Frequently there are two or more team members with you, which lets missions play out more like episodes from the series than a solo firefight that just happens to take place in a Star Trek setting. Other team members will disable security fields, analyse data, converse with you as the mission progresses, and add some much-needed firepower in the tough battle sequences. Elite Force uses the Quake III engine to good effect, serving up some beautiful environments, colourful special effects, and smooth frame rates.
The Elite Force Mission Pack attempts to fill in the gaps in the original Elite Force. Hardcore Voyager fans may be pleased with the Virtual Voyager mode, which enables you to wander around the ship, interacting with crew members and equipment. However, some may find getting lost in Voyager's labyrinthine corridors a little frustrating and tasks to complete, items to collect and mini-games to discover are too heavily interspersed with pointless corridor wandering to be particularly entertaining.
The single player game remains unchanged, save for the inclusion of Jeri Ryan's voice. This is disappointing because one major gripe was the shortness of the original adventure. Similarly, the new holo-training missions are a very hit-and-miss affair, offering little more than bland variations of the original holo-distractions. It's not all bad though; there are enough new maps and model skins to accompany most online gamers right through puberty. New modes include Assimilation--a Borg-themed version of Tag--and Elimination, a last-player-standing variation. Disintegration provides a frenetic "one-shot kills" mode and Action Hero sees players trying to neutralise the Hero in order to earn enhanced weapons and abilities.
Despite the volume of extras, the expansion pack only really improves on the multiplayer game and single player fans won't be missing much. As such this will only appeal to those who truly love Voyager and Elite Force; less fanatical fanatics will have to boldly go elsewhere for their fix.--Tae Mawson
The levels kept me playing and i had trouble keeping off the game. Like most games once you have completed it you don't use them much, but with this game you have the option of playing over the internet with new people from all over the world ... I particually liked this because you can talk 2 your players and feel like you are really in with the action instead of playing against a normal computer.
Over all a very, very good game and i would recomend to all star trek fans!
On the surface, STVEF is another FPS. And a decent one too. The graphics are great (not when compared to HL2 or Doom 3 maybe, but for an old title - pretty good and the story moves along just fast enough to stay exciting, but with enough breaks in the action to keep it from growing stale.
There are a few puzzly challenges too, but mostly its running around blasting things. A nice selection of weapons, all of which have alt-fire functions. Its really satisfying vapourising someone with a compression rifle or phaser!
What this game really has though is atmosphere. For a start its voiced by the original cast. Most of the models look like the TV show characters too (except Janeway, but thats no loss). The Voyager sets are just like the show, the cut scenes play like the show, and so on. Even the story, while understandably stretched to fill a full game, could be a Voyager season 1.
Add in the expansion pack (and you really should) and the game expands to become a fanboy fantasy. Virtual Voyager is great fun. You can go ALMOST anywhere on the ship, there are a few challenges to make sure you do, and talk to the major characters.
Holodeck allows you to play multiplayer fragfests, either against bots or online. Think Star Wars Battlefront for Star Trek - authentic looking maps, sounds, etc. Great fun.
Even though this game is several years old there are still MANY servers running online games. This was my first online experience years ago and I was amazed to see how popular it still is. Granted, there aren't as many mods or maps available online as there used to be though.
This is a great title. It probably won't keep me away from HL2 on the PC for long, but I will be keeping it on my laptop for some mobile fun.
Essential buying for Star Trek and classic shooter fans.