Star Trek: The Video Game Review
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Star Trek: The Video Game Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360*, PC
Dev: Digital Extremes
Pub: Namco Bandai Games
Release: April 23, 2013
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Animated Blood, Language, Violence

Cutscenes are plentiful, and even though most are decent, many highlight the visual shortcomings with close-ups that flaunt the dated graphics and pixelated textures. With the many cutscenes necessary to tell a movie-like story, this should have been a huge focus in the visual department. Although, the faces of main character models were clearly given careful attention, and the digital versions of the actors were instantly recognizable and accurate.

However, character animations are another story entirely. Even though there are many odd animations throughout the game, they function fine for the most part. The only time you really run into serious issues is in transition between gameplay types.

Star Trek: The Video Game Screenshot

For example, something as simple as prying a door open can become a chore. First of all, initiating the sequence can be a nuisance, and button prompts sometimes don’t show up until you have positioned yourself perfectly. Once in place, completing the task is easy enough, but when you emerge on the other side the animation falters. Sometimes you will be looking in an odd direction, you may be standing behind your counterpart (even though you were first to go through the door), and rarely you might even be stuck in a corner. Almost every transition animation suffers similar issues, and though it’s not game-breaking, it is severely annoying.

But for Star Trek, where visuals fail, sound delivers. Voice acting is top-notch (as it should be) and the actors transfer their characters well to the video game medium. The sound of the Tricorder starting up is replicated beautifully, in addition to the familiar sounds of lasers and photon torpedoes. Tense gameplay sequences were accentuated by appropriate music, and the orchestral score was borrowed directly from the films, one of the few perks of making a licensed game. Overall, the sound bordered on excellent with very few hiccups.

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While this game probably won’t do anything for the hardcore gamer, Star Trek fans and casual gamers may find it a fun experience with varied gameplay and a strong story. However, more seasoned gamers will probably find this game to be a low-budget replication of their favorite franchises and dismiss it immediately.

Although Digital Extremes set out to make the definitive Star Trek Experience, they fell short of creating the game that Star Trek fans so desperately crave. I enjoyed Star Trek for what it was, but at the end of the day, it delivers an average gameplay experience through a decent story. The game’s mediocre visuals are balanced by the strong soundscape, but neither department does enough to propel the game to warp speed. Mr. Sulu, you have failed.

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: April 26, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
Graphics feel outdated and transition animations can be very jerky. Cutscenes look pretty good until you get up close.
3.0
Control
Standard third-person action can feel unintuitive at times, but does the job overall.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice acting from the movie cast is commendable, as is the music, pulled directly from the films.
3.0
Play Value
You can possibly squeeze two playthroughs out of Star Trek if you want to play as both Kirk and Spock, but that’s about it.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • MEET THE CREW - The 2009 Star Trek film cast contributes their voices for the game, including Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.
  • EXPERIENCE AN ALL-NEW STORY - Set after the events of the 2009 theatrical hit, Star Trek continues the sweeping journey through the new universe with a completely original story.
  • EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE - Uncover new areas of the U.S.S. Enterprise, explore never-before-seen sectors throughout the galaxy including exotic planets, treacherous jungles, remote space stations, and venture onto New Vulcan.
  • ULTIMATE CO-OP - Built from the ground up as a co-op experience, Star Trek packs two different gameplay styles and unique character abilities into one game.
  • KIRK AND SPOCK REBORN - Play for the first time as two of the greatest science-fiction heroes ever. With the fate of the galaxy on the line, players must rely on each other to create a kick-ass team.
  • THE GORN RETURN - Determined to conquer the galaxy, the Gorn return as re-imagined versions of the classic Star Trek villains, infecting their foes with venom that can poison, cause hallucinations, and even kill. Ranging in size and abilities, the Gorn seed mayhem and destruction as they decimate populations and ravage planets.
  • SCOPE AND VARIETY - Authentic set pieces and ever-changing gameplay underscore the amazing STAR TREK adventure. Hijack enemy battleships, jump precariously through zero-G onto moving spaceships, and swim through subterranean waterways.


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