'Star Trek' warps to smartphones, consoles, VR for gaming adventures
As “Star Trek” celebrates its 50th anniversary of boldly going where no man has gone before, gamers will have the opportunity to get in to that universe with new adventures on smartphones, consoles, and through virtual reality.
The “Star Trek: Mission NY” convention gave fans of the iconic franchise a closer look at three titles that hope to put players in the thick of battles, commanding their own ship, and immersing them within the universe. By utilizing people, places, and events from the multiple television series and motion pictures, the game makers hope to find a sweet spot for every “Star Trek” fan, no matter which era they love the most.
In “Star Trek Timelines,” familiar faces and starships draw players into the Apple or Android smartphones for a space conflict like no other. The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise are all represented as gamers try to use diplomacy and science to defeat foes. When that doesn’t work, the photon torpedoes are loaded and ready to go.
Away teams can be mixed and match using characters from the entire franchise. Kirk with Janeway? Spock and Worf together? Anything is possible and needs to be possible to complete the missions.
Choose from family ship classes and upgrade as you play. Ship-to-ship battles highlight each crafts strengths and weaknesses in a space clash that shakes the cosmos.
The game is available for free in the App Store and on Google play.
For “Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday,” players are recruited to fight in the Temporal War in this expansion for the 2010 MMO game onto the Xbox One and PlayStation4 consoles for the first time.
There are 20 different species that players can choose to become. As the captain, lead away teams, pick your battles, and visit more than 100 locations from the “Star Trek” franchise.
Along the way, interact with characters from the television shows, complete with voice over by the actual actors. For its release onto consoles, the game was completely overhauled to make the experience enjoyable and fun.
“Star Trek Online” is available now and free-to-play with no subscriptions, and all content updates are completely free.
If those two games aren’t enough to immerse you in the “Star Trek” universe, “Star Trek: Bridge Crew” puts you directly on the deck of a starship in a virtual reality game. As one of four Federation officers, you’ll need to work together as the crew of the U.S.S. Aegis on a mission to explore an uncharted sector of space.
The VR uses full body avatars and real-time lip sync to give players a unique sense of what it would be like to be on the bridge of a starship. As captain, helm, tactical, and engineer, up to four players can join forces to complete role specific tasks in an effort to guide Aegis safety through space.
In addition to the uncharted sector storyline, the game has ongoing missions that are procedurally generated for hours of solo and co-op play. While playing with less than four players, AI will take over the missing roles.
The game will be available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive on Nov. 29. Ubisoft is promising more details and more information about the game before launch.
In the meantime, watch three “Star Trek” alums as they step back onto a ship in VR form and see how they do when faced with danger.