Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic 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. In general Star Trek looks and sounds better than it has in recent console incarnations. The graphics are a little jagged, but the ships look great and the interface is well designed. And the sound is excellent, from the sweeping symphonic score to the spot-on weapon systems.
  5. Better than "Encounters", but not as good as "Bridge Commander", Tactical Assault is a mediocre Star Trek game that introduces an interesting cat and mouse strategy system that unfortunately wears thin after fighting the same battle again and again. [Feb. 2007, p.88]
  6. Star Trek: Tactical Assault really tries to present itself as a tactical real-time strategy game, but unfortunately, it just doesn't measures up due to the lackluster storyline and repetitive nature of the gameplay.
  7. 65
    Lack of customizability, blah story and predictable AI make for something of a dull single player campaign, but what's there for multiplayer is solid.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 60
    Lots of fun as you're mastering the unique strategies of Star Trek: Tactical Assault, followed by a crushing tedium once you realize that it doesn't really get any better, or even any different.
  12. 59
    Trekkies will appreciate the presentation, and the quotes that appear on each loading screen are a nice touch. Unfortunately, the actual game is nothing but mediocre. [Issue 148, p.89]
  13. The action isn't the fast-paced blasting you usually find in space games. [Feb 2007, p.79]
  14. The game’s more frustrating than fun after you find that game doesn’t care to give you an idea of what you need to do to succeed.
  15. 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]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »