Average User Score: 2.3Jul 20, 2013**DISCLAIMER: I did not buy this game until July on the Steam summer sale. Some valid issues that people have had may have been addressed via patch(s) since the original reviews from launch**
So many poor reviews, so many band-wagon uninformed. The game is certainly not as bad as people seem to want to portray it. The biggest issues are the rather minor, sometimes annoying gameplay problems, and the AI is certainly not very smart; but, there are many games that fail in that department. It would seem that this game was needlessly targeted by those who do not know, understand, or care about the heritage of Trek gaming.
The game is far from "bad" and is entertaining at the very least. While it is certainly not worth the release sticker price, it is not bargain-bin material either. The graphics are okay, they can hold hold their own, but are nothing to write home about. The sets looks nice, and the texturing is good, but the effects (explosions and such) are sub-par. The biggest graphical issue I noticed was the animations, They look rather lackluster and awkward at times and the mouth movement on the voiced sequences are not very convincing. Other than the above the graphics are not too shabby, just don't expect Tomb Raider or Crysis III quality.
As far as gameplay, the combat feels good, so long as it is at a distance. When enemies get close aiming can be a chore (or impossible) to hit them and melee is not good at all. Movement (running, jumping, and maneuvering) feels normal for a 3rd person shooter (Other than the awkward animations). The cover mechanism that some complained about is not as bad as they would have you believe; for me, it works fine. The overall combat is not far off from Mass Effect, it just lacks the polish. Puzzle-solving scenarios are included, though they are rarely difficult and take a back seat to the action in comparison to ST titles such as 25th anniversary.
The story is actually pretty good, better than the hot-mess disaster known as "Into Darkness". Without major spoilers, It has you facing the Gorn in an attempt to thwart them from using a powerful Vulcan device. Along the way it throws you through some rather nicely done environments (again mild on the spoilers) such as the halls of the Enterprise, a space station and even New Vulcan. Though a few would disagree, I think the level design is fairly well thought out.
The voice acting is nice, especially from Pine and Quinto. The rest of the crew are convincing, but not quite at the same level. The score is moody and works throughout the game, with familiar melodies from the movies (2009 and Into Darkness).
Oh well, people can make of it as they please, but here is my breakdown.
Bottom-line: Is it the best game around? No. It is the worst thing to to hit the gaming world year to date? also, no. If you are a younger Trekkie, you will enjoy it. If you are in the older age range, it may not offer the mental challenge you would like. The game is far from broken, or unplayable, however could it be better? Yes, but hey, what game out there could not use improvement in some aspect or another.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.5Apr 26, 2012The game originally had promise, however that quickly faded into obscurity. The game had enormous potential, potential effectively pissed into the flusher by an incompetent development staff. Graphically, the game is ok, not great, just ok. The airplanes (the ones that are fully modeled) are nice, however the world you fly them in is stagnant and dead. I won't even comment on the **** abominations that honestly have no place in gaming in the year 2012 (unless it's AI or a static display). The game could succeed, however the developer needs to stop repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot. More importantly, the game must find an identity, because really what is it? An arcade shooter with no shooting? A civilian flight game with an over abundance of warbirds? or a really poor attempt at a simulator?
As is, the game is little more than incomplete wasted potential.… Expand