gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I am relatively new to Star Trek, although I have fallen in love the Original Series. That being said, this game both impressed and disappointed me. It stayed very true to the franchise (i.e. Feds benefit by talking first and shooting later) and the battle and navigation systems approached the difficulties of space flight and fight very nicely. I've played other games where traveling through emptiness has been long and cumbersome (LoZ:Wind Waker), but this game made it easy to get to the next goal and impossible to get lost in space. Unfortunately the game failed to placate my impatient nature. Turning is incredibly slow and frustrating, it took a while for me to figure out how to recharge my shields, and before you can start blasting your opponent to bits you must spend forever shooting their shields. Phasers and photon torpedoes take a long time to charge while your opponent seems to be getting of two or three times as many shots. All in all, this game is definitely worth a rent. If, after you try it out, you still want more then buy it, but not before.
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
The Star Trek geek in me gets exited every time a new Trek game comes out. I picked this one up just as it came out and spent 35 bucks on it.Although it's not a bad game,if you've played a Star Trek ship combat game on the pc a few years ago(i can't remember what the title was)this game is pretty much the same thing.Except this time around it's portable,the bottom screen handles just like the mouse and keyboard,and there are several endings to each mission which you are rated on.Good ratings allow more crew upgrades. The missions go from extremly easy to pain in my butt.Because of the rather abrupt jump in difficulty. It discouraged me from playing it for over a month. Overall the game isn't that bad. It's worth a rental for a Trek fan(you can even have the menu's in klingon!).I couldn't recomend it to the gaming majority.
star trek tactical assault is a very fun game for star trek fans. you can start a campaign as a klingon or the federation. some of the bad things are is that when your fighting another ship you have to shoot it 10 times to get the shields down then go in for the kill. Also when you are in combat your ship moves really slow and its hard to change directions.
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Imagine a game in which you're piloting a titanium bathtub with flashlights strapped to the back and you've got a pretty good idea of how this game works. You spend most of your time waiting for your phasers to recharge, pausing only occaisionally to shoot at one of the enemy's 5 shield facings. It takes a while to get through just one shield facing, and it's pretty hard to control which facing you hit unless you're willing to sit and wait until that facing naturally presents itself--which means you'll be wasting most of your potential firepower.
Besides shield facings, there's little involved in battle besides just hitting the fire button and waiting for the weapon to recharge. Weapons take a long time to recharge so the combat is quite tedious. The designers tried to make up for this by making it extremely hard. Often you have to survive multiple consecutive battles in which you're outgunned in every single one.
And, of course, there's the terrain--a sad and very game-breaking aspect of combat. There are asteroids, planets and space stations scattered fairly densely around the battlefield. These things will cause catastrophic damage to your ship if you collide with them.
Now, let me preface this by saying that you cannot fire at an enemy you are not locked on to, period. If you have no target lock, your firing buttons simply won't respond.
If you do have a target lock, the camera is always pointed directly at your enemy, with your ship filling most of the foreground. Thus, the area immediately surrounding your ship is just one huge blind spot.
And there is no radar. No, seriously. In half the fights you get into, you die instantly from hitting something you had no way to see.
The combat in this game is just awful, and combat is most of what it's got. Thus, the game as a whole is pretty much just awful. Their use of the ST license is pretty much mediocre cliché claptrap.
I thought it was a great game; however, I found the 8th mission to be too difficult (or frustrating) to beat. Some may enjoy the challenge, but it was way too much for my enjoyment. I would make it to the very end of the battle and then die. I don't want to play the same mission 100 times till I beat it especially when it takes 15-20 minutes.
I recommend the game to anyone even if it is just for the first 8 missions.