Star Trek: The Next Generation - Birth of the Federation

  • Developer: MicroProse
  • Genre: Strategy/Wargame
  • Originally on: Windows (1999)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Game Overview

Star Trek the Next Generation Birth of the Federation was released in the same year as the movie, Star Trek Insurrection. It is not tied down to that game, but they both came out in a similar time frame, a few months if I remember correctly. I am a massive fan of The Next Generation, that was the Star Trek that I grew up with and as my dad was a fan too, we always would get the new Star Trek games, PC gamers had it made with Star Trek games back in the day and this is one that often gets forgotten about.

Rule The Galaxy

The main game mode sees you get to take control of one of five different civilizations. You can play as The Federation, The Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, and Cardassians. There are a ton of other races/civilizations in the game as well that you will have dealings with. Everything in Star Trek the Next Generation Birth of the Federation is themed around The Next Generation so if that particular form of Star Trek does not float your boat, you may have a tough time getting into this. The goal of the game is to be the supreme force in the galaxy and to do this you have to deal with the other civilizations in various ways. You cannot just steamroll your way across the galaxy, you must use diplomacy and also develop your own civilization with various technologies and so on as well.

Captain Pickard Did Not Have It Easy

In order to reign supreme, you have a lot of work to do. There are many different tactics that you can do in this game. You can wage war, you can try and get along and you can even dabble in a bit of espionage as well. In order to get the best ships so you have a chance in battle, you will need to research technologies. There is a great deal going on and I feel that one of the strengths the game has is that everything is easy to figure out and you learn by playing. The only issue I really have with Star Trek the Next Generation Birth of the Federation is that the more areas of the galaxy you take control of, the more micromanaging you have to do. I found myself getting a bit bored the further I got into the game and while I did finish my playthrough as The Federation I never felt the desire to go back and try with a different civilization.

Engage!

The battle system in the game is very simplistic, when two ships meet you can battle and all that happens here is you will be giving orders and then watching as they happen. The AI here is not very smart at all and if you just bombard them, you will win 99/100. The battles are over very quickly. To me it is like they were an afterthought, you can move the camera around a bit if you like, but the game is not exactly a looker so I am not sure you would want to!

There are many Star Trek strategy games out there and for me, Star Trek the Next Generation Birth of the Federation is not one of the best ones. It is not a bad game by any means, it handles the strategy part pretty well. However, it is not a very exciting game and I say this as someone who loves The Next Generation. It gets rather boring and I could never see myself playing through it will all five factions.

7.5

Final Score

Pros:

  • I love how it is based around The Next Generation
  • You can play as five civilizations
  • Lots of other civilizations for you to interact with
  • There are a lot of things to keep an eye on
  • It is kind of cool how it tries to have a dynamic camera

Cons:

  • The whole game is not very exciting
  • The AI in battles is very, very dumb!

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-100

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Star Trek: The Next Generation - Birth of the Federation supports single modeSingle game mode

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