Upcoming 'Star Trek' Game Boldly Goes to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
CREDIT: Namco Bandai
At this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Namco Bandai announced a new "Star Trek" game tied to J.J. Abrams’s movie sequel next year.
Users can play together, becoming either the wily Captain Kirk or the logical Mr. Spock, boldly going where no heroes have gone before.
The "Star Trek" game — for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — will bridge events between the first film (which debuted in 2009) and the sequel. For maximum effect, Namco gave a demo of the game with two 3D monitors side-by-side, showing Kirk’s and Spock’s perspectives.
In the demo, the two warp to New Vulcan, where Spock's endangered race is trying to rebuild after the devastation in the original movie. But the survivors are scattered about, some dead on the ground and others fighting against anyone who approaches. After a quick shootout, Spock determines that they have been corrupted by an alien race known as the Gorn (first introduced in the '60s TV series) [Why the 'Walking Dead' Is a Runaway Hit]
Throughout the game, you’ll fight off these enemies using your phasers, occasionally helping your partner by shooting in appropriate situations (like when they’re being strangled) or boosting them up to a higher part of the stage. Though Kirk and Spock have different styles of play, they must still rely on one another to survive. It's a dynamic that fans of the shows and movies will certainly appreciate. [Hands On with 'Halo 4 Multiplayer']
Digital Extremes, the developer behind the game, has done an impressive job recreating the ambience of Abrams’ film, complete with solid character models (Kirk and Spock look like their respective actors) and beautiful locales throughout the universe. Likewise, Namco has gone all out to call upon the talents of the film to voice their roles, including Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. (Other actors, including John Cho as Sulu and Simon Pegg as Scotty, will also return.)
If you’re a fan of the movies, "Star Trek" the game is looking like a must. And it’s got plenty of shoot-em-up action to go around, either on your own or with a friend. If that doesn’t make you want to boldly go out and buy it when it arrives next year, nothing will.