If you're a fan of the more shoot em up nature of the rebooted Star Trek films this is a game for you. It borrows from other games (Arkham's detective vision, Portal's unique teleportation, etc) but at least it picks some good games to borrow from. Missions have more than one way to complete and there are optional objectives to help you earn spendable xp to upgrade your tricorder and weapons faster. So you can choose to do stealth, non lethal attacks, puzzles and evasive techniques or you can go in guns blazing.
I have experienced few of the bugs the other reviewer complained of. The voice acting is terrific (the stars of the new films lend their voices and don't slouch), the dialogue is often very funny and the environments are quite varied. Sometimes you're walking with mag boots on the hull of space craft as they spin and twist while you dodge lethal heat blasts and enemy fire, other times you're on the savage Gorn home world, the burnt ruins of an invaded Vulcan settlement, the corridors and transport tunnels of the enterprise among other both familiar and alien environments.
The main draw here is shoot em up action though. There is some ship to ship battle and the aforementioned optional puzzles to solve, but most of the time you're blasting away at a variety of Gorn warriors using Federation, Vulcan and Gorn weaponry. This can get a bit monotonous, but if you like straight up action in a variety of scenarios (defending a Federation outpost from an invading army, rescuing kidnapped Vulcans in enemy territory, fighting off infected crazed members of Starfleet, tracking cloaked Gorn saboteurs on the Enterprise, etc) then this probably isn't an issue.
While much of the graphic presentation ranges from serviceable to excellent, there are occasions where the shading and tones of the characters seem unpolished. Also some of the character interactions outside of cut scenes gets repetitive. The gameplay isn't particularly original (although some things like the portable transporter beam is interesting).
Star Trek is a much stronger game than most licensed movie titles (many are terrible) but it also isn't going to win any awards for originality. The graphics are good but only occasionally great. The voice acting is terrific and the score is superb but the in game banter is repetitive. It's a solid action game, but would be better priced at under $40 rather than the standard $60 retail of most games. If you're a fan of the rebooted movies you'll like it more than a casual movie goer.
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