There are a few facts about me that I have made pretty much known. First and foremost I am an avid Star Trek fan. With that bit of information filed in my back pocket, I made it a point to check out just about any Star Trek game that came my way. That included those based on Star Trek’s original series, Star Trek TNG, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek Voyager. Some of these were not considered the best games by any means, but many of them were. At least as far as Star Trek is concerned. So here were some of the best, as rated by me and my book shelf.
The Original Series
1) Star Trek Judgement Rites – Interplay (1993) – A follow up to the first 25th Anniversary game, this sequel was superior in almost every way. And most importantly, it was the very last time that the entire original cast was together. At least in the voiceover category.
Like the first game, it includes an authentic representation of their famed bridge banter and combat. Each episodic chapter finds the player doing classic Star Trek things. These include flying to new worlds and beaming down away teams to sort out their problems. Among these episodes pit Kirk and crew against The Squire of Gothos Trelane. The alien childlike being attempts to recreate World War I on a distant planet. All very Trek like. The copy I have is the Collectors Edition. It came with a VHS tape of the classic City on the Edge of Forever and a collectors pin. All too cool.
Star Trek TNG
2) Star Trek The Next Generation: A Final Unity (1995) – Spectrum Holobyte – A Final Unity is a unique combination of space combat, away team missions, attempts at diplomacy, and a freeform exploration of the galaxy. It also allows the player to call the entire TNG crew for advice and handpick away teams.
While the game is not perfect, at its best it really captures that Enterprise D mojo. There are times when aesthetically and in terms of story, it feels like a regular episode. It’s at these times that the game sparkles. Other times, it gets a little too chatty. With that being said, it’s easily the best of the TNG-era games. Of course, having Patrick Stewart and the rest of the cast to lend their voices can make any game stand out.
Star Trek Voyager
3) Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) – Raven Software – Elite Force is a first-person shooter video game developed by Raven Software and published by Activision. Based on Star Trek Voyager , it leapt into the Starfleet universe and used the first person shooter genre to kick some anti-federation backside. The player assumes the role of Ensign Alex Munro, a member of the Voyager’s Hazard Team. This was a new elite security section created to deal with particularly dangerous and hostile away missions. The Federations answer to the Impossible Missions squad.
The game’s plot focuses on the USS Voyager being trapped in a starship graveyard, heavily damaged and under attack from a variety of hostiles. The Hazard Team is tasked with protecting Voyager as repairs are made, while also investigating the cause of their entrapment. And while I admit that I didn’t really get into Voyager, the game based on it was very good. So good it inspired a sequel. So there is THAT!
Deep Space Nine
4) Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen (2000) – This game is a third-person shooter video game, developed by The Collective, and published by Simon & Schuster. The Fallen is loosely based on a trilogy of novels by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens called Millennium: The Fall of Terok Nor, The War of the Prophets, and Inferno. The setting is the Deep Space Nine space station in which the player can choose to play through the entire game as either Captain Benjamin Sisko, Major Kira Nerys or Lt. Commander Worf. The game does not repeat levels, however it does require different characters to complete various levels. As such, depending on which character the player chooses, the game is very different, and the entire story is only revealed when the player completes the game as all three characters. Like the other games, in this list, the game made extensive use of most of the original cast. Only Avery Brooks and Colm Meaney did not participate. That is a common thread for all my Star Trek games. A piece of the Star Trek Legacy in each and every one.
So those are just some of my Star Trek games. There is also Klingon Honor Guard, Borg, the aforementioned Star Trek 25th Anniversary, and The Star Trek Omnipedia. Of course the latter is actually a reference source. Picky, picky. Now do I play these games now? Not really. But they still hold a place of honor on my book shelf right next to my Star Trek films (both old and new) and the Original Series Blu-Rays. Did I mention I like Star Trek?
Have you ever played any of these games? If so, what were your impressions? You won’t hurt my feelings if you didn’t like them. They were an acquired taste…like Romulan Ale.🖖🏻
I am a 50 something child of the 70’s who admits to being a Star Trek/Star Wars/Comic Book junkie who once dove head first over a cliff (Ok, it was a small hill) to try to rescue his Fantastic Four comic from a watery grave. I am married to a lovely woman who is as crazy as I am and the proud parent of a 17 year old boy with autism. My wife and son are my real heroes.