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GF Rating
4.2

472 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
7

Good

Good game, but with too many problems

posted by Lostrekkie (BATAVIA, NY) Oct 9, 2006

Member since Aug 2004

38 out of 40 gamers (95%) found this review helpful

Like many people across the globe, I am a Trekkie. I love it when a new Star Trek game comes out, and I was very happy when I found out that the company that made my favorite RPG series (Elder Scrolls) was making Star Trek games. When I finally got my hands on this game, I was very happy. But although this was a good game, it wasn't up to par with other games that Bethesda has made.

The controls were are little tough. It will took a little while to get used to, and the control was to sensitive. One little tap moved the aiming control all over the screen. Eventually, you will be able to master it, but it still continues to hinder you after you get the hang of it. (3 out of 10)

The levels are very well done, and great graphics too. It really makes the game feel like Star Trek. Unfortunately, the levels start to get boring in one type of play. The game asks to find warp trails, which leads you on a boring, follow the trail objective, that if you don't stay close to, you fail. (9 out of 10)

Also, the music was very epic in scale, and was fun to listen too. Again, it really made it feel like Star Trek. (10 out of 10)

Unfortunately, the fighting is not as great. It manages to be fun, but not as good as it could have been. the aim is very hard to attack with, and you have to constantly switch weapons, making for a very confusing time. Still, it is easy to use once you get the hang of it, but at first, its pretty hard. Once you get into some really good fighting levels, the action is clean and very fun. (6 out of 10)

Overall, the game was fun, but the controls and action was was not a good as it could have been. Most likely, this game should hold you over just enough so that you can play the upcoming (and most likely better) games like Star Trek: Tactical Assault (PSP and DS) and Star Trek: Legacy (Xbox 360 and PC). But the game is only $19.99 so it is worth buying. I recommend that you pick it up.

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Yes, it really is that poor

posted by mudixon (GRIMESLAND, NC) Nov 10, 2006

Member since Aug 2004

9 out of 9 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I almost always give most games a good chance at being playable. This game, however, just doesn't deserve the Star Trek licensing rights that Paramount gave to the developer. Trying to manipulate 3D space with the awkward (and not customizable) controls creates one frustration after another. The training levels are too hard too early and unnecessary for the most part. I even broke down and hunted for cheats...with no avail. The game doesn't even allow you to adjust the difficulty level.

Where are the cinematics? Where are the characters? I know it's a shooter, but if you want to follow the top ST games from the past, you need to give us some flash...make us part of the story and game. I just felt like this was a wrist exercise, and my wrist is still stiff 2 hours after playing.

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Set Phazers to suck.

posted by Torg001 (LAMBERTVILLE, MI) Dec 1, 2006

Member since Aug 2005

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I'm a big fan of Star Trek and flying games. This didn't seem to meet either requirements. The style is different (top-down view) but by no means intuitive. With all that 3D has to offer, there's just no excuse for this kind of "atari" control.
I give this game a 3 since it is better than previous Star Trek titles. Piccard would still be ashamed though.

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