2) Varied styles of gameplay so I don't get bored with it too quickly. I love the space combat.
3) Everything is available F2P with a little effort. With that being said my wonderful gf bought me a lifetime subscription while it was on sale. And to you haters that think I didn't earn my Chimera, forget you I'm flying it anyway!
My reasons for playing STO are the exact same as my reasons for (if I were) playing TOR.
Friends. Friends, and what was the other one? Oh yes, friends. It NOT being a fantasy game is a distant 4th with 'Star Trek' coming right on its heels at 5th. Oh yeah, and it can occasionally be entertaining.
My answer isn't terribly short. When City of Heroes shut down I looked long and hard for another game. My issue with 99.999999% of the MMOs out there are that the worlds are totally bleak and depressing. There are no heroes and the setting is so miserable even though you are supposed to there is no reason to be motivated to try and save the people in it. Then I came here.
1. Except for Section 31, the federation are generally good and worthwhile and happy and worth saving.
2. STO hired Dr. Aeon. He is completely awesome, I loved his work for City of Heroes and I can't wait to see what he creates for STO.
3. The relationship of doffs, boffs, ship gear, and skills all adding together to give a very well rounded play experience and very flexible character development experience.