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Star Trek: The Video Game Review Part 3

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

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I cannot BELIEVE how many times Spock and I have pried open a door together!

I cannot BELIEVE how many times Spock and I have pried open a door together!

Criticisms of Star Trek: The Video Game

Many of the reviews you read about this game were written just after the games release. This review is written after a big patch was done and incorporated automatically into the PC game available on Steam. I did not encounter a number of the bugs I read about while playing the PC game and was able to complete the game.  That said, there are still several problems that you will encounter when playing the game.

Let’s start with the big glaring problems. The first was our initial encounter with the Gorn. If Kirk goes up the ladder for this encounter he finds himself suddenly at the bottom of the ladder looking up and is unable to move and Spock will have to fight the Gorn himself. If Spock goes up the ladder first everything is fine and you both get to fight the Gorn. The second occurred toward the end of the game. I re-entered an area that had two vents and a ladder and wasn’t able to go back out the vents again.  The third was when we past three checkpoints while on the mothership but when we continued the game another day they had not been saved and we had to start at the beginning of the mothership incursion. This happened to us twice. You really should set aside a leisurely two hours to complete the last part of the game in one go and expect your patience to be tested a little.

While playing the game we lost connection with the server several times. However, I suspect that has something to do with my location.

Some of the minor problems were watching Spock for a moment moving around while in a kneeling position. Your tricorder erroneously reveals that there’s a person or Gorn in a wall. Twice during the game my tricorder continued scanning after I had turned it off and remained on for a few moments. On the Gorn mothership, there were a few times when Spock and I didn’t seem able to head each other.

While I am writing a favorable review I think it’s fair to warn you that many criticisms have been leveled at the game of which I will include a few here.

* The need to constantly be using your tricorder to see through walls, hack control panels, locate and listen to audio logs, and reveal things that will give you experience points in the game is somewhat tedious. It does, however, give us a feeling for the Federation’s love of science and exploration.

* The plot isn’t the greatest. Something equivalent to violent Velociraptors steal a device that allows them to travel through rips in space and killing all who stand in their way while they go about harvesting planets! Kill them! Kill them!

* The game is repetitive, boring and dull. I can see why players may feel this way. It’s a very linear game. Combat is probably a little duller than they are use to.  There are only several weapons available. You are continually having  to pry doors open with your partner!  The space battle is just a mini-game and so on.

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Conclusion

Do you love the new Star Trek series and the main cast? Does playing the role of Kirk or Spock in a game appeal to you? Interested in getting caught up in a sci-fi adventure that fits in between two great Star Trek movies? This game offers you a slice of that experience that no other game can. Seriously, this game has two of the most interesting characters in sci-fi going on an epic journey doing all kinds of amazing things in their pursuit of reptilian aliens!

This is a polarizing game. There are many people who enjoyed it and those who loathe it. If you love sci-fi, are easy-going and uncritical then I would say play it with a friend for the best possible experience. You will definitely need a little patience though. The game is only $US14.99 on Steam at the moment (April 30, 2014.) If you are the kind of player that has a very critical eye, uptight by nature and hates very linear games then it’s obviously not for you. As for my friend and I, we had a blast playing through it and feel that the game is underrated.

If you are seriously thinking about getting the game after reading my review you might like to check out Dan Stapleton’s harsh review over at ign or check out the player comments over on Steam. Though there are some very critical comments you will find a good number of people who enjoyed playing the game as much as I did.

* Please note that this is a review of the PC version of Star Trek: The Video Game. I don’t know how well the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 version plays.

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Publishers : Namco Bandai Games,Paramount Digital Entertainment

Platforms : PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Genres : Action-adventure, Third-person shooter

Modes : Single-player, Multiplayer

ESRB Descriptors: Violence, Language, Animated Blood

Official Website: http://www.startrekgame.com/intl/uk/

System Requirements
Minimum:

OS:Windows XP SP2
Processor:Intel Core 2 @ 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Memory:2 GB RAM
Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 9600/ ATI Radeon HD 2900 GFX RAM: 512 MB
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
Sound:DirectX Compatible
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Recommended:

OS:Windows Vista or higher
Processor:2.4 GHz quad core or higher
Memory:4 GB RAM
Graphics:Nvidia GeforceGTX 560/ATI Radeon HD 5850 or better GFX RAM: 1GB or more
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
Sound:DirectX Compatible
Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
 
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Star Trek Products

Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain’s Summit Bonus Disc) (2011)

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Complete Series (1987)

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