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The concept casts you as commander of a Federation commando group. Using new technology, you and your crew are chartered to infiltrate galactic hot spots and efficiently handle problems. Your best tech toy is a ship that, thanks to an experimental holographic projector, can look like anything you want it to. This variable cloak lets your team move into position to beam down and take care of the problem with minimum fuss.
Commander Data (voiced by Brent Spiner of Star Trek: The Next Generation) doles out advice as you outfit your team and carry out diverse missions, such as hit and runs, rescues, sabotage, and raids, using all kinds of cool Federation tools and weaponry. Each team member has his or her own unique skills and equipment. For example, the group leader has grenades, the Russian engineer is the only one who can use a Romulan cloaking device, and your Vulcan security officer can mind meld with the enemy, giving you temporary control of him.
The strategy is solid and the game is brisk and attractive, although it is crippled with substandard artificial intelligence. Your troops aren't smart enough to return fire on their own, and you'll begin to wonder if the enemy has any battle plan at all. Missions are puzzlelike and repetition is necessary, often tediously so. And there is only a tiny fraction of the multiplayer options a game like this should have. Multiplayer is only available in cooperative mode and only then on linked computers at home. What? You don't have two or more computers linked at home? Sorry--there are no Internet options. --Bob Andrews
- Interesting concept
- A few really good missions
- Decent graphics
- Poor AI
- Sparse multiplayer
Top Customer Reviews
For those of you who have played the squad-based Cowboy game Desperados; you will find that Away Team is very similar in progressing through the missions. Stealth is the better part of valor here and it makes for a very exciting game as you try to flank your enemies, evade detection and coordinate attacks at just the right times.
You play as the captain of the USS Incursion, a Federation vessel that uses holographic imaging to change shape. As such, the plot of the game is to go behind enemy lines and win covert battles as you try to figure out the ultimate solution behind the plot. You send down away teams of 4 crewmen (each with thier own special characteristics) on clandestine missions.
On the positive side, I found the all the "sneaking around" in the game to be very "realistic" (or I should say "consistent") with the way that events play themselves out in the Star Trek universe. Vulcans can do mind-melds, phasers can be set to kill or stun (but they do set off alarms sometimes) and most importantly, you only get a few shots before the Borg "adapt". This makes the game very intense; especially at those times when you evade being detected by a gnat's hair. Also, the storyline is thoughtful and makes you want to finish each mission to see what happens next.
On the negative side, I do agree with some of the reviewers on at least 2 points.Read more ›
You are in control of 4 (sometimes up to 6) crewmembers on an away team. Before each mission, you are given an excellent briefing and then you are allowed to choose the members who are best suited to the mission. Once your selection is made, you beam down and begin the mission.
Each mission contains a briefing before and during the mission. The controls are very easy to master and memorize. While the main screen doesn't contain a "fog of war," there is still a lot of strategy involved in completing the missions.
The graphics are nice but not earth shattering. The sounds, used on my SoundBlaster Live! are excellent, using both front and rear channels.
On a whole, this game is fun but quite short. When played on the easy level, you an complete all of the missions in one night (if you had the time.)
While this isn't a major title (like Elite Force and The Fallen,) it is a quality Trek title and worth the purchase.
I really enjoy this game and would recommend it to any Star Trek just looking for a little fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game does work great on both Xp and windows 8 I beaten the game and love it thanks again but at first i did have to fix it because it my PCM could not read it thankPublished on June 30, 2013 by Abel D. Petersen
I played Away Team several years ago, lost the disc and can't play it now. I found it to be a great diversion from the typical third person starship games that are so typical of... Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by Chris
thank you for sending this game to me so fast i can not wait to play it , this will be awesomePublished on October 12, 2011 by Terry Whittingham
Levels are way to small and game play isn't very exciting. Characters wont think for themselves at all and if one gets killed you lose; So much for the red shirts! Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by Gamecrazy
I always enjoy Star Trek shows or games. This is a great game. Thank youPublished on January 7, 2010 by Lu Anne Humphrey
Disclaimer: I am a huge Star Trek fan and I'm sure that influences my rating.
I bought this game years ago and almost got to the final mission, but the CD was stolen before I... Read more
great game. had the demo years ago but could never find the game. good game play. don't need a high end system to enjoy this one.Published on November 2, 2006 by Jason B. Goodell
I first picked this game up because I hadn't played a good Star Trek game for a while, and this was on sale. Read morePublished on October 13, 2005 by Graphixman
I just got this game at Bookmans last night. I have played it and the gameplay is pretty hard. The plot is also weird. Read morePublished on September 11, 2004