Star Trek: Starfleet Command
The player can choose to play a career that will span 30 years as the captain of a Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Gorn, Hydran, or Lyran ship. They begin with a small frigate class ship, and as they complete missions they gain prestige that is then spent on acquiring larger ships, and better crew.
The campaigns are randomly generated by the "Dynaverse" generator, with certain key missions that will come up as the player go through their 30 year career. Missions range from escorting and patrols, to space monster investigation and starbase assault.
There are over 300 different ships and ship mods to choose from and a wide array of weaponry. Phasers, Photons, Disruptors, Missiles(Drones), Expanding Sphere Generators, Plasmas, Hellbores, Fusion Beams, Mines, Marines, and Fighters. Effective management of the ships energy resources on the fly is critical, especially with all the weapons, shields, ECM, ECCM, tractor beams, shield reinforcements, and other options available for the player to use.
The game is played on a 2D plane, like the original boardgame's "hexmap."
The developers also released the .dll files to the public, so anyone adept at C++ programming can use these files to construct ships, missions, even entire campaigns. These can be downloaded at their website.
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I highly recommend this game to players interested in Star Trek combat. The fact that the game is 2D does not hurt the gameplay, especially since ships in the ST Universe seem to travel along the same plane anyway. There is a steep learning curve, but as you improve, the game becomes more satisfying.
I would not recommend this game for players looking for a story-driven game in the Star Trek universe. While the campaign missions for each race have a story arc, it is clearly intended to provide a context for combat situations.
Finally, despite a shoddy initial release, Interplay has released several patches that bring this game up to speed and the version I played (1.03) was highly stable. This is also a game that is heavily fan supported and many mods can be found online.
Great mission editor but poor campaign mode. by William Shawn McDonie (1153)
Don’t get too excited about the campaign mode before you start and maybe the let down won't be too bad. It would have helped me.
The First good Star Trek game i've played by Krystman (8)
It's the first really good StarTrek game I've played.