“ Depending on which alliance the player chooses to take control of, they will have different abilities: the Federation is an all rounder, Feregi excel at trading and economics Klingons have combat bonuses and Romulans have espionage. Take chosen empire from dawn of interstellar, meet with other races and form own colonies. „
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Star Trek Birth Of The Federation is a turn based strategy game based in the Star Trek Universe it is set in the Next Generation time with the ships and races coming from that time.
To begin with you have to select your race you can play as Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Ferengi or Cardassian each side has its own advantages over the other with there own collection of ships so plenty of different play options.
You can select different options to begin with like the size of the galaxy, minor races options like that to make the game either harder or easier as you like.
You expand your empire by building new settlements or befriending or conquering one of the minor races (each minor race has there own special benifit to you).
As in most strategy games you have resources and you have to spend these to improve your empire, either technology, food, new ships to help you explore or defend your empire.
Also there is the apperance of several random entinites that turn up that need to be destroyed like the gas cloud or even the Bog.
This game has also been heavly modded by fans so plenty more gameplay out there.
Also you do not need to be a star trek fan to enjoy this strategy game
Now this is how an empire-building game should be made, while concentrating on the empire rather than the combat you control how your planets are managed and how to expand your reach by either negotiation, combat or stealth.
Each of the five empires (Federation, Ferengi, Cardassian, Klingon and Romulan) have their own unique flavours with different events having either positive or negative affects on your populations morale depending on which empire you are playing as. For example the Federation are pacifists prefering peace treaties to warfare and so if you make peace with another race your morale will increase across the empire while declaring war will cause a sharp decrease, the Klingons on the other hand love war and so the opposite is true.
The combat controls are a little too simple, but the game was designed to be a management simulator rather than a combat one and so your orders during combat are rather limited to choosing one of five or so different general tactics and then letting each Captain fight their own way. More experienced crews are far better than newly formed ones and often far older ships can be taken into battle with relatively poor weapons and shields only to prevail nethertheless due to high crew experience.
The special events can be extremely difficult and range from losing money to pirates, discovering new technologies, sudden changes in diplomatic relations and even a full-on Borg invasion (warning Borg cubes are very, very hard and the best tactic I've found is to throw everything at them and hope for the best, preferably including a full Starbase if possible).
Research and espionage are both dealt with on a slightly offhanded manner with both having special structures that need to be built and general targets set before the actual running of projects and missions is taken over by automated systems. Although this seems a little annoying at first, especially to people who are used to the precise control of Civilisation or Imperium Galactica it can be releaving when your empire gets to covering a large section of the galaxy.
When I first read the review of this game, I wanted it. I wanted it because i'm a trekkie and I like star trek games. When I got home I played the game all day. I continued playing it a lot for months, until I thought I had beaten all aspects of the game. But surprise surprise, a few months later I picked it up and started to play again nad i'm still playing it now. Its slimply that good a game! However, I can't end there. The game itself is a mixture of strategy and action. The idea is to colonise all the galaxy with a race of your choice. Or (yes there are two ways to win) you can play on vendetta mode which means you have to eliminate two other empires (this depends on which empire you picked to start with.) The gameplay itself is good, as it is really easy to pick up. The added bonus is that although the interfaces for the five major empires look different, they are actually the same, so its easy enough to change and be different people without having too much hassle. Thats about it really. Trekkies will love it (plus they will love playing with people who aren't trekkies and boring them senseless with all the little details that are in there!) I say playing with other people because after two years, the computer is predictable, however, even with a simple serial cable you can play with another person, and with a proper network, you can eliminate the computer althogether and play with 5 people, this really adds a sense of atmosphere to the game. Altogether a great game and I would reccoment it to anyone, especially if you have a network and a LOT of time to spare (The computer is usually not to hard to beat but even with only two human players the games can take DAYS)
Birth Of The Federation is a turn-based strategy game where you can choose to take control of the Federation, the Cardassian Union, the Ferengi Alliance, the Klingon Empire or the Romulan Star Empire. Each race has their own unique characteristics, the Federation ships are quite strong and also the Federation citizens like piece and do not like it when you go to war. Klingon ships are strong and the citizens hate it when piece is signed. The Cardassians ships have strong hulls and powerful weapons they also have strong intelligence structures. The Romulan ships can all cloak which gives them a free turn in combat, they also have good intelligence gathering structures. Ferengi ships have strong hulls and they have the ability to establish trade routes with out the need for treaties. There is two modes you can play in the single player game these are domination and vendetta. In domination your race will need to control about 75% of the galaxy. For vendetta you chosen empire will need to eliminate its two enemies e.g. the federation needs to destroy the Romulans and the Cardassians. You can also play this game in multiplayer mode but I have not done it yet. To make your empire the best you will need to make alliances with the smaller races or you can conquer them. Once you have them on your side you get a special structure that you can build as all of the minor races have these, they give your empire a bonus once it is built, the bonus can be increased research or experienced crews for your fleets. Each of the empires have buildings that they alone can construct, these all add to the qualities of your empire There is a large amount of ships that you can build to “defend” your empire, you can also construct outposts and star bases to aid your fleet movements as all ships have a range that they can move and the construction of the star bases increase this range to allow more movement into enemy territory
This game allows you to conduct research that, when the necessary components are finished, you can build bigger and better ships and buildings. You can also undertake in the art of espionage and sabotage against the other races to give you an edge. E.g. you can capture enemy ships. If you sign up a minor race you will get any of the ships that they had but one fault with it is that you can only build your races ships in their ship yard and none of the races own ships which would have been a good thing. When the enemy get a little bit on the bold side and decide to send some ships in to my space, combat will be joined. This takes place in a turned based way, which you can give your ships commands to allow them to crush the enemy. You command them by giving them an order from a list, each of the orders have strengths and weaknesses your job is to choose the right one at the right time. There is an option in the game that allows you to turn random events on or off, these events can be meteors striking your system or the worst one is the Borg appearing, I sent a fleet of 30 star ships against one Borg cube and I lost all of them, so now I turn it off. A problem I find about this game is hat if you steal an enemy ship you only have that one ship, I would have thought that as I stole a Romulan cruiser which can cloak, so I would have thought that now I could build ships with cloaks, but nope it was not the case, it should work like that as that would make the game a little better as then stealing technology would be a good thing to have. All in all if you want a game that has a nice amount of things to do ant lasts for a while then this is a game for you.
If you want to hold the vast Star Trek galaxy in your hands, you couldnt do any harm by purchasing a copy of Star Trek BOF. The game follows the same format of all the strategy space simulations on the market but this one has much depth and detail, so much infact that I would need hours to talk about it all! Star Trek BOF was made by the creators of Civilisation II and Orion II and so you can expect a good quality product for your money. The game starts with the options you want to turn on in the game itself, for example, you may want to involve lots of minor alien species in the game or you can turn them off to make the game a little less complicated. You may wish to include random events such as mass Borg attacks on star systems, or you can alternatively...turn them off! Its up to you how you want the galaxy to run when you start to play the game. Once this has been done you can select a race of alien to play as. You can choose from the Federation, Romulans, Klingons or Ferengi with each having its own strengths and weaknesses in different areas such as firepower, ship building, planetary bombardment etc. Then you choose the style of play, Domination or Vendetta. Domination means that you have to conquer over 3 quarters of the galaxy you are playing on, resulting to war to win the day or peace to share planetary space in the quadrant. Vendetta onn the other hand relies on more combat and war to conquer and wipe out your main race, once done the game is then complete. The game has a really nice feature which shows you how well you have progressed through and whether or not you have won or not. When you decide to quit, a graph is displayed showing all 4 races in the game and who comes out on top after the minutes or hours from which you have been playing it for. The race with the highest level on the graph wins. When a ship enters your space occupied on the playing grid you have the option to engage in
battle. If you decide to persue this, you will be transported to a fully 3D battle screen which allows you to watch and control the battle taking place in that sector. You take command of your ships giving orders on a turn based combat method. The game features over 30 different races, each with their own unique traits and individual agendas. A potential Borg invasion is often catastrophic to all races if the option is turned on but provides a great atmosphere when doing battle against them! Overall this is a brilliant title and it should keep any strategy fan occupied for months. I have had the title for two years now and I still play it lots!