Metascore
42

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 42
  2. Negative: 33 out of 42
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    44
    Star Trek is highly disappointing in almost every area. It´s extremely difficult to have fun with it.
  2. Apr 30, 2013
    43
    What happened to Digital Extremes? This bland shooter with Kirk and Spock looks and plays unfinished, even though some design ideas look promising. The visuals remind me of the first 360 games, the reptilian opponents’ AI is way below standards and sometimes the not much better partner AI puts me into dire straits.
  3. 35
    Star Trek: The Video Game is definitely not worth the price of admission; spend the money and take a friend to see Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3D instead.
  4. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    It delivers an average gameplay experience through a decent story. The game’s mediocre visuals are balanced by the strong soundscape, but neither department does enough to propel the game to warp speed. Mr. Sulu, you have failed.
  5. Apr 30, 2013
    40
    Sloppy, glitchy controls and graphics, tedious gameplay, and spotty co-op makes for one adventure you'll wish would boldly go away. It's dumb, Jim.
  6. Apr 26, 2013
    40
    Star Trek has more bugs crawling on it than a Fear Factor contestant. Sometimes the results are amusing, as in the turbolift example, but frequently they just make life a drag.
  7. Apr 29, 2013
    30
    Despite all its promise, Star Trek proves to be a spectacular sci-fi letdown: bugs and glitches galore, unresponsive controls, and a phoned-in story traveling at warp zero. Set phasers to “disappointment.”
  8. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    Star Trek becomes a rare movie game that rises above its peers and delivers something genuinely fun. It's only ever a partial success though, too bogged down by timid design and technical rough edges to really be the game that Trek deserves.
  9. May 9, 2013
    40
    J.J. Abrams made a fantastic film, but you can't say the same about the videogame, a bland third person shooter riddled with bugs.
  10. May 13, 2013
    20
    I would rather spend the rest of my life listening to William Shatner's albums than spend another second with Star Trek: The Video Game.
  11. Apr 26, 2013
    58
    The Star Trek franchise is built on the concept of a hopeful future, but fans should keep looking toward the horizon, because this present trek is hopeless.
  12. Apr 30, 2013
    40
    Trust me when I say you'll have more fun testing a phaser set to stun on yourself.
  13. May 10, 2013
    30
    I know there is a contingent of Trekkies out there that will buy anything with Star Trek emblazoned on it, and that's fine; buy it, put it on your display shelf and never, ever play it. That's what I did with DragonBall Z for Kinect!
  14. May 30, 2013
    45
    Strip away the license and you're left with an underwhelming shooter punctuated by endless hacking mini-games and woeful space combat. [July 2013, p.73]
  15. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    As the game shifts from its early crew introductions, it’s obvious that the layers of game mechanics underlying the experience are either incompetent or awkwardly implemented. For instance, stealth is required in a handful of missions, but the act of navigating between cover is frustratingly cumbersome, occasionally exacerbated by your partner claiming the next vital protection point.
  16. May 31, 2013
    30
    A shoddy job - no laurels! Even Captain Kirk and Spock know that. In all respects Star Trek: The Video Game is a very bad game.
  17. May 6, 2013
    59
    An unoriginal example of an archaic form of entertainment.
  18. Apr 26, 2013
    40
    From a gameplay perspective, Star Trek is hindered by its unpolished character animations, clunky controls, and repetitive hacking minigames. While it can be entertaining to experience the return of the movie's cast to their roles as the beloved Star Trek characters, it's difficult to get past the gameplay's shortcomings.
  19. Apr 30, 2013
    49
    Star Trek covers its blemishes with its drive and plucky production, creating a constant concourse of weapons, environments, and one-offs. But the game is too long and fraught with poor design choices to remain blind too for a full play through.
  20. May 2, 2013
    33
    Overall, other than maybe a rental or picking up one day in a bargain bin, there is very little I can say to recommend this mediocre attempt with a big budget license.
  21. Jun 12, 2013
    35
    Star Trek: The Video Game is almost a fun, harmless game about cool characters shooting lizard men, but never rises above what you’d expect a licensed tie-in to be.
  22. May 13, 2013
    48
    It’s too bad that this game wasn’t better developed and given more time to polish. Instead of a fine dish of Klingon gagh, we end up with poorly sung Klingon opera.
  23. May 6, 2013
    35
    Star Trek is a game equipped with all the necessary things to make it a respected bestseller. Unfortunately all of these things are flawed (sometimes extremely). Kirk and Spock have a very difficult task ahead of them - save the universe. I know that many players won't complete this mission. Not because the game is hard, but because it looks like a little disaster.
  24. 30
    It falls completely on its ass in every category. Generic shooting, incredibly poor artificial intelligence and glitchy bug-ridden gameplay amounts to nothing more than a meager attempt to cash in on next month’s film.
  25. Apr 26, 2013
    42
    There isn't a scrap of imagination or originality in this whole thing, and it's a flat-out waste of the source material, the sound effects, and the voice cast.
  26. May 10, 2013
    35
    There's a lot wrong with Star Trek. The story is told very averagely, environments are boring, shooting is unsatisfactory, your companion will annoy you to death and boring puzzles might just eradicate most of your brain cells. The only fun I had with this game is thanks to the hilarious bugs.
  27. Apr 30, 2013
    35
    Star Trek is nothing more than an unfinished, licenced cash-in. While it might have production values (so far as voice casting is concerned), everything else is a shambles, with a plodding story that (boldly) goes nowhere.
  28. Apr 26, 2013
    40
    Are you a fan of Star Trek series? Forget Star Trek: The Video Game. Are you a fan of spacial third person shooters? Forget Star Trek: The Video Game. Digital Extremes hasn't done their work in this case, with uncontrollable cooperative mode. It's boring and very ugly. Not for trekkies, not for gamers.
  29. Apr 26, 2013
    30
    No matter what you think of the new movies no franchise deserves a tie-in as timidly generic as this, with painfully bland action and low-tech, not sci-fi, presentation.
  30. May 19, 2013
    55
    Star Trek fans' hopes for a really good game tied to Roddenberry's franchise are once again crushed. Star Trek disappoints both in the technical and gameplay aspects, trying to emulate other popular titles but failing to do so.
  31. May 7, 2013
    33
    The gunplay is unimaginative and outwardly unfun.
  32. 45
    Pine and Quinto deliver the goods; if only this rollercoaster ride sped up instead of slamming the brakes every time we started to enjoy ourselves.
  33. 30
    The unkindest cut of all is that you only rarely get to actually command the Enterprise, and when you do, the implementation would disgrace the average Call of Duty turret sequence.
  34. Apr 25, 2013
    30
    Star Trek has picked up practically every bad habit of the past five years of game design. Hinky ledge traversal. An arbitrary upgrade system. Hacking mini-games that evolve from "dull" to "Ambien" through the course of the game. Samey secondary weapons...It's almost messianic in its willingness to take all of gaming's sins onto its rickety frame.
  35. The sad truth is that Digital Extremes’ has given story-starved Trekkies a good little narrative wrapped tightly within a not very good game.
  36. Apr 29, 2013
    20
    Several occasions while playing Star Trek, I was ready to call it a write-off, whether it’s the bugs, the terrible signposting or the fact it’s just plain dull. But then the game surprises with a section that’s not half-bad...And it is so infuriating. Not because Star Trek is ever hard, but because it could have been good. And it’s not.
  37. At best it’s a mess that looks and feels dated, and at worst it is frustrating and unplayable.
  38. Jul 22, 2013
    30
    Throughout its run-time, which seems like an eternity (though likely isn’t), Star Trek is a consistently underwhelming and frequently frustrating experience; it’s mostly ugly, it plays alright and does little of interest with a great license.
  39. May 6, 2013
    60
    It's not a bad game, but it's obviously meant to join the Star Trek momentum created by the new film.
  40. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    It’s double-hard to make such harsh criticisms of a game into which such a tremendous amount of care has been poured – obvious by its looks, and obvious by that token that a great many of those who worked on it cared.
  41. 35
    Star Trek is buggy, glitchy and a pain in the ass to play. Set phasers to “no fun” for this one.
  42. May 9, 2013
    45
    Star Trek is a game that fails on almost every aspect. It just isn't finished and feels like a rushed job. The only really positive thing is the voice acting.
User Score
2.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 312 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 130
  2. Negative: 84 out of 130
  1. Apr 24, 2013
    4
    I'm not going to balance out the score (I think that is just a distasteful as the 10's from the software developers).
    This game is below
    average but not a zero. Poor graphics, glitches, and sub-par game-play. I'm half way through the game and the story isn't horrible but it isn't the best either. Although it is a fun co-op experience.
    This is the type of game that should be $30 max $40 right off the store shelves and I would buy it. I will purchase it but I will wait for that used price.
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  2. Apr 23, 2013
    2
    Look, if you are somehow affiliated with the company and shilling good reviews on Metacritic, face it champ, you are a cheap sellout. This game is EXACTLY what we've all feared: a shoddy knock-off of a venerable IP. Congrats, you threw some bones (heh) at the original cast and then skimped on game mechanics, graphics, and story...i.e. the only things that matter. And, oh dear V'ger...the cutscenes...every 2 minutes. Oh really...another turbolift ride? Did you guys not notice how Mass Effect fixed this obvious BS? I would say, honestly, that if you're a hardcore Trekkie...please wait until this is >$20. It's simply a substandard, lazy game. Full Review »
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    6
    This game looked better in the videos, unfortunately it falls short. Don't buy it, it's not worth the $60.

    But yes, these fake 10/10's are
    bad, as are the 0/10's (it's not that good or that bad)

    Also, I am glad Angry Joe pointed out the co-op flaws in PC version, but this is the 360 section.
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