After years of being burned by crap film tie-ins I didn’t have much hope for Star Trek, but this failed to live up to even my lowest expectations.
JJ Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek universe was received with fairly positive reviews a few years ago, even from the more hardcore Trek fans, so the reboot of the game, set in the same universe as the movie, should have followed suite. Unfortunately, it...
I don’t know what it is about the Star Trek license that makes it hard to develop great games based on it. Maybe it’s the non-violence, the talking-first attitude, the ability to go where no one has gone before? None of which incidentally you will...
Its numerous bugs and linear missions make it frustrating to play, and the story never grabs you like a good sci-fi adventure should. Even the most devoted of Star Trek fans will be hard pressed to find something to like in Star Trek The Video Game: there are simply too many glaring problems.
Star Trek The Video Game is a mess of bugs, glitches, and thoroughly uninspiring...
Star Trek makes some attempts to be lively in the writing and acting department, but in every other regard it's deeply boring, incredibly stupid, ugly and senseless. Avoid.
Star Trek: The Video Game does its best to capture the spirit of the Star Trek of the JJ Abrams movies, but for every good idea or smart decision there's a technical or gameplay issue that cripples the game. Some good dialogue, voiced by the original...
The Uncharted-style action simply isn’t well-executed, while poor co-op AI spoils the single-player experience. Trekkers might still get something from it, but with so many great action games around, why waste your time?
There isn't a scrap of imagination or originality in this whole thing, and it's a flat-out waste of the source material, the sound effects, and the voice cast. Even if you're a life-long Star Trek fan like I am, you don't want to beam down anywhere near this thing.
When the music soars, the characters align and the combat gels, Star Trek becomes a rare movie game that rises above its peers and delivers something genuinely fun. It's only ever a partial success though, too bogged down by timid design and technical rough edges to really be the game that Trek deserves.
The only distinctive selling point of this game – the promise of an epic buddy co-op experience between two famous sci-fi pals - succumbs to awkward banter and gimmicky co-op puzzles. Star Trek asks you to traverse a vast galaxy, but when the credits roll, you’ll wonder why you bothered when there was so little to discover along the way.
Star Trek: The Video Games, limited to just two hours and with mechanics focused on exploration, could have worked as the first installment of an episodic game linked to the series.
Trek fans will get a lot more out of this than a regular gamer, but it's average execution, low quality graphics, PC co-op problems, and weak AI might be too much to overlook for others. A decent rental, but not really worth owning unless it's on sale or you desperately need a co-op game.
Although the studio set out to please the diehard Trekkies by embracing the source material, they will find far more satisfactory co-op experiences elsewhere.
No matter what you think of the new movies no franchise deserves a tie-in as timidly generic as this, with painfully bland action and low-tech, not sci-fi, presentation.
Generic shooting, incredibly poor artificial intelligence and glitchy bug-ridden gameplay amounts to nothing more than a meager attempt to cash in on next month’s film. We salute you for trying, but this is better left untouched and propelled into space.
There’s a healthy range of environments - including a trip to the Gorn home world - and one level, which has you chasing a runaway Gorn around the Enterprise, offers a delightfully unexpected change of pace. It never quite impresses enough as a shooter for us to recommend it if you have no interest in Star Trek whatsoever...
You might squeeze some enjoyment out of it in co-op, but otherwise this is a deeply unremarkable cover shooter.
As someone who grew up with the original Star Trek series from my teenage years and hung on through ups and downs (including that fantastic 25th Anniversary adventure game a couple decades back), all I can say is that serious Star Trek fans deserve better than this.
Typically, games created directly from movie licenses are total garbage. You would think that with a strong license it would be easier to create an engaging world within the confines of a video game. But time and time again, developers struggle to...