Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. The effects look like they came right out of the series and the voiceovers, as expected are top-notch. Some of the character's jokes really catch you off guard and if you're as geeky as the rest of us, you'll be foaming at the mouth before you know it.
  2. So if you like to shoot fancy lasers, beam, and pulse weapons, explore strange planets, bounce around the outer hull of the Enterprise, wade through murky swamps, jump across lakes of bubbling lava, or sneak through the gutted remains of a drifting Starship then look no further.
  3. The "Quake III" engine has been stretched to its limits here, but it still gets the job done. [Sept 2003, p.70]
  4. Elite Force 2 is a solid FPS sequel that improves on the original game in all areas.
  5. Delivers with an expert mix of action and suspense, and a robust array of weaponry. [Aug 2003, p.100]
  6. 84
    Front to back, with a few mind numbing gooey portions in the middle that should be spat into a napkin aside, EFII is a solid, fast, but always dumb action romp.
  7. The combat can get a little mundane at times and some of the weapons seem truly outlandish by Star Trek standards, but the cinematic pacing, outstanding storyline, and addictive multiplayer modes should keep fans of the FPS genre and Star Trek alike happy as a Ferengi in a Latinum-plated bathtub.
  8. Full of impressive features and offers very solid FPS fun. A strong sequel all the way, and with a little attention given to linearity and dialogue options/romances, this series could go where no FPS has gone before.
  9. Star Trek fan or no, there is plenty of fun to be had in this shooter that takes a tired concept and makes it a joy from beginning to end.
  10. This game just feels like Star Trek. Star Trek with big, death-dealing guns. Star Trek that kicks some ass. [Aug 2003, p.72]
  11. 83
    The game plays out like an extended TV episode in which you have to solve a great mystery - only this mystery gets solved mostly with guns and ammo. [Sept 2003, p.63]
  12. 82
    It may not be especially revolutionary, but Elite Force II is an often entertaining and consistently solid shooter that no Star Trek fan should be without.
  13. With an immense amount of work into the storyline as well as the detail added to the game engine, EF 2 is a definite must have for any Trek fan, as well as other gamers alike.
  14. Just make sure you tell people you didn't realize it was a Trek game, considering how cool it looks and fun it is to play. [Sept 2003, p.69]
  15. Even though some weird level design decision and venerable AI code may present a fairly serious drawback, the aforementioned qualities of EF2 outweigh the bads. Shooter fans that appreciate the Star Trek universe should go out and buy this game.
  16. Although Star Trek fans may have liked a stronger use of the license and FPS fans would have preferred a more intelligent AI, as long as you don’t come in with lofty expectations you should at least get out of it what you put in.
  17. Elite Force ranked solidly OK as far as I was concerned, and, with very few changes to it, Elite Force 2 is OK as well. I would have liked to see some improvements for a game that was this close to something special.
  18. The imaginative use of the tricorder for exploration and the wonderful assortment of enemy creatures are high points for me, and the multiplayer portion is impeccable.
  19. It doesn't quite match the brilliance or originality of the first game, and it is looking a bit dated thanks to the Quake3 tech, but the core game is still loads of fun and well worth playing whether you're a casual gamer or a hardcore Star Trek fan.
  20. The game packs enough pure action to make it appealing to those who like first-person shooters in general, and it's got plenty of Star Trek science fiction in it for those more interested in the source material.
  21. It only falls short of the peak of excellence due to the somewhat unoriginal enemy alien design.
  22. It’s a strangely deflating experience. There’s the bare bones of a good title here, and as a FPS, Elite Force II does dish up some satisfying action. It’s certainly an improvement on the first instalment. But it should have been far more than a game fighting to get out of the paper bag, rather than one that was ultimately suffocated by its own franchise.
  23. A pretty respectable FPS, but like "Unreal 2" it's the game's inability to innovate consistently that compels us to give up.
  24. Just competent, not compelling. [Sept 2003, p.92]
  25. The fact that this game flies under the Star Trek banner is almost ridiculous. It’s really just a shooter, but it’s a damn good shooter. It just doesn’t belong in the Star Trek universe where cooler heads prevail.
  26. Despite how much it improves on the original, this game could and should have been so much more. Because 3 years have passed, Elite Force 2 is a breath of fresh air for any trekkie, but also because three years have passed, it’s not quite fresh enough to gain the accolades of the original.
  27. 60
    It's not great or inspired and almost everything in the game has been done many times before, but the action is engaging, the level design is impressive, and the weapons and aliens look good.
  28. Although you get to blast Borg and kill Klingons, these moments are secondary to lackluster level design and a turgid story that gets in the way too often. [Sept 2003, p.75]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. DeepT.
    Aug 22, 2003
    What 50 or 60 hallo, it's Quake 3 Engine, respect for the Developer!!! Great!!!!
  2. Griper
    Mar 24, 2008
    I hate to say that this game made shooting stuff... boring. It starts off great... until you learn the game mechanics which equate to "Shoot the Node.", of course you could fight, but the borg "Adapt to your weapons" so... it's not that smart. I'll give the first level a thumbs up, but after that... it gets worse.
    *Random Klingon Fight Later*
    The game shows promise as a shocker, but then quickly gets to "how many enemys can we spawn before you die" (More than that I'm afraid :P)... unfortunatly it quickly becomes obvious that the game is by no means a squad based shooter, infact, the game rarely keeps you and the squad together and they quickly become unimportant characters as the game progresses (they don't even DO anything later on).
    So it comes down to the shooting and a minorly interesting story... that quickly gets absurd... then becomes a wtf... and shooting wise, there's not much variety for most of the game.
    The game uses "Balanced Weapons", which basically means that sticking with your initial weapons is best, because the ammo the "heavy hitters" use is far too much and it's typically far easier to use the phaser for 1 or 2 kills (and save very precious ammo). Sigh, when it comes down to it, the biggest tire was the amount of enemies that needed to be killed with the little ammo you had. And let alone that the enemies you're killing are little "biomorphishthings", most of which are melee attackers in an FPS game (problem?), and most of the time they just keep spawning cause when AI is crap they have to compensate (forinstance, by making them rather fast and hard to hit [well, in great quantity]) sigh... get it for the far more interesting interludes, then sell it.
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  3. FilipA.
    Jul 26, 2003
    IT ROX!!!