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Star Trek, E3 Impressions

JAlbor June 8, 2012 User blog:JAlbor
I am going to be honest - I was not a huge fan of the most recent J.J. Abrams Star Trek film . What I did enjoy, however, was the relationship between Kirk, played by Chris Pine, and Spock, played by Zachary Quinto. The two had enough banter and chemistry to keep me interested in their back-and-forth conversation. They drove the film for the most part. It seems the developers are keenly aware of this strength and have inserted it entirely in their upcoming Star Trek video game.

Developed by Digital Extremes, Star Trek takes place between the first J.J. Abrams installment and its upcoming sequel. The game script received input from both Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the two co-writers of Star Trek. Both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto make a return in this game, each voicing their respective character from the film. Set on New Vulcan, the homeworld of the Vulcans after their planet was destroyed in the film, Kirk and Spock encounter a strange infection that causes the population to become hostile. They also face a new threat from the Gorn race, a species of aliens that first appeared in the original Star Trek television series. The lizard-like Gorn come in all shapes and sizes and appear far more threatening in the game than they ever did in the television series.

Most interestingly, Digital Extremes built the game with co-op play in mind. During the demo I saw, Kirk and Spock were controlled by two different players and each character had some unique characteristics. While Kirk acted as the captain, offering quippy dialogue and generally getting into the fray of battle, Spock took out enemies with a Vulcan grip and used a life-scanner to check vital signs and even display weaknesses in enemies. The game seems to emphasize teamwork between Kirk and Spock, which not only makes for potentially interesting gameplay, but could enchance the story of Star Trek.

Oh, I should also note the game was running on as-yet unreleased NVidia technology and used 3D, in case the tech-side catches your fancy as well.

For more information on Star Trek, be sure to visit the Star Trek wiki!

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