Star Trek: Bridge Crew Review 

January 17, 2018
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Star Trek Bridge Crew Review

One of the best virtual reality games for adults and the leading PlayStation VR game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the game true Trekkies have been waiting for, for decades and if you’re a true fan, it will quickly become your favorite virtual reality experience.

This game allows up to four players who can choose from four crew member positions. Every player will be assigned one of four stations on the bridge of the ship and can choose between using a gamepad or the Motion controller to man the station. Working together, players must show true teamwork skills in order to accomplish each mission. As you can see, this game sets players up for an exciting mission through space in the most popular sci-fi setting there is.

The Game Every Trekkie Has Been Waiting For

Each of the stations on the ship offers unique capabilities and certain functions, so switching the station you man each time you play the game will keep it interesting and exciting.

Engineer: Working as an engineer, you’ll direct power to specific systems in order to minimize or increase a system’s effectiveness. You’ll also be about to reroute power to different systems on a temporary basis in order to provide said system with a much-needed quick boost of power. If the ship takes on some damage during combat it’ll be your job to manage a repair team, patching up the ship ASAP in order to contain the damage.

Tactical Officer: The position of the tactical officer isn’t quite as popular as that of the helm officer, but they do get the fun job of scanning objects, and weeding out any navigational hazards. Other duties include lowering and raising the ship’s shields and using photon torpedoes and phasers to disable or even destroy your enemies.

Helm Officer: Star Trek fans who have always wanted to pilot a starship will be vying for this position. As a helm officer you can align the ship on warp vectors or impulse, plot the ship’s course to navigation points, and of course, manage the throttle.

Captain: Always wanted to be captain of a Starfleet ship? Now is your chance. The captain station focuses on coordinating the efforts of the other stations, answering incoming communications, alerting your crew to mission objectives, and working the main viewscreen. Of course, this position is the only one that can take total control of all the stations.

Additionally, each player will share controls for the ship’s transporter.

Choosing Your Starfleet Gaming Experience

While these jobs may sound complicated initially, they’re actually fairly simple. Basically, you’ll have four options to choose from in terms of how you want to interact with other players in the game. However, there’s a little more to the game. In fact, even the captain doesn’t have everything they need to get their job done and must rely on other crew members to get through combat safely, which is part of the genius of the game.

While the captain knows how to complete a mission and what the objective is, he or she will still need help from the other stations in order to actually accomplish a mission. The helm officer can set the course  and maneuver the ship, but they will still need the help of the engineer in order to prime the ship for warp speeds.

While the tactical officer can destroy any threats that come their way, they need both the engineer and helm officer to ensure there’s enough power for battle and to keep the ship at a safe range. The engineer must keep the ship in excellent working order, but they also must balance demands and power needs between the other stations.

If you think about it, controlling all of these functions under combat while trying to complete missions requires excellent teamwork and assertiveness from each player in order to get the job done.

The best part of this game is how it teaches players how to operate like a true Star Trek bridge crew.

Campaigns are disappointingly short, lasting only three to five hours at most. You can switch the game to the ongoing missions mode which generates a set of randomized missions and challenges that can put your crew’s teamwork to the test. These missions are pretty fun, but clearly, they’re missing something in terms of a storyline.

Pros

  • Hardcore Star Trek fans will love the graphics and atmosphere that transports them aboard a realistic Starfleet ship.
  • Teamwork is the name of the game. Each station officer must act professionally in order to accomplish a mission, further immersing the player in the role of a bridge crew member.
  • The graphics are mind-blowing and transport the gamer right into the Star Trek universe.

Cons

We wish the campaigns lasted longer than just a few hours.

Some of the missions feel more like lengthy tutorials designed to teach you how to work each station. A little more drama and suspense would go a long way.

We also would have liked to have seen more interaction with other crew members, such as conference room meetings to strategize on upcoming battles.

If horror gaming is more your thing, then this Star Trek game will be a sure disappointment. Instead, take a look at the latest and greatest from the Doom world and check out our Doom VFR review.

One of the best virtual reality games for adults and the leading PlayStation VR game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the game true Trekkies have been waiting for, for decades and if you’re a true fan, it will quickly become your favorite virtual reality experience. This game allows up to four players who can choose from four crew member positions. Every player will be assigned one of four stations on the bridge of the ship and can choose between using a gamepad or the Motion controller to man the station. Working together, players must show true teamwork skills in order to accomplish each mission. As you can see, this game sets players up for an exciting mission through space in the most popular sci-fi setting there is. The Game Every Trekkie Has Been Waiting For Each of the stations on the ship offers unique capabilities and certain functions, so switching the station you man each time you play the game will keep it interesting and exciting. Engineer: Working as an engineer, you’ll direct power to specific systems in order to minimize or increase a system’s effectiveness. You’ll also be about to reroute power to different systems on a temporary basis in order to provide said system with a much-needed quick boost of power. If the ship takes on some damage during combat it’ll be your job to manage a repair team, patching up the ship ASAP in order to contain the damage. Tactical Officer: The position of the tactical officer isn’t quite as popular as that of the helm officer, but they do get the fun job of scanning objects, and weeding out any navigational hazards. Other duties include lowering and raising the ship’s shields and using photon torpedoes and phasers to disable or even destroy your enemies. Helm Officer: Star Trek fans who have always wanted to pilot a starship will be vying for this position. As a helm officer you can align the ship on warp vectors or impulse, plot the ship’s course to navigation points, and of course, manage the throttle. Captain: Always wanted to be captain of a Starfleet ship? Now is your chance. The captain station focuses on coordinating the efforts of the other stations, answering incoming communications, alerting your crew to mission objectives, and working the main viewscreen. Of course, this position is the only one that can take total control of all the stations. Additionally, each player will share controls for the ship’s transporter. Choosing Your Starfleet Gaming Experience While these jobs may sound complicated initially, they’re actually fairly simple. Basically, you’ll have four options to choose from in terms of how you want to interact with other players in the game. However, there’s a little more to the game. In fact, even the captain doesn’t have everything they need to get their job done and must rely on other crew members to get through combat safely, which is part of the genius of the game. While the captain knows how…

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Conclusion & Rating

While this game is more designed for the true Trekkie, even gamers who aren’t longtime fans of the show and movies will appreciate the amazing graphics and complex missions that really throw you into the game. This game offers a brilliant virtual reality experience, forcing VR technology to put more of an emphasis on teamwork and social interaction in such a way that it makes the gamer feel like a real part of the Starfleet team. If you finally want your chance to man the bridge and work closely with Starfleet crew members, then the Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the game you’ve been waiting for. We gave this game a rating of five out of five stars.

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