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I could start my Star Trek: Bridge Crew PlayStation VR review off with some cheesy pun-filled reference, but I am better than that. So prepare for warp speed as we… damn it! Anyway, this is a game that I was very excited to play. It was one of the early VR demos that I saw which really made me a believer in how VR could work. Plus, as I am a Star Trek fan, it was a natural fit for me.
One of the things that is worth noting is that this is not exactly what you would call a hardcore sim kind of game. I am sure many people have been put off giving Star Trek: Bridge Crew a try because they are scared it is a super in-depth sim game with a million things to do, remember and so on. That is not the case at all. Now I am not sure if this is intentional or not, but the game is far easier to get to grips with than I thought it would be.
The idea is that you play one of four positions on the SS Aegis. You are trying to find a new home for the Vulcans and the game is very much set in the recent movie universe. You have four roles that you can play. These are the captain, tactical officer, engineer and helm officer. Each one has very different objectives that you can do and each one requires teamwork in order to complete the tasks at hand.
If you play as the captain, for example, only you can see the exact mission objective. The engineer may have to repair the warp drive and the helm officer will need to make sure the shields are down if people are transporting. There is a fair bit for each role do to and I must say that the game is way more immersive when played with the PlayStation Move controllers as the panels that are in front of you are fun to touch. The buttons on the captain’s chair are pretty awesome too, but in a pinch when you are in a hurry it is easy to press the wrong one.
The story in the game is pretty cool and most of the missions that you will be taking part in will be battling Klingon spaceships. I found this to be really enjoyable as was trying to sneak past without getting seen. You can play on your own, but I found it to be a rather frustrating experience. The way to really get the best out of Star Trek: Bridge Crew is playing with other people. This is actually one of the most fun PSVR experiences I have had when playing with others.
The presentation is ok. The SS Aegis looks cool as does the deck of the original Enterprise. I just wish they let you walk around and see it in more detail. Instead, you are stuck in one of the four positions, which I get why they did it, but I am sure hardcore Star Trek fans will wish they could move around the whole ship. Little details like firing at enemies and fires on your deck are not the best quality, but it does not take you out of the game or anything like that.
I found Star Trek: Bridge Crew to be a very fun experience. I like Star Trek and I am happy with what they did here. I will say that playing with others and PlayStation Move controllers do make the game a much better experience so please keep that in mind. In all, I really do think this is a game worth checking out and it is not as much of a “sim” style game as many people think.
It has a great Star Trek atmosphere
Each of the four roles feels different
It is awesome when playing with other people
The story is far better than you would think
The game is actually very easy to get into
It might not be as deep of a sim as some are hoping for
Some of the graphics are rather basic