There’s a certain charm to be had from seeing unlikely heroes being thrown into the same book and forced to temporarily fight one another before settling their differences and working to stop a common threat. We’ve seen Batman team-up with Judge Dredd. Superman hang out with Spider-Man. The X-Men have even tangled with the Teen Titans. But then again, those adventures weren’t exactly mental. Unlike these crazy crossovers, that is.
I have to be honest. I'm a little bit ambivalent when it comes to Star Trek. I’ve enjoyed Gene Rodenberry’s past tales of intergalactic diplomacy, and I even quite liked J.J Abrams’ reboot, but I’m hardly what you’d consider a “Trekkie”. I’m not big on licenced games that try cash in on people’s established love either, so I was expecting this new game based on Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek continuity to not be very good. It has exceeded my expectations…by being far worse than I had ever anticipated.
Video games. The final frontier. These are the adventures of the SS Lens Flare. It’s ongoing mission: To chart the co-op of the new Star Trek video game. To boldly go where no noob has gone before. DAAAA DA DA DA! DA DA DA DAAAAAA DA DA!
The new Star Trek game, by all accounts, isn’t very good. In fact, it’s pretty much downright awful. On top of that, the game is a glitchy, buggy nigh unplayable mess.Worse is that the PC version of the game is beset by connection issues – unforgivable for a game that’s meant to be played co-operatively. none of that matters though, because according to one of the game’s producers, it works fine for him.
When I think of Star Trek video games I immediately think of 1313… yes that was the sound of a million trekkies and Star Wars fans screaming in unison about how wrong I am… But seriously I have to admit I haven’t been following this particular game, but this latest video detailing the story behind the game has me interested.
When it comes to titans clashing, there are few TV series and big screen movies that can hold a candle to the 1967 confrontation between Starfleet captain James T Kirk and a member of the Gorn, who happen to resemble the Reptilian race that lives inside our hollow planet. But that was for all the wrong reasons, as you can see for yourself in the trailer below.
Here is some of the most amazing geek stuff I’ve seen lately. From iron thrones to keyboard sandals, some one please make me a millionaire! I’ll be dreaming about these all weekend.
Nolan North is in everything. While you most likely know him as the charming hero Nathan Drake from Uncharted, or the confused 9-fingered lab-rat Desmond Miles in Assassin’s Creed - he’s probably voiced one or other character in many of your favourite games. In fact, Mr North is the voice of so many characters, that in some games you can even find him talking to himself.
Now, you’ll get to hear him when you pop off to the cinema - because he’ll be in J.J. Abram’s star Trek 2 - presumably voicing the entire cast. According to North, he got a role - one he admits is small - because Abrams is a big fan of Uncharted.
Lyon, France - July 15, 2010 â€“ Atari, one of the worldâ€™s most recognised publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, announced today the launch of the Star Trekâ„¢ Online Architect. The STO Architect (http://www.startrekonline.com/architect/) gives fans even more access to the Star Trek universe than ever before, providing the necessary virtual tools for them to create their favorite starships and share then with others. The Architect also includes a gallery for fans to view their creations, a mini-game and an IntelÂ® sponsored sweepstakes with prizes that include a replica captainâ€™s chair, IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i7-920 Processors and copies of the Star Trek Online game.
Created and developed by The Game Agency, a New York and Los Angeles based marketing firm, the mini-game, Star Trek OnlineShip Shaper, challenges players to build Star fleet ships as quickly as possible and top the leaderboard. Once a ship order has come in, the player must grab the correct pieces from the slider and assemble the ship quickly. Points and bonus time are awarded for fulfilling the ship orders correctly. It is a fun and frenzied game that is easy to pick up and play.
In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios and licensed by CBS Consumer Products, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or, they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. Players can visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. With Episode missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star. Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries.
â€œThe Star Trek universe is filled with such amazing, imaginative characters and technologies that we wanted to provide something that could be enjoyed by anyone, Star Trek fan or not. By providing the tools for users to build their own Star fleet ships, we think we have created a very cool, new way for fans and newcomers to interact with the Star Trek universe,â€ says Stephen Baer, Managing Partner of The Game Agency. â€œIn an increasingly social world, gaming has infiltrated almost every demographic possible giving brands innovative new ways of reaching their customers. In this case Intel played a key role in bringing Star Trek Online Architect to life, allowing us to create unique and engaging campaign with as wide a reach as possible.â€
"It's a pleasure to be able to finally present a portion of our incredibly robust Star Trek Online ship creation and customization tools on the web," says John Needham, CEO of Cryptic Studios. "Working with The Game Agency and Intel has enabled us to give fans and newcomers a chance to construct their own Federation starships with an easy-to-use interface. The Architect also serves as a terrific introduction to the Star Trek universe, which everyone can enjoy in Star Trek Online."
For more information about Star Trek Online, please visit www.startrekonline.com.
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As you might be aware the PSPâ€™s last firmware update included a Digital Comic reader which was a very exciting time for all PSP owning graphic novel fans.
Unfortunately the day was a bit of an anti-climactic experience as Sony forgot to release any actual comics at the same time which meant the functionality was entirely useless.
However that is about to be rectified with Sony giving away a free Star Trek comic and Destructoid being kind enough to create a video demonstrating the reader functionality.
I have never been a Trekkie, the show is nice but it seriously wasnâ€™t good enough to dress up and parade around with a bunch of other fans discussing how awesome Plankton 8.7 was.
So when I heard they were making a game set in the Star Trek Universe I was interested but not overly phasedâ€¦ space games are cool so the game will be cool.
But having said that I just stumbled across 13 Star Trek screens over at CVG and I am now paying a lot more attention.
It actually looks really good and the colours are definitely appealing more to my fun side than serious gaming side, which is something I always appreciate.
So why not beam over to CVG and take a lookâ€¦ okay fine that was terribleâ€¦ but itâ€™s better than telling you thatâ€™s all the power sheâ€™s got Captainâ€¦
Fine Iâ€™ll go sit in the corner and think about what I have done.
At the risk of sounding nostalgic I have to admit, I'm a sucker for the old-school. And oh man I love it when developers recreate the kinda of fun gameplay I grew up with and include amazing hi-def graphics, awesome new weapons and incredible enemies combined with a cool story. Hence I'm looking forward to Turtles In Time Re-Shelled for XBLA and PSN. For those of you who share my nostalgic taste, you may have already heard of Shadow Complex for XBLA mentioned at E3 2009.