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Platform 360, PS3, Win Publisher Namco Bandai Developer Digital Extremes Release Date 04/23/2013

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Star Trek: The Game review: captain's log

Is there a worse fit for Star Trek than a third-person, cover-based shooter? Is there a worse fit for the world of Star Trek, that subversively powerful force of social equality and acceptance, than a brainless, cover-based third-person shooter? I submit that there is not. (You do get to pilot the Enterprise for one stage, but by "pilot" I mean you play a terrible, poorly explained turret minigame.) Everywhere else, Kirk and his partner Spock are given optional objectives that emphasize phasers set on stun rather than kill, but rewards are paltry and a fourth of the game's achievements are built on accruing kills. So, you tell me. At one point, a crew member on the radio refers to the Gorn (the disposable phaser blast catchers that keep you from your objectives) as "creatures." A...

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Star Trek, Jessica Chobot, League of Legends: Speed Run

Star Trek: Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams responds to the poor critical reception of Namco Bandai's Star Trek: The Video Game. In our latest feature, we profile Jessica Chobot, a games industry writer and video personality who has transitioned to pen the script for Zombie Studios' upcoming horror title Daylight. This weekend marks the start of the League of Legends World Championship, which you can brief yourself on by reading our two viewers' guides. Star Trek director J.J. Abrams 'emotionally hurt' by Star Trek: The Video Game Jessica Chobot: Stepping Into Daylight A viewer's guide to the League of Legends World Championship League of Legends World Championship viewers guide: the teams, the players, the stories

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Star Trek director J.J. Abrams 'emotionally hurt' by Star Trek: The Video Game

Director J.J. Abrams revealed he was "emotionally hurt" by the quality of Star Trek: The Video Game, believing his film Star Trek Into Darkness suffered because of it, GamerHubVideos reports. Abrams and his team dropped their involvement with the video game spin-off once the direction of the game became clear, he said during a launch party for the film's DVD. "The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in from the very beginning and then we sort of realized it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out and they continued to do it despite... y'know." he said. "To me the video game could have been something that actually really benefited the series and was an exciting, fun game...

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Green Man Gaming launches 666 sale, first round includes Borderlands, Resident Evil and more

Green Man Gaming, the online retailer based in the U.K., launched its 666 sale this morning, which will offer six discounts of up to 75 percent every six hours for the next six days, according to the sale's listing online. The 666 sale's first round kicked off at 11 a.m. ET today and will end at 4 p.m. ET. Discounts and links to the downloadable PC games include the following: Borderlands 2 with the game's season pass for $14.99 (normally $59.98) Guns of Icarus Online for $3.99 (normally $19.99) Killing Floor for $4.99 (normally $19.99), the game's Complete Pack (which includes DLC) for $12.49 (normally $19.99) and various discounts on DLC Lucius for $4.99 (normally $19.99) Resident Evil 6 for $19.99 (normally $39.99) Star Trek for $16.99 (normally $49.99) Those who...

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Publisher Perfect World and Cryptic Studios create new MMO development studio

Publisher Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios have formed a new development division called Cryptic North, to assist Cryptic Studios in the ongoing growth of free-to-play superhero massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Champions Online, and provide support for other MMO titles. The Seattle-based studio is also working with Cryptic Studios to provide development support with sci-fi MMO Star Trek Online and free-to-play fantasy MMO Neverwinter. Cryptic North is headed by 15-year industry veteran and Flying Lab Software co-founder, Russell Williams. Flying Lab Software created pirate-themed MMO Pirates of the Burning Sea and railroad sim Rails Across America. "I look forward to working closely with Perfect World and the talented developers at Cryptic...

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Star Trek Online dev blog details Romulan Republic personnel, expansion beta opens May 10

Perfect World Entertainment detailed the Romulan Republic personnel in Star Trek Online's upcoming expansion, Legacy of Romulus, in a recent dev blog on the game's official site. In the new expansion, players can chose to be a Federation, Klingon Empire, or Romulan Republic captain. Romulan Republic faction players have access to faction-specific Bridge and Duty Officers, that can only be used by Romulan Captains. Romulan players can get access to Duty Officers by conducting recruitment assignments offered by the Duty Officer Recruitment contact located at New Romulus Command. Bridge Officers are recruited a number of ways, such as through New Romulus Command when players level up. You can check out the dev blog for the full details. Beginning May 10, the expansion will be available...

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Xbox Video Awards winners announced, winning titles on sale until May 6

Microsoft announced the winners of its debut Xbox Video Awards, where Xbox Live users were given the chance to vote for their favorite movies and television shows in a number of candid categories. Winners of the 13 lighthearted categories include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for "Best Use of Facial Hair," The Walking Dead for "Favorite Use of Zombies" and The Expendables 2 for "Most Egregious use of Testosterone." Winning titles will be on sale until May 6. Users were also invited to submit questions to Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams about the upcoming movie, which hits theaters May 17. Watch his response to a user submitted question in the above video. The full list of categories and respective winners are as follows: Favorite Comic Book Movie The Amazing S...

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Speed Run: Nintendo, Valve, Electronic Arts, Star Trek: The Game

Nintendo shared its plans to boost Wii U sales and how it will use the GamePad's near-field communication capabilities — as well as announced it will not be holding a press conference at E3 2013. Valve introduced Steam Subscription Plans, a way for players to manage their subscription-based games. Electronic Arts closed two studios and implemented another round of layoffs. Star Trek: The Game will not live long and prosper. Nintendo to skip E3 2013 press conference in favor of smaller directed events Iwata thinks some didn't buy Wii U because they thought it was a Wii peripheral Nintendo plans to use Wii U GamePad's NFC to make small payments easy Valve unveils Steam Subscription Plans, beginning with Darkfall: Unholy Wars EA Partners reportedly facing closure EA restructure...

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John Needham appointed studio head of Fable developer Lionhead

John Needham, former CEO of Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment, has been appointed studio head of Fable developer Lionhead Studios, according to a recent posting on the developer's website. As CEO, Needham oversaw development studios that have created games like City of Heroes and Star Trek Online (Cryptic) and Marvel Heroes (Gazillion). Lionhead's post touts his experience with massively multiplayer online role-playing games, free-to-play titles as well as PC and mobile games. "This is a historic time in our industry and I'm excited, and honored, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios," Needham said. "Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft's...

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Star Trek: The Video Game launch trailer sets the Enterprise against evil lizard aliens

A new trailer from Namco Bandai is out to celebrate the launch of Star Trek: The Video Game, laying out the story and what's at stake. The Federation has invented a new wonder device called the Helios machine to help rebuild the devastated world of New Vulcan. However, a new alien race of humanoid lizard-men called the Gorn shows up and tries to take control of the Helios machine for their own ends. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise can't let that happen, which is where the player comes in. The Gorn showed up in the classic 1960s original Star Trek series, though their appearance then was slightly different — a fact that the game's marketing has poked fun at. Star Trek: The Video Game is out today for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

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Star Trek trailer details the game’s original story

Namco Bandai released a new trailer detailing Star Trek's original storyline, which follows Kirk and Spock as they take on the Gorn and recover a lost device. Brian Miller, Paramount Pictures senior vice president and host of the video, explained that the team "wanted to tell an original story." That began with hiring Marianne Krawczyk, who is best known for penning the God of War trilogy. According to Miller, the game's story will be canon to the Star Trek universe. The game takes place after the 2009 film and before Into Darkness, due out this summer. Star Trek is currently slated for release April 23 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Check out the video above for a glimpse at the story and gameplay.

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer Digital Extremes
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  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer Digital Extremes
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  • Windows
    • Released 04/23/2013
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer Digital Extremes
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