Star Trek: Klingon Academy
Interplay have pitched Star Trek: Klingon Academy as the first of a new breed of space simulators - boldly going where no other space simulator has gone before. This may sound like the sort of ballyhoo that spews forth from marketing departments across the planet, but just take a look at some of the screenshots.
For starters, the 3D accelerated universe is filled with grand-scale ships that seem a whole lot more realistic than before. This is thanks to Interplay's in-house development team, who went to considerable lengths making sure that lighting conditions seem 'spot on' and true to the movies. The end result is that objects don't look so angular and sterile - a major problem with polygonal 3D games these days.
Many of the ships in Klingon Academy are accurate models of familiar craft. For example, take a look at the USS Excelsior and the way its call sign is lovingly illuminated from underneath. Or the way the eerie floodlighting on Attack Cruisers paints a ghostly green outline against the blackness of space. Just like on the goggle box and big screen. Importantly for Trekkies, the plot puts you at the helm of a Klingon Bird of Prey for the first time ever. You have been inducted into the prestigious Klingon Defence Force's Elite Command Academy and are to be instructed by none other than General Chang, the greatest living cowpat head in the whole Klingon empire. You get to learn the code of the honourable warrior, battle tactics, and warship command - sitting at the helm of large-scale craft as they sock it out with the United Federation of Planets in a simulated war.
"The goal for Klingon Academy was to come up with a new Star Trek experience, totally different from anything you've ever seen before," says Raphael Hernandez, producer at Interplay. We rubbed our chins, and asked if there was more to the game than a simple swapping of sides.
"Players see everything from the enemy's point of view, but the game is so much more than that. It features diverse tactical environments such as asteroid fields, nebulae, ion storms and black holes. We've included new weapons, new graphics, new objects, new craft and an interactive space terrain. It's not just about being a Klingon." The new weapons systems require specialist tactics, depending on the situation in which they are employed. Systems such as the Antimatter Field Projector Device and Tractor Beam Resonator Cannon sound complicated - and they are.
The game is based around over 30 different missions and includes an elaborate editor that enables players to create even more. As these missions progress, the simulated war turns real and you are asked to fight alongside General Chang in a considerably larger, real-life struggle. Battles become sprawling engagements that consist almost entirely of capital-size ships from the six distinct Klingon races. Many of these ships are exclusive to Klingon Academy and to Star Trek itself.
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