I played this game for Xbox 360. Full disclosure: I am a sci-fi nerd. I love both Star Trek and Star Wars and was really looking forward to playing this game. That said, I wish they would have taken the opportunity to really flesh this one out.
Let’s get this out of the way early; if you don’t like Star Trek, you should probably stay away. If you do like it, be prepared for some good voice work by many of the movie actors in what feels like a Trek-veneer of an old game. Hit the jump for my full review.
William Shatner should probably never reenact anything he did from Star Trek. It only calls attention to the fact that he’s really old, and also has a love-hate relationship with the franchise that made his name but also reduced his opportunities as an actor (although late in his career he won Emmys for The Practice and Boston Legal). He’s the guy who will make a self-congratulatory movie like The Captains but then turn a cold shoulder to individual Trek fans. A new promo for Star Trek: The Video Game highlights this dichotomy as Shatner provides fan service by reenacting his famous battle with the Gorn from “Arena”, but is still about highlighting “Look what a good sport I am!” even though he’s collecting a paycheck for selling the upcoming video game, which re-imagining Shatner out of his famous role. It’s interesting to watch.
Hit the jump to check out the promo, and click here to pre-order the game on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Star Trek: The Video Game is due out on April 23rd.
Seven new images have been released from Star Trek: The Video Game. I previously joked that the game would be fantastic if it had a quicktime event where Kirk battled the Gorn from the original series. It turns, out the Gorn will be villains in the game, but unfortunately it won’t quite as charmingly lo-tech (although maybe there will be a slight delay from when you hit a gorn to the time when it actually reacts to the hit?). One of the new images also shows Spock on New Vulcan, so you have to give the Vulcans some respect for getting right back on their feet and claiming a new planet.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Star Trek: The Video Game is due out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on April 23, 2013.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new footage from the upcoming Star Trek: The Video Game, but thankfully a making-of featurette has been released that shows off more of the game. As executive producer Brian Miller explains in the featurette, the game is co-op with players taking the role of either Kirk or Spock. Your playing style depends on which character you’re playing. If you’re Kirk, you tend to go in guns blazing, but if you’re Spock, you’re going to take a stealthier approach. The fact that you get to do the Vulcan neck-pinch brings a smile to my face.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The game will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on April 23rd. Click here to pre-order Star Trek: The Video Game.
Back in June, we reported that the upcoming Star Trek: The Video Game would not only have the Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin lending their voices to the game (always a plus), but that the co-op adventure would involve Kirk and Spock going up against the Gorn. If the video game has a quicktime event like this, it will be one of the greatest video games ever made. Fans can start pre-ordering the game tomorrow. Doing so will get you the “Elite Officer Pack,” which features exclusive items and unique uniforms for Kirk and Spock.
Hit the jump to check out a list of the items you’ll get along with images of the game’s box art. Star Trek: The Video Game is due out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on April 23, 2013.
With the weekly “Top 5″ feature now in full-swing, I feel obliged to remind readers that these are indeed meant to synthesize what we perceive as our top five pieces into a recap article. We do this with the hopes that readers will not miss out on some of the best stuff we have to offer on a weekly basis. This in mind, if you are an extremely loyal visitor (for which, we say a sincere “thank you”) who is 100% positive that you’ve read all we have to offer, the recaps may seem somewhat redundant. The best remedy for such redundancy is to steer clear of the jump. Otherwise…
…In this week’s “Top 5″ you’ll find us musing on which director might take over the Transformers franchise, our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows set visit and video blog, our take on the next Star Trek video game acting as canon, the first look at Nori, Ori, and Dori in The Hobbit, and Steve’s video interview with Guillermo del Toro and Katie Holmes. Hit the jump for brief recaps and links to each.
Video game tie-ins tend to be a losing prospect. They’re cheap, they’re half-hearted, and tend to exist as simply another piece of merchandise that will end up in a 70% off bin six months later. They’re are exceptions: GoldenEye 007 and Spider-Man 2 come to mind, but quality tie-ins are few and far between. Whether the upcoming Star Trek game will be good as a game remains to be seen, but executive producer and screenwriter Roberto Orci says it will function as canon. Orci goes on to say, “It’s going to be a story that fits into our movies, and fits into between the first two movies.” That’s a dangerous prospect. Hit the jump for quotes from Orci on the game and why I think this could seriously backfire.