- Platform: Windows 95 / 98
- ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
- Media: Video Game
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