- Platform: PlayStation
- ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
- Media: Video Game
Star Trek: Invasion incorporates enough Star Trek elements to keep the fans happy, but not so much that gamers unfamiliar with the series will feel left out. If you are less concerned about keeping the Beta Quadrant safe than you are about dogfighting other ships, the game features a two-player combat mode that will allow you to fight to the death. There is also a play-nice two-player co-operative mode.
Set in the timeline of the Next Generation TV and film series, Invasion has you cast in the role of a fighter pilot destined for a big part in the upcoming war against the Earth-bound Borg. The Borg is not the only Trek race to show up in here; the Cardassians, Klingons, and Bajorans are all along, too. Whilst actors Michael Dorn as Worf and Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard contribute good voice acting to an all-around solid production.
The visuals in Invasion are uniformly sharp and show an attention to detail that almost makes the old PlayStation beg for mercy. The planets, the ships, the explosions (especially the explosions!) are top notch. Disturbingly, the controls in Invasion can be a little to sensitve at times and are suited to perhaps better space jokeys amongst us.
Perhaps because it is set in the more politically correct universe of Star Trek, Invasion does lack Colony Wars' level of intense, gritty combat and its story isn't nearly as engaging. Yet, for a laser-blast filled journey into the final frontier, it's still a fun ride.--Mark Brooks