I’m in STO open beta. I only had an hour or so to play (had to teach a class last night). Still, after install and quick patch I spend lots of time in the character creation. Very nice! I never played Champions Online however read about the depth of making a character in that game. It seems this depth of creation also exists in STO.
I did make Grimgar; the first know race called the Orks (i.e. Orcs) in the Federation. Only option I did not find was tusks; still had a cool looking big green ensign (now Captain of the USS Thrallis).
The client ran well and graphics looked great (these are some web images.. I'll keybind a screen shot key):
The sound effect were better than I expected. Especially the sounds (red alert, phasers, transporter, etc.) all really sound like the movies and shows.
Finished the tutorial missions and ended up at the star base at Earth. Game options (graphs, UI, etc) all good so far. The space combat if fun (you have the ability to divert power from the fours systems (shields, weapons, engines and auxiliary). It has presets and the ability to setup you own saved settings. Ground combat was also fun. It’s not FPS still .. MMO feel (which I like).
I’ll wrap up with first hour was a good experience.