The shift toward adventure in the Star Trek franchise has done quite a bit for moviegoers and has really reawakened the fans. This won’t, however, hold true when you try to translate that same vibe to the video game as it tends to be fairly disappointing.
This game features our boys, Spock and Kirk, stuck in a world of alien forces, Starfleet organizational issues and an enormous weapon that rips the universe to tatters and other things that are more difficult to make out. One thinks the weapon may have turned itself on this story because quite frankly, it’s full of holes. It starts out with a bit of promise – how could it not with Kirk and Spock involved – but goes off the rails at some point. The story does confirm the extinction of the Vulcans and there is a device that was designed to assist the survivors in setting up life on a new planet. The device has been stolen by the Gorn, however, who have set about to infect humans and surviving Vulcan with some kind of zombie disease. And they must be stopped.
The game is step up for third person shooting which is great except for the fact that it is the only aspect of the game that is at all interesting. The weaponry and fighting sequences are mostly fine but the enemy’s intelligence is terrible and as a player you can practically walk right up to them, tap them on the shoulder then shoot them. Not very challenging.
Your own intelligence is even worse if you let the computer do the work for you, although you’ll have to admit watching your own companion running into walls and then just continuing to run up against the wall can add a dose of slapstick humour to the game. It’s unfortunate that your own character is dying 10 yards away from him, however.
That said, the coop mechanics are not well developed and they don’t really lend an aspect of camaraderie to the play. Beyond needing help getting up to openings or requiring double signatures for door entry, you can pretty much get along without any help. The adventure really is fairly lacklustre and it tends to drag on for hours. Missions are mundane calls to find power cells or such and don’t really get your adrenalin pumping. It’s all quite unfortunate since they’ve obviously made quite an investment in the production by employing the cast of the films to narrate for the characters. Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine voice Spock and Kirk but sadly, they’re not given much to say and it feels like the money for their salaries could have been spent better on the story development.
To make matters even worse, the graphics are a bit dull as well which is ridiculous considering everything that they have to draw from with this franchise having extended over decades. The animations lack creativity, the voices don’t synch with the mouth movements and the environments are outdated.
With other glitches and quirky failures in the overall structure and gameplay, the game essentially falls flat. The only thing to do throughout the entire game is pick up power cells, push buttons and shoot aliens. Yep, that’s all. If you’re a fan of Star Trek, you should pass on this because the disappointment will kill you and if you’re not a fan, please pass on this so that you’re perception is not tainted further.