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Star Trek
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Star Trek

Publisher: Paramount Digital Entertainment
Namco Bandai
Developer: Digital Extremes
Released: 23 April 2013
Stardate: 2259.32 - 2259.33 (February 1, 2259 - February 2, 2259)
Platform(s): Windows XP Xbox 360 PS3
Rating(s): ESRB Teen PEGI 16 USK 12 OFLC M
Reference #: ASIN B00BUQA14I (US PC Download)
ASIN B0081B1O5A (US PS3)
ASIN B007ZQJN1Y (US Xbox 360)
ASIN B009IEWOTO (UK PC)
ASIN B009IEWOTY (UK PS3)
ASIN B009IEWOS0 (UK Xbox 360)
ASIN B00AIMG3PQ (DE PC)
ASIN B00AIMG3MY (DE PS3)
ASIN B00AIMG3JM (DE Xbox 360)

Star Trek is a co-op video game released on 23 April 2013. Set between Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, it will allow gamers to play as James T. Kirk and Spock when they discover a group of scientists developing a New Vulcan homeworld have torn open a hole in space with their Helios device, enabling the Gorn to invade.

The game was developed by Digital Extremes, with a script written by Marianne Krawczyk, and story input from Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, and Mike Johnson. The primary cast of the films (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin) provided voiceovers, [1] while Chad Seiter composed the score, adapting themes by Michael Giacchino.[2]

Brian Miller, Senior Vice President of Paramount Pictures and producer on the game, has made statements that the game is canon. [3] [4] [5] [6]

Gameplay

The tricorder is the primary gameplay element, giving players information and an interface to solve puzzles. Kirk and Spock will each have their own unique gameplay attributes. Kirk can call an orbital strike from the USS Enterprise, while Spock can use his Vulcan mind melding ability to unlock certain cinematics. [7] The choice of character will also affect how non-playable characters interact with them, for example, some female officers will flirt with Kirk while ignoring Spock. [8]

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Captain Kirk and crew on the bridge

Using set blueprints, Digital Extremes will also show areas of the Enterprise not shown in the film, such as the captain's quarters. The player can explore the ship and use research points collected by the tricorder to upgrade phasers, communicators, and the tricorder. [9] The game also features subterranean swimming gameplay, [10] and ship-to-ship combat. Co-op can be allowed during Enterprise gameplay, with one player controlling the phasers and the other using the torpedoes. [11]

Enemy archetypes

The Gorn were redesigned by Neville Page and come in several species, ranging in intelligence, gender, size and color. [12] They are depicted as being skilled with hallucinogenic poisons, which they can use to turn some Vulcans and Starfleet personnel on Kirk and Spock, whom the player can earn commendations by stunning them to take them down non-lethally. [13] The Gorn also deploy attack drones, turrets and mines which can be hacked.

  • Commander: the ten-foot-tall leader of the Gorn. [14]
  • Henchman: The second-in-command of the Gorn Armada, he possesses a cloaking device and wields the Pillager. [15]
  • Rusher: Unarmed, weak and unintelligent Gorn who serve as shock troops. [16]
  • Initiates: Front line soldiers, unarmored, wield automatic Ravager rifle, stand over six feet tall and can run on all fours. [17]
  • Lieutenants: Armored commanders of the initiates. [18]
  • Warrior: Genetically enhanced initiates that can wield the Pillager and Arc Driver, and are equipped with basic armor. [19]
  • Guardian: Purple "Royal Guard" that wield energy axes. [20]
  • Brute: Too stupid to use weaponry, but the strongest and most heavily armored enemy, capable of smashing through cover. [21]
  • Scout: Unarmored snipers that can walk on walls and camouflage. [22]
  • Champion: A burly mutant who stands eight feet high. He is designed as a homage to the Gorn in "Arena". [23]
  • Sentinel: Nine foot tall subordinates to the Commander, armed with Arc Drivers that can disintegrate organic matter. [24]

Story

The Enterprise receives a distress call from a space station harvesting the power of a binary star. There is too much interference to beam the crew aboard, so Kirk and Spock take a shuttle to rescue the crew. They encounter T'Mar, a childhood friend of Spock, who explains they were gathering energy to power the Helios device, which would speed up the terraforming of New Vulcan, but unwittingly opened a Rip in space. Beaming to New Vulcan, Kirk and Spock meet with T'Mar's father Surok, who explains the station's power from the base was lost after they were attacked by creatures - who call themselves the Gorn - from the Rip. Kirk and Spock enter the locked down sections of the base to recover the infected survivors, but are unable to stop the Gorn from stealing the Helios device and kidnapping Surok.

Kirk opts to take the infected to a nearby starbase instead of pursuing the Gorn Commander's ship through the Rip. At the starbase, the captain meets the sleazy Commodore Daniels, who implies he gave T'Mar the specifications for the device as he knew it would create a wormhole. Suddenly, the Gorn attack the starbase and kidnap T'Mar. Just as he is about to be beamed aboard the Enterprise, Spock tackles the Gorn Henchman, bringing him aboard the ship. Kirk and Spock pursue him to the shuttlebay before he can commandeer a shuttle. Spock mindmelds with the Henchman, learning Surok was killed after confessing he has no insight into the device, but that his daughter would. Kirk has the Henchman imprisoned.

Kirk resolves to enter the Rip. After the Enterprise enters the Gorn's galaxy, Kirk and Spock take a shuttle with Sulu and McCoy to a nearby planet. When their shuttle is shot down, Kirk and Spock use wingsuits to glide to a Gorn outpost and blow it up before infiltrating a base to rescue T'Mar. They find Daniels, who is killed in an ensuing firefight. The Gorn bring Kirk and Spock to the Commander, who has them taken to an arena to fight his soldiers to the death. Angered by their besting of his champion, the Commander has Spock infected to fight Kirk to the death. Suddenly, Sulu's shuttle arrives and McCoy shoots Spock with a finished antidote, while the Commander flees to his ship with T'Mar and the device.

The shuttle returns to the Enterprise, which has been taken over by the Gorn. Kirk and Spock space dive to engineering and beam McCoy and Sulu back on board. They help Scotty and Keenser reactivate the warp cores, and restore power to sickbay so McCoy can replicate more of the antidote for airborne dispersal. The duo head to the bridge where the Henchman is holding Uhura hostage, demanding Kirk give them control of the ship. Kirk responds by directing their shuttle to crash into the viewscreen, decompressing the Gorn into space.

With only an hour before the Rip closes, Kirk and Spock space dive to the Gorn Commander's ship, where they disable the targeting platform to give the Enterprise a fighting chance, and enter the core where T'Mar and the device are being held. Kirk and Spock destroy the device and defeat the Commander, and are beamed back to the Enterprise with T'Mar. The Enterprise warps back to the Milky Way Galaxy before the Rip closes: in their closing logs, Kirk and Spock state T'Mar has recovered enough to continue working on New Vulcan, and the Enterprise has been ordered to Nibiru.

Release

The game began development in 2010 and was announced the following year at E3 for a 2012 release. On 10 February 2012, it was announced that Namco Bandai would co-publish and distribute the game in Spring 2013, shortly before the release of the Star Trek sequel. [25]

PSM phaser

A PlayStation Move phaser

A PlayStation Move phaser and a prequel game available from the Playstation Network were announced at E3 2011. [26] However, Paramount ultimately opted out of PSM and Xbox Kinect. [27]

On 28 March 2013, a humorous advertisement for the game was released. It depicted William Shatner "fighting" a Gorn in a parody of the classic "Arena" episode. [28]

Those who preorder the game from the UK outlet Game will win a ticket to see Star Trek Into Darkness at Cineworld, and will be entered into a prize draw to the film's premiere. [29]

Downloadable content

Star Trek will have the following downloadable content:

  • Elite Officer Pack: Available with pre-ordered editions of the game, unlocking the following content:
    • Brawler Pack: Kirk leather jacket skin, Spock Vulcan Science Academy skin
    • Academy Pack: Kirk Starfleet Academy skin, Spock officer dress uniform skin, Academy phaser
    • Kobayashi Maru Pack: Kobayashi Maru skins
    • Stealth Pack: Stealth outfits, Starfleet Type IV Stealth Sniper Rifle and extra ammo
    • Kelvin Pack: USS Kelvin uniform skins, Kelvin hand phaser [30]

Reception

Reviews were critical of the game's AI and controls, as well as the dated graphics. Some praised the voice acting and story,[31][32][33][34][35][36] although Digital Trends took issue with the Gorn being from another galaxy, "which constitutes a liberty taken by the developers. J.J. Abrams' story went out of its way to reboot the franchise without disregarding the established universe. It was a time paradox, but one that allowed the existence of all the old mythology, just in a slightly different way. The game does not."[37] The 360 version of the game possesses a 43/100 score on Metacritic.[38] The PC version possesses a score of 40/100[39] and the PlayStation 3 version possesses a score of 47/100.[40]

After the game's release, PC users reported problems with using co-op. Paramount and Steam reportedly solved the issue two days after release.[41]

Credits

Trek game kirk spock shooting

James T. Kirk and Spock engage in a fire fight

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A shot of the USS Enterprise

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Kirk helps Spock

Cast

Stunts

Crew

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