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Star Trek Review Round Up – The wrath of Khan’t play it

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Video games. The final frontier. These are the adventures of the SS Lens Flare. It’s ongoing mission: To chart the co-op of the new Star Trek video game. To boldly go where no noob has gone before. DAAAA DA DA DA! DA DA DA DAAAAAA DA DA!

The reviews are out for Star Trek: The Video Game, and it looks like it’s headed at warp speed 9 to bargain bins around the world. Geoff’s busy playing it right now, and as soon as we can get the medical doc working so that we can wake him from his coma, we’ll have a review of our own up.

Here’s what the critics have to say so far:

CVG – 4.5/10

There are some decent ideas in here – like being able to scan the environment, Metroid Prime-style, with the tricorder – but they’re outweighed by flat combat, clunky controls, and uninspiring level design. Strip away the licence and you’re left with an underwhelming shooter punctuated by endless hacking mini-games and woeful space combat.

Eurogamer – 6/10

It all adds up to a game that is never as good as it should be, nor as bad as it often seems. Too much of the game design is fighting against itself, with clever ideas subservient to generic structure, strong writing weighed down by clunky production, rich combat held back by execution that never dares ask too much of the player. It requires patience and forgiveness to find it, but the good stuff is worth the effort.

Polygon – 3/10

Star Trek has picked up practically every bad habit of the past five years of game design. Hinky ledge traversal. An arbitrary upgrade system. Hacking mini-games that evolve from “dull” to “Ambien” through the course of the game. Samey secondary weapons…It’s almost messianic in its willingness to take all of gaming’s sins onto its rickety frame.

Hardcore Gamer Magazine – 1.5/5

It falls completely on its ass in every category. Generic shooting, incredibly poor artificial intelligence and glitchy bug-ridden gameplay amounts to nothing more than a meager attempt to cash in on next month’s film.

Digital Spy – 2/5

Digital Extremes clearly set out to develop a game that is more than a mere licensed cash-in, but Star Trek is a title with big problems, from camera issues to ropey cover and platforming mechanics.
Although the studio set out to please the diehard Trekkies by embracing the source material, they will find far more satisfactory co-op experiences elsewhere.

Pretty harsh reviews overall for the game. Talk about a captain’s log…

Last Updated: April 26, 2013


  1. umar bastra

    April 26, 2013 at 15:40

    batlhHa’ vanglu’taHvIS quv chavbe’lu’.
    One does not achieve honor while acting dishonorably.

    Shame on you Namco


  2. Rincethis: Beeralicious

    April 26, 2013 at 15:44

    No KAPLA here I think…


  3. Rincethis: Beeralicious

    April 26, 2013 at 15:46

    This really pisses me off. Why can’t they get it right with this amazing IP? For fucksake! RAGE LEVEL 100000


    • Rincethis: Beeralicious

      April 26, 2013 at 15:48

      Wow, my rage was so strong it stepped out of my avatar, and entered as a GUEST 0_O


      • Twakkie

        April 26, 2013 at 16:10

        Lol… you have ascended to the next level.


        • Super Rince Lvl2

          April 26, 2013 at 16:15

          I’m so happy! Insert Paltrow speech.


        • Super Rince Lvl2

          April 26, 2013 at 16:15

          I’m so happy! Insert Paltrow speech.


      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        April 26, 2013 at 16:11

        Super Rince Lvl2


        • Super Rince Lvl2

          April 26, 2013 at 16:12



          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            April 26, 2013 at 16:32

            Lol. Goku would be proud of you

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            April 26, 2013 at 16:34

            Hahaha! You actually changed your name! Nice 🙂

  4. Rincethis: Beeralicious

    April 26, 2013 at 15:52

    The build up to this game was like the build up to that failed comic CON in Cape Town. Lots of whispers, not tangible reviews, and a shitload of bullshit.


  5. Sageville

    April 26, 2013 at 15:52

    I was tempted….

    No longer, thanks LG for saving me money!


  6. Rincethis: Beeralicious

    April 26, 2013 at 15:53

    Where the hell is OVG, he needs a beer and 16 pages for rage on this topic!


  7. Lourens Jordaan

    April 26, 2013 at 15:53

    Well, look on the bright side, at least its better than the last movie.


  8. Aussious

    April 26, 2013 at 16:46

    Surprise surprise…


  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    April 26, 2013 at 18:19

    Ah comeon… as a huge Trek fan, this sucks COD monkey Balls.

    Essentially what this means is that Mass Effect still provides you with the best Star Trek-like experience. :*( I’m actually livid. How is it so difficult to make a Star Trek game? With all that lore, and the fact that the franchise has had some revitalising blood pumped into it (especially after the shit that was Star Trek Voyager)… HOW… HOW CAN IT BE THAT…. NO ONE CAN DO STAR TREK JUSTICE? HOLY CRAP!!! STAR SHIPS… ALIENS…. DIPLOMACY…

    What Star Trek needs is a developer that takes it seriously, and like what Rocksteady did with Batman, just put some lead in its pencil. I’m so angry right now, I’m going to go punch my xbox.


    • Aussious

      April 27, 2013 at 10:51

      Two words Bioware + Star Trek make it happen Casey! Actually 3 words but who is counting?


    • Kromas

      April 29, 2013 at 06:47

      I was (and still am) happy with Elite force and also Star trek Online ain’t half bad for a free game.


  10. matthurstrsa

    April 29, 2013 at 07:00

    You need developers that are actually trekkies to develop this sort of game. The fans are so hardcore, you have to put passion into it. Very sad this.


  11. Yateen Dayaram

    April 29, 2013 at 17:38

    guess I’ll just stick to watching the movie then


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