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Star Trek Online goes post-war in Season 11: New Dawn


A New Hope?
Aug 11
// Josh Tolentino
For the five years it's been running, Star Trek Online's story has been one of a galaxy at war. First it was a war between the Federation and Klingon Empire, then between an alliance of the Federation, Klingons, and Romulans...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online starts summer event, answers important question


Oh, and a new ship or something
Jun 05
// Josh Tolentino
Indeed, Star Trek fans, the answer that's eluded us is finally here: Andorian chest hair is as white as fresh snowfall.   Now, you could go back to your business, or you could stick around Star Trek Online between t...
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GOG x Star Trek

Maximum Warp: GOG bringing back classic Star Trek games


Set Phasers to "Stunning Discounts"
May 07
// Josh Tolentino
Remember when GOG was called "Good Old Games"? When the fine folks at CD Projekt were more concerned about getting classic games like, er..NOX to contemporary players at low prices, rather than selling brand new games an...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online goes to (more) war in its Season 10 update


Would you like to know more?
Apr 26
// Josh Tolentino
If we go by seasons, Star Trek Online has been the longest-running Star Trek-branded property of all, with the game's Season 10: The Iconian War update having gone live just this week. Of course, that's a bit of a cheat...

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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online resorts to time travel to boost recruitment in April


Because war is coming
Mar 24
// Josh Tolentino
Ah, time travel. It's a staple of science fiction, and Star Trek has played host to more than a few yarns about tripping the light chronologic. Thus it's not unusual to see a few time-travel quests lodged into MMORPG Star Tre...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online establishes in-game memorials for Leonard Nimoy


In Memoriam
Mar 08
// Josh Tolentino
Leonard Nimoy passed away last week. Though his legacy is broad and varied, most people know him best as Spock, Star Trek's most recognizable Vulcan. The same goes for the MMORPG Star Trek Online, as developer Cryptic Studios...
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Leonard Nimoy

Multimedia icon Leonard Nimoy has passed away


The original Spock died today at age 83
Feb 27
// Jonathan Holmes
Videogames aren't the first thing that most people associate with actor/writer/director Leonard Nimoy, but he made his mark on the medium over the years, providing narration for such classics as Civilization IV and Seaman&nbs...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online goes to the Delta Quadrant in October


To Boldly Go Where Captain Janeway Went Before
Sep 19
// Josh Tolentino
Get your replicator rations ready, folks, because Star Trek Online is about to get itself catapulted by weird aliens to the Delta Quadrant, which was last visited in the 1990's by the Star Trek: Voyager TV series. ...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online Season 9 goes live, gives peace a chance


Well...sort of
Apr 23
// Josh Tolentino
Did you like Star Trek: Voyager? I know I did. And from the looks of things, Cryptic Studios does, too, as the newest big update of Star Trek Online titled "Season 9: A New Accord", involves quite a bit of content straight f...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online's anniversary adds Tuvok, transformers


We're all in the Delta Quadrant!
Jan 29
// Josh Tolentino
Believe it or not, Star Trek Online's been around for four whole years now, and on January 30th, they're opening their 4-Year Anniversary event to celebrate. To get players old and new hyped for that, the developers at C...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online teases changes in Season 8.5


Starships for everyone!
Jan 23
// Josh Tolentino
Did you know that Star Trek Online calls its major updates "Seasons"? It's as if the MMO were a TV show! That in mind, it's almost funny that it's also following TV trends with its latest update, which is called Season 8...
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Star Trek

Star Trek Online expansion coming in 2014


2013 was best year ever for MMO
Dec 22
// Harry Monogenis
In Star Trek Online's latest blog post, Perfect World has teased that a new expansion for the MMO will be launching sometime in late 2014. The post, which serves as a sort of end-of-year summary, noted that 2013 has been...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online details Season 8 update in a new trailer


Cadets shouldn't be drunk on the shuttle!
Nov 09
// Josh Tolentino
It's almost time. Star Trek Online debuts its next free content update, titled Season 8: The Sphere on Tuesday, November 12th, and Cryptic are tickling Trekkies nacelles' with a new trailer, courtesy of Massively.c...
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online to add Dyson Spheres, dinosaurs


Set phasers to OH CRAP DINOSAURS
Oct 17
// Josh Tolentino
I must confess: Star Trek: Voyager was my "gateway" Star Trek. So no matter how bad you tell me it was - or how bad I realize it was, the adventures of Captain Janeway and the crew of the Federation starship Voyager ...
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Star Trek

JJ Abrams hated the most recent Star Trek game


He felt it may have even hurt the movie
Sep 13
// Brett Makedonski
The videogame tie-in for Star Trek Into Darkness was pretty poorly received, and JJ Abrams, the movie's director, is bummed out about it. Well, not about the critical reception; he's in agreement there. He's disappointe...

Contest: Win a PSN gift card and some Star Trek swag!

Sep 10 // mrandydixon
Here's the run-down of each prize pack: Grand Prize (1 winner) Cubify Star Trek: The Next Generation personalized 3D printed figurine PS Home Star Trek: The Next Generation collection (voucher codes for all items) Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray movie collection $49 PSN card 2nd Place (1 winner) PS Home Star Trek: The Next Generation collection (voucher codes for all items) Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-ray movie collection $20 PSN card 3rd Place (1 winner) PS Home Star Trek: The Next Generation collection (voucher codes for all items) $10 PSN card Runners Up (10 winners) Voucher code for one Star Trek: The Next Generation PS Home costume *Cash equivalent may be awarded in lieu of prize listed for international winners.
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Celebrate the launch of The Next Generation items on PS Home
[Update: Contest over! Big winners are Agent9, Adam Ruining, and WildHairZero! (10 runners-up have been PM'd codes for their avatars.)] Our friends at Flashman Studios recently unveiled a new line of Star Trek: The Next Gener...

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STO Summer Event

Star Trek Online debuts new summer event on Risa


Beach vacations, jetpacks, and space Tikis, oh my!
Jun 26
// Josh Tolentino
Summer is here (for folks in temperate regions anyway), and even in the far future of the 25th century, that's time to party. At least, that's the kind of future Star Trek Online will be debuting, with the free-to-p...

Contest: Win 3200 MS Points, Star Trek swag, and more!

Jun 05 // mrandydixon
To win one of the ten prizes below, you need to write a Star Trek-themed poem in the comments. Haiku, limerick, sonnet -- whatever's clever. Here's one I just came up with: Captain Kirk, Mr Spock and UhuraBeamed down to the planet CenturaRed Shirt Rico was scaredHis life wouldn't be sparedWhen Kirk said it was an aventura (Finally putting that creative writing degree to good use!) The best poem (based on my judgement) wins the grand prize below, second and third best will take home those respective prizes, and seven runners-up will win Microsoft Points cards worth $5. You have until this Friday, June 7 at 11:59 PM Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to US residents only. Good luck! Here are the prizes: Grand Prize Choice of a Rubies Star Trek TNG officer costume (Command, Science, or Operations) Star Trek TNG Official Soundtrack (Provided by La La Land Records*) Star Trek TNG Season 1 Blu-ray Collection 3200 MS Point Card $25 Star Trek Into Darkness Fandago Gift Card 2nd Prize Star Trek TNG Official Soundtrack (Provided by La La Land Records*) 2400 MS Point Card $25 Star Trek Into Darkness Fandago Gift Card 3rd Prize Star Trek TNG Official Soundtrack (Provided by La La Land Records*) 1600 MS Point Card $25 Star Trek Into Darkness Fandago Gift Card 7 runners-up $5 MS Point Card *The Star Trek The Next Generation soundtrack prizes are courtesy of La-La Land Records. Visit them at www.lalalandrecords.com.
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Celebrate the launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation Avatar items on Xbox Live
[Update: Contest over! Winners are ZeroForte, Pixielated, dunnace, A Char, WSwan, Swishiee, DrippingSins, Shawn Kelfonne, Char Aznable, and Matt Evans.] Our friends at Flashman Studios recently unveiled an awesome new line of...

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Womulans!

Star Trek Online adds a new preorder ship, goofy clothes


Spiffy combining Warbirds and head-cases
May 16
// Josh Tolentino
Star Trek Online is less than a week out from its latest big free content update, Legacy of Romulus, which, as may be expected, will introduce the playable Romulan Republic faction and a new line of Romulan Warbirds...

Review: Star Trek: The Video Game

Apr 30 // Ian Bonds
Star Trek: The Video Game (PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Digital ExtremesPublisher: Paramount Pictures, Namco Bandai GamesReleased: April 23, 2013MSRP: $59.99 Set between the events of the two films, Star Trek: The Video Game pits the crew of the Enterprise, led by Captain James T. Kirk and his first officer Spock, on a mission to stop an alien race from stealing a device and using its power to control the universe. You know, no big deal. The device itself, called Helios, was being used to terraform a planet into New Vulcan after the events of the first film left the Vulcans without a homeworld. The Gorn, an alien race from the classic TV series, steal the Genesis dev...er, the Helios device in order to destroy rather than create. Players take the roles of Kirk and Spock, either in single-player or co-op, to stop them. Ok, so the plotline may be a little familiar to fans of the television and film series, but it's a decent one, and should provide the player with some epic set pieces as they race across space, right? Sadly, one of the first failings with this title is just how boring the game is. Standard third-person shooter rules apply; shoot from the hip or down iron sights, use cover, leap, and climb. It's all typical fare, sure, but it's a little too typical. We've seen it all before in other games, and in those cases, it plays better. For example, the shooter mechanics, while competent at best, are offset by the characters' jerky movements. The slightest tap on an analog stick send your crewman running at a brisk pace, and lining up a shot tends to be an exercise in patience. The way the camera jerks around with every phaser blast recoil is also a bit grating on the eyes. There's at least a decent variety of weapons, and each features a standard and secondary fire function, such as your starting phaser having both a kill and stun function, or the arc blaster having a charged shot. The cover mechanics are a total joke, however, as switching from one spot to another, despite an on-screen button suggestion, never worked once. Instead of sliding or rolling to the next cover, my character would simply release from the cover and roll away in whatever direction it wanted. The controls for the rest of the game are even worse, as platforming is all but broken entirely. Numerous times I have lept to my doom while trying desperately to grasp a ledge to climb up from a chasm. Other times, I felt as though I would fall through a vent opening, only to catch myself on the edge and hang there a bit, looking stupid. While just attempting to move my character to the edge of the ledge to see if there was a jump I could even attempt, he dashed into the abyss and immediately fell to his death. Don't even get me started on the swimming, which will have you throwing your controller in anger -- that is, if you can tolerate the game long enough to make it to the one mission it's featured in. For the majority of the game you'll find yourself using the tricorder, your handheld scanning device that can reveal hidden pathways, activate panels, and uncover all sorts of plot devices to move the story forward. Usually, it's used for hacking doors or sentry units, and the mini-games involved are anything but intuitive as they present the puzzle before you and say "have at it!" Luckily, there are really only three puzzle types, so once you've figured them out, you'll see them over and over again and solve them with ease, save for the one co-op puzzle. For a co-op title, you'd think there'd be a steady stream of action or co-op opportunities to influence gamers to want to play cooperatively. Here, however, it's reduced to a puzzle where both players attempt to fiddle with a dial (one for each player) in order to match a wave pattern to unlock whatever it's preventing you from accessing. Outside of that, be prepared to ask your partner to help you pry open a lot of doors, or boost you up to higher ground. Honestly, for the first few minutes of the game, I wondered why the included co-op at all, when all Spock did was hold a door open for me a few times while I squeezed through the opening. Speaking of your partner, by now I'm sure you've heard of the issues there is with co-op on the PC version. Luckily -- and I use the word loosely -- I didn't have that issue on Xbox. I didn't play too many matches online, but connecting was fairly easy, though the other players seemed to have as many issues with the control as I did. For most of the game, however, I played with the computer operating my partner character, and we'll just say the AI is not nearly as smart as Spock is. While I didn't have any game-breaking issues where my character killed himself or it wouldn't allow me to go on, I did have one scenario where I had to reload a checkpoint because Spock just stood in place for no reason, and no amount of using the tricorder to give him an order of where to move to would work. Such insubordination. The rest of the time, though, Spock would either be blocking doors, or I'd suddenly be able to run right through him. The majority of the time, Spock was completely intangible, as I passed through him like so much Taco Bell. In fact, he was so poorly programmed that he could stand in full view of enemy characters during stealth sequences and not be seen. While this certainly helped me sneak around a bit, it was laughably terrible. Such graphical hiccups are all over this game. While the overall look of the game is fair, certain character models don't quite look right, as lip sync and facial movements give a creepy-doll horror show as their jaws unhinge to say three syllables. Cut scenes are a mixed bag, with some actor scans looking very well done, while others seemed to badly Photoshop the actor's face onto a badly rendered 3D body. The Gorn character models for their appearance in the new Universe version of Trek are pretty lame as they now look like generic dinosaur and lizard people. Not that the '60s TV show was much better with its giant rubber-headed costume, but these character models are bland, and they're pretty much the only enemies you see throughout the entire game (with a few minor exceptions). One nice touch is that they got the entire main cast of the reboot to reprise their characters. Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as McCoy have some great bits of dialogue, and while the script isn't the strongest, it does get the characterization down; both of these roles provide some much-needed comic relief. The sound is also decent, using the score of the first film. But if I hear that echoing "ping" that signifies an enemy has spotted me one more time, I'm going to go "Amok Time" on someone. As predicted, this is yet another movie tie-in game that feels rushed and incomplete. Oddly, it has nothing to do with the plot of the upcoming film, so why it was rushed to coincide only proves it was made merely to cash-in on the popularity right at the film's release. With as many mechanics that it borrows from other titles, and how poorly it implements them, it should be beamed directly into the trash compactor. Sloppy, glitchy controls and graphics, tedious gameplay, and spotty co-op makes for one adventure you'll wish would boldly go away. It's dumb, Jim.
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Boldly, no.
As a life-long Star Trek fan, I was skeptical about the reboot. However, my worries were unfounded as the 2009 film quickly became one of my favorites in the series, and it's attention to what came before while paving a new p...

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Steam issues

Riptide and Star Trek co-op problems related to Steam


It's been a rough week for co-op
Apr 27
// Fraser Brown
You've just picked up a game to play with your mates, and you're appropriately excited. Maybe it's Dead Island: Riptide, and you're preparing to slaughter a million zombies all in the name of good fun, or perhaps you're getti...
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New releases

New releases: Don't Starve will be the end of you


Plus Dead Island: Riptide, Star Trek, StarDrive, and Monaco
Apr 22
// Fraser Brown
I'm a bit late with this week's new releases, as I'm still recovering from my wee sister's wedding, where I wracked up an ungodly bar bill. Your sympathy and donations will be greatly appreciated.  It's a busy week, and...

Star Trek on PC is broken as f*ck!

Apr 21 // Jim Sterling
Most insultingly of all, the game's official PR channels have decided to try and diminish the problems of those affected, claiming "only a fraction" of users have experienced problems. When that "fraction" seems to include anybody attempting to review the thing and loads of customers, I don't think we're dealing with a tiny handful.  Even if it were the case, having a "tiny fraction" of users unable to play the game's only real draw is fucking shameful, and absolutely nothing to boast about. It especially doesn't help when a developer for the game, Kenneth Lindenbaum, is posting on the Steam forums that it works fine for him and there isn't a problem.  And this is all before we get into the accusations of the development team flooding Metacritic with fake positive user reviews. While it promises to be looking into the issues, Digital Extremes has so far displayed a lackluster and slow response to complaints, as well as a bad attitude it's in no position to have.  So yes, Star Trek for PC is broken, unable to do what it advertised itself as doing. We'll have a review coming from Ian Bonds, but my personal recommendation is to ignore this crude waste of time.  You had one job. One.
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The sole reason the game exists ... doesn't work
The latest Star Trek release has its fair share of problems -- chief among them being that it's kind of boring -- but PC users are in for an altogether more shocking problem. The online co-op, arguably the entire point of th...

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Womulans!

Star Trek Online decloaks Legacy Packs for its expansion


Now you too can 'buy' Star Trek Online's free expansion
Apr 18
// Josh Tolentino
We're just about a month out until Star Trek Online gets a bunch of funny-foreheaded Vulcans stuffed into it for its Legacy of Romulus expansion, which is set to debut a whole new faction to step into the 25th century. ...
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Star Trek video

William Shatner fights a lizard for Star Trek: The Game


Gorn but not forgotten
Mar 30
// Fraser Brown
It may be Chris Pine's James T. Kirk who will face off against the reptilian Gorn in the upcoming Star Trek: The Game, but it was William Shatner who first fought these scaly buggers back in Star Trek: The Original Series. S...

GDC: Digital Extremes' Star Trek isn't looking too hot

Mar 26 // Abel Girmay
Star Trek: The Game (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)Developer: Digital ExtremesPublisher: Namco Bandai, Paramount StudiosRelease: April 23, 2013 Like Army of Two, 2013's Star Trek is built around co-op play. You can solo it of course, but playing with a human partner is ideal. This comes out in the writing quite a bit, with no shortage of friendly banter between the action-happy, smart-mouthed Kirk and the calm, calculated Spock. Both characters see Chris Pine and Zack Quinto reprise their respective roles, as does the remainder of the USS Enterprise crew. Simon Pegg is Scotty, Zoe Saldana is Uhura, and so on. The remainder of Star Trek's presentation is getting the same TLC, with the films' composer Michael Giacchino returning to lead a 100-piece orchestra for the score, and God of War series writer Marianne Krawczyk penning the script. If one thing is clear, it's that Star Trek is certainly not lacking for production values. More than an extra gun, you and your partner are actually reliant on each other, and in more ways than your help-me-open-this-door segments -- though there are plenty of those too. In a GDC demo, I found myself regularly splitting up from my partner, with the actions happening on one end affecting the other. Playing as Kirk, one of the early platforming segments had me racing to the end in order to disable a trap laser my Spock partner had to dodge. We've seen these sorts of co-op moments before, and at the very least they work just as well here. Not working quite so well are the moment-to-moment shooting and platforming. Don't get me wrong its all functional, just not particularly refined. With the exception of some areas that offer two ways to reach an objective, presumably for convenience as you have to wait for your partner to make it across before you can start, the platforming is completely linear. That on its own is not a bad thing, but it's almost funny when the way forward is highlighted by black-and-yellow caution stripes. With the exception of a few hidden paths, literally every claimable ledge was highlighted by these caution stripes. In this particular demo, which took place on a rapidly decaying space station, it became almost comedic as I would often walk into a room, have the floor explode and upended right in front of me, and see black-and-yellow stripes neatly adorned across the scalable rubble. Immersion breaking aside, there doesn't seem to be a great sense of momentum or weight to the platforming, with jumps that feel like canned animations rather than fluid movements. Shooting feels similarly rudimentary in places with aiming that doesn't feel particularity smooth. That grievance aside, the gunplay features some level of variety with 25 different weapons, each with an alternate fire. And yes, there is a phaser, and you can set it to stun or kill. Weapons are also upgradable with XP, accrued from finding collectibles among other actions, improving damage recharge speed and the like. So while Star Trek takes a lot of cues from the better games in the action-adventure genre, I can't honestly hold out hope that they will meld well for this specific title.
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Beam me up, Sc--actually, no rush
Take a beloved franchise like Star Trek, influences from the heavier hitters in a genre, and you can't go too wrong, right? Well that final verdict of course remains to be seen, but I can't say Digital Extremes' Star Trek makes a good case for itself.

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Womulans!

Star Trek Online introduces Romulans in its May expansion


A third faction warps in
Mar 21
// Josh Tolentino
Big news for Star Trek fans of the MMO-playing persuasion, as Cryptic have decloaked the next big update to Star Trek Online. Titled "Legacy of Romulus", it's pretty much the largest single expansion since the game went Free...
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Star Trek game trailer

See how the new Star Trek game was made


The 'ultimate co-op experience' detailed
Feb 15
// Chris Carter
Yep, that Star Trek game is a thing, and now you can see how the game came to life in this new video. Brian Miller of Paramount Pictures goes over a few principles, like the ideologies behind Kirk and Spock's play-styles, as...
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Star Trek movie game

The Star Trek film tie-in game is still a thing


Coming in April
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
Yep, that Star Trek game is still happening, and a new trailer has surfaced, showing off some gameplay and in-game visuals. More or less, it's looking like a Mass Effect clone, and since anything substantial hasn't really be...
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Star Trek Online teases stuff for May, probably Romulans


At least there's no suspense
Feb 02
// Josh Tolentino
Star Trek Online may have just barely begun celebrating its third birthday with free spaceships and fan-made trailers, but Cryptic aren't about to stop trying to give people reasons to check out their free-to-play Trek t...

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