The rebooted Star Trek universe has created too rather good movies, but it has also produced something that is better of forgotten - a tie in game. `Star Trek - The Videogame' is set between the two films and was released to coincide with the release of the second film. I imagine that the idea was that the sales of the game would help boost the box office of the film and vice versa, but the fact is that this game will do more to damage the reputation of the new Star Trek universe than help it.
You play as Kirk or Spock (with the ability to go online and play co-op) in a mission that takes on the Gorn, a warlike lizard race. You must visit several planets and space stations shooting repetitive bad guys and doing the same types of puzzle over and over again. If this is not fun enough, how about having to partake of some truly awful platform elements once in a while. Who does not enjoy being unable to figure out the camera angles and plunging Kirk to his death once again?
`Star Trek' is pretty awful. The graphics are just about acceptable and possibly the best element is the main star's reprising their roles in voice form. The problems with the game are level design and gameplay based. The levels feel empty and boring. You also feel like you are going down similar corridors and shooting yet more similar enemies. Repetition is rife in games and some better experiences get away with it by having compelling gameplay, but `Star Trek' does not. The controls feel very clunky and the shooting is just not fun. Only the co-op makes it worth a look at, as playing with a pal is always a little fun at least.