Well, congratulations. A major sci fi franchise with decades of content and resources has been pared down into a mediocre, arcade-like, repetitive shadow of what it could have been (can only guess, since this game is so empty its hard to imagine an alternative)
Have made it to Captain 9, and find myself just logging off mid mission because, this is strange, i've done this mission already, several times actually. Exploration is just the same basic missions with no change. The variations in scenery fooled me for a few weeks, but in the end the only way to fill games between story missions (shallow and poorly written "story" missions) is to grind exploration/fleet action/enemy contacts, or grind the pointless pvp for almost no reward.
Started a Klingon and got him to Lt commander 7, but its even worse over there. Can only grind the Khaless expanse so many times. Endless, pointless pvp for a pittance worth of skill points and badges that give you mediocre weapons aren't cutting it anymore.
I tried to like this, have been trying since OB, but this game is going absolutely nowhere fast and I can't keep pretending like it will be good anymore.
still think its silly and pointless to whine about the expo patrols being generic, could you point me in the direction of any game that does not have generic quests? wow had them in spades and in every zone u had to level up in. i give cryptic some props in lest varying the maps from expo zone to expo zone, some games do not even bother to do that. lets also look at the fact that they made it easier most of them you can take back to back to back if you want making the grind that much faster.
the expo patrols are hands down one of the quickest ways to gain sp period. but you can mostly level up by doing story missions doing deep space encounters doing standard patrols. your harly ever forced to grind on exploration unless you choose to grind on it, or you want some expo gear.
game has alot of issues but the geneic quests being generic thats hardly one to add to the list since all mmos fail in that reguard, and many rpgs for that matter.
Judging by your comment I would have to guess this is your first mmo. You see a mmo vet can see that this game is totally flawed, it's not about bugs or gloss, it's about core gameplay.
Ok we going to do this?
Every mmo I have played in the last say 5 years it has had it's whiners,either about it's end game or the content to reach end game.
Now this always happens in the 1st month of release,it can also be about it's quest system.
All mmo's have there whiners saying the quest system is simply "go kill X amount of this" or "go and investigate this"
Yet people whine at release,I have yet to come across an mmo in my near 10 years of playing them that released with full content....and I know I never will.
Save me the "any mmo vet can see" nonsense as any mmo vet will see this as an mmo release.
The game core is there,it needs work and of course needs content,hell any mmo out for 8 years still needs content patching to keep its base.
With all this whining if they did ever release an mmo with all the content it will ever need I am sure players would whine"why do I pay for this when you never add new content"