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Kirk may be all smiles, but I fear that beneath the charm lies a sad, beaten, red shirt.

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Star Trek: The Video Game Review

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Set phasers to "shun."

J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek universe has certainly made the franchise into a more outwardly adventurous and thrilling one. I loved old Star Trek for its more thoughtfully measured sci-fi storytelling, but Abrams' first movie (and by early accounts, the forthcoming second film was well) breathed new life into the franchise in a way that the last couple of movies and TV series clearly couldn't. By bringing the action and the adventure to the forefront, Star Trek was suddenly thrilling for the first time in many, many years.

Enjoy this shot of people commanding the Enterprise, because you won't get to do much of that in Star Trek: The Video Game.
Enjoy this shot of people commanding the Enterprise, because you won't get to do much of that in Star Trek: The Video Game.

Unfortunately, that shift toward action and adventure has its drawbacks. Namely, it gave Digital Extremes the excuse to turn Star Trek: The Video Game into the most rote, drably unimaginative third-person shooter you could think of. Because when you think of Star Trek and video games, you immediately think of Kirk and Spock starring in their own cheap knockoff of Gears of War, right? Right...?!?

Which isn't to say that a third-person shooter featuring cooperative Kirk and Spock gameplay couldn't be done well, but Digital Extremes failed to realize such a concept with any measure of quality. Built as a sort of in-between story to the two Abrams films, Star Trek features Kirk and Spock trapped in a mess featuring angry alien interlopers, shadowy Starfleet politics, and a giant MacGuffin of a device that tears holes in the universe, powers entire planetary colonies, and probably does some other stuff the writers forgot to bother explaining.

This is not a well-told story, mind you. It starts out promisingly enough, immediately acknowledging the last dangling problem left hanging at the end of the 2009 film, namely that of how to resettle the now nearly extinct Vulcan race. The device in question was purportedly built to help set up the Vulcans on a new planet, but the vile, reptilian Gorn have arrived and simultaneously stolen the device, while infecting various human and Vulcan innocents with some kind of zombie disease. Thus, it is up to Kirk and Spock (with occasional help from the rest of the Enterprise crew) to dispatch the Gorn, get the device back, and save the day.

Fine, except for the part where nearly everything you do in Star Trek is a terrible bore. As a third-person shooter, Star Trek is at its most effective when all you're doing is shooting. The weaponry and mechanics of combat are mostly fine, in that you can effectively use cover, aiming works as it should, and there's a decent variety of secondary weapon options to play around with. Granted, even the combat isn't devoid of problems. Enemy AI is horrendously bad, often finding itself hung up on pieces of the environment, or otherwise just standing around looking in the opposite direction while you walk right up on them and start pumping phaser blasts into their idiotic backsides.

The Gorn essentially make for a cheap Locust stand-in in this Gears of War clone. They're all snarl and ugly, and no real personality to speak of.
The Gorn essentially make for a cheap Locust stand-in in this Gears of War clone. They're all snarl and ugly, and no real personality to speak of.

Worse, however, is your accompanying AI. You can have a friend (either online or off) pick up the role of whichever character you don't choose to play as, and that's recommended, because having the computer pick up the slack often results in hilarious misadventures. Watch as your AI companion runs straight into a wall and refuses to stop running, no matter how many times you command him to do otherwise, or gawk as he actively ignores your desperately injured body, doing absolutely nothing while you bleed to death ten feet away.

Fortunately, outside of the occasional ceiling opening that you'll have to help your partner boost up to, or the few doors that require both of you to mash buttons to pry them open (ugh), there's not really much cooperation required. The only time the game does anything remotely interesting with the co-op mechanics is when you're handed a transporter gun that lets you beam your partner to specific transporter pads in a zero-g environment. These transporter puzzles aren't more than a minor brain-teaser in an otherwise straightforward shooter, but any moment that actually requires minimal critical thinking is a welcome distraction in this dullard of a game. Unfortunately, that bit is tragically fleeting, and within minutes of going through that section, you're right back to lazily shooting evil lizard men.

This lackluster adventure drags on for at least a few hours too many, mostly due to the lame number of "go find the missing power cell" or "go hit the many, absurdly spread out switches to continue" missions the game pads itself out with. It's dreadfully boring stuff, made even more dreadful by the tragic lack of enthusiasm from those forced to explain to the players just what the hell is going on. All of the major actors from the film's cast are on-hand to voice their characters, at least. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto do the lion's share of the talking, and most of their dialogue boils down to them pointing out to each other (but more accurately, the player) literally whatever is going on right in front of them. Do you need to hit a switch somewhere? Then at some point, both Spock and Kirk will say aloud that one of them needs to go hit a switch somewhere, over and over, until you hit that damnable switch. The story-based dialogue is obviously a bit better, but none of the actors seem particularly enthusiastic about the lines they've been handed. Quinto sounds stiff (even for a Vulcan), and Pine's boyish charms are mostly lost amid the many weak one-liners he's been handed.

More action in Star Trek is hardly a terrible thing, but this game has literally nothing else going on besides action. And that action also kind of sucks.
More action in Star Trek is hardly a terrible thing, but this game has literally nothing else going on besides action. And that action also kind of sucks.

It's not even a particularly good looking game, which is criminal when you consider that it has one of the most exciting visual designs of any current film franchise to work off of. Hell, half of what made Star Trek so great was the sheer scope and variety of the movie's visual palette. Joke about light bloom all you want, but the movie looked incredible. This game looks anything but, with atrocious animations, lip-syncing that hardly ever syncs, and crummy environments that look straight out of this console generation's earliest years.

There are glitches and other unfortunate quirks to talk about, but those problems barely register over the din of utter mediocrity that pervades so much of Star Trek: The Video Game's campaign. Outside of a horrid, poorly-explained turret sequence in which you (barely) pilot the Enterprise in battle, there is scarcely an acknowledgment anywhere in this game that Star Trek fans might want to do something other than just run around and shoot aliens. Such a concept ultimately belies the very point of Star Trek in practically all of its many incarnations. But even if you can get past this strange misunderstanding of what makes Star Trek tick, you won't be able to get past the desperate lack of imagination and hamstrung functionality of Star Trek: The Video Game.

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Posted By Scrawnto

@orbitalshaders:

"This game is a 10/10..." "I can't wait to play the game..."

So, you know it's perfect but you haven't actually played it.

"Typical Star Wars fan bullshit." "...a must buy for anyone who likes Star Trek..."

Star Wars fans' opinions are full of shit because...? No one who likes Star Wars can also like Star Trek? Does this strict segregation apply to all sci-fi franchises in your world, or just Wars/Trek? For instance, can someone who likes Firefly also enjoy Battlestar Galactica, or is that also verboten? If I love Philip Dick am I also allowed to enjoy Ray Bradbury?

What about other genres - do you enforce a strict no-contact rule between, say, LoTR and Game of Thrones?

I'm just trying to understand the rules, 'cause I wouldn't want to step on any toes when choosing entertainment.

The jig is up. He said in a later post that he was imitating the 10/10 user reviews of dubious origin on Metacritic.

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Posted By flakmunkey

I need to redbox this clusterf*&k, god I love torturing myself with truly s*#t games.

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Edited By Sweetz

For what it's worth, the PC version appears to have much sharper textures than the console versions. This of course doesn't fix the janky animations and terrifying uncanny valley faces, but it is unusual to see the PC version getting some version specific improvements for a bare-bones licensed game like this.

I'm not going to make an argument that this game is good, but it seems like something worth picking up for $20 or less, play through in a weekend, and forget about - as long as you like (the new) Star Trek. I treated James Bond: Blood Stone (a game which is very much this game's peer in many ways - bad dialog that decent actors do their best to suffer through, uncanny valley faces, etc.) and don't regret getting it since I went in with my expectations set appropriately low.

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Posted By Scrawnto

@zevvion said:

@nixon34 said:

@zevvion said:

I really don't think any dev of publisher spends money on lame comments in comment sections. I think it's just some guy who really likes this game or looks forward to it, but feels that others should accept his opinion for their own as well.

I think you should really check out the 10/10 and 9/10 reviews on metacritic for this game. They compare it to mass Effect in one of them. Another calls it on par with the best games that have come out this year. Trust me, The developer may not have time to go make up comments on websites, but the marketing team sure does.

Well sure, they could. But I really doubt they are being paid for that. Then they are the overhyped fanboy I was talking about.

I haven't played or intend to play the game so I cannot say what score it deserves, but from what I understand 9 seems really high for this. But that has nothing to do with marketing? At least, the websites I trust would not be swayed by marketing schemes like review score bribes.

Websites wouldn't be, but other users on Metacritic might conceivably be. They aren't marketing the game to websites. They want actual people to buy the game. That's what marketing is about, in the end. And if it is the marketing team, they may not have been told to do it explicitly, but they are in a sense being paid to do it.

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@alex said:

@krakn3dfx: Sadly, our reviews template currently lacks embed support for vines.

No worries, I just linked it in instead once I realized that.

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Edited By Norusdog

Typical Star Wars fan bullshit. This game is a 10/10 and a must buy for anyone who likes Star Trek or science-fiction in general. The graphics are far superior to any modern game like Halo or Call of Duty and the game-play laughs at the "giants" like Gears of War or Tiger Woods. I wouldn't be surprised if this Alex or his Giant Bomb website got paid to slam this game by other companies that can't put out products of equal quality.

What bothers me is the lack of knowledge of not only the source material but also video games in general that this review shows. If you like good video games, you'll love Star Trek and even if you only want to experience one of the best stories ever told, you should give it a try.

The new movie is coming out soon and this game is a worthy companion to that 5-star masterpiece of story-telling and special FX.

Bottom line is, you guys suck and you can stuff your lies where they came from (your ass). I can't wait to play the game and see the new movie.

HAHAHAHAHA

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Posted By MATATAT

Not gonna lie. If this game was $10 on Steam I'd probably pick it up. It seems like it might be some drunken hilarity.

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Posted By Video_Game_King

I have them set to "pun". Will that work?

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Edited By naeblis213

You know a game is going to be bad when no one gets review copies, there's sleazy marketing and the game itself is broken. For me the worst crime is not when companies make bad games, it's when they don't take responsibility for it. Blaming steam for server issues, pretending like the PC port has playable co-op, making fake metacritic review scores or posts like orbitalshaders...stuff like this turns me off video gaming altogether.

It's a sad, sad day when I'd rather go outside than play video games.

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@norusdog said:

@orbitalshaders said:

Typical Star Wars fan bullshit. This game is a 10/10 and a must buy for anyone who likes Star Trek or science-fiction in general. The graphics are far superior to any modern game like Halo or Call of Duty and the game-play laughs at the "giants" like Gears of War or Tiger Woods. I wouldn't be surprised if this Alex or his Giant Bomb website got paid to slam this game by other companies that can't put out products of equal quality.

What bothers me is the lack of knowledge of not only the source material but also video games in general that this review shows. If you like good video games, you'll love Star Trek and even if you only want to experience one of the best stories ever told, you should give it a try.

The new movie is coming out soon and this game is a worthy companion to that 5-star masterpiece of story-telling and special FX.

Bottom line is, you guys suck and you can stuff your lies where they came from (your ass). I can't wait to play the game and see the new movie.

HAHAHAHAHA

AHHHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Edited By OurSin_360

More like, Set Phasers to FUN

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Posted By VoshiNova

@milkman said:

"Set phasers to shun?"

Listen Alex, you're great and all but I can't support that.

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Posted By iAmJohn

I'm not surprised by this and it really doesn't look good at all, but I'm not going to lie @alex - the second you mentioned that the Gorn were in this game, I fully became on board because I am a terrible person and these bastards are playing directly to my Trek love. I'm so sorry. :'(

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Posted By seismicshock

@iamjohn said:

I'm not surprised by this and it really doesn't look good at all, but I'm not going to lie @alex - the second you mentioned that the Gorn were in this game, I fully became on board because I am a terrible person and these bastards are playing directly to my Trek love. I'm so sorry. :'(

To paraphrase the entirely wrong franchise; "These aren't the Gorn you're looking for"

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Posted By turboskerv

Ohhhhh I see what you did there!

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Edited By clumsyninja1

Movie games are still terrible. I'll go back to Star Trek online then...

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@orbitalshaders said:

Typical Star Wars fan bullshit. This game is a 10/10 and a must buy for anyone who likes Star Trek or science-fiction in general. The graphics are far superior to any modern game like Halo or Call of Duty and the game-play laughs at the "giants" like Gears of War or Tiger Woods. I wouldn't be surprised if this Alex or his Giant Bomb website got paid to slam this game by other companies that can't put out products of equal quality.

What bothers me is the lack of knowledge of not only the source material but also video games in general that this review shows. If you like good video games, you'll love Star Trek and even if you only want to experience one of the best stories ever told, you should give it a try.

The new movie is coming out soon and this game is a worthy companion to that 5-star masterpiece of story-telling and special FX.

Bottom line is, you guys suck and you can stuff your lies where they came from (your ass). I can't wait to play the game and see the new movie.

........ Really?

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Posted By Sharpshooter

The schoolboy trekkie in me wanted this game to be good. Luckily the adult trekkie writing this comment knew this was going to be a half ass cash grab.

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Posted By Jeffsekai

And this surprised a total of 0 people.

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Edited By Marokai

Have they basically done every fucking kind of Star Trek game at this point besides what everyone would actually want? There's been sidescrolling Star Trek games, isometric adventure Star Trek games, space combat Star Trek games, RTS Star Trek games, First Person Shooters, turn based strategy, third person shooter, dual joystick shooter, starship simulator, an MMO.... Why not just make a half-way decent RPG already?

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Edited By Aegon

Sick burn.

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Posted By colinjw

Typical Star Wars fan bullshit. This game is a 10/10 and a must buy for anyone who likes Star Trek or science-fiction in general. The graphics are far superior to any modern game like Halo or Call of Duty and the game-play laughs at the "giants" like Gears of War or Tiger Woods. I wouldn't be surprised if this Alex or his Giant Bomb website got paid to slam this game by other companies that can't put out products of equal quality.

What bothers me is the lack of knowledge of not only the source material but also video games in general that this review shows. If you like good video games, you'll love Star Trek and even if you only want to experience one of the best stories ever told, you should give it a try.

The new movie is coming out soon and this game is a worthy companion to that 5-star masterpiece of story-telling and special FX.

Bottom line is, you guys suck and you can stuff your lies where they came from (your ass). I can't wait to play the game and see the new movie.

This had me rolling around the floor laughing.

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Posted By Roger778

Damn, that's disappointing.

I'll skip this game, and go see Star Trek Into Darkness Instead.

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Posted By ScientificPizza

I just don't think that it is really that bad.

It can be glitchy, but I have played through two thirds of the game and have only encountered one instance where this affected the gameplay. It is a little uninspired, sure, but it has always been billed as a cover based shooter, so it's kind of what I expected. I'm paying n the PC, and even though it doesn't look like the best game ever, I certainly wouldn't call the visuals terrible.

If this game was being continually reviewed as mediocre or sort of okay I could get behind that, but I don't know about it being bad.

Don't buy this game for $50, do buy this game for $25.

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Edited By falling_fast

I feel like I'm probably the only non-Star Trek geek to think so, but I thought JJ Abrams's Star Trek was an overproduced load of shit. I hate action movies that are all about the pretty special effects, and that film had nothing else going for it. the acting and the writing and action scenes and the barely there villain were all terrrrrible, and I thought that the ultra clean pale blue and orange visual style was lame too.

this game actually seems slightly better than the movie, in that the stuff they tried to rip off (and everything about this game is ripped off from either mass effect or uncharted or dead space) is pretty good.

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Edited By Homelessbird

@tajasaurus: If you can get enjoyment out of this, that's fine.

But the bottom line is that this game has numerous bugs visible in the first 15 minutes of play, and plays like it was loosely based around some ideas from Gears of War 1, without reaching that level of polish.

If you're just a Star Trek fan coming to this product, or someone who doesn't really play shooters, I can see it as a mediocre/passable experience. If you have kept up with modern cover-based shooter design at all, though, you really cannot call this experience anything but Bad.

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I feel like I'm probably the only non-Star Trek geek to think so, but I thought JJ Abrams's Star Trek was an overproduced load of shit. I hate action movies that are all about the pretty special effects, and that film had nothing else going for it. the acting and the writing and action scenes were all terrrrrible, and I thought that the ultra clean pale blue and orange visual style was lame too.

this game actually seems slightly better than the movie, in that the stuff they tried to rip off (and everything about this game is ripped off from either mass effect or uncharted or dead space) is pretty good.

Nah, I thought that movie was a dull, by-the-numbers action flick too, and I don't particularly care for Star Trek.

This game is not better than that movie, though. I would definitely watch that movie again before playing another 2 hours of this game.

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Edited By ezlo86

No surprise here. This always looked incredibly average.

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Posted By CornBREDX

Typical Star Wars fan bullshit. This game is a 10/10 and a must buy for anyone who likes Star Trek or science-fiction in general. The graphics are far superior to any modern game like Halo or Call of Duty and the game-play laughs at the "giants" like Gears of War or Tiger Woods. I wouldn't be surprised if this Alex or his Giant Bomb website got paid to slam this game by other companies that can't put out products of equal quality.

What bothers me is the lack of knowledge of not only the source material but also video games in general that this review shows. If you like good video games, you'll love Star Trek and even if you only want to experience one of the best stories ever told, you should give it a try.

The new movie is coming out soon and this game is a worthy companion to that 5-star masterpiece of story-telling and special FX.

Bottom line is, you guys suck and you can stuff your lies where they came from (your ass). I can't wait to play the game and see the new movie.

I want to frame this.

Well done, sir! 4/5 (You lost a point because Alex thinks you're trying too hard =P )

Seriously, though, this was hilarious. Well done.

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Edited By Lamashtu

Will Alex ever get to do a review for a game that's at least decent?

Granted, he did do the Monaco review, but it seems like he's the go-to guy for games that look like train-wrecks even well before release and movie cash-in games.

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Posted By Homelessbird

@lamashtu: Somebody's gotta do it, right?

At least he's not Seanbaby, and doesn't have to review anything of the Barbie Horse Adventures/ That's So Raven GBA tier of quality

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Posted By Aarny91

@lamashtu said:

Will Alex ever get to do a review for a game that's at least decent?

Granted, he did do the Monaco review, but it seems like he's the go-to guy for games that look like train-wrecks even well before release and movie cash-in games.

Well he's the King of Snark so it seems apt he's got something to tear into.

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@damnable_fiend said:

I feel like I'm probably the only non-Star Trek geek to think so, but I thought JJ Abrams's Star Trek was an overproduced load of shit. I hate action movies that are all about the pretty special effects, and that film had nothing else going for it. the acting and the writing and action scenes were all terrrrrible, and I thought that the ultra clean pale blue and orange visual style was lame too.

this game actually seems slightly better than the movie, in that the stuff they tried to rip off (and everything about this game is ripped off from either mass effect or uncharted or dead space) is pretty good.

Nah, I thought that movie was a dull, by-the-numbers action flick too, and I don't particularly care for Star Trek.

This game is not better than that movie, though. I would definitely watch that movie again before playing another 2 hours of this game.

I wasn't a Star Trek fan at the time it came out, and even then I was wondering why people were calling J.J Abram's direction anything but hack.

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Posted By kristov_romanov

Good work pun-Nazi.

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Posted By Sweetz

@lamashtu said:

Will Alex ever get to do a review for a game that's at least decent?

Granted, he did do the Monaco review, but it seems like he's the go-to guy for games that look like train-wrecks even well before release and movie cash-in games.

According to Jeff, Alex chooses all the games he reviews, he does not get "assigned" the crap games.

Long time fans of the site will know that Alex is simply an acrimonious, hateful shell of a person who can only feel alive when he's unleashing vitriol on average-to-poor games ;)

To be serious though, Alex actually has reviewed many 4 and 5 star game (most recently Monaco and Guacamelee) it's just that the bad reviews are more memorable and that the rest of the Giant Bomb staff generally avoids reviewing games that they believe to be bad on cursory inspection (hence Binary Domain not being reviewed despite it having a lot of redeeming value [oh, hello chip on shoulder, why yes I did point that out, but thanks for the reminder]).

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Posted By hooberschmit

@alex: Is it bad that i envision you speaking in the voice of Nicholas Cage every time i read a comment of yours, despite having heard your voice like a million times?

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Edited By NTM

The most important parts of the story that have to do with the universe in general could have been written on the back of some box in less than a paragraph, which would have been just as satisfying as playing this game I'm guessing. It's too bad this game's no good, but I'm still going to finish up the original series on Amazon Prime; I'm pretty excited for the new film Star Trek Into Darkness, though it is different than the originals.

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Posted By Mezmero

Thank you for this savage review Alex. The quick look was okay but they did not bring enough negativity when it was clearly warranted. The footage for this game looks really bad so it's nice to see that someone's giving it all the hate it deserves. Keep doing these great reviews.

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Posted By mlarrabee

I was hoping against hope that this would be for the Star Trek fans what Batman: Arkham Asylum was for the Batman fans.

It's strange: the worst multimedia spinoffs take liberties and fail miserably, and the best take nearly identical liberties in different directions and succeed. I really have no idea how anyone can know which path their project is headed down until it's offered up to the fan base.

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Posted By MarkWahlberg

I was hoping against hope that this would be for the Star Trek fans what Batman: Arkham Asylum was for the Batman fans.

It's strange: the worst multimedia spinoffs take liberties and fail miserably, and the best take nearly identical liberties in different directions and succeed. I really have no idea how anyone can know which path their project is headed down until it's offered up to the fan base.

I would think a good measurement would be 'does this stand on its own as a quality product regardless of franchise considerations'.

And I don't know who would consider a half-hearted GoW clone as 'taking liberties'. That's basically the video-game textbook definition of playing it safe.

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Posted By slayergnome

Does anyone think alex is a little harsh on his reviews? I mean I am not clamming this game is good but it seems good enough for a game based on a movie. Two stars seem pretty harsh.

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Posted By Homelessbird

@slayergnome: Have you actually played this?

It is hot garbage.

Two stars seems kind of generous to me.

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Posted By mlarrabee

@markwahlberg: By "taking liberties" I mean the process that has to happen any time a movie, TV show, or comic book turns into a game. If someone told me a Batman game should be a open-option, rhythm based brawler, I'd have said they were mad, but I played that and it was a ton of fun. If someone detailed a Star Trek game in which you plot ship-to-ship combat and hold diplomatic conversations to diffuse tensions and avoid conflict, it would look very niche and esoteric on paper, but Mass Effect 2/Star Control sounds pretty good to me.

When one watches Star Trek, a third-person shooter with a little melee isn't what comes to mind. That's the necessary liberty taken to turn a TV series into a game, but it happens to be in the wrong direction, in my opinion, and if the reviews are any indication, in most other people's. I think putting the license into the hands of a daring, imaginative, and plagiaristic crew could produce a great Star Trek offering. It wouldn't be the logical (and probably very dull) extension of the series, but it would make people stop and say, "Hey, that's unexpected and ingenious," which was the reaction to Arkham Asylum.

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@benny said:

@nixon34 said:

@zevvion said:

I really don't think any dev of publisher spends money on lame comments in comment sections. I think it's just some guy who really likes this game or looks forward to it, but feels that others should accept his opinion for their own as well.

I think you should really check out the 10/10 and 9/10 reviews on metacritic for this game. They compare it to mass Effect in one of them. Another calls it on par with the best games that have come out this year. Trust me, The developer may not have time to go make up comments on websites, but the marketing team sure does.

I agree, you're very naive to think PR for publishers don't do stuff like this, there are entire companies devoted to being paid to give you thousands of fake twitter followers (can't remember the article but some fake character had 50,000 fake followers and was verified...)

They've been doing shit like this for years as well, as I remember a very specific quote from Jeff on the hotspot in maybe 06/07 where he quoted one of these posts as saying "I think crime life gang wars will be rude!" and the whole thread had fake replies and everything saying positive stuff about a shockingly bad game.

This is perhaps one of the most disgusting but cheapest ways to get people interested in your terrible game.

Perhaps so. My reasoning is pretty much; whenever you see a game that doesn't look that great and reviews massively say it isn't good and some dude says it's a 10/10... who will ever take such a person seriously?

I'd be much more inclined to believe someone who is more nuanced and says the game indeed isn't that great, but if you are a fan of the license/series or whatever it may be, that stuff will not bother you as much and you'll have a great time with it.

Take The Walking Dead Survival Instinct. I totally believe some people were having allot of fun with that game who said so in the comment section, because they explained how all the cons didn't weigh up to the pros for them personally as a fan.

I just don't see how spamming 10/10 with such poor explanation would convince anyone to buy it. Some people may be stupid, but I'd like to believe that's such a small amount of people that it just makes no sense to do that stuff.

But perhaps I am being naive about that as well.

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Posted By DarkbeatDK

Set phasers to "pun"!

Awesome review Alex!

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Edited By Undeadpool

During the Quick Look of this game, Jeff mentioned there being a dearth of excellent Star Trek games. He's right, but way back in the day there were two excellent Star Trek: TOS games...both were point and click adventures, the latter had the appellation "Judgement Rites (possibly Rights)." Both had weirdly great action sequences (in which the characters took cover and used their phasers), but focused mostly on puzzle solving/dialog branching.

In the wake of Telltale's Walking Dead games, I actually feel like a Star Trek adventure game is possible/an amazing idea.