Erm, according to the feature list its a level 15 unlock for free players.
Ah, yes, pardon me. Another thing is that you can now only have two characters on a server, and I'm sure there's some clause where you can only go on so many servers. You can still have all 10 of your other characters you once had, but you can't create any more. So heaven forbid you actually want to get a charrie to max-level and then start a new one, or something. Or play multiple classes at once. You can do the thing with different servers, but the way they let the server selection up is atrocious.
I too play another F2P MMORPG (Lord of the Rings Online) which I've spent hundreds of hours in and while there may be some things about that I don't like since its F2P switch (mainly having to pay to unlock side-quests for each region outside the starter areas) I still find it an enjoyable game because all the core elements to the game are available to everyone. The only benefits to being a subscriber are that all content is unlocked (until the expansion packs), free store points each month, no money cap (which can be lifted anyway for anyone by a singe store purchase) and a few other minor details which I don't care too much about. In fact, the only reason I can see for becoming a subscriber is to spend "Destiny Points" which essentially get you free boosts (I'd only use the XP boost, which carries over if you go back to non-subscription membership, so you only need to subscribe for one month).
See, this is EXACTLY what Star Trek Online is like, and it, as well as Lord of the Rings Online, are, in my opinion, the two best MMOs out there. Why? Because of the above.To further my rant earlier
, I made the mistake while checking out the update, on a level 2 character, of noting my "venomous hatred" (as they so call) for the game. The community, which I thought I was a part of, promptly cast me aside, kicked me out the door, and shouted a bunch of "******" at me. So there's the community, which, like League of Legends, is complete osik.
On the flipside, about community, Star Trek Online and LoTRO (I stopped playing a while ago because I sort of lost interest. Still think it's great though.) probably have the best communities I've ever seen, in any game ever. The max level characters will help a newbie, usually by giving him an unprecedented amount of the in-game currency, or some other REALLY darn helpful thing. Only bad thing about STO's community is that they REALLY like to discuss politics. Like, a lot. Fortunately, unlike SWTOR, you can MINIMIZE THE DARNED CHAT.
So, I suppose this is turning into a stump speech for Star Trek Online
, but I'd really recommend at least giving the game a try. Yes, it is lore-reliant, but it's also able to be picked up by nearly anyone. AND you get your own ship, crew, hordes of officers, weapons, tribbles...yes. It's fun.
((P.S. Flyboy, I noticed you posted at 4:24, lol.))