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Star Trek: The Video Game comes out next week. I have had a chance to play with the game a little and give you first impressions of the game below, along with four game play videos. Plus there is a new making-of video released by Paramount showing the new Star Trek doing their voice work for the game.
First hands-on impressions of Star Trek: The Video Game + Gameplay vids
Paramount’s new Star Trek: The Video Game arrives next week for Playstation 3, X-Box 360 and PC Download. The cooperative game set in the new movie universe tells a new story set between the 2009 Star Trek movie and Star Trek Into Darkness, and according to Paramount this story is part of the official canon – and has been overseen by Roberto Orci. The game tells the story of a mission to the New Vulcan colony, which has been overrun by a horde of Gorn – and lots of different kinds of Gorn. Along the way you will visit a Vulcan space station, a Federation starbase, New Vulcan itself and of course explore the USS Enterprise.
I had a chance to play the game for a little while at Paramount. TrekMovie will have a full review after a review copy arrives and there is more time to play the game through, but the first impression of this game are very positive. You can tell right away that a lot of love for Star Trek went into the game. Once you start up the game you truly feel immersed in the new movie universe. Some of this immersion comes from having the whole main cast of the 2009 Star Trek movie along – enhanced by new music from Michael Giacchino and genuine sounds from both the 2009 Star Trek movie and some original Star Trek series sounds too (like Tribbles). In fact finding all the hidden tribbles is a nice side-game within the game. Other nice touches can be subtle like looking down in a turbolift in the Vulcan station and noticing the floor is engraved with a Vulcan IDIC symbol.
Gameplay: Explore the Enterprise as you rid it of a nasty Gorn
One surprise for me was that – unlike what you may see in some of the trailers – the game is not all about shooting things. In fact in the half-hour or so that I played different parts of the game I ended up using my tricorder more often than my phaser. And there is a lot of ‘platforming’ type of jumping around and (of course) dangling off of ledges (it is nuKirk and that is one of his super-powers).
Another thing that impressed me was how different the gameplay is as Kirk or Spock. Each has their own equipment and each have different tasks to do. And being a real co-op game they always have to work together to get the job done. And often there are different ways to move forward. You can use brute force or be subtle, so the game doesn’t appear to be too linear.
Gameplay: Fly the Enterprise with a friend & argue with McCoy
Much has been talked about regarding the Gorn but I liked the approach of expanding on the universe of the classic Gorn. While one of the types of Gorn in the game is like the one we see in "Arena," there are lots of different Gorn types, each of which poses a different challenge in the game. And it isn’t just Gorn you will have to deal with as there is a surprising horror-movie like element where the Gorn ‘infect’ some of your crew and use mind control to get them to attack you. When playing as Kirk I killed one of them and got scolded by Spock – because unlike Borg drones you can eventually (working with Dr. McCoy) cure them.
The graphics for the game (I played a PC version running on a decently powered laptop) were impressive. Maybe they weren’t up to the state of the art of the best games on the market today, but certainly the best ever seen in a Star Trek console game.
Gameplay: This is one big Gorn
So that is it for first impressions. A more detailed review will be here at TrekMovie after a play-through of the game itself – which is said to take about 13 hours (and you can then play it again as the other character). But in short what I have seen makes me believe Star Trek: The Videogame is a triumph. After a long draught, Star Trek gaming on consoles (and PC) is back. I can’t speak for hard core gamers who may have greater demands for the latest in everything and perhaps more things to shoot at, but I think that casual gamers who love Star Trek will really enjoy this game – and the story it has to tell.
Gameplay: Work together as Kirk and Spock to escape from New Vulcan
Behind the scenes on Star Trek: The Game
Here is the latest video from Paramount on the making of the game.
Game Arrives April 23rd – PC Download Now Available for pre-order
The new Star Trek game arrives on April 23rd for XBox 360, Playstation 3 and PC download. You can pre-order the Xbox and PS3 version at Amazon.