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As a game, it demands that you work out what to do and where to do it, which frequently means putting weapons away and letting your brain do some of the work. But a good blast is never too far away, and you're never left you with nothing to do. Sure, you might find yourself stuck from time to time, but a little bit of thought can usually back you out of a corner.
Frankly, it's all very good fun, with just a couple of caveats. For instance, it does follow a tried and tested path that fans of this kind of title will have trodden many times before. It doesn't add too much in gameplay terms to the original, either.
All things considered though, it's still an easy game to recommend. Challenging, entertaining and, when it hits top gear, really quite engrossing, Elite Force II is polished PC entertainment and one of the strongest users of the Trek licence to date. --Simon Brew
Over the course of the Star Trek Elite Force II, players will be able to explore different options or tactics when dealing with a threat, as opposed to being forced to pursue a particular path. Additionally, the game boasts a larger number of environments and a significantly longer gaming experience than the first Elite Force.
Elite Force 2 is a bit more in the same vein. The game is longer than its predecessor, although the lengthy storyline cut-scenes do become quite annoying later in the game. There are at least 2 cut-scenes which last around 4-5 minutes each; plenty of time to be tempted to press Escape while you're twiddling your thumbs and slightly too long a lull from the action. EF2 does look good, however, with very impressive texturing, effects, and animation. My beloved hand-phaser from Elite Force 1 also makes a re-appearance - perfect for a challenge. Elite Force 2 is also fairly difficult, which adds to the longevity if you're feeling brave. A few small puzzle elements are flung in, and in general, it feels as if some extra time was spent on this one
The story of EliteForce II, though a little short is far superior to the originals, with options to choose your relationships... Read more
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