Star Trek Legacy review

  • Commanding dozens of ships
  • All five captains lending voices
  • Fast and frenetic action
  • All action, no diplomacy
  • Horrible fleet controls
  • Extreme difficulty

Somehow, the spirit that makes the Star Trek franchise so appealing got lost during the development of Star Trek Legacy. We don't remember a single conflict that crept up in the game being resolved by diplomacy. Didn't the charismatic captains of the Star Trek vessels try everything they could to avoid firing those phasers? Even the trigger-happy Kirk refrained at times - especially if he thought he could nail an alien babe.

Not in Legacy. Get those shields up, power up the photon banks and get ready to blast your way through scores of Klingon, Romulan and Borg bad guys. Legacy is less of a Trek experience than it is a team based combat game. You command as many as four ships at once, though the interface you use to give those orders leaves a lot to be desired. You can only issue the most basic of commands, and most of them translate to "Attack!"

Even in the earlier levels of the campaign, you'll encounter wave after wave of enemy vessels, intent upon phasering holes through the hulls of your limited fleet of ships. You can buy new ships between levels through the use of money-like command points, and as you traverse through the Trek eras from Enterprise (shudder) through the original series and on to the Next Generation timeframe, you'll add to your fleet and sell off the older vessels. The visuals are nice, but the ships are dull and lack detail, but they do damage very nicely.

Legacy, on the whole, feels like a port of a console game, not only with its emphasis on action but also with its simplistic view of space combat. While you can move up and down, most of the combat takes place on a fairly flat plane. Also cumbersome is the inability to save wherever you like, a doubly-annoying concern because the missions can take twenty minutes or more to complete... or fail. Blow it, and you have to replay the whole glacially-paced affair from the start.

The game is rescued, somewhat, by its multiplayer modes, which enables two-to-four-player deathmatch and co-op "survival" versus endless enemies via the internet. The shoot-everything-that-moves philosophy works a lot better outside of the campaign, when you're simply trying to blow human-controlled ships to atoms.

Legacy was widely foreseen to be the be-all and end-all of Star Trek games, and, in reality, it's just not. While it's nice to hear the voices of the various captains (especially Shatner and Stewart), it never feels like a Trek adventure. As an action game, it suffers from poor controls and awful fleet (read: wingman) commands that gum up the works. Still, wearing down the shields of those dastardly Romulan vessels and finishing them off with photon torpedoes can be satisfying, sometimes elevating Legacy ever-so-briefly above mediocrity.

More Info

Release date: Dec 14 2006 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Action
Published by: Bethesda
Developed by: Mad Doc Software
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Fantasy Violence, Language

1 comment

  • olfox88 - December 2, 2008 5:43 p.m.

    This game takes a while to get used to but once you do its fun. a few hints: The leavel where you have to "protect" the medical ships (Enterpise era) just stay to the left the Green ships (lol) attack from there star base on the left side of the screen. they will attack 2 at a time so having 4 ships at this time is a must. 3 Posiden (like the ship you help out of the nedula in the frist mission) and the Enterprise will get you thou .oh and another thing the yorktown class ( the last b ship on the ship selctor in Enerprise era) suks its slow and realy not that powerfull. and the mission where you help the star base in wich you meat a lot of little green ships. it helps if you wait till a lot of them are near the mines and then hail them (this will also get you a a nice achment) and once the pleage carries unclock just power down your engins get behind them and open fire with torpedos and phasers (oh another thing at this time you have no shild so go ahead and give all power to the weapons). when you finly get to the next gen. the first mission is easy just blow away the rocks and move the plat forms around. ships i recomed if you lost one or 2 thou the tos era the apollo refit is perfet for this mission since there fast and easy to aim. tractor the platforms in place alot faster using this ship. good luck

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