Star Trek The Video Game

April 30, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ doesn’t live up to the franchise

The first voice you hear in “Star Trek: The Video Game” is Capt. James T. Kirk screaming “ambush!” Moments later, Spock — Kirk’s familiar second in command and traditionally a more logic-oriented presence — hollers “grenade!” It doesn’t have the poetic heft of “space, the final frontier,” which opened almost every episode of the original series and its follow-up, “The Next Generation.” But that sort of thing is not part of the mission for this game, which begins with quick-cut glimpses of guns blazing, giant lizards and explosions. The goal here is not all that different from the J.J. Abrams-helmed film “Star Trek,” which rebooted the franchise in 2009. Co-publishers Paramount Pictures and NAMCO Bandai hope to reenergize the franchise by turning to one of the most successful gaming genres of the past decade: the third-person duck-and-cover shooter. “Star Trek: […]
April 23, 2013 | 12:48 p.m.

‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ exclusive: Spock mind-melds with Gorn

“Star Trek: The Video Game” hit shelves Tuesday, featuring an original story set between 2009’s “Star Trek” and this May’s sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The game, three years in the making, allows players to step into the roles of Starfleet officers Spock and Capt. James T. Kirk. Game developers aimed to create a cinematic experience for gamers, recruiting “Star Trek” composer Michael Giacchino to create custom music and actors from the film, including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, to lend their voices to the game. “This had to feel like it was a ‘Trek’ adventure that could have been a movie but happened to fit the gaming space better,” Brian Miller, senior vice president of Paramount Pictures and the game’s executive producer, told Hero Complex writer Todd Martens last month. “We would not have made the game unless we […]
March 22, 2013 | 12:24 p.m.

‘Star Trek the Video Game’: Paramount aims to stun disbelievers

The Starship Enterprise is in shambles. Flames erupt from the front of the ship as enemy spacecraft latch onto it with tentacle-like cords.  For a brief moment, the embattled Enterprise appears unrecognizable to even “Star Trek’s” most famous characters. “What the hell is that?” asks James T. Kirk. “It appears the Enterprise has been compromised,” responds Spock.  Against the latter’s better judgment, they both don space suits and embark on a galactic free-fall, dodging debris and enemy ships as they aim to board the Enterprise and retake the beloved starship. This is not a scene from the upcoming  May 17 J.J. Abrams film “Star Trek Into Darkness,” but is instead a pivotal moment in “Star Trek the Video Game,” which we sampled earlier this month. It’s Paramount’s three-years-in-the-making attempt to turn its famed space exploration brand into a rebooted franchise that’s respected by […]
March 12, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.

‘Star Trek: The Video Game’: Meet the Vulcans in new images

Two new Vulcan characters will make their debut in “Star Trek: The Video Game,” and both of them have connections to Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared half-Vulcan made famous by Leonard Nimoy. Paramount on Tuesday released images of the new Star Trek characters — a beautiful scientist named T’Mar, who was a childhood friend of Spock and “plays a prominent role” in the game, and her father Surock, a Vulcan leader and one of Spock’s mentors. Though the highly anticipated game — Paramount’s first foray into big-budget video games — comes out less than a month before J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the story in the game stands alone. And unlike the movie sequel, in which the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain remains mysterious, the game’s nemesis is known: Kirk and Spock will face off against the Gorn, a ruthless […]
Feb. 28, 2013 | 3:15 p.m.

‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ new images: The Gorn gone wild

We might not know exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch will play in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” but now we know what the Gorn will look like in “Star Trek: The Video Game.” The highly anticipated title won’t be released until April 23, but new images out showcase the game’s villain, and he’s nothing like the rubber lizard in the belted print romper from the TV show’s “Arena” episode. This Gorn rocks and roars. “Star Trek: The Video Game” features an original story penned by Marianne Krawczyk, a veteran of the “God of War” series. The game allows players to assume the roles of either Capt. James T. Kirk or Spock and promises a different experience tailored to the personalities of each famed “Trek” character. The new “Trek” game, which will have Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC editions, is Paramount’s first plunge […]
Dec. 20, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.

‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ gets April 23 release date

In this edition of “Star Trek,” there is no mystery surrounding the villain. Battling players in the upcoming “Star Trek: The Video Game” will be the green reptilian race known as the Gorn, first seen in the original series episode dubbed “Arena.” On Thursday another mystery surrounding the latest interactive edition of “Star Trek” was solved, as Paramount Pictures and NAMCO Bandai Games officially set a release date of April 23 for the title. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and the release date puts it almost a full month ahead of J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated follow-up to his 2009 reboot of the landmark television series. But don’t expect the game to offer any hints — or spoilers — on “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which will be released May 17. “Star Trek: The Video Game” features an […]
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