Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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As a huge fan of the series, Star Trek: Bridge Crew was a game that I was very excited to check out for the Oculus Rift. I actually played this first on the PSVR so I was very interested to see if the warp drive was engaged for the Rift version of the game just a tad more. So, let’s get ready to take the bridge and make sure our mission goes off without a hitch!

While I am a big Star Trek fan, I was a little worried that Star Trek: Bridge Crew was going to be a bit too “sim” for my liking. From what I understand that is the case with many other folks too. Surprisingly, this is not as hard a game to get the hang of and figure out as you would think and while I would still say it is a “sim” kind of game. I do feel that it is the kind of game anyone can jump in and play.

The setting of the game is the current “Chris Pine as Kirk” Star Trek universe. I do not mind this at all as I love those movies. The game takes place on the bridge of the SS Aegis and you are part of a crew that is helping the Vulcans find a new home. There are four positions for you to play as on the bridge. You can be the captain an engineer, a tactical officer, and a helm officer. While you are all working towards the same goal, each position has its own things for you to do.

I liked how different each position was. From having to fix the warp drive if you are the engineer to making sure that the shields are up or down at the right time if you are the helm officer. Each role has plenty of things to do and working together and communicating with the rest of your bridge crew is key to getting through anything that is thrown your way. From fixing the ship to fighting off the Klingons, you always have something that needs your attention in the game.

Using touch controls is quite easy. I found that my movements were picked up a bit better here and a tad more precise than they were on the PSVR version of Star Trek: Bridge Crew. While you can play the game on your own, the most fun is when you have a full crew of people. Which as I write this review is actually easier said than done as the player base does seem to have dwindled quite a bit since the game originally launched.

One thing that I really think is missing in the game is some kind of free roam mode. You are confined to your position on the Bridge and while it is cool to look around and see all of the little details. I really wish that I was able to look around other parts of the ship or even have the ability to look around the whole of the bridge more than I do.

I liked the PSVR version and I think that on the Oculus Rift, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is also a great experience. I had a really fun time when I was able to play this with other people and I did like how the touch controllers worked with this game as they did make it a more immersive experience. It is also worth noting that while the default game is set in this current movie universe. You can also get some paid DLC that is all about Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Pros:

Awesome if you are a fan of Star Trek

Four different roles to assume on the bridge

When you are playing with other folks it is a blast

It has a pretty engaging story

They have made the game accessible to all skill levels

Cons:

It is not the deepest game

The player base is not huge these days

PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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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.

Pros:

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

Cons:

It might not be as deep of a sim as some are hoping for

Some of the graphics are rather basic