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Iím a pretty big Star Trek fan. Iíve got a
lot of collectibles in a room and I even own the 3D Star Trek chess set.
As a seasoned gamer Iíve felt the pain and cried the tears over the
years for all the bad Star Trek games that have come and gone. The good
news? I have truly have hope for the future, and not just in the 23rd
and 24th centuries but here and now!
The all new Star Trek game from Digital Extremes is built with the same
engine that is being used for the Darkness II and I can honestly say it
looks extremely impressive. The demonstration I saw had two machines
connected together for co-op play and this is where this game really
shines. Co-op isnít just an afterthought or
something wedged in here later in the
development cycle. It looks likes this is here from day one.
Using the likeness of the new Star Trekís Kirk and Spock, this game will
be coming out next summer to coincide with the new movie. However, it
will not follow the movieís plot or be pulled back by limitations that
many game developers have
when working on movie franchises.
The game can be played either with split screen, local system link or
across the internet. You can play as either Kirk or Spock and your
decision on which character you play will affect your gameplay greatly.
The weapons are actually different to a degree. You help each other when
wounded and work towards common goals. This worked very well in the
footage that I saw but it did leave me to wonder what will happen for a
single player experience. The game is so co-op oriented that I can only
assume a single player game will have you working with an artificial
intelligence counterpart, so if thatís the case letís hope that the A.I.
From what Iíve seen already Iím very excited about the possibilities of
this game. I have a friend who is a bigger Star Trek fan than I am and I
have already decided we are going to setup two systems, two TVís and
just geek out in the Star Trek universe over the course of a weekend.
Set your phasers to fun!