From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett Crapshoot wrote a column about rolling the dice to bring random, mysterious games back to life. With his trip through Trek over, it is time to go out in rapture and euphoria with a final tour of service aboard the doomed USS Voyager. Or maybe two …
The only thing worse than a bad show is the potentially adorable show who seems intent on feeding himself to the dogs. It must have been a great voyager. New crew. New book. A nice break for everyone to refresh themselves after so many years of the next generation. A completely new part of the universe; Untapped, anonymous, where anything can happen and no one respects the so-called “union”.
Unfortunately, what happened in the end was Voyager – seven seasons of clumsiness that looked lightly at her fans, throwing away almost every good idea, treating every situation as an excuse for writers to show their pet captain – the incompetent, hypocrite horror that Katherine Janeway was.
This is not Captain’s complaint, as you understand. Not even close. It’s a complaint about a show whose scripts were so blinded of his potentially interesting lead errors that the actress who played it even admitted she assumed she was bipolar. exactly The same problem will plague her successor, Archers Enterprise – a man of slightly less diplomatic skill than his pet dog, but scripts will do their best to pay tribute for at least the first two years of the show.
Voyager problems were on either side of the screen. Under her watch, Borg has been transformed from the threat of conquering the universe to fodder for cannons, while the once-defunct Q. Individually good ideas like the great doctor have been few and far between, and are usually lost when brought up. Seven of Nine for example was a great idea for a character, but the public’s disdain for the audience as a group of virgin nerds made it hard to see what’s behind the silly silver catsuit to the actual character inside. And not in a Photoshop way. In terms of plot, even good episodes like Equinox and Year of Hell were a bitter reminder of what’s going to happen on the show. He can It was if sucked Just a little lower.
(It’s worth noting that many of the production team hated the show as well, with Ronald Moore making Battlestar Galactica very much based on what he wished it to be, and Robert Beltran – Senior Officer Chakotai – was delighting him while he was still on the air. Blacock did something similar while playing T’Pol on an equally horrible project, though from a different angle – as a huge Trek fan, I protested how bad the series was. There’s no argument.)
What Voyager had is that it was perfect for gaming. Just like the show, uncharted territory meant complete creative freedom, with ship safety a focal point of action far stronger than some random diplomatic messaging with Planet’s blue folks no matter what past games relied on. The only problem was a real one – everything Voyager touched turned into feces.
When Star Trek: Voyager: Elite Force appeared with the “Set Phasers To Frag” tagline, that seemed to be heading in the right direction. But to everyone’s surprise … it was a very good match.
Unlike the makers of the show, Raven got close to making a Star Trek shooter by trying to figure out how best to implement the FPS mechanics they used to work in a new context … instead of banging their heads in a five-hour office and appearing with a smile and shouting, ‘We’re gonna call Nelix! ! And believe me, that is The most beautiful I have a vision of how things work …
The creation of Raven was Team Hazard (which was apparently supposed to be the name of the game before someone decided Elite Force looked a lot cooler), and it’s an answer to the classic Star Trek problem of constantly getting a bridge crew to put themselves in danger. Think of them as what happens when a person in a red T-shirt gets the right equipment and combat training, rather than a cheap funeral daring.
(Obviously, the Risk Team concept was a good idea, and it was even suggested that it might make it to the show itself, although that never happened, because Voyager chewed on and smashed good ideas as texts like Threshold. A copy would appear though, in Enterprise, dubbed MACOs. Which is a bit like a taco, except for no flatulence late at night and a slightly better quality beef fillet.)
The game itself was fine. You can have a male or female character, and an effort has gone into recreating the Voyager, with all of the cast except Jeri Ryan appearing for the voices (although they were added later in an expansion) and up to the tutorial level things started with a hit. By having you fight through a borg cube. Like the show, you only get a number of shots before she adapts to the Wizards, before she eventually upgrades to a new weapon called I-MOD that simply rotates frequencies to continue killing. Unlike a lot of the eunuch campaigns by Voyager, this made perfect sense – an invention by Seven, a former Borg with in-depth knowledge of their weaknesses, and reasonably true as a piece of technology.
In short, it was a huge hit, and the sequel was pretty good, too. Although like all good things, he escaped the Voyager like a rat from a stinky ship and transferred the animation to Enterprise instead. Some unfortunate decisions like taking aside the female character’s options, were the same game. It’s not remembered very well though, mostly because shooting games were not developed in any way, and comes on the raging heels of a certain cinematic abomination called Star Trek: Nemesis.
still. Elite Force is a popular game and we remember it fondly.
But there was one more thing. Yes sure.
Star Trek: Borg might not sound like a Voyager game – but it’s actually the most Voyager game out of them all. Filmed mostly in his sets, back in the interactive movie craze of the ’90s. At first glance, he resembles many of his ilk. Simple controls. first person. Logical puzzles to solve. Hilariously Shuffle FMV. Too little to Act. But there is one thing on his side that none of the others could dream of. She has a Q.
Unlike terrible Star Trek: Show Games, This is the Q that people love to hate – fickle, powerful, and with John DeLancy has an absolute blast. The sign might get the highest bills, but make no mistake, it is the star. Better yet, the other toys will pay him to stand in front of the camera for a few minutes and say, “Hey, I’m someone I’ve watched on TV.” Everywhere Here.
The main story is that you are a cadet of sadly called Kylan Furlong, whose father was killed by the tower in a disastrous battle at Wolf 359. Years later, your ship came under attack, and all cadets were taken to safety. Then Q literally appears out of nowhere and offers you a deal of 1 and he will use his powers to send you just in time to save your father, all you have to do is keep him … amused.
So you obviously say “no” and the credits go over. DA DA DAA DAA DAA DAAA …
However, if you go the other way, you will find yourself in a really nice interactive movie. Most of the puzzles are unfair and result in your immediate death, but that’s okay. Q always brings you back to life for another shot. The smart thing is, sometimes death is actually required to advance the story. At some point, for example, you’re sneaking around the Borg ship, and you actually have to provoke them into a fight, and catch them, It turned into a tower So you can see what’s on their computer. And returning to life, you can then use this to prevent the errors from occurring in the first place.
All the credit to them, that’s a really smart concept. And there is some interesting lateral thinking offered. Perhaps the best part is the scene where you have to convince a fellow crewmate to let you do something, only to suggest that you play the old game of “hold something hand”. It doesn’t matter which person you choose, you are always wrong. Actual solution? Hit him and get to work. Gorgeous.
The real fun comes from Q himself. In Quantum Leap fashion, you’re not just there like you, but in the body of a ship’s security officer. Yeah just like that. Not wanting to be left behind, Q also steps in to act as the ship’s doctor, and has some excellent scenes with the crew. Perhaps the best is when someone finally calls him out about how, with all his strength and arrogance, there is a part of him that he desperately wants to be I love. Why can’t he just snap his fingers and make everyone love him? Can. But he knows very well that he will mean nothing if he does. It’s kind of a humane moment where Voyager fails miserably, but it’s actually working here – high definition and everything.
No, I am standing debugger. The best is when Kylan finally gets tired of Q’s nonsense and does what only Sisko has dared to do before – he punches him in the face. Oh. And then He kicks him in the balls.
There’s a lot you can criticize about Star Trek: Borg. It’s incredibly short, and there aren’t many paths to get to it other than “touching the wrong thing and dying”, acting and storyline not to be written about at home. Meanwhile, it’s really entertaining. Q in particular is an awesome company, as he is hugely directing his appearance on Next Generation episode Tapestry as a fraudster yet has a heart and is supportive of his own. Despite all of his criticisms and chatter about being bored, he regularly pulls the main character and crew from the fire – and he’s not afraid to use his strength to help. It might not just make Borg go away, but that wouldn’t be any fun – and no one would know anything, either. However, when the chips are down, he comments “It’s not too late if.” I am I say it is not too late, “Make it clear where his sympathy lies, and how he decided it would end.
Good Game? Nah. But a good interactive movie? As far as it is possible, I absolutely love it.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to find these days, even if it still works. YouTube to the rescue! This is an edited version of the complete movie, including death sequences (which are often required to obtain critical bits of information) and massive amounts of Q-noise.
Why? Because he Box.
With that, Star Trek officially ended. Technically speaking, the aborted TV brutality foundation of the same name has appeared in dismal Star Trek Legacy, and there are other games we haven’t looked at, including the decent game. The birth of the union. But I think that will do the trick. Next week, you’ll be back at our regularly scheduled weird photo. Live long, and keep reading.
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