After a long wait, Star Trek’s first venture into VR gaming has arrived. Today, Ubisoft releases Star Trek: Bridge Crew on the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive platforms. The game immerses you in the bridge of the Kelvin Universe U.S.S. Aegis, where you are tasked with exploring an area of space known as The Trench in order to help the Vulcans find a new home after the loss of their home planet in Star Trek (2009). You can play as one of four positions: Captain, Tactical, Navigation or Engineering. The game is playable on your own or in co-op mode with friends online, and will also be playable cross-platform, so if you and your friends all have different VR gear, you can still play together. If you can’t get together a full crew the game fills in the other positions with AI players.
As an extra bonus, you can also play missions on the bridge of the original U.S.S. Enterprise while using the game’s “Ongoing Missions” mode, which randomly generates new missions to play. Luckily all those colorful buttons and switches have labels to help you figure it all out.
First Reviews (Mostly) Positive
Early reviews for Bridge Crew are just showing up, and so far they are positive. As of now the game as a 78/100 rating on Metacritic, and is being praised both for pushing the boundaries of VR gaming and for the immersion in the Star Trek universe. Here is a sampling of what early reviewers are saying:
The magic of Star Trek isn’t the ship, but in the crew, and Star Trek: Bridge Crew nails that mechanic perfectly.
– Gaming Trend
The game is excellent in its current form, but with a little bit of tweaking it could be the system-selling VR game that we’ve all been waiting for.
– Attack of the Fanboy
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is probably the most authentic Star Trek experience to date.
But there are some critiques of the game, with a number of reviews noting the shortness of the campaign and the difficulty of playing single-player. For example while UploadVR rated the game 8/10 and ‘Great,’ they noted the following:
Playing alone is tough, but doable. The bulk of your time will likely be spent with the randomized Ongoing Voyages mode since the [main] campaign is brief and shallow. If you’re searching for a game that captures the esoteric and cerebral nature of Star Trek, though, then you’ll be a bit disappointed.
Bridge Crew bundled free with HTC Vive
Starting today all purchases of an HTC Vive VR system will include a free copy of Star Trek: Bridge Crew. The Vive turns your computer into a VR system complete with headset, two motion controllers and two base stations to track your movements. In addition to Bridge Crew systems include Everest VR, Richie’s Plank Experience, and one free month of Viveport Subscription. More details on the bundle at vive.com.
HTC has also announced a special event on Thursday June 1st in Seattle where you can demo Bridge Crew on the Vive. Reserve a spot here.
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