Players: 1+ Player Game | Genre: Action
Release Date: 12/05/06
Star Trek. The name is synonymous with science fiction. Unfortunately, even though there have been several movies and more TV episodes than you could count, games based on the popular series have generally been rather lacking. It looks as though that is about to change thanks to developer Mac Doc and their new game Star Trek Legacy which is being published by the good folks at Bethesda, whom, if you’ll remember, brought us the acclaimed The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
The new game will span the entire Star Trek series from the original series to Enterprise. You’ll have the chance to play as Captain Kirk, Captain Jean Luc Piccard and Archer. You’ll also be able to command up to four ships at the same time when taking your starfleet into battle. However, in the end, there are over sixty ships included in the game covering all of the television series and the films.
The gameplay focuses on ship to ship combat, but on a massive scale. In addition to the normal 3D view point, you can also switch to a more strategic 2D overhead mode to get a handle on the situation if you’re getting confused. It’s best to learn how to fight well because the fleet you control is persistent. That is, if you upgrade a ship, that ship will remain upgraded in future battles. The catch 22 here is that if you lose a ship, you might as well thank her for the good times and say goodbye.
The four ships in your fleet are mapped to the Dpad buttons, so pressing up on the Dpad will allow you to take control of the ship mapped to that direction, pressing left puts you in control of that one, and so on. If you want all the ships to move to a certain area or converge on a single enemy, you can take control of them all by holding down the Y button and pressing up on the Dpad. Your main objective should be to keep your enemies in your line of fire while also trying to stay out of theirs. Positioning your ship is key to winning battles. As ships take damage, they will begin to deteriorate and so signs of damage. This isn’t just a cosmetic nicety though; losing an engine will make your ship harder to control and slower to respond.
The game will have four playable races to choose from: Humans, Klingons, Romulan and the Borg. Each race has their own distinct ships and weapons making it possible to distinguish friend from foe in the heat of battle. Also, you can choose how you want to set the energy levels of your particular ship. If you’re fighting a tough battle, it may be a good idea to direct more power to the shields of the ship as opposed to directing power to the offensive weapons.
Star Trek Legacy is looking very promising. Even if you’re not necessarily the biggest fan, you may still find the action exciting and addicting. For RTS players, the 2D tactical view may be the way to play. No matter which you prefer, we have a feeling this game will be tough to keep in stock once it hits store shelves this Fall. Expect to see the game on both the PC and the Xbox 360.