to play oh and whoever made this vid, way to take one for the team while fighting the Doomsday device.

55. Terence T - February 6, 2010

Does neutronium come apart like that?

56. Luke Sutton ("The Tenth Doctor") - February 6, 2010

@46: Yeah, the Laurentian system is near Klingon space and in STO is the site of several Fleet Actions.

57. Hugh Hoyland - February 6, 2010

Im not into video games, but this does look cool. Agreed with the Guardians voice though, sounds like something you would hear in a cheap haunted house amusment show. Either way I might try this out.

58. Louis G. - February 6, 2010


I think the game developers forgot that as fun as it is to add the doomsday machine to this game in order to attract the Original Series fans, Commodore Decker certainly proved & Mr. Spock stated that you can’t destroy it by shooting at it’s neutronium hull. “THERE IS NO KNOWN WAY OF BLASTING THROUGH IT!” In Star Trek Starfleet Command the player is able to destroy them by beaming prototype mines into the maws of the devices, shutting them down…or of course flying straight into them!


59. Daoud - February 6, 2010

Arguing about the Earth being in the center of the map, and a line from Galactic Center to Earth dividing this part of the galaxy into the Alpha and Beta Quadrants… is as funny as people who…

Argue about Greenwich, London, England being in the center of the map, and a line from North Pole to Greenwich dividing this planet into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres….


60. FarmboyGeek - February 6, 2010

Frak! I can’t believe all the negative comments and nitpicking. I have never been a gamer— and therefore I certainly have never been part of of a MMORPG — but this game is amazing. In fact, if you are a hardcore trekker/trekkie/trek fan then it is ‘virtual’ nirvana. I had two great away missions tonight and then hung out with my fellow fleet members in Club 47 at the space dock talking Trek, our crews, game tips and our non-trek lives. It was a group from three different countries…we were as vastly different as could be…and yet we were all sitting around chatting, having some synthahol, laughing and loving the Trek world.

If you don’t like the voice actor who did the GOF for STO—then that is fine, but I would hate to see people such as myself influenced by such negative comments so much that they don’t try the game. There are hundreds of voices and thousand of graphics. If you love Trek, like missions, like starships, like the world of trek and your commrades who inhabit that world then give it a try. I’m thrilled to be part of it. And as just a small dose of reality— let’s be thankful that after 40+ years a game of this magnitude came along. It’s not exactly like there are tons (if any) other current ST, global games out there to choose from. May it live long and prosper.

61. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - February 7, 2010

They’re scrambling to add TOS content because only now they realize they messed up by making it yet another TNG-era game instead of a TOS one. There’s enough TNG games out there, but no good TOS games. Nobody wants this TNG garbage anymore…they should have just scrapped this retarded game and made a TOS one.

62. Neorith - February 7, 2010

Well, if anyone wants to try the game, I have three 10-Day trial cards I’m giving away for free so people can check the game out. They are from the collectors edition. I made a hotmail account for this so email me at and I can send you the product code for the trial.

63. Left 4 Dead – Multiplayer gameplay - February 7, 2010

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64. Spockboy - February 7, 2010

As a voice actor myself I couldn’t let this go by without taking a crack at it.

: )

65. Andy Patterson - February 7, 2010


Okay…I said his name wrong…..BarTELL Larue was the original Guardian voice and did other TOS episodes. He’s been gone a while.

66. Anti-ChiCom - February 7, 2010

Spockboy! They need to hire YOU!!! Perfect!!! Very non-Velveeta!

67. Rastaman - February 7, 2010

Spockboy … superior work.

68. Canadianknight - February 7, 2010

Spockboy – Well done! Miles better than the crap voice in the game.

(Although it wasn’t James Doohan who did the original TOS Guardian. As 65 said, it was Bartell LaRue. Also voiced Yarnek, one of the “Gamesters” providers, and several other “announcer” characters. Great voice!)

Anyway… bravo!

#60 – Can’t speak for others, but poor V/O work wouldn’t stop me from enjoying a game. Glad to hear it’s so cool!

69. Canadianknight - February 7, 2010

I *did* just discover that James Doohan did the “oOOoOOooO spooky” voice for the TAS Guardian though. *shudder* No offense to Mr. Doohan. The voice just didn’t suit what had already been established for the GoF.

70. Thorn - February 7, 2010

In case the posters on here have forgotten, STO nearly didn’t exist. Its gone through different studios with Cryptic Studios not exactly being the largest. For fans of a television show that involved cardboard sliding doors, cheesey costuming, and some laughably bad special effects, I’d imagine there would be some appreciation of producing a quality piece with limited resources. Apparently not.

71. Terence T - February 7, 2010

The ideal would have been to have someone with a naturally lower voice doing the Guardian, but not too many people have a proper voice for that. When someone forces their voice it can come out sounding funny or annoying depending on who’s doing it. :)

72. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - February 7, 2010

but the idea of Trek was fantastic and the stories were usually pretty good so , as fans, we ignored the dodgey fist fights and sfx because the fantasy made us look beyond that!
I paid £45 for STO and some of the story plots are abysmal, the game is glitchy and the game-play is repetitive and teh music is 3 star motel musak.
Thorn, as a paying customer and a Trek fan I have every right to express my disappointment in STO and If you think that we should be grateful for them in releasing this game simply because it nearly got scraped, your dead wrong.
If the product is poor then it shouldn’t have been released simple as that.
But its the market that will say just how bad STO is.
Next year the new addon for WOW and the new Star Wars MMO will be hitting the shops, have a chat with me then and we can compare the server traffic between the them and STO.

73. Crewman Darnell - February 7, 2010

Jeeze, you folks weren’t kidding. That voice used for “The Guardian Of Forever” in the game, truly is a hideous rendering. I could have gone all day without hearing that…

74. That guy... - February 8, 2010

Great!! So where are the console versions?

75. Will_H - February 8, 2010

looks good, but yeah, the voice for the guardian of forever is an epic fail. Honestly it sounds like some fat fanboy recorded it in his basement. They should honestly redo that. Not only is it not close to the voice from the episode, its just pathetic for any game. But everything else looks pretty legit. Still waiting on the Mac version, though. Don’t wanna waste system resources running it on stupid windows.

76. gigshaft - February 9, 2010

So allow me to chime in and repeat of what a lot of people have said already.

1. The gameplay looks FANTASTIC.

2. The Guardian’s voice is EFFING HORRIBLE. It sounds like they got one of the programmers to step into the booth. With all the voice talent I’m sure they had filing through that place, they could have at least used a professional.

77. Dark_Lord_Prime - February 9, 2010

@58, Louis G:

The first thing that occurred to me while watching the Doomsday Machine segment was, “Why are all those ships firing on each other with that thing hanging there next to them??”

Then, when I realized they were damaging it by firing on its hull, I started thinking, “Um.. they can’t damage it like that! WTF?”

But when it finally lost all its HP and started breaking up, all I could think was, “Have these people even SEEN Star Trek?”

Self-destructing an entire starship inside it didn’t blow it up, just left it a lifeless hulk floating through space.

@64, Spockboy:

Absolutely fantastic!

78. Well done Spockboy! - February 9, 2010

Seriously, as an STO player, I WILL be pausing the game to hear Spockboy’s VO effort before continuing that scene.

A man of MANY talents, including my all-time favorite “Star Trek Torch” video. Thank you, Sir! Well done!

CRYPTIC: You need to advertise for fanbase assistance for future in-game episodes. You have one of the most dedicated fanbases in history to draw from!

79. Justice Boy - February 9, 2010

Man, I want this game so bad, but I have to save my money for MegaCon.

80. Topaz172 - February 10, 2010

I would just point out that you don’t realise that you are going to the Guardian until late in a string of missions… its a definite WOW moment to realise that you are about to visit such an iconic set…and wonder what era you will end up in.

It is little references like this that really make the game worth it.

yes the game has a lot of fighting.. its an MMO. In fairness it does have exploration missions where you are trying to find things and the very occassional negotiation mission. For instance you will be asked to solve some unrest on a mining colony, the real objective being to REMEMBER what the five mining groups were each complaining about, and report it.

my main gripe is that with promotion I’m forced to move out of my nice Constitution class and now have to drive a Stargazer mash-up that has too many nacelles.

81. pete postlethwaite - July 14, 2010

Yes a many of many talents, who also admitted he hated Trek and hated its fan even more in a recent interview. Star Trek is a means to an end to him. Nothing more. The movie stunk as much as the idiots who praised it.

And while I am at it, who deleted my very valid post? STO is without doubt garbage. No content and buy me cryptic points to get the game components to play.

Please think before spouting rhetoric about this game, if it can even be called as such. It lacks content, it lacks anything. But then it also has the c-store where you can buy game breaking items, you know the kind that should be available to your character in game without having to pay money for it?

The game is a rip off. If you based in europe you pay even more for it than american / canadian subscribers. Yup garbage for the masses and people will continue to pay for those craptic points.

I wonder how old the OP is, pretty clear he has to be below the age of 16 with comments he made.

82. pete postlethwaite - July 14, 2010

Frak! I can’t believe all the negative comments and nitpicking. I have never been a gamer – and your opinion counts why exactly?

FACT – this game is an empty craptic shell
FACT – Its an expensive empty craptic shell
FACT – You have to buy the content you paid 50-60$
FACT – it aint what it says on the tin, in game. Its a lie
FACT – In europe these clowns are being taken to the cleaners for trade discription acts. It is against the law in Europe to pretend a product has xyz and you find out it does not. The statements on the tin are misleading and completely wrong.
FACT – This game is near death, very low population levels, the reason the devs are still making content is because they need to make their money back somehow.

FACT – this company (Cryptic) should never ever have been allowed near the franchise, same thing should and could apply to CBS.

Maybe thats why many people left this game, maybe thats why there are so many negative people talking about the game.

You are buying something called a game that is not fit for end sale. No wonder a lot of UK stores wont touch this game. Id hate to be selling it too. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.