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Scheduled release date:

April 23, 2013

Publisher:

Namco Bandai Games

Developer:

Digital Extremes

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action/Adventure

Release Date:

April 23, 2013

For the record, I’ve never been a “Trekkie,” although I certainly understand that “Star Trek” has quite the loyal following. A worldwide phenomenon, the sci-fi classic is returning early this spring in the form of Star Trek: The Video Game, in development at Digital Extremes and to be produced by Namco Bandai and Paramount Pictures. It will be available in physical disc form on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and in digital format on the PS3 and PC. Featuring an original script by BAFTA Award winner Marianne Krawczyk, this one should satisfy the ardent fans looking for a decent game adaptation.

First and foremost, this project is being designed around one concept: Cooperative gameplay. Players will assume the roles of Kirk and Spock, who must work together to halt a familiar and deadly enemy from conquering the entire galaxy. “Star Trek” fans know all about the Gorn, and now they’re utilizing some sort of infectious venom that plants the seeds to cause immense destruction in the near future. Kirk and Spock grow closer as both work partners and friends, which should provide us with an interesting – and perhaps emotional – storyline. The plot itself basically focuses on the events between “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

We will travel all across the universe and explore alien planets, all the while sporting 23rd-century weaponry and equipment. The Gorn won’t go down easily, so victory will require teamwork, strategy and tenacious diligence. For the sake of a more authentic presentation, the film cast from the aforementioned 2009 film will be contributing their talented voices to the game; Chris Pine is playing Kirk and Zachary Quinto is Spock. The gameplay will be set around “asymmetrical co-op” action, which has been built from the ground up to deliver a one-of-a-kind “Star Trek” experience. They claim to have packed “two vastly different gameplay styles and unique character abilities” into this one game.

Part of our quest will involve hijacking enemy battleships, leaping through zero-G environments, swimming through subterranean waterways, and trying to navigate the Enterprise through Gorn-infested space. It’s also apparent that Kirk and Spock will each have a very distinct set of abilities, which will undoubtedly affect how you approach certain situations. Technically, this is a third-person shooter but there will be plenty of different gameplay elements included in the adventure. We’ve spotted some platforming aspects, for instance, and there might be some futuristic puzzles as well. Provided the basic control is solid and the technical elements are decent, this could be great for the fans.

Also, don’t forget that this game is acting as a precursor to the new movie from director J.J. Abrams, “Star Trek II,” which is slated to hit theaters on May 17. Star Trek: The Video Game is set for April 23, and it will also support 3D. As for longevity, if you’d like to enjoy the game solo, you can play as Spock first and Kirk second (or vice versa) and you’ll see get two very different adventures. Plus, bringing in a friend so the two of you can play co-op is essentially a third unique experience, as you’ll work together to stop the Gorn and save the universe. …there’s really nothing quite so enticing as being intergalactic heroes.

2/18/2013 Ben Dutka

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Comments (70 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 10:40:43 PM
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Sherlock Holmes as a Star Trek villain!!!! Awesome.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 10:42:07 PM
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I hope Abrams can reboot Star Wars just as well as he did Star Trek, It's gonna be mad sick to see Harrison Ford return as Han Solo!

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:26:16 AM
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lol this trekkie - and I mean old skool trekkie - thinks that J.J. Abrams did a huge dis-service to Star Trek with his brain dead reboot of the 'franchise'. Nothing good can come of this IMHO. Yes, I know, younger Trek fans have no idea why I feel this way and older ones already feel as I do.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:31:37 AM

You do? Me too! Now that's interesting, everyone were raving about that reboot and I was like, "but this... This has nothing of the feel of the original?".

The only great moment were the appearance of Leonard Nimoy. That was... Magical. But the rest? Just an action flick!

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ProfPlayStation
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 2:44:50 AM

Don't worry. Plenty of other Star Trek fans are mortified by what Abrams is doing. Who knows, maybe next he'll turn Star Wars into what the new Star Trek should have been, and alienate that fan base. Though I doubt he could hold back from explosions, shaky cam and lens flare enough to accomplish that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 10:04:59 AM

I'm 31 so I've been with Trek since I was a wee lad with my dad, and I loved the reboot, totally fit into the mythology.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 11:21:18 AM

Destroying Vulcan and a black hole in solar system totally fit with the previously established mythology/world? I'm 47 and I've been watching Trek since it first went to syndication in the US... :P

I don't know what you're smoking, but I want none of it. JJ Abrams trampled over Star Trek en route to a by the numbers action sci-fi flick.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 11:25:46 AM

Sadly Highlander, what J.J. Abrams did with the Star Trek "reboot" was necessary to make the series into a marketable franchise again.

People are apparently turned-off by the amount of scientific-sounding lingo and stories involving current and past social issues that was common in the older tv series' and movies, so Abrams "dumbed-down" the lingo and story in order to appeal to the "ignorant" masses that seem to lose interest in something after 5 seconds unless it has been for a lack of a better term, Bay-ified with non-stop explosions and cursing.

What the hell is red matter supposed to be anyway?

My guess is a lame plot device, lol.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:41:24 PM

So, to make something marketable you extract all the intelligence that made it special, throw in some cheap action sequences, gunfire and a smidgen of sex? No thanks. If that's what it takes to make something marketable, take it off the market.

If you must destroy something to make it marketable, it's not worth making it marketable.

"scientific-sounding lingo that was common in the older tv series' and movies"

The treknobable that was common in the Next generation and Voyager perhaps, but the original series tended to steer away from that nonsense. But the fact that you use the term 'lingo' to describe it leaves me pondering whether to even pay attention to your comment. I mean, 'lingo'? It sounds very much that you believe that dumbing it down is/was a good idea. Personally I think dumbing anything down is a crappy idea that has left us with a society of idiots who need everything dumbed down to their level so that they can feel like they understand. Instead of doing that we should be educating and elevating people so that they can understand things without having them dumbed down. It's the triumph of the lowest common denominator.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:53:46 PM

Highlander..

The Original Series wasn't all about "intelligence" as you indicate. Kirk was a cowboy per se and his crew reflected it.

Additionally, Star Trek 2009 did nothing the 60's TV show didn't pioneer. Shall we discuss all the scantlily clad females in the show? Take a look at the show called "What are little girls made of" and you will see plenty of skin and smooching.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:31:03 PM

The original series was rooted in science fiction, it made concessions for TV, but ultimately it was about morals and humanity. Many of the stories were classic science fiction with high concepts and science behind them, some were complete schlock - Spock's Brain - but then again the third season did such more than the cold hard vacuum of space. Each episode was it's own morality play of sorts. I don't see any of that remaining in Abrams 'vision'. Honestly, I'd be happy if that particular person suddenly decided on a new career direction and never rebooted another concept again.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:51:00 PM

Highlander -

I am sorry you feel that way, really I am. Star Trek has legs again, and Gene's vision is alive once more.

Yes, TOS was rooted in Science Fiction and I really can't see how or why you are stating that 2009's version isn't either.

Please explain because...

I saw plenty of science in the new movie. Sure, it wasn't detailed out like what we saw in TNG, but it was there in the background. Time travel, black holes, warp drive, shields, it was all there.

Did we really need to know about "how" red matter really works? Like in Star Trek II and III the all powerful Genesis Device loomed in the background yet we all saw it's destructive power.

There just happened to be phasers, planet destruction, sword fights and plenty of starship porn to bring about a nice balance.

Oh, and Spock's Brain was one my least favorite episodes hands down.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:54:30 PM

We shall differ then.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 3:10:07 PM

@Highlander,

Where do I come close to saying anything remotely resembling that I think that dumbing down the content was/is a good idea?

From all of the other comments I have read of yours over the years, I have always had the impression that you were not one to normally jump to baseless conclusions by trying to read between the lines of what a person actually says.

You replying to me with a statement about "pondering whether to even pay attention to my comment" not only surprises me, it genuinely disappoints and insults me that you would be willing to so quickly disregard my comment out of hand over your own nitpicking of my choice of wording.

When have I ever shown you (or anyone else for that matter) that level of disrespect?

I know that TOS didn't use a lot of the more technical terms seen later in TNG and Voyager, but for the majority of people out there that only know of Star Trek in passing, they will more commonly associate the name with the wordier and more technical sounding dialogue of the later series' and movies.

I used the "lingo" term because that is what the treknobabble would be described as by a layperson that didn't know that the terms used in the various series' had its own slang name invented for it. I was therefore being inclusive to those not in the know.

I agree that destroying a franchise by changing much of its very foundation for marketing purposes is something that shouldn't be done, but that won't stop foolhardy people from trying anyway.

I also agree with you that we shouldn't compromise intelligence and continuously lower our standards to accommodate the people that refuse to be enlightened for their own good.

It is my hope that you will think about how you speak to people in the future before you (wrongly) pass judgement on them in such haste.

I still appreciate our lines of dialogue back and forth regardless of you attempting to turn your nose up in the air in a mistaken display of superiority, or whatever it is you wish to call your actions.

There are no hard feelings whatsoever on my part, I just wanted to clear the air between the two of us now in order to keep things civil in the future. Hope you feel the same way.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 3:18:31 PM

@Max

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the Star Trek reboot for the action-packed thrill ride that it was, there were just some plot/technology inconsistencies (yes, the genesis device in II and III rubbed me the wrong way too) to what is already canon that made me scratch my head on occasion.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 8:41:12 PM

I've seen a ton of the original. There was very little intelligent about it outside the written stories.

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Cabalavatar1
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 1:56:22 AM

Conservative minds stuck being conservative. Let's just keep everything the same, right? Abrams and co. started something different. I swear, as when I read some old professor hate a new rendition of Shakespeare, I hear the same nonsense here: "They're destroying the vision"; "that's not what _author_ would have done!" No, it's not the same. This is a REBOOT. And Abrams didn't do all of it; he directed it.

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Cabalavatar1
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 2:00:50 AM

TOS was usually ludicrous. It was space cowboys without dialogue. Sure, it explored some interesting moral issues (and yet neglected MANY obvious ones on the ship and in its introduction). Voyager explored many more moral issues and with much better dialogue.
That's precisely what Abrams and co. brought to this reboot. It was funny, witty, entertaining, and had memorable dialogue. The characters are better, too: Kirk is now brash and bold but not campy and over-the-top. Spok has personality out of the gate. Yeah, he's still a bit stuffy, but only a bit. And he's passionate all the time, not just when it's most serious.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:29:28 AM
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I am a huge fan of coop gameplay and even bigger Star Trek fan - a fan of the original series even (the cast that are rebooted with these movies).

Still, I feel *nothing* about this release. No excitement, no enthusiasm, nothing. I just *know* it will fail.

... :(

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 5:05:19 AM

Ok so I have now viewed the video clip, and this is just sad. There's more shots fired in that sequence than was fired during the ENTIRE first season.

This is not Star Trek. I hate it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 10:17:03 AM

I figured that would be the response, even with my scant Star Trek knowledge. :)

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 11:26:31 AM

OMG Beamboom, this is another thing on which we agree!!!

The new Trek is a travesty, the Original series, and Gene Roddenberry are done a complete disservice by the entire venture.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:56:19 PM

I have to wonder if some of you have even seen an original episode in a long time.

Please, by all means, share with me in detail why you think this game or the new series fails to deliver the same "western in space" feeling that TOS depicted.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:45:04 PM

@High; Yup seems we are in sync here!

@Max; No but you see, that's where we disagree: I don't see TOS as something as simple as "western in space".

Now let me just right away make one thing clear: There are some really bad TOS episodes. There are. I have over the recent years revisited TOS because of the fantastic restoration they did with the Blu-ray release, and some episodes are pure fillers. They were worse than what I remembered them to be.

But what I first and foremost think is missing in the new movie is that genuine Star Trek atmosphere. The Star Trek soul. That's my *main* complaint.

If we are to go into details I must say I got a huge problem with the new Kirk. It just isn't Kirk - it's an actor pretending to be Kirk. I didn't believe a single line coming from that mouth. And we got a problem when one of the main characters are not believable.

Then we got the story arc of the movie. That too wasn't Star Trek - it was a plain straight generic action script. One might say it was too polished, too streamlined... Too Hollywood.
I didn't find anything genuinely Star Trek there. There were familiar names, sure, there were familiar terms, and a universe that bear some resemblance with the original. But it felt more like a rip-off than a real ST movie.

But all this talk about that movie makes me realize I need to see it again. I need to do so before I dare go into any more detail about what I didn't like about it - what I mainly remember was that I left very disappointed.
But I think it was more the overall - again - SOUL of the movie, more than actual details in the script or the filming.


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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:48:30 PM

Beamboom, we often are. I think we are too alike in many ways which is why when we disagree it can become so epic.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 3:06:11 PM

Beamboom -

Of course Star Trek had some stinkers, and that's fine. To me, it's part of the charm of the TOS. Even with episodes that lacked and shotty SFX, the show delivered as a whole. And yes, the we will have to disagree with the "western in space". It's exactly how I viewed it.

Yeah, we are in mafor disagreement again. Star Trek 2009 had the "soul" to me. I saw the makings of the bond between the crew that became one of Star Trek legend. Even when they disagreed and disliked each other, they united to solve the problem. I really enjoyed how Kirk and Spock were ready to kill each other only to unite to win the day.

The only thing I can suggest to you is that we have seen this new crew for roughly two hours while we have experienced over 60 hours with Shatner, Nimoy, etc.. There spirit was captured perfectly to me, and I have a feeling that Into Darkness will show us ALL the Enterprise crew we love.

With that said, this new crew will never replace the orginals and I don't think they are supposed to. This new crew keeps the "characters" alive.

Yes sir, you need to. I enjoyed the movie my second and third times much more than my first. I was able to pick up on the Kirk and McCoy camaraderie that I missed the first go at it, but that is just me.

The same thing applied to the new Enterprise. I didn't like it at first, but now, I love it.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 4:01:18 PM

@max,
Yeah I agree - the stinkers is indeed part of the charm. Same goes with the very, very 60s interior - not to mention the hairstyles! Omg the hair, the hair!

I got the movie in my collection - of course - and should see it again. My girlfriend really enjoyed it, but then again she don't have the relation with the characters as I do.

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___________
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 4:58:17 AM
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star trek, or star wars tis the question.
sad to see the once so popular SCIFI genre really turn into a barren field!
interested to see what this turns out like simply because i really enjoy SCIFI content, but after star wars the force unleashed, well, lets just say my expectations for SCIFI have been significantly decreased!
heres to this, or star wars 1313, putting the SCIFI franchise back where it belongs!

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Lairfan
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 7:54:58 AM

For once I hope you're right. I did like the first Force Unleashed, but the second one sucked for the most part, and there hasn't been a good Star Trek game in I don't know how long.

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Lairfan
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 7:49:32 AM
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Looks okay I guess. Better than most movie games out there. The voice acting and use of the movie's score is a definite plus though. But I'd have to say I'm more excited for the movie. Action-oriented focus be damned, seeing as how Star Trek movies have been more about the action since Wrath of Khan anyways. I mean, the movie franchise wouldn't exist if Wrath of Khan hadn't completely disregarded Gene Roddenberry and been made how it was, after that abysmal first movie.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 4:09:43 PM

I don't think the first movie was abysmal! But maybe Wrath of Khan felt more like a "real" movie while the first movie felt perhaps more like a long TV-episode.
If I remember correctly, that is - man it's a loong time since I saw the original movies.


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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 10:10:15 AM
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Long time Trekker here. I have been there through all the movies and all the different and varied series. I hated Star Trek 5 and wasn't thrilled with that one legendary moment in Generations however I really enjoyed the film. With that said, I have been there and done that so many times I have lost count. I still watch Original Star Trek and The Next Generation when I am channel flipping and come across an episode. I cannot turn the channel.

When I saw Star Trek 11 I was truly blown away. JJ Abrams did a fantastic job. I have watched ST11 10 times since getting it on Bluray. The best part is that ST11 didn't ruin the older films or episodes. They all work together to bring us more of the Star Trek Universe. I felt ST11 was a breath of fresh air.

I have already watched ST The Game's trailer many times. So far so good. I am so glad it's coming out in April. It really only has to compete with Dead Island Riptide and Injustice so if it scores well it should be a solid seller. If they do Star Trek justice and it turns out to be a 8.5 or 9 scored game this could be the next franchise to benefit from a solid dev that understands the content. Could be a Batman AA or AC success. Please Digital Extremes make it so!

All the naysayers about Star Trek purity need to remember that Star Trek is all about diversity there is a ton of content in the past. This new direction is fresh and fun and will allow Star Trek to flourish well into the future.

As an AVID Star Wars EU reader I can only hope that after Star Wars Episode I, II and III that JJ Abrams is able to do the same to Star Wars! In both cases change it great!

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 10:47:12 AM

.. But *is* this new direction really "fresh and fun"? Ok so there are quite a few fun references to the original series (obviously), but they didn't even get Kirk right!

Had this been a *new* Star Trek series I'd be more inclined to agree with you, but this right here is messing with the holy grail - dumbing down what made Star Trek great into something that could just as well been ANY other action movie. It had no soul!

So yeah, a fresh and fun movie in itself, I can accept that. But it's supposed to be a reboot of the origin. The very ROOTS! And *that* is dangerous grounds to step on, and something I don't think this reboot managed to handle one tiny bit.

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Norrin Radd
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 11:05:52 AM

I'm 46. I remember watching reruns of TOS back in the '70's and just being GLUED to the set. It was awesome!

Thank you for your post, CF. You wrote exactly what I was thinking in my head! Every word of what you wrote smacks true for me as well.

I too hope that what JJ did for Trek he can do for Star Wars as well. ST 11 was superb - and not just for Trek lovers like you and me. My wife - not a Trek fan at all - loved ST 11 and SHE was the one who brought home the BluRay on release. That is the magic of what JJ did with Trek, IMO. He made a movie us lifetime fans could love AND reached out to a whole new audience of non-Trekkies too (like my wife and kids).

Since ST 11, I no longer get asked to change the channel when coming across any ST episode on TV at my house (except DS9 - I think that may be a real fan only show!).

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 11:24:35 AM

Star Trek is about diversity, yes, but it was never about pure action, it was cerebral. The Trek reboot is essentially brain dead, there's zero 'cerebral' content left in it.

@Norrin, DS9 isn't only a 'real fan show'. The normal problem with DS9 for people is that you actually have to watch more than one because the characters develop over the course of the show, and the story proceeds in story arcs. You can't just dip in and out and know what is going on.

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:35:05 PM

The new Star Trek wasn't really a reboot. A reboot starts the story over as if the previous stories never happened. In the world that is the new Star Trek's the original Star Trek still happened, just on a different timeline, which is why the Spock from the original timeline, who had all those experiences with Kirk, was still around.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:00:41 PM

Great post Crusader!!

Yes Beamboom, the direction the new series is taking is quite fresh.

- Vulcan is destroyed.
- There are countless of universe changing events the TOS crew experienced that "might" not happen. There are way to many to list!
- Spock gave Scotty advanced future tech with Transwarp beaming.

etc..

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:07:34 PM

I guess we'll agree to disagree. I am sincerely sorry you guys are bummed out about the new direction. I thought the new movie appealed to fans new and old.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:10:11 PM

@Norrin Radd

Cool, glad to hear it! My wife hates Star Trek but really enjoyed the new film as well. Really looking forward to some COOP in the new game and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:12:53 PM

@SirLoin of Beef and maxpontiac

Good point on the new timeline. That is a very fresh start indeed.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:36:32 PM

I hear you Crusader. I really DO wish that everyone would love what Star Trek is doing right now.

It was off the map.. off the radar... off the long range scanner for that matter prior to JJ's new take on it.

Just give it a chance my fellow Trek fans!

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JROD0823
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:29:51 PM
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My first experience with Star Trek was way back(for me, that's way back anyway, lol) in 1987 with The Next Generation. I was 3, and I loved ANYTHING that had to do with outer space.

I was absolutely enthralled by the characters, story, set pieces, pretty much everything about the series, especially the starships and the fantasy that comes with it of sailing through the stars and being a true explorer of the unknown.

I also thoroughly enjoyed DS9 and Voyager, and liked Enterprise alright, but I thought it could have been done a lot better in several places.

I had watched most of the movies with TOS cast and liked them pretty well, so somewhere during the middle of Voyager's run I finally decided to give TOS a fair shot. While the special effects or other things like the aliens or outfits they wore looked kind of dated or silly in comparison to what I was used to, I gained a newfound deep appreciation and respect, and I even grew to love TOS as much as the others, because the stories were of the same caliber as the newer series.

No matter the feelings I have regarding the way the "reboot" has been handled, which would be poorly done in comparison in my opinion, I will still likely get this game, because I have an almost unnatural compulsion to feel like I am in command any starship that has come from the Star Trek universe, especially if it is named "Enterprise".

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SirLoin of Beef
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:36:12 PM

TOS is one of the best programs to ever grace the television.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:42:02 PM
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Going to go against the grain here it seems with several posters, but alas, so be it. This will also be an extremely long post so if you make it to the end, congrats.

Let me just get this out of the way and state that I am a huge Star Trek fan. Not the type who dresses up in Starfleet attire mind you, but one who loves it all the same.

As a child who grew up watching TOS at my parents and grandparents house, I morphed into a teenager who built models of the famous starships. I even went as far as to burn my NCC-1701 model to match what I saw in The Wrath of Khan. Now, as an adult, I still have Starfleet manuals and blueprints of my favorite Star Trek era which was the Star Trek movies 1-6 with my favorite being The Search for Spock.

When The Next Generation came about, my love for Star Trek begain to fade. The new crew, the new Enterprise, and the new way of doing things soured me as I longed for the days of Captain Kirk and his "I don't believe in a no win scenario" adventures. I appreciate the science in Star Trek, but for the sake of time, I won't go into all the myriad reasons on why I don't need to hear all the quantum physics speak that Picards crew was famous for. I did love Data though.

When JJ Abrams took the series over I was apprehensive and I must say that Star Trek 2009 ranks up with my all time favorites. Why you ask? I felt the magic with Kirk and the Enterprise again. I loved how in the Abramsverse they took Spock and Uhura into romance (which was a play off the Man Trap I believe) in which in my opinion added to the dysfunctional family that the original crew used to portray. I also loved how the magic of "Bones" was brought back to life in a way that DeForrest Kelly would be proud of. I could go on, but I'll stop.

Yes, they destroyed Vulcan...isn't it great? What better way then to flip the universe upside down? It's not like they killed the entire Vulcan race. That event alone opens the door for new stories.

Yes, the new USS Enterprise has some issues ranging from the scaling problems to the rediculous engine room (IE - Brewery) but you know something, it's ok. Perhaps this new movie with have the budget to portray the engineering section of the Enterprise correctly. If anyone still reading this cares, my favorite Enterprise is the one featured at the end of The Voyage Home. Nothing beats the The Consitution Class Refit in my book and the one in STIV had a white bridge similar to the the 2009 Enterprise. Needless to say I was thrilled with the look and cait wait until I see more of the Grey Lady.

In closing, Star Trek doesn't need to be done like a NASA debrief meets MIT to have the magic that drew all us there in the first place. Star Trek was an adventure with crazy stories and technology with characters everyone loved. In TOS "Tomorrow is Yesterday", the crew of the USS Enterprise gets thrown back into 1969 Earth's atmosphere by a "black star" and you know what, I didn't need a PHD to explain the science behind it (possible or not) to enjoy the fact that I got to see an F-104 Starfighter (my favorite plane growing up) next the USS Enterprise.

I feel this magic in the new movie series and I personally can't wait to blast Gorns with my phaser. There will also be ship combat in this game, which to me, is a dream come true.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 12:56:42 PM

"I loved how in the Abramsverse they took Spock and Uhura into romance"

Ugh! this kind of adolescent tripe has no place on board a military exploration vessel. I find it utterly wrong and against the very premise of the original Trek to have this happen. Not to mention it really goes against the original characters - Spock in particular. Fraternization among the ranks is a problem in any command structure - and Trek was originally based off the Navy's style of command structure.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:03:11 PM

Highlander - You better go watch "Charlie X" and once you do, come back and see me. The opening of that episode has Kirk marrying two of his crew members.

As I said earlier, Uhura made a pass at Spock in "The Man Trap" (if I remember correctly) so you shouldn't be so shocked!

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:34:11 PM

Sorry. I made a mistake, the episode in where Kirk is going to marry two crew members is "Balance of Terror".

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:45:31 PM

Balance of Terror was a great episode, but doesn't really support what you're saying with regard to senior officers. I should also point out that said marriage was not between the Captain or First officer and the communications officer. Senior officers are not allowed to have relationships with anyone under their command because of the conflict of interests. That was ably depicted in Trek.

You want me to quote all the other episodes where fraternization was frowned upon? I'll throw in two examples; Do you remember how Kirk is motivated to overcome the influence of the pollen/spores in This Side of Paradise? It's his ship first. Or what about Miri when Yeoman Rand emplores the captain to look at her legs - to see how she has become infected with the virus - commenting that on the ship she tries to get him to look, but he never does - because he can't, it's against regs.


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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 2:51:57 PM

Yes it does Highlander. It shows that romance will happen no matter where it is at or whom it is with.

The Balance of Terror as I stated earlier featured a wedding in progress... this wedding happened to be between members of the USS Enterprise phaser crew, with one being the junior officer. We know this because he issues an order to his bride to be.

You may quote the episodes if you would like, but it won't really accomplish a thing. Why? Fraternization was frowned upon, but we both know it happened. See above.

Plus, with Spock and Uhura, they are not assigned to the Enterprise together yet. Remember?

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:58:37 PM
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Haha! I LOVE the discussions going on here - the enthusiasm, the true fan intensity! Wonderful!

And I *LOVE* Star Trek. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 2:33:11 PM

Me too. Trek defined a lot of my geeky youth and I wouldn't trade it for the world. You should have seen the starships I could make with a smattering of legos.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 2:48:26 PM

I mastered the art of drawing the enterprise...

:)

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 2:54:32 PM

Beamboom - Me too. Even if we disagree. It's why I love this place.

World - That is awesome. I never built lego starships, I just played with my models and all the glue to fix them.

Highlander - Nice. When I obtained my certification for AutoCAD, I chose to draw NCC-1701-A for my final.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 4:14:10 PM

We are such geeks! Lovely.

I got a captain Kirk doll, sitting in his Enterprise chair lookin' cool. Bought at a Star Trek exhibition in Las Vegas!


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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 4:23:56 PM

Beamboom - That is great man! In the utility room in our house, I have the entire collection of the Micro-Machines ship line. LOL

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 7:45:34 AM

All this talk about merchandise made me wanna go find me an awesome ST t-shirt.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 3:54:18 PM
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Uh...didn't really expect this preview to get near to 50 comments. But then again, I should know better than to underestimate the passion of Star Trek fans.

I suppose it isn't dissimilar to the passion found in Final Fantasy fans, and the according bitterness when someone messes with the franchise. Except here, I imagine the fans are more split...I can't seem to find a single FF follower who likes the direction that series has taken, while it seems there are Star Trek fans who appreciate what Abrams has done with the so-called reboot.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 4:29:19 PM

It's great isn't it? The fact that I, a 39 year old Star Trek fan can have some excellent discussions about all things Trek on a video game website serves as a fine reminder to how cool this community is!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 5:12:32 PM

It's a false comparison because the new Trek may have more action but it doesn't abandon the depth, intrigue, and characters. The new FF abandons everything and insults the gamer at every step.

I don't care what anybody says, Sulu doing some freefall badassery is just as relevant as his shirtless fencing in the old days.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 5:22:42 PM

Objection your honor! Objection! - lol - the freefall badassery were way too far over the top, that belonged more to a James Bond movie, while the shirtless fencing in the original series were *classy*!

;)


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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 5:26:07 PM

Wants to defend that part in the movie because.... but walks away and smiles.

:)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 5:36:12 PM

World: I don't mean to compare Star Trek and Final Fantasy; I just mean to compare the ardor of the two sets of fans. :)

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 6:10:39 PM

lol!

Ben, with 28 seasons of Trek having been televised averaging 24 episodes a season that's 672 hours of Television - not counting the animated Trek, plus 10 movies averaging perhaps 90 minutes a piece, that's another 15 hours, so in the end let's call it about 700 hours of entertainment.

The two new movies represent a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of what Star Trek is, and they take everything that was created in those nearly 700 hours of entertainment and throw it away. Sure the character names and the name if the ship remain the same, but just about everything else about it has changed - and not necessarily for the good.

It's comparable to the paradigm shifts (pun intended) that Final Fantasy has undergone in the journey to FFXIII. There are so many Trek fans who simply want more Trek, so much so that they will accept anything as long as it's called Star Trek. However, to me the new audiences for Trek that Abbrams has tapped into is rather like FFXIII attempting to tap into the twitch gamer market or the more casual gamer that doesn't look for the depth in a JRPG. Abbrams has won over those more casual fans by delivering an action picture with a veneer of Star Trek.

The trouble for me, and some other long time Star Trek fans is that this tampers with 700 hours of our entertainment lives. It undoes so much of that established history, atmosphere, character and mood, leaving Trek fans that feel as I do feeling like someone took our most favorite thing and trashed it, and then replaced it with a shiny new bauble that we're all supposed to be entranced by.

Well, not me. I find nothing in the new Treks for me. Yes folks, you found another topic on which I am completely immovable. :)

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 6:12:28 PM

LOL Beamboom, I'm not sure that there's anything classy about many of the Original series episodes...certainly not that particular episode.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 7:18:24 PM

Haha Ben, I saw '51 comments' on the little update box and I was like, "yeah it's just screwing up again". But nope, this is a popular subject it seems lol!

Funny thing is, I don't see what Star Trek fans see as much as I don't with Final Fantasy fans. So the only arguments I can ever get into are with Beam, about linearity of Uncharted, but they can turn pretty heated, so all is good. :P

Off-topic: As I mention that, I came across an article that I thought explains really well why I disagree with people labelling it linear:
http://allthingsuncharted.com/2010/08/linear-progression-replaying-uncharted-2/

Doesn't include the perfect explanation, but it's otherwise a really good read. Yeah, ludicrousliam is me. :p

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 7:44:29 AM

What high, you think it is wrong of me to use TOS as a reference for the term "classy"???

And you call yourself a fan. Pfft. It's classy, I say. CLASSY! ;)

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 6:07:13 PM
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You know, I am waiting to see some type of Blueprints on this new Enterprise other then the exterior views.

Come on JJ/Paramount/whomever.. us Star Trek fans deserve that!!

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JROD0823
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 1:49:14 AM

@Max

When you say blueprints, are you referring to something like deck plans/layouts?

As a fellow HUGE Star Trek fan myself, I have to ask, what do you do with the blueprints after you get them?

Also, have you ever tried your hand at developing new classes of starships in your free timme?

I know you said that the Constitution-Class Refit was your favorite, and that you drew the Enterprise A with the AutoCAD program, but have you ever tried playing around with the design of it or any other class of ship towards something you have dreampt up in your imagination?

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 8:09:51 AM

I have a book somewhere in my house called, if I remember correctly, the "Starfleet Technical Manual" that has layouts for the various classes of starfleet ships, weapons, etc. It was pretty detailed, too. I wish I knew where that was as it was fun to read through and see how much thought went into the Star Trek universe.

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Rogueagent01
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 7:00:10 PM
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I wish I could find the interview with Gene where he said that this is exactly what he would want to happen to the series. He wanted someone new to bring it to the world in a way that he could not, and also knew that changes would need to be made. So since the creator of the universe had no issues with this, I also will not have a problem with it.

Sometimes fans are more of a problem then a good thing. Some of the comments in this article come off as nothing more than spoiled brats. I really hope that use open your minds a little more, being that one of the major goals of the show was to get people to think and be less judgemental. I guess if Gene could read some of these comments he might nod his head and say something like "how could this have gone so wrong".

The movie wasn't that bad, it also wasn't great. For me I never found any of the movies to be great, I'll take any and every series over any of the movies anyday. Yet I still find myself watching any of the movies if I catch them on TV, lol.

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