Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 10 out of 19
  1. Looks good and is easy to play, but may not have enough substance to please the more advanced gamer.
  2. It's fun then, but next to the visual magnificence of Cube's Rogue Squadron series, this looks like a clumsy kid's drawing. Flat textures, static backdrops and bog standard explosions spoil a lot of the game's atmospheric potential too.
  3. While the actually gameplay is without much issue, it borrows heavily from other games, particularly the "Rogue Squadron" series, making its mission-based gameplay highly unoriginal and trite.
  4. This game is aggressive and unstoppable in its mediocrity.
  5. Sadly, this game is no "Ikaruga," or even a "Crimson Skies"; the truth of the matter is that I could be playing my old copy of AstroBlast on my old Atari 2600 (well, if it still worked) and get the same amount of "rush" shooting random rocks as I could at shooting down ships and their shields in this game.
  6. It isn’t bad at all times, in fact, a few of the first missions are reasonably amusing, that’s before you figure out that they are all basically the same.
  7. Great looks and sound, with dead-on style points, but disappointingly dumbed-down in terms of mechanics. [Mar 2004, p.38]
  8. Combat has been simplified to having less depth than most new arcade games. Strategy and tactics have been reduced to using a more effective weapon against an enemy taking into account its shield, size or weaponry.
  9. It's one of the few Trek games to nail the scale and speed, it has gorgeously straightforward graphics and a good sense of scope and pace. This, however, is combined with an insulting flight scheme, and the game rewards in-the-know Trek fans with one hand while it sissy-slaps them with the other.
  10. 45
    Shattered Universe takes that one episode and turns it into an entire game with minor references to a few other Star Trek episodes.
  11. This concept itself obviously isn't a terribly original one, and Shattered Universe's gameplay mechanics are equally pedestrian in design, hopelessly trying to mirror bigger, better space combat games.
  12. In short, Shattered Universe just doesn't deliver. The onscreen action never heats up enough to be considered exciting, and even if it did, the shoddy control scheme would keep it from being any fun anyway. [Dec 2003, p.176]
  13. 39
    Here's a hint, game dudes: if your stupid game is as fun as watching a pet die, as attractive as an eight-legged dwarf, and as generally cool as getting your chest ruptured by an angered moose, it's bloody well not going to sell or be critically-freaking-acclaimed!
  14. At a time where Star Trek is at its lowest popularity, an abysmal game like this will not win over any new fans and is a horrid example of the Star Trek franchise.
  15. Shamelessly uninspired. Trust me, you don't want to fly sortie after mind-numbing sortie of hour-long missions that almost always end in tragedy, forcing you to restart the whole flavorless affair. [Dec 2003, p.184]
  16. 30
    At its best moments, mediocre. At its worst, it's redundant, unforgiving, and glaringly ugly. You simply have no time to be messing around with this sort of game.
  17. The problem is that the gameplay itself is just downright awful. The missions are poorly thought out, excessively long, and inadequately defined. [May 2004, p.12]
  18. 20
    Everyone involved in the decisions that made this game the way it is should be embarrassed. It's a disgrace to the gaming industry that this got made. It's an insult to Star Trek, and it's an affront to consumers. Not only does this go down as the worst Star Trek game I've ever played, unless I'm repressing some bad memories, this also goes down as worst space shooter I've ever played.
  19. Simply a terrible game. Bad graphics, poor sound, lousy play mechanics, dull mission design, occasional crashes and no Captain Kirk combine to make this an adventure best left to the unknown.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Danny
    Apr 2, 2004
    F...en crap. What are you people thinking10-9 ratings are you guys insane?
  2. DustinA
    Mar 15, 2004
    Very good game! The only thing I ask is why there is such a lack of cheat codes!(Not Gameshark) If anyone would like to share, E-mail me @ Very good game! The only thing I ask is why there is such a lack of cheat codes!(Not Gameshark) If anyone would like to share, E-mail me @ Full Review »
  3. ThomasS.
    Feb 13, 2004
    Great game best game I have ever played.