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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
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.
But so what? It's a great game, it's graphically tidier than certain games from the Colony Wars series, and another great feature is the two player dual mode - at last, a game of this genre with a two player mode. Buy it. Go on, you know you want to.
The answer? It looks incredible. Full marks to the developers for realising such a convincing space atmosphere. However, I have to say that the game itself is rather disappointing.
Star Trek fans will be delighted to see all the old allies & enemies of J-L Picard included in the game, but there's an unwelcome air of warmongering pervading the game which is completely against the ethos of Star Trek. You wouldn't expect a Star Trek game to be a case of "shoot everything" - but it is.
Still, this is an action game after all. What else could you expect on a home console? If you want something more cerebral, may I suggest you try a PC game. If, however, you're just looking for a chance to shoot the collective out of a load of nasty Borg space craft then this is the game for you.
In summary - the Star Trek licence is largely wasted, but that's inevitable for a home console game. But if it's fast moving, turning, shooting, fighting spacecraft you're after, together with some of the best explosions ever seen on Playstation, select "BUY" and type in your credit card number now!
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