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Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
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Amazon.com Review Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is as close as we've come so far to actually being able to participate in an away team mission. The plot of this first-person shooter is pure Star Trek: during a battle with an alien ship, the badly damaged USS Voyager is transported by mysterious means to a strange spaceship graveyard. It isn't long before the Voyager crew members discover they aren't the only abductees trying to patch their vessel together and escape, and the adventure begins. As a member of Voyager's newly formed hazard team, it's your job to secure required repair materials, gather information about the other survivors, and ultimately enable Voyager to resume its long journey home. Frequently there are two or more team members with you (including familiar faces like Seven of Nine), which lets missions play out more like episodes from the series than a solo firefight that just happens to take place in a Star Trek setting. Other team members will disable security fields, analyze data, converse with you as the mission progresses, and add some much-needed firepower in the tough battle sequences. Elite Force uses the Quake III engine to good effect, serving up some beautiful environments, colorful special effects, and smooth frame rates. The architecture used by each race is unique so that it isn't too repetitive. Elite Force stays very true to the source material, as we discovered the first time we beamed into a Borg cube and watched the inhabitants march by as if we weren't there. We shot a passing Borg to see what would happen, the massive environment sprung to life as the threat was detected and dozens of angry Borg converged on our position. The cast of the TV series provided the voices for their characters in the game, and the artists painstakingly modeled the interior of Voyager. It all lends an authentic flair to this fun game that belongs in the collection of any Star Trek fan. --T. Byrl Baker

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is as close as we've come so far to actually being able to participate in an away team mission. The plot of this first-person shooter is pure Star Trek: during a battle with an alien ship, the badly damaged USS Voyager is transported by mysterious means to a strange spaceship graveyard. It isn't long before the Voyager crew members discover they aren't the only abductees trying to patch their vessel together and escape, and the adventure begins. As a member of Voyager's newly formed hazard team, it's your job to secure required repair materials, gather information about the other survivors, and ultimately enable Voyager to resume its long journey home.

Frequently there are two or more team members with you (including familiar faces like Seven of Nine), which lets missions play out more like episodes from the series than a solo firefight that just happens to take place in a Star Trek setting. Other team members will disable security fields, analyze data, converse with you as the mission progresses, and add some much-needed firepower in the tough battle sequences. Elite Force uses the Quake III engine to good effect, serving up some beautiful environments, colorful special effects, and smooth frame rates. Our only gripe is that all the missions take place inside various spacecraft, but the architecture used by each race is unique so that it isn't too repetitive.

Elite Force stays very true to the source material, as we discovered the first time we beamed into a Borg cube and watched the inhabitants march by as if we weren't there. We shot a passing Borg to see what would happen, and the massive environment sprung to life as the threat was detected and dozens of angry Borg converged on our position. The cast of the TV series provided the voices for their characters in the game, and the artists painstakingly modeled the interior of Voyager. It all lends an authentic flair to this fun game that belongs in the collection of any Star Trek fan. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Almost like participating in an episode of the show
  • Better than average voice acting
  • Authentic environments, visuals, and sounds add to the experience
Cons:
  • Somewhat boring weapons
  • Plot-driven story line forces linear mission design


Elite Force is the ultimate in sci-fi first-person shooter action, using the Quake III Arena engine--the best 3-D shooter engine in existence. The first game based on the Star Trek Voyager universe, Elite Force pits players against a multitude of Star Trek enemies, including the relentless Borg and never-before-seen aliens in intense single-player and multiplayer combat missions. Elite Force has eight missions, plus between-missions game play on the Voyager ship. Each mission consists of multiple levels, ranging from 2 to 5. All away missions take place on other alien space ships or space stations.
Features:
  • Like Star Trek Voyager? Buy this!
  • Like first person shoot-em-ups? Buy this!
  • Like multiplayer online games? Buy this!
  • The most engrosing, scripted, fun, recognisable, visualy stunning, atmospheric, intelligent and fun Star Trek game you will play.
  • Multiplayer LAN and Internet play supported.

Customer Reviews:

  • great game
    This is certainly one of my favorite 1st person shooter games and since I'm a fan of the show it makes all the more interesting. The graphics are of course out dated but still very detailed and interactive. I'd love to see more of this quality game. ...more info
  • By Far the Best Star Trek Game Ever!!!
    Star Trek Voyager Elite Force is by far the best star trek game created for the pc. The story line is great and the graphics are awesome. Voyager gets pulled into an unknown part of space from a shockwave, just after they destroyed an unfriendly ship. They discover that they are in some sort of starship grave yard that is protected by some sort of generator. The new Hazard Team, commmanded by Lt. Commander Tuvok is instructed to find out what they can about there situation, and try to resolve it. You are Ensign Munro (you can be male or female,) 2nd in command of the Hazard Team. This game also has a very fun multiplayer gameplay. Elite Force would be a great game for any Star Trek fan, and lots of non-star trek fans like this game too. Make sure you get this game!!!...more info
  • Extremely realistic!
    STV: EF not only has great graphics, but it's a lot like being in and actual episode! The Borg are just like in the show, they won't attack unless they consider you a threat. The holomatches are incredible! I am totally addicted. My sister was yelling at me for hours to get off. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I can't wait to get the expansion pack....more info
  • Very fun game
    Overall, I thought that this game was very fun. You have a large choice of weapons such as standard phaser, phaser rifle, scavenger rifle, tachyon pulse, Infinity modulator. I am a major Star Trek fan so I really liked it that I could explore the ship, which is something that I have always wanted to do. Also, the whole game wasn't just shoot, kill, shoot, and kill. There were a few missions that you could simply go to the lounge and talk with the crew and so-on. There were some things that were a setback for me. My computer has 350 mhz processor, 128 mb of RAM, plenty of hard drive space, a 52x cd-rom drive, and an 8 mb graphics card. Now, obviously, I am not saying that I have the best system in the world but it is decent. There is nothing wrong with my computer, but the sound is always skipping, it lagged a bit, and the loading times were sometimes very long and I had it on max. install. The requirements are 266 mhz, 64 mb of RAM, 'bout 600 mb hard drive space & 8 mb graphics. So i am dissapointed with that. And, I need to make a comment on the story line. It just seemed like activision didn't spend much time on the story line. It was your typical aliens trying to take over the galaxy and only voyager could stop them. And to me it seemed to melodramatic. However I did think that the game was fun and am still not tired of it after a couple of months. If you have a good cmputer, I would reccomend this game to you, especially if you are a Star Trek fan....more info
  • For once, Star Trek DOESN'T suck horse apples.
    I can't take Star Trek. I used to love it, but I try to watch it now, and...no. Can't do it. I liked the original series, and Next Generation was pretty good for a while, but after Roddenberry died, everything fell apart. Deep Space Nine is just a badly disguised clone of Babylon 5. Voyager was boring, uninspired, repetitive, and flatter than a piece of paper. It should've been cancelled years ago. Enterprise? Please. Even the UPN executives couldn't keep that thing going.

    So, why am I here, giving a Star Trek game a good review? Simple; because it's everything the shows and movies stopped being a long time ago:

    It's exciting. It's thrilling. It's challenging. It makes you think. The people in it are actual PEOPLE, not a bunch of cardboard cutouts in black pajamas and weird makeup trying to advance the useless plot. And above all, you never ONCE hear anyone say anything remotely like "Modify the subspace harmonic phase variance yada yada yada..." If I never hear that weak plot device crap again, it'll be too soon. Not only that, it has things and concepts in it that not only make you think, "Yeah, they SHOULD have something like that," it'll also make you say, "Why didn't they EVER have that?"

    The idea behind the game is this. Since Voyager (grr...)is on the far side of the galaxy, far away from any backup, Janeway and Tuvok develop a new kind of away team. This new unit, called the Hazard Team, is made up of special forces crewmen assembled to take on challenging missions that regulars can't handle, like a SWAT team compared to regular police. The team's just been created when Voyager (rr...) gets sucked into a mysterious region of space and immobilized. You play as Ensign Alex (or Alexandria...how PC) Munro, the Hazard Team's second-in-command. And during the game, you'll have run-ins with mysterious aliens, hostile scavengers, the Borg, and a new race created only for this game.

    Raven Software did a great job on this game. The environments are bigger than what you'd expect from the TV shows, the aliens are more imaginative, the weapons are much more impressive and realistic, and the combat is gripping in some parts, especially when you're facing a stampede of Borg. Your teammates all have their own personalities and functions, and the patter between them is actually worth listening to. They're even FUNNY when they tell JOKES. Who knew?

    Unfortunately, the game does fizzle in a few places. It uses the same "sound as wallpaper" approach to background music, so there isn't a single nanosecond that isn't drenched in bland New Age elevator muzak. Some of the weapons don't have convincing sounds, like the Tetryon Gatling Gun; you'd think it was shooting soap bubbles. Not only that, but you're limited to only two types of ammunition for eight different weapons, so if you run out of one of those two, half your arsenal's kaput. And worst of all, at some points, you have to LISTEN to the boring regular VOYAGER cast members while they spout off about unimportant crap. That one's easy enough to fix, though, if you do what I do; turn the sound off and wait it out.

    I know I should end this review with something inspiring, like how in the right hands, even a lump of coal can shine like a diamond, but I've got nothing.

    But it IS a lot more fun and entertaining than Star Trek's been for at least fifteen years, and that ain't bad, either....more info
  • None better
    With absolute certainty, this is the absolute best first person role playing and first person shooter combined for the Star Trek game genre. There were high expectations for the second installment of Elite Force and I believe that the second one would have been beter with an improved storyline. The original EF story line is awesome and certainly keeps your interest for the duration of the game. The better graphics of the second one and the fact that it is picking up after Voyager returns to Earth (at the game's beginning) and you end up working on the Enterprise for our favorite bald captain with open space before you and a new group of Elite Force members who are not quite as interesting as the other one on VGER. Anyway, multiplayer online play is STILL ongoing for STEF 1 but there was hardly any for the second. If you are looking for single player action, get both games as they will be worth your money if you at least like Star Trek and you will enjoy them. If there was a third installment, and it used the latest graphics technologies available, I would buy it in a heartbeat....more info
  • Star Trek version of Jedi Outcast
    Well kind of... if u played JK2 be4 this... wish I have. Its fun. I lept into it. Its almost easy... but the Borg are hard to kill with their shields (I use god... don't contraadict me!!) this game is awesome!...more info