I've been playing the Star Trek console game. It is surprisingly good (so far).
The opening scenario on a disintegrating semi-clandestine solar power research station built and operated by Vulcans hits a lot of good notes. Gameplay is simple and fluid. Its well voiced by the movie actors in nearly all major bridge-crew roles. The banter in solid if not perfect (a few weak spots but the highlights are very bright indeed). Its made good use of politics in the Federation and continues to reinforce the notion that many high ranking officers of Star Fleet are analogous to independent warlords with a common credo but quite individual ideas how to use their budgets in the Federation's best interest. And some of them think Kirk's position is a bunch of homeworld cronyism. Kind of fun to watch Kirk get dressed down for holding a command he really does have no right to beyond having friends in high places
. I feel like the writers of this game have watched some of those "everything wrong with the new Trek movie" videos and saw some valid criticisms that could be used in-setting.
The weapons I've discovered far have been a nice shooter take on the Star Trek universe with primary and secondary modes at are sometimes obvious and right (hand phasers with kill/stun settings) and sometimes surprising and still right (Gorn bio-rifle can cough out a large caliber blob good for knocking down shielded targets when your usual hissing spray of bullets isn't enough). With two distinct cultures in play, the Federation Weapons and Gorn Weapons have actual character both in appearance and behavior. The Federation assault longarm's secondary function reinforces you personal shield, while the Gorn Sniper riffle also double as a beaming beacon allowing you to summon/direct a hover-drone escort.
The Gorn have also been very nicely embellished with various castes, roles, and body types. I've only scratched the surface and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
More later, but for now I am wildly satisfied for a disk I picked up for $20. Excellent production values all around.