It hasn’t even been released yet, but Star Trek: The Video Game is already doing more than most movie tie-ins. As one of our most anticipated games of 2013, we were as surprised as anyone to find that Star Trek would be the property to buck the trend of completely laughable games coinciding with movie launches. But our time with the game has nearly convinced us.
Aimed directly at fans of the J.J. Abrams-helmed film series, the latest trailer, entitled ‘Salvation’ gives a hint at the plot driving the game’s campaign, while showcasing some of the third-person action and cinematic delivery in store.
The pairing of Digital Extremes and Paramount Digital Entertainment doesn’t exactly carry the name recognition that will automatically sway opinion from the get-go, but perhaps the best recipe for success is establishing exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. And in that regard, the development team behind Star Trek is starting on the right foot.
When the game was first shown way back at E3 2011, the grace with which Digital Extremes managed to deliver their take on asymmetrical co-op scratched an itch that standard shooters don’t try to. The choice was clear enough: play through the campaign as Spock, favoring logic, science, and the Vulcan nerve pinch (visible in the trailer), or Kirk, favoring a phaser and some quick thinking.
That dedication not to reinventing the wheel, but offering an experience that fans of the film will enjoy and casual gamers can grasp without being frustrated could strike a balance in the finished product. The gameplay we’ve seen certainly implies that the show alone could be worth the price of admission, and the trailer proves that from a technical standpoint, Star Trek is made to a higher standard than some other recent games we could mention.
Our time with the game at this past E3 proved it’s a faithful addition to the film series, rounded out by most of the cast’s vocal talents. But as the past has shown, not everyone will line up for a ‘fun’ experience that doesn’t try to tread completely new ground.
The asymmetrical co-op is sure to garner some attention when the game launches, but it’s still difficult to tell how man Trek fans will deem a movie tie-in worthy of their dollar, and how many will simply wait until Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
Where do you land on Star Trek? Are Kirk and Spock enough to warrant a co-op playthrough with a fellow movie fan, or are the pre-order perks not enough to get you off the fence? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Star Trek: the Video Game releases on April 23, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
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