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I guess upon original release, at full price pretty much every reviewers sent a copy was reluctant to rate this game very highly for obvious reasons - its not the greatest game you're ever going to play, but used - for a few quid - its actually very enjoyable. It's not the most challenging thing you're ever going to play but sometimes all you want is something that just gets on with it, A-B. Gameplay is highly liniar, controls are a little clunky - I don't know about co-op and multiplayer mode, but playing off-line playing as either Playable character (Kirk or Spock) with the games inbuilt AI works okay. The story's not that bad, ties in with the onscreen world of the current film franchise well and re-introduces the Gorn as credible villains rather than the big, green bulky-guy in the lizard mask Bill Shatner had to fight in the OS episode "Arena".
Not great, not taxing but find of fun, I enjoyed it.
Coming off a binge of PS1 era Tomb Raider its just so nice playing something where you aren't dying, literally, every 3 minutes and its nice the fact they actually originated an original story for the game, not try to piggy-back it off whatever ongoing movie release - plus the vocal cast features the current cast, some of the dialogue is rather snappy - there's a nice line where Kirk comments how he like a female character and Spock retorts: "There are females you don't like?" - its cheesy and doesn't take itself terribly seriously.
I'm a massive trek fan and love all the films (though ST5 really tests that love) but even I can't forgive this. Maybe it's because I also love action adventure games that I can see where this falls down.
First the good - it's got a good soundtrack borrowed from the new film scores. It's set in the Star Trek universe.
Okay that's all I got.
The bad - graphics are appalling for a game developed near the end of the current console generations lifespan. They border on end of the first Xbox's lifespan. Animations are poor and clunky. AI is terrible. I know graphics are not everything but there is nothing underneath to love either. It's like they found a generic shooter template given to beginner developers and whacked the Star Trek name and skins onto it.
I can't bring myself to play anymore of this and I feel bad as it was a gift from my other half who thought she was doing the right thing giving a Star Trek game to her Star Trek obsessed bloke.
All I can say is I thought Aliens: colonial marines was better than this before they improved it with patches and we all know how rubbish that looked and played out the box.
If you want a good Star Trek game, get a pc that can run older games and get Bridge Commander, sarfleet ommand III and either of the elite force games. They look poor by today's standards but at least the developers understood gameplay back then!
Although I have been interested in the Star Trek franchise for a while I initially put off buying this game. Having heard some bad reviews, I wasn't prepared to fork out £40 on it. But as with every game that spawns from a movie I knew the price would fall shortly after, so I waited. (I'd like to stress that this game is not based on the movies but rather in between the 1st and 2nd of the Star Trek reboot with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto). When it reached about £10 I went for it, as I could resist it any longer and I was quite impressed.
The graphics overall had a few glitchy moments but were not bad - 7.5/10 The sound was truly excellent with all the voice actors from the film participating - 9.5/10 The game time was a decent 8 - 12 hours depending on your gameplay style - 7/10 The gameplay itself was alright, third person with a lot of repetitive code cracking schemes and story problems/objectives - 5.5/10 The story was pretty good with some tense moments and classic Star Trek quotes and personality capture well -8/10 Finally, if you're buying for the multiplayer I wouldn't bother, its just the story with a friend but glitches out most of the time online, but ok with a friend at your location -2/10
The game was very enjoyable to a fan like myself but I think might not appeal to player who want a simple sci-fi shooter game, I'll be playing again but I think for others its a one time play through.
I've only played this in multiplayer with my brother, but I can assure you this game was not meant for multiplayer splitscreen. I was so excited to see that the real actors were voicing the characters, and that the game characters were modelled after the 2009 reboot actors, but this game has let me down.
Firstly I'll say, I've not finished the game yet (for various reasons), so I cannot say whether the game redeems itself towards the end. Maybe it will. But so far, I've been disappointed. The splitscreen gaming is difficult, and could have been handled much better, perhaps even getting rid of the splitscreen all together - I'm not a game designer, so I don't know. But what I do know is that the experience hasn't been as exciting as I originally thought it would be.
The game itself is probably 70% video clips, 30% actual gaming. You could play for 5 minutes, then there's another video clip. 2 minutes gaming, another video clip. Why are there so many??? Let me play the game?!! I also feel that in some of the video clips, the voice acting is a little awkward, but perhaps the actors are just better on screen. That's just my opinion though.
But don't let me put you off, there are some great aspects of the game, such as the full body view of the characters (no first person) which I wasn't expecting with this game, a good range of weapons, and even the plot is pretty good. I just think it could have been executed so much better, and if they'd put more time into it, the graphics would be a lot better as well (yeah, I was disappointed with the quality). I also liked the teamwork aspect of the game, when one person had to do one job, and the other had to do another job in order to progress further.
All in all, the plot line is good, the teamwork is fun, but I am disappointed at how poorly this game has been executed, low quality graphics and poor splitscreen coverage being a main source of my discontent.
I would recommend this game to younger Star Trek reboot fans.
*Sigh* I had such high hopes for this game - maybe that was my first problem.
There's not a lot I can say about Star Trek that can't be summed up with two short words... Movie Tie-in. As with most tie-ins, the whole production feels rushed, rough around the edges and missing a genuine love for the product. As a life long fan of things Trek, I've played my fair share of licensed games and it's disheartening to see yet another one that misses the mark.
I managed to get about two hours into Star Trek before I gave up as the game failed to engage me on any level. While I wasn't expecting an engrossing world as big as GTA or a rich story like Gears of War, but it would have been nice to have the quality we used to see in Elite Force or Armada... And that doesn't even hold up too well.
My advice... Save your money and watch an episode/movie.
Had to send back, the gameplay was full of glitches rendering it impossible to play. Spock walked off through a wall and the level could not be completed without him. I wanted to love this game but not enough time and care was put into its creation.
While the game might have a few or more bugs, it was a blast - Literally - Its a game that even though might be broken, its playable. Especially when one person can be Spock and the other Kirk, its too much fun to not mess around with what's happening. Great price and time well spent