DescriptionStar Trek: Bridge Commander puts the player in the role of the new captain of the starship USS Dauntless right after the previous captain perished in a sudden and mysterious explosion of the Vesuvi star which wiped out the nearer half of the planets in the system. Narrowly escaping the fallout, the ship is repaired, receives a new first officer and is tasked with investigating the background of the event throughout the region of space referred to as the Maelstrom, encountering other Federation, Klingon, Ferengi, Romulan, and Cardassian ships, as well as a new race known only as the Kessok.
The player can control the ship and its operations by speaking to the relevant personnel (e.g. hailing and moving the ship by talking to ensign LoMar, or managing the ship's power output and repairs by talking to chief engineer Brex), and can do so either from a first-person perspective from the captain's chair or by viewing the ship from the outside. The ship is almost entirely controllable through hotkeys, and its weapons can be fired manually via mouse controls. If the player's ship is joined by other friendly ships, they can be given simple commands.
The singleplayer campaign is split to 8 episodes, each with its own sub-missions, which form a larger storyline. Unlike many other licensed Star Trek games, combat is not the only focus of the game, as there are missions where exploration and assisting endangered colonies and ships is the main objective. A diplomatic decision late in the game affects the circumstances of the finale. Between missions, the player often moves to Starbase 12 for repairs, stocking on torpedoes, and occasionally to receive more delicate assignments.
Aside from the singleplayer campaign, the game has a so-called "Quick Battle" mode where the player can initiate battles using ships, stations and other objects which appeared in the main campaign, and the player can control any ship from the list. This game mode is also available in multiplayer.
Part of the Following Groups
- Character Feature: Actual person's looks and voice
- Genre: Simulation - Space combat
- Inspiration: TV series
- Middleware: Gamebryo/Lightspeed/NetImmerse
- Star Trek licensees
|games xtreme||Mar 16, 2002||8.7 out of 10||87|
|Play.tm||Mar 21, 2002||85 out of 100||85|
|Peliplaneetta.net||Apr 16, 2002||85 out of 100||85|
|ActionTrip||Mar 13, 2002||85 out of 100||85|
|Game Captain||Mar 30, 2002||82 out of 100||82|
|GameSpot||Mar 11, 2002||8.2 out of 10||82|
|PC Zone Benelux||May, 2002||77 out of 100||77|
|Game Informer Magazine||Apr, 2002||7 out of 10||70|
|PC Action||Mar 11, 2002||66 out of 100||66|
|Game Over Online||Mar 12, 2002||55 out of 100||55|
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TriviaIn 2003, Activision denounced their contract with Viacom and gave back the Star Trek license prematurely. At this moment, only 5,000 German copies had been manufactured. Therefore, Star Trek: Bridge Commander is in the full sense of the word a limited edition. A re-release is impossible without Activision owning the license.
Related Web Sites
- Bridge Commander Universe (Page with game info, forums and various mods.)
- Star Trek: Bridge Commander (An anthology of mods for the game)
- Star Trek: Bridge Commander: Kobayashi Maru (Kobayashi Maru is an enhancement to Star Trek: Bridge Commander, it brings many advanced features to both quick battle and multiplayer to deliver to you a new and exciting experience.)
- Star Trek: Bridge Commander on Wikipedia (Information about Star Trek: Bridge Commander on Wikipedia.)