Star Trek: Generations
MicroProse have released further details of their new blockbuster Star Trek: Generations, due out at the end of the year.
Developed by Spectrum HoloByte, it's based on last year's film flop which brought Kirk face to face with Jean-Luc Picard. Like the first game which used the TNG license, Generations will feature the voices of the original cast (William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Stewart etal) plus all the right noises and 'sets'.
But the developers have changed direction since their last foray and opted for an in-yer-face System Shock style first-person perspective view to bring the player straight into the thick of it; they've also incorporated a new 3D ship battle mode, so we can expect a bit more action. A new transitional section called 'Stellar Cartography' is where much of the plot development takes place via movie segments and voice-overs, all enacted (of course) by the original Generations cast.
Spectrum HoloByte have tried to keep the plot's tempo a little more upbeat from the original movie's storyline with a mad scientist, Soran (McDowell), who attempts to re-enter a galactic ribbon of energy called the Nexus by destroying a series of suns, thus killing any of the solar system's inhabitants. The player must defeat Soran through engaging him in a number of action and space combat encounters using various skills and tactics. The first-person perspective part takes place when the player assumes the persona of one of the film's characters and beams down onto a planet, spacestation or enemy starship. By interacting with numerous other NPCs (Non-Player Characters) from all over the galaxy, players must use their phasers, tricorders and any other equipment they find along the way to solve various puzzles and locate the evil Soran, while also 'disabling' any of his inter-galactic cronies that dare to get in the way.
The space combat sections feature epic battles in space between the Enterprise and enemy ships from all the various different empires. The player must take control of the Enterprise, select the right weapons, control the ship's systems and devise a winning strategy in order to survive a fight to the death in deepest 3D space.
MicroProse stress however that Generations is more akin to System Shock and Ultima Underworld in that it encourages the player to explore a complex sci-fi world and meet set objectives, using ingenuity and problem-solving skills rather than simply reaching for a phaser at the first sniff of trouble. Star Trek: Generations is expected in the last quarter of this year. Until then, live long and prosper.
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