Star Trek is a 2013 third-person action-adventure video game. It was developed by Digital Extremes and co-published by Bandai Namco Games and Paramount Pictures in association with CBS Studios International. The game was first released in the United States on April 23, 2013, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows platforms. It took three years to produce, and was the first in-house video game development by Paramount Studios, who opted not to license development to a third party. The production team aimed for it to be a collaboration with those working on the Star Trek films to avoid the typical pitfalls associated with film tie-in video games.
In 2259, Enterprise receives a distress call from a space station harvesting the power of a binary star. There is too much interference to beam the crew aboard, so Kirk and Spock take a shuttle to rescue the crew. They encounter T'Mar, a childhood friend of Spock, who explains they were gathering energy to power the Helios device, which would speed up the terraforming of New Vulcan; the team inadvertently opened a rip in the fabric of space. Beaming to New Vulcan, Kirk and Spock meet with T'Mar's father Surok, who explains the station's power from the base was lost after they were attacked by creatures—who call themselves the Gorn— from the rip. The Gorn infect some of the crew with a virus that makes them aggressive. Kirk and Spock enter the locked down sections of the base to recover the infected survivors, but are unable to stop the Gorn from stealing the Helios device and kidnapping Surok.
Kirk opts to take the infected to a nearby starbase instead of pursuing the Gorn Commander's ship through the Rip. At the starbase, Kirk, Spock, and T'Mar meet with the Commodore Daniels, who implies he gave T'Mar the specifications for the device as he knew it would create a wormhole. Suddenly, the Gorn attack the starbase and kidnap T'Mar. Just as he is about to be beamed back aboard Enterprise, Spock tackles the Gorn Henchman, bringing him aboard the ship. Kirk and Spock pursue him to the shuttlebay before he can commandeer a shuttle. Spock mindmelds with the Henchman, learning Surok was killed after confessing he has no insight into the device, but that his daughter would. Kirk has the Henchman imprisoned.
Kirk resolves to enter the Rip. After Enterprise enters the Gorn's galaxy, Kirk and Spock take a shuttle with Sulu and Dr. McCoy to a nearby planet. When their shuttle is shot down, Kirk and Spock use wingsuits to glide to a Gorn outpost and blow it up before infiltrating a base to rescue T'Mar. They find Daniels, who is killed in an ensuing firefight. The Gorn bring Kirk and Spock to the Commander, who has them taken to an arena to fight his soldiers to the death. Angered by their besting of his champion, the Commander has Spock infected with the virus and pits him against Kirk. Sulu's shuttle arrives and McCoy shoots Spock with an antidote, while the Commander flees to his ship with T'Mar and the device.
The shuttle returns to Enterprise, which has been taken over by the Gorn. Kirk and Spock space dive to engineering and beam McCoy and Sulu back on board. They help Scotty (voiced by Simon Pegg) and Keenser reactivate the warp core, and restore power to sickbay so McCoy can replicate more of the antidote for airborne dispersal. The duo head to the bridge where the Henchman is holding Uhura hostage, demanding Kirk give them control of the ship. Kirk responds by directing their shuttle to crash into the view-screen, decompressing the Gorn into space. With only an hour before the Rip closes, Kirk and Spock space dive to the Gorn Commander's ship, where they disable the targeting platform to give Enterprise a fighting chance, and enter the core where T'Mar and the device are being held. Kirk and Spock destroy the device, defeat the Commander, and are beamed back to Enterprise with T'Mar. Enterprise warps back to the Milky Way Galaxy before the Rip closes; in their closing logs, Kirk and Spock state T'Mar has recovered enough to continue working on New Vulcan, and that they have been ordered to Nibiru.
Why it Sucks
- Bad first impression. Kirk and Spock are likely to spawn in the same spot at the beginning of the game thus causing them to be inside each other.
- Badly lip-synced dialogue.
- Idiotic A.I., even worse for your co-op partner.
- The incompetent partner A.I. often makes the game near unplayable.
- Repetitive levels.
- Numerous bugs and glitches.
- Awful camera angles.
- Gameplay is mostly a simple, mindless cover-based Third Person Shooter.
- Cover system doesn't work properly at times.
- Platforming sections are terrible.
- There is a section where you take control of the Enterprise, however it is merely a poorly made on-rails shooting gallery.
- Co-op didn't work at launch on the PC version.
- Devs tried to push the blame on Steam for the above issue.
- Co-op also has no Drop-In Drop-Out option.
- If you try to play co-op now it'd be near impossible to find a player, can't blame anyone for that though.
- Devs also tried to increase its Metacritic score by posting fake reviews (the score went much lower after people caught on).
- IT WAS $60 AT LAUNCH.
- Surprisingly good writing and voice acting, especially from Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock).
- The environments are varied and great to look at.
- Despite its poor use of the license, the game respects the franchise, genuinely feeling like Star Trek most of the time.
- The story, while nothing noteworthy, could pass as an episode for a TV series.
- That one trailer with William Shatner fighting a Gorn.
- Great sound design.
- Modernizes the Gorn, an iconic villain from The Original Series.
Star Trek was released in the United States on April 23, 2013, and three days later in Europe. This release was designed to coincide with the theatrical launch of the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness. The game sold poorly; after three weeks on sale, 140,000 copies had been sold across all platforms. It failed to reach the top 100 best video games list of 2013. Critics described it as a flop. It is now considered to be one of the worst video games of all time.
Star Trek received mostly negative reviews. The review aggregator website Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 edition of the game a score of 42 percent, the PC edition 43 percent, and the PS3 version was given a score of 45 percent. Fellow aggregator website GameRankings gave Star Trek on PS3 an average score of 48.57 percent, while the Xbox 360 edition had an average of 43.69 percent and the PC version had 37.27 percent.
Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams stated in September 2013 that he was hurt by the game's poor reception and quality, saying that it was "obviously a big disappointment". He also claimed it hurt Star Trek Into Darkness by being released shortly before the film.