Summary: Now we havethe release of another J.J. Abrams Star Trek film. However, because of his recent attachment to the mythic Star Wars sequels (or at least the first one), its profile is much higher for me because chances are his Star Trek films and Star Wars films will have certain--mainly visual--similarities. Of course, whenever a big new science fiction sequel comes out, so does an obligatory army of tie-ins.
Excerpt: I first saw Star Trek: The Video Game two E3s ago, when a 30-miunte demo packed every session in the behind-closed-doors meeting room. Two years ago it was a graphical powerhouse, showed compelling cooperative gameplay between Kirk and Spock, and seemed utterly epic in its scale. Twenty-four months later, the only way to explain the final product is to borrow a page from JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek movie: a crazy wormhole changed the course of history.
Summary: When I last played " Star Trek ", I thought there was some hope for it as long as it played to some specific strengths I called out. Unfortunately, the game very quickly descends into utter garbage for entire levels, with terrible platforming, poor level design coupled with shoddy, generic action with the worst cover system I’ve seen this generation.
Excerpt: You know a videogame's in trouble when its characters start commenting on the tediousness of what they’re doing. It’s as if the game’s developers are acknowledging that they’ve put you through a needless gauntlet of boredom, and they’re apologizing for it. So at one point in the new Star Trek game, when Kirk and Spock are wandering through an alien cave and the captain says something like, “Oh, you’re kidding me…there’s more?” — well, we couldn’t help but agree.
Pros: + Fragging ruthless aliens as Kirk and Spock; a few inspired scenes; great musical score.
Excerpt: You know, there’s a reason you don’t see as many movie games on the marketplace these days. The hastily put together projects often see rushed development cycles in order to coincide with the release of a feature film, and since the target audience isn’t exactly the “core” players who actually take the time to read reviews before making a purchasing decision, the quality of the final product frequently suffers.
Excerpt: Director J.J. Abrams recently revitalized the Star Trek universe with a great new film series starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as James T. Kirk and Spock respectively, but as longtime gamers all know, a good film rarely translates into a good video game, and Star Trek: The Game is definitely no exception.