So, as a cranky old man, I tend to fall into the "Star Trek isn't so good now" camp, beings nostalgic for the optimism of TNG's competent, mature and hopeful approach to problems, solving things with diplomacy and discussion while saving violent actions for defensive last resorts and using set pieces sparingly to make them more meaningful. Modern Star Trek comes across as too focused on action scenes, special effects and self-aware fanboying, all of which feels cynical and anti-theoretical to the ideals that TNG presented.Which is why I'm delighted to say that This new Star Trek game is really, really good. Now, it's definitely shows that it's a game by former Telltale devs, that DNA is undeniable, so if you didn’t like those you may not like this, but it presents as a positive evolution of that formula that got stale while presenting an intriguing story that starts out as 'morality play of the week', becomes a mystery and escalates to what would have been a great 2-part episode of the old show. The dialogue is smartly written, as is the overarching plot and the themes it hits on. The voice acting, while perhaps viewable as a tad corny by today's standards is still absolutely of the tone one would expect from old Trek. The graphics....kinda look like a toy playset but they grew on me and in some cases, such as on a few away missions to planet surfaces, kinda look like cheap soundstage sets from the show IN THE GOOD WAY. And the guy they got to play Spock is really a dead ringer of Nimoy’s voice. It even makes reference to one of the cornier early episodes of TNG and makes what was a fairly forgettable episode suddenly really intriguing.
There are some bad parts. Resolutions on PC above 1080 stretch the screen horizontally so 1080p is effectively the max resolution. It also runs at 30FPS unless a shot is very texture-light, but to be fair has never really chugged below 30fps either. And the music is unfortunately pretty generic, and suspiciously absent of all of the classic Star Trek music, almost like the official music had a separate license to use that was more expensive than rest of the IP (a believable possibility.) I went into this expecting a cheap game and I got something I'm enjoying enough to tear me away from Zelda and Boltgun (the least Star Trek thing that I also maybe problematically love) to play this non-stop. I'm almost but not totally done so I'd ask for no spoilers. It's possible it could biff the ending, but if I may invoke a reverse Wolpaw's Law, I've seen enough to wholeheartedly recommend this, especially if you are an oldschool fan that is grumpy about modern Trek.