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  • Summary: Star Trek: Tactical Assault features real-time spaceship combat from the universe of the original Star Trek series. With a wide array of authentic Star Trek races, ships, and weaponry, you can engage in single-player battle through either the Federation or Klingon campaigns or inStar Trek: Tactical Assault features real-time spaceship combat from the universe of the original Star Trek series. With a wide array of authentic Star Trek races, ships, and weaponry, you can engage in single-player battle through either the Federation or Klingon campaigns or in head-to-head wireless multiplayer combat. Both the Federation and Klingon campaign modes feature real-time combat with branching missions and multiple outcomes. With a multitude of paths to choose from, you decide the ultimate outcome of your campaign. Wireless multiplayer mode allows you to test your skills and tactical maneuvers against those of your friends. Successful gameplay relies on strategic movement and effective use of a ship's weapons and shields. [Bethesda Softworks] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Star Trek: Tactical Assault does a fantastic job with giving the player a feel of the Star Trek universe and what the commander of a starship had to go through in the shows. I would probably recommend picking out the PSP version if you had a choice.
  2. Might only be a 10% chunk of the original Starfleet Command, but SFC Light on the road is good enough for me. [Feb 2007]
  3. If you're a die-hard Star Trek fan you'll find enough here to enjoy - though you'll wind up getting frustrated in the process.
  4. 64
    It offers a decent mix of strategy and action, though both halves never gel very well. The option to pilot several vessels in two different campaigns is definitely nice, but the story and missions could have used more variety.
  5. A one-trick pony that boils down to the same basic maneuvers and slow-paced combat. It also horribly overlooks its license. You'll deal with Klingons and Romulans, but the dull story and unrecognizable characters could have been used in any generic intergalactic setting.
  6. 60
    Despite issues with the feel of the ship controls and combat, there’s enough depth and gameplay modes to make it worth a look. The game looks fantastic, and with so many ships, battles, and options to play with, there’s more good than bad here.
  7. It's not as bad as most Trek titles, but TA fails to boldly go where no game has gone before. [Jan 2007, p.92]

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  1. McBain17
    Dec 4, 2006
    10
    Of the 3 new trek games I own 2 (xbox 360 for xmas anyone?) So after purchasing the Ps2 Encounters, I knew I had to have the PsP Tactical Of the 3 new trek games I own 2 (xbox 360 for xmas anyone?) So after purchasing the Ps2 Encounters, I knew I had to have the PsP Tactical Assault. My fear was I was going to get basically the same game ported. In some respects I was right and wrong. Right that I still get the behind the ship camera angle, and for the most part I'm trying to blow the othership up while keeping mine safe. But the similarities stop there. Personally I love Encounters, but for those of you that were a little turned off by its full blown arcade style, then Tactical should fill some of those voids. There are standard Trek scanning, hailing, negotiating, upgrades, more ships, etc. But where Tactical differs is 3 key areas. First, fighting. The action is slower (more realistic IMO) and weapons don't just recharge and fire at your trigger fingers will. You need to jockey for position and target one or two specific areas on your enemies ship if you want to win. Firing the first chance you get will only cause you to waste valuable shots. I like this vs Encounters where if you get a lock, the other guy is screwed. Here one volly won't do it. You can overcharge weapons for more damage, but still will take several shots to break a specific shield ring. Second crew upgrades. This should be a welcome thing for RPG fans. The upgrade points don't come lightly, and as the difficulty of missions increase so will your needs. You'll have to decide what is more important, offensive or defensive capabilities. And finally, the universe. Encounters tries to cover them all, Tactical covers only the Kirk era. This is nice because owners of both games will see that we get some ships we didn't before like the Excelsior. This is in doubt (fingers crossed) due to the fact that Tactical Assault 2 could, and most likely would cover the Next Generation and beyoned (Deep Space 9, Voyager). The making of a franchise is here, and with 2 solid campaigns and a fun couple skirmish modes this game comes with my highest reconmondation. Expand
  2. JeffC.
    Nov 16, 2006
    9
    This is very fun in depth Tactical game. It really stands out on the PSP, the PSP features higher end graphics than the DS and is highly This is very fun in depth Tactical game. It really stands out on the PSP, the PSP features higher end graphics than the DS and is highly recommended. If you are a fan of Sims or Star Trek then you must get this game. Expand
  3. Azh
    Nov 29, 2006
    9
    Excellent portable title. Controls are easy to use and smooth. Very small load times. Only drawback I can think of is that some have say the Excellent portable title. Controls are easy to use and smooth. Very small load times. Only drawback I can think of is that some have say the story is a bit linear, but considering that's essentially designed to be a playable TV mini-series. I can't seem to agree with those reviewers. Expand
  4. Ryan
    Dec 30, 2006
    9
    This is a really challenging an enjoyable game. I think a lot of people don't like it because it's really challenging and you This is a really challenging an enjoyable game. I think a lot of people don't like it because it's really challenging and you can't change the difficulty level but that's what I enjoyed about it. There are many choices to make in this game and in some missions you can take a diplomatic route to solve problems which is very much like star trek. I don't think you have to be a star trek fan to enjoy this, just someone that likes a good story and a good challenge. Expand
  5. Phild8vid
    Jan 11, 2010
    9
    This game provides exactly what the name says "Tactical Assault". The game is based off of Star Trek universe tactics and ships. This is not This game provides exactly what the name says "Tactical Assault". The game is based off of Star Trek universe tactics and ships. This is not a customisable RPG nor is it supposed to be. Granted it is not as good as other ST games but it is better than some that Paramount has put its logo on. This game does seem repeticious but only because people tend to use the same tactics each time and that does not work. The Klingon campaign offer various situations that call for classic Klingon combat strtagies (similar to the J turn combat of SFB) and user defined understanding of how the Races work in conjunction with each other. There is a rating system that determines what you will do as the game continues and that gives to crew upgrades and what you can do. If you want a ST rpg you will not find it here, but if you want combat tactics this is the game. The only drawback to this game (and others like it) is that combat takes place in a planular field instead of a 360 degree universe. Expand
  6. NickB.
    Mar 7, 2007
    7
    Arguably the best new-gen Star Trek game I have played, but with some flaws. I found that the difficulty ramped up fairly quickly, and in the Arguably the best new-gen Star Trek game I have played, but with some flaws. I found that the difficulty ramped up fairly quickly, and in the end was unable to complete the missions without some cheats to max out crew skill points. The missions are lengthy at times, which can be difficult if the main advantage of the PSP is on-the-go gaming; I was loathe to stop a mission halfway through (like, twenty or more minutes in) and half to restart next time, but often had no choice. If your PSP experience is more relaxed, it might not be sucha bad deal for you. As production goes, the game is easy to control, graphics are good, has a neat Trek storyline, and a great soundtrack. It is better than the Xbox360/PC and PS2 games, in my opinion....a tighter, more well defined experience that understands its setting better. Expand
  7. J.S.
    Mar 18, 2007
    7
    I love this game, but its lacking. With just a few small additions, It could have been the best game of all time. I'm serious. I love this game, but its lacking. With just a few small additions, It could have been the best game of all time. I'm serious. Basically, its a clone of Star Fleet Battles or Star Fleet Command, but very simplified. I understand the PSP should be simpler than games played on the PC, but this goes too far. Combat consists of moving and firing your weapons, and each race has one single special thing they can do with their ship (like cloaking). That's it.I can understand them cutting out stuff like mines, tractor beams, and transporters, but why can't I even scan an enemy ship during combat? That doesn't make sense (strangely, you can do scans on things in between combats). I also can't tell my engineer which systems I want repair first, or do any specific power management, like reinforcing my front shield, for example. Just a couple extra things like that would have gone a long way to adding depth to this game and making it feel like the movies. Another complaint is that the battlefields don't have very much room, which will drive you nuts if you are in a small asteroid field and you can't go out of it anywhere. Doesn't feel much like the vastness of space if you feel boxed in! There are plenty of good points though. The graphics are beautiful and there is a fairly decent variety of ships. There is a campaign with a storyline, or you can just set up a single combat and play. The timeline is also set in the original series, which is great, and each splash screen has a quote from one of the original episodes or movies, which is a nice touch. Overall, worth the money but oh it could have been so much better. Please make a sequel, and I promise I will buy it. Expand

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