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This game is set in the J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot continuity in which Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto voice Kirk and Spock along with the other actors from the film. The game opens up as the Enterprise answers a distress signal from a science station where they have opened a rip in the fabric of space allowing the Gorn to invade. Now these Gorn are not the TOS rubber suit ones, they look more like something out of Halo and they are bent on universal conquest.
The graphics in the game are a mixed bag. The Enterprise interior and the ship combat cut scenes look great as do the character models. But the world and Gorn ships that you play through are brown, muddy and just bad looking. The character animation and lip-syncing is done very poorly even with the very good voice acting from the actors. There is a lot of clipping and strange looking movement by the characters. It really looks like something you would have seen on the PS2.
Gameplay felt like they were trying to capture Mass Effect. A lot of running, covering and shooting. The AI, for both enemy and ally, is the most annoying. Most of the time Spock (I played as Kirk) got hung up on a box or in a wall and I would have to restart the check point three or four times to get him back on track. Also, during most of the fighting, he would never attack. Spock just stood so far back he couldn’t be seen. The enemy AI was just as sloppy. There were many times I would enter a level and the Gorns would be stuck in walls or just stood there running in place. All I had to do was walk up and shoot them. Boss battles, what few there were, were too simple and only required me to shoot and roll a few times. Having to scan a ton of things with the Tricorder really slowed things down; especially when I had to scan to find hidden wires and hack control panels. The hacking mini games were over simplified and repetitive having only three or four different variations and doing them so many times per level got boring very quickly. The weapons in the game are upgradable but you can easily beat the game without ever doing so, which made upgrading pointless.
The game was about 10 hours long and I was really surprised, it could easily had been wrapped up in half that time. It felt very unfinished and unpolished and it suffers from the classic movie tie-in game downfalls. I think if they didn’t try and get the game out before the movie it could have been so much better. Even with the actors, sound effects and score from the movie, the game just falls flat. Maybe someday someone will take the time and make that great Star Trek game.
2 out of 5
Star Trek, rated T for Teen and is published by Namco Bandai and Paramount Digital Entertainment and develop by Digital Extremes. The review is based on the PS3 version of the game.