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Star Trek: The Video Game Review

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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April 30, 2014

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Star Trek: The Video Game has You Venturing into the Exciting Star Trek Universe Thwarting the Incursion of the Violent Reptilian Aliens Called the Gorn

 
Star Trek: The Video Game had a puzzling debut. Leading up to it’s release numerous positive previews of the game were published. The hype machine was on, the gaming site ign had a big advertisement for it on their landing page and then the game was released. Oh boy! Dan Stapleton, a game reviewer over at ign, raised his samurai sword and ruthlessly beheaded the game.  He was in good company though and just the accumulative bugs in the game deserved the sentence. Some reviewers gave up trying to play till the end. Though it slipped off the radar shortly after it was released there are those like myself who have quietly enjoyed our foray into this post-patched Star Trek universe. In this review I’m going to tell you why.

Exciting News Revealed About Star Trek: The Video

Certainly there was a lot to be excited about before the release of the game. The cast of Star Trek including Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Lt. Nyota Uhura), Simon Pegg (Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott), Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard McCoy), John Cho (Lt. Hikaru Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Ensign Pavel Chekov) were all lending their voices and likeness to the characters in the game. The story was written by BAFTA award-winner Marianne Krawczyk (God of War) with Roberto Orchi and Alex Kurtzman.  The music was being scored by Michael Giacchino who was the composer who did the music for Star Trek The Movie and later Star Trek:  Into Darkness. Cool looking screenshots, concept art and riveting trailers were released.

The fearsome Gorn Commander.

The fearsome Gorn Commander.

The Story

The USS Enterprise receives a distress call from a space station harvesting the power of a binary star. Kirk and Spock go to investigate to find that the Helios device that was meant to channel this energy to terraform New Vulcan has instead opened a rip in space. Through this rip have come the reptilian aliens called the Gorn who steal the Helios device and leave the planet. Your mission is to pursue them, take the Helios device out of their destructive hands, rescue the beautiful female Vulcan T’Mar who they kidnapped and neutralize the threat they pose.

The Highlights

Rather than start out with criticisms let me start by writing about what some of the highlights for me were. Watching Spock through the scope of my Starfleet Phaser Rifle and picking off the enemies around him as he goes to activate a bridge. Swimming through subterranean waterways together. Flying through the air wearing wingsuits. Being thrown initially weaponless into an arena to fight the  Gorn champion and then forced to fight Spock. Leaping out of a ship with a portable propulsion device to board the Enterprise which is under attack. Using cool weapons like the phaser, the Gorn Marauder and the Gorn Railer.

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Kirk & Spock

Kirk and Spock work as the dynamic duo of the game and are heavily dependent on one another. They pry apart and hack doors together, give each other a boost over tall obstacles and heal each other.

Being able to play as one of these two iconic figures and the fact that they need to work closely together to get through the mission is definitely one of the big draw cards for me.

Another definite plus is that the characters were voiced by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto who are Kirk and Spock respectively in the last two Star Trek movies. They come up with some interesting and amusing banter during the game.

Admittedly, playing the game in it’s cooperative multiplayer mode with a friend made it a lot more fun than it would have been otherwise.

My gaming friend and I taking a moment for a screenshot.

My gaming friend and I taking a moment for a screenshot.


 
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Star Trek Related Products

* For those wanting to buy the game with the intention of playing the co-op with a friend you should confirm if it’s still supported. I finished playing this game a year after it’s release and it was still being supported.

Star Trek Digital Download for PC

Star Trek: Prima Official Game Guide

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