Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 7:32 PM by Tim Bowers
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that games of films, and vice versa, generally suck. Both formats are able to express grandeur and create immersive worlds for you to enter, yet finding one that does justice to its original source material is a rare occurrence.
Both games and films take years to create and perfect, yet often with games of films they are an afterthought and in most circumstances rushed through. There have even been a couple of films recently whose runtime has been longer than the playtime of their accompanying game.
So it’s with trepidation that we looks towards the latest movie/game tie in, and possibly one of the most anticipated, Star Trek: The Game.
Star Trek: The Game is set in the same universe as the 2009 J.J Abram’s reboot, and will feature the Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto incarnations of Kirk and Spock. Where creators Digital Extremes hope to avoid the curse of a licensed product is that rather than a game version of a now four year old movie, Star Trek: The Game is set between the events of the reboot and its upcoming sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
The game starts with Kirk and Spock responding to a distress call from a space station that is being destroyed, as you progress through, the story expands out into the larger narrative. Following the events of Star Trek, the Vulcan people are rebuilding on a planet named, New Vulcan. In order to speed up the process they have been using a Helios device. As with all space technology it malfunctions and causes a rift to open in space, which allows the enemy of the piece, The Gorn to pass through. The Gorn immediately see the benefit of owning a device that can cause spacial rifts and as such make off with said device. Fortunately they have the foggiest how to work it, which is fortuitous as this allows the crew of the Enterprise to chase after them and try and get the device back before The Gorn can open multiple rifts and enter the galaxy en masse.
So with the story set up, how does the game play? Well Star Trek: The Game is a third person action adventure, parallels to Uncharted, Mass Effect and even Metroid, have all been made. You’ll play as Kirk, or Spock, or Kick AND Spock, the team at Digital Extremes have promised that the game play will be varied, including a few space battles with the famous ship, as well as offering chances for exploration, even away from the main story.
While the main story may be a run and gun affair with dashes of Uncharted style platforming, you’ll also be able to use one of the greatest items in Star Trek canon, The Tricorder. You’ll use the all-knowing device to solve puzzles within the story, but also in combat to augment abilities, jam enemy weapons, and even hack AI to work in your favour. Apart from the combat, you can also undertake away missions and beam down to planets to explore, again using the Tricorder in different ways to scan any items you find.
While the game occurs between the two movies, Paramount have said that those that play the game will spot references to it in the upcoming film.
So can Star Trek: The Game buck the trend and boldly go where no licensed game has gone before? (Sorry, couldn’t resist). Well the signs are positive, the game has been in development for roughly three years, that’s longer than some films; Paramount are completely committed to the game and the cast have all provided likenesses and voice work, and the team at Digital Extreme all have credible history having developed The Darkness 2, and Bioshock 2’s Multiplayer.
Star Trek: The Game is due for release on April 26. You can watch the trailer below, and I have also added in a brilliant TV spot staring Trek Legend William Shatner. Emjoy!
Shatner Vs Gorn.