I wisely waited a few hours before trying to log in to the game, knowing any MMO has trouble when tens of thousands of people try to login at the same time. To my pleasant surprise the game launched smoothly, and I had a blast playing, with better performance than I had in open beta.
Agreed, logging in took a while, but ignoring the "rubber banding" this is probably one of the smoothest launches I've witnessed. Sure some people got dumped out of the game a few times, but nothing drastically game-wide.
Yes the launch was surprisingly great. It was slow to load the next screen after I made my toon, but after that it was smooth sailing! I will give cryptic 5 out of 5 stars for an outstanding job with one of the smoothest launches in MMO history! Standing applause!
I nominate cryptic for the Federations highest civilian award! May ST Online Live Long and Prosper! Red alert, phasers on destroy and shields up.