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The action again takes place in the Next Generation universe, but this time the Romulans have been dropped and the line up of playable races has been honed down to Federation, Klingons and Borg. Armada II's story unfolds through these three separate single-player campaigns. Through 27 action packed-missions, players battle against the Cardassians, Romulans, Borg and the deadly invaders from Fluidic space, Species 8472. Each race has its own distinct play style, weapons, ships and base facilities.
Star Trek: Armada II promises to add a number of new strategic options and enhancements to the original game. Maps are bigger and better and there is a new Tactical View in which you can watch the Klingons "let slip the dogs of War" in 3-D.
The sequel also features an extensive range of multiplayer options, including up-to-eight-player competitions over LAN and the Internet where gamers can play as the Federation, Klingons, Borg, Cardassians, Romulans or Species 8472. Several additional multiplayer game types will also be available including variations of Capture-the-Flag, King of The Hill, and Co-Op style gameplay.
Fighting your way through 30 huge levels, you won't have too much time to learn how to use the new 100-odd craft and base objects that Star Trek Armada 2 has to offer, and to help you, Activision have introduced a new formation tool so you can now control your fleet more effectively in battle.
The graphics are similar to the first and show the vastness of space, dangerous nebula and incoming spacecraft to a high standard. The menu system is easy to get the hang of for those venturing into this style of game for the first time.
If you're looking for multiplayer options Star Trek Armada 2 caters admirably and you can have up to eight players at once across the internet or local network.
Die-hard Star Trek fans will have plenty to smile about, while space RTS fans however might find the graphical interface sometimes difficult to appreciate and might be better sticking to the likes of Homeworld or Command and Conquer. That said, this is a commendable follow-up to the original and should give you hours of entertainment. --Jason Denwood