posted by Suchnast (NEW GLOUCESTER, ME) Jul 2, 2007
Member since May 2007
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I gave this game a rating of 8...even though I didn't play it through before returning it...and i'll tell you why. Also, I don't utilize X-box Live, so I won't speak of the multiplayer.
First off, I thought the graphics were great. Some people complain about the controls. After some getting used to, I didn't think they were all that bad. The only gripe I had is that when you are in close, dog-fighting style combat, it's hard to stay tight. For example, if you are in a tight turn with a ship, you are constantly using your reticule to prompt your ship towards the enemy to keep in the turn (you have to keep pressing the button on him to adjust to his movement). If he flies over a planet, you are likely to accidentally set a course for the planet (or another ship perhaps) instead, so learn to fly using the sticks. You can buy ships up to a fleet of 4 (including yours, but you don't choose your own ship). You move through the game in chronological order from the Enterprise serious right up through. I thought it was neat, and there is plenty of strategy involved. The AI was pretty good too.
The reason I returned it early is because after hours of fun playing, I got to I believe the Next Generation era. Without giving any spoilers, I got to a mission where for really the first time, you are not fighting ships, but doing one of those mundane "run around to save other people" type missions. I had an extremely hard time with it. I looked up a walkthrough online that said it was the most irritating mission in the game. The mission failure always happened at the 20 min mark, so each failure was almost half an hour wasted. After a couple of hours of my life I will never get back, I returned it. Call me a quitter, but it just wasn't worth my time.
That being said, I still enjoyed the game. It's worth the rent, but I'm glad I didn't buy it off the shelf.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
As a pretty hardcore trekkie myself, I went into this game underrating as much as I could to give this game a fair rating. All I can say is "Wow". If you played the sleeper hit Bridge Commander for PC and were waiting for a similar game to hit consoles, this is it. If not, then you don't know what you're missing. This is one of the best Real Time Strategy (RTS) games I have ever played.
To start off, I realize that this game is slow and has its downfalls. The controls are a bit awkward, and it sucks when you have to warp somewhere to help an ally and you are blocked by a planet, or all but one of your ships warp to a coordinate, which sometimes made me completely shut down my 360 in rage. I realize that this isn't a "trigger happy" game, but that's why they call it an RTS. You plan your strategy as you go.
Pros: -awesome voiceovers from the real actors -best graphics yet on a console Star Trek game -once you get into it, you have a blast -trekkie heaven! cool unlockables -many ships from all species and eras -feeling of complete control over your own personal starfleet armada -great storyline...how the borg came to be -pretty good online play, especially with 360 voice chat -power displacement great idea, not completely original, but still very nice
Cons: -controls...yes I have heard that they suck -slow ship movement, even scout class ships are slow, but if they wanted to make a fast Star Trek game, they would have -perhaps the biggest one of all...no mission checkpoints. I hated the mission where you had to defend the planets from space debris, after I put all turrets in place and destroyed all space rocks...but one, which blew up the planet and started the whole mission all over again -fairly short, linear story even though it spans all eras
All in all, I have to give Legacy a rating of 8, because of the trekkie in me, and the fact that this game is just plain great. The only thing I would improve on is the mission checkpoints.
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
...but as you spend some time with the game - you realize that the control scheme actually is planned out well and makes sense. Gameplay is a bit slow - I suppose that is where the 'strategy-sim' category comes into play. The first mission took me about 30 mins to complete on the 'easy' setting of 'Ensign'. I wouldn't say this game is 'fun' but would instead describe it as - engaging. I think it is awesome that the voice-over work was done by the actual people who played the role in the corresponding tv series. Scott Bakkula as Jonathan Archer, Patrick Stewart as Jean-luc Picard....well that is, I would say they did the voice-over work because it sure does sound like them in the game. Overall - this game a must-play for any fan of Star Trek.