It is a good time to be a Star Trek fan; but while the crew of the USS Enterprise prepares for Star Trek: Into Darkness, their digital counterparts are being entrusted with the game developers at Digital Extremes. Looking to take the cinematic space action and comedy to gamers’ consoles, Star Trek: The Video Game is calling on the entire cast to help them.
The latest preview of the game from its showing in London this week took a closer look at the mechanics and gameplay outside of the running-and-gunning. Much of the high-paced cinematic action sequences has been seen already, but the new video gives a peek at what the developers have done to create a tailor-made experience for Trek fans, not just gamers at large.
Provided by VG24/7, the video preview proves that Digital Extremes is setting their goals quite clearly; as neither the most visually impressive nor revolutionary in mechanics, the team is setting out to deliver a game that doesn’t attempt to recreate, retread, or re-imagine the main movie series it is tied to. Instead, simply offer a worthwhile extension of the same style and humor that fans of the film will enjoy.
Those are modest goals, to be sure, and some elite gamers might scoff at a game that doesn’t push the graphics standard or hide its inspirations. But considering the usual fate (and quality) of movie tie-in games, perhaps accomplishing a solid action/shooter title is the right path to follow. And so far, the team is doing everything they can to sway the most devoted of Trekkies.
They’ve got their enemies: the Gorn, torn from the most beloved of Star Trek episodes (even if the fight doesn’t quite hold up today). Re-tooled for gameplay, the reptilian race will be offering the Enterprise’s crew a serious array of challenges, both in combat and as larger antagonists.
Throw in Spock and Kirk – with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine lending likenesses and voices – and fans will be able to bridge the gap between J.J. Abrams’ reboot and its upcoming sequel themselves. It’s hard to tell if the resulting campaign will be up to snuff compared to other co-op action games, but an un-insulting side mission to get excited for the film isn’t the most insulting proposition we could think of.
Our hands-on experience with Star Trek showed that it has potential, but we won’t know for sure until the game is released. How do you feel about Star Trek: The Video Game? Is an extra adventure with Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Uhura a no-brainer, or have past movie tie-ins ruined the bunch?
Star Trek: The Video Game releases on April 23, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
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