“ Manufacturer: Legacy / Genre: Strategy / Genre: Action / ESRB Rating: E10 - (Everyone 10+) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 12+ / Output Signal Supported: 1080i / Output Signal Supported: 720p / Output Signal Supported: 480p / HDTV Support: HDTV Support / Audio Support: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Online: Online Gaming Support / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Language / ESRB Descriptor: Fantasy Violence / Memory Support: With Memory Support / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / PEGI Content Rating: Violence / PEGI Content Rating: Bad Language / Release Date: December, 2006 „
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What annoys me about Star Trek: Legacy is not so much that it's a bad game. In fact, what irks me is that there's clearly a good game in there, it's just massively marred by some annoying bugs. The premise behind the game is sound - you're put in charge of a fleet ships from the Star Trek shows Enterprise, The Original Series and The Next Generation. Not all at once, mind you - instead you play through eighteen or so missions, each set during a different era.
These missions generally involve shooting the living daylights out of other ships, or perhaps protecting a particular location from enemy invaders. You start out with the one ship in your armada, though as the game progresses you're given more 'command points' so you can add up to four different ships to your fleet. The missions feature voice-overs by Scott Bakula, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and other 'Trek stars, although you never see the characters on-screen. Instead, the 'cutscenes' just have you watching your ship move along. Which is a tad odd, but it doesn't ruin the game.
Ship to ship combat, which is the meat of the game, is a fairly uncomplicated but enjoyable affair. You don't view the action from inside your ship, but from outside - the left joystick being used to move your ship, the right moving the camera. Attack an enemy is a matter of getting your ship pointing towards the enemy - or away from the enemy if you have rear weapons - and firing your phasers or photon torpedoes at your foes. Complete with sound effects from the movies and series. You can also target individual systems if you like, a technique that comes in handy in the game's multiplayer mode if you want to take your opponent apart piece by piece. Combat is usually fairly slow and paced, since the ships you fly aren't that maneuverable, although smaller ships do have an advantage over bigger ones in that they can zip around a bigger ship and take it apart.
The AI usually does a decent job of controlling your other ships - you have the choice of either having them attack your own targets and follow your movements, or to go about their own devices. Strangely, the one thing the AI captains aren't good at is repairing their own ships. If you see them being damaged, you have to take control of them and order them to repair their craft. Quite why a starship captain would see flames coming off ship and not think to repair it is never explained. Maybe you've been lumbered with recruits from the Starfleet's Very Special division. But it's only one of the many bugs and bugbears that stop Legacy from reaching it's potential.
Want another? Well, Legacy sports some excellent graphics - even on a standard definition TV the starships look excellent. Any damage to your ship is also shown - bits of your engines come off, holes appear in the ship and so forth. The odd thing is that you rarely see any of the enemy ships showing damage. The PC version - which is apparently considered worse than the 360 version - has a configuration setting to enable enemy ship damage. But there's no way of enabling it on the 360.
'But', you might think 'that's hardly a game-ruining bug' and it isn't. But it's just one of many flaws and bugs to be found in the game. Aside from the ones I've mentioned so far, the 360 version of the crashes on a regular basis. I know that 360 games sometimes do crash, but I've only had one other game crash on me, Saints Row, and that's only happened once during the six months I've had it. Star Trek: Legacy on the other hand, has crashed four times in the week that I've rented it. And given that the game doesn't auto save, a crash means that you have to replay the whole mission, no matter how far you were into it. Oh, and there's the multiplayer. The multiplayer game is enjoyable when it works - not least because, as in Legacy's skirmish mode, you can pit ships from different eras against each other. But it takes about six attempts to get a multiplayer match going - sometimes the host gets disconnected, or the program throws up vague network error messages. And no, this isn't a problem with my connection - I've had no problems with playing any other 360 or XBox game online.
Star Trek: Legacy is a game that, if properly patched, could be really suck up your time. It's fun when it's working, but just when you're having fun, a nasty bug crops up and you find yourself wanting to smash the disc into a million tiny pieces. There has been one patch so far, but it's still not fixed the game's problems. In its current state, this is worth renting, but until the bugs are fixed I can't advise you buying. It's just a shame this game got released in a buggy and unfinished state.
You have to feel a tinge of sympathy for the team responsible for this game. From day one they were on a hiding to nothing. No matter if they produced the finest game ever to grace any platform, it still would not have been enough. Star Trek in all it's forms is one of the biggest and therefore most lucrative franchises in entertainment history with millions of devoted fans. Therefore anything they like will rake in millions.
So, some genius decides to create a game involving every series of the show with all the ships recreated in their resplendent glory and then manages to convince the actors who portrayed the five captains including Shatner, to lend their vocal talents. And this is what we got. It is a shoot em up in a 360 degree free moving combat zone. The player can take control of upto four ships at once and can allocate specific orders to them.
The plot revolves around a multi generation tale which traverses the history of the shows beginning in the Enterprise period with Capt Archer as played by Scott Bakula. Once the initial tutorials are over you get to take the NX-01 into combat beginning with the rescue of a mysterious Vulcan scientist. Suceed and you move on to Kirk and NCC-1701 and NCC 1701-A in which the Vulcan scientist reappears but her project has taken on a more sinister approach leading you into a conflict with the Federation's deadliest foes.
There are fifteen missions, five to each of generations. Unfortunately they are just too easy and you'll finish it within a couple of days. There is a nice multiplayer option which enables you to choose from any number of Federation, Romulan, Klingon or Borg ships. For real fun you can pit your wits in a battle where you have one lone ship against and armada of sixteen.
The graphics aren't too bad and they faithfully represent the ships. The damage is pretty cool too, espescially when your ship starts losing engine nacelles you'll find warp drive is offline and only the best survive the inevitable. The actors involved all try to sound enthusiastic but it really could and should have been so much more. This wasn't the no win scenario and the fans were not won over, but it could have been a lot better with more effort.
Star trek legacy is a hyped up strategy action game based on the star trek tv show/ movies and books. The game has you controlling a fleet of 4 ships with direct control over any ship at any instance by a flick of a button. The plot itself is very nice as not only does it include various alien ships from the series but it also spans all the eras. From the 22nd century to the 24 century has all the major ships from all the series and all 6 captains lending their voice to the game. This itself is a big accomplishment for a game with all big star voice actors
The gameplay itself is about average and the nvelty quickly wears off. The visuals are impressive in the midst of a heavy battle with a number of ships but otherwise its just average. Controlwise the game is hard for the xbox and takes a while to get into as steering is a major pain. Music is all from the series including sound effects so though nothing original it doesnt dissapoint. The campaign is definetely fun and lasts a decent length.
Multiplayer is again of average and is fun but soon gets tiresome and boring. Star trek fans might find this enjoyable but from a gaming point of view it quickly gets boring and only worth a rental
Although much hyped during its development, star trek legacy is above all things a disappointment. Although it looks the part, it doesn't deliver the kind of in depth tactical experience that most fans will be looking for. All the missions with possibly only one exception are combat based, and whilst this is fine, i couldn't help feel that the game would be a much deeper experience if there was more to do than fly around shooting things.
Story wise, the game feels a bit muddled offering a multi generation plot involving a vulcan scientist and the borg, the latter however feel thrown in for the sake of it and are becoming a bit of anemic bad guy.
But all in all this is a starship combat game and it does offer the player a chance to get their hands on a good selection of ships from all 4 tv series.
Where the game really struggles is it's glitches. The camera will occasionally jump about and the sub system targeting isn't exactly reliable. All these things only add to a feeling of disappointment and frustration. If star trek space battles are your thing, you'd be much better off trying the older Bridge Commander.
Although I am a HUGE hardcore Star Trek fan, and a MAJOR Bethesda Softworks fan... I have to admit that I actually disliked the game.
This is a strategic star ship game, but not a strategy in it's rawest form.
There are only a half dozen or so ships you can command at the same time, but you need to be controlling all of the ships individually at the same time.
There are some levels where there needs to be four or five operations going on at once, but you need to control four ships at once, and the AI for the ships on auto pilot doesnt allow you to control the ships in the way you want it to.
I think this is a game that will only appeal to the most hardcore fans of the Star Trek franchise, but not hardcore gamers.
I think this is Bethesda's worst game yet.
This is a tactical spaceship game. It's good fun if you are a fan of Star Trek. It was not a very long game and it took me a few missions of play to actually get into the game. Some of the missions included in this game are quite challenging. It does have a good storyline ranging from different eras such as Captain kirk to John Luke Picard. You have to battle against various species throughout the universe. This is a single person campaign. Online i did not play that much as it was not that impressive, to be honest i found it quite disappointing. This visual effects of this game are quite good but it's not a flight simulation as you are tactually incontrol of the space craft. It gives it more realism to the star trek universe. It's nothing outstanding unless you are a star trek fan and then it's must.
Star Trek Legacy is a space simulation and shooter again for the Microsoft Xbox360 games console.
The story of this game spans all Eras of the star trek series, Enterprise, The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine And Voyager. All of the captain's from Kirk to Janeway lend their voices to the game to make it an authentic experience.
The gameplay however is not very exciting, ship to ship combat is slow and imprecise. You have a team of starships to control at the start of every mission but controlling them is very difficult.
You also have to do far too many boring tasks like escorting medical ships, destroying asteroids, they should have focused more on the combat.
The graphics are quite good with detailed looking spaceships and exotic looking planets, this game actually looks better than most of the TV shows.
This is an average game that star trek fans will probably enjoy, it can be yours for a round £20.00.
Star Trek Legacy was released by Mad Doc Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game genre is an action/strategic SCI-FI where you control a fleet of up to four federation starships from the 3 main eras in the Star Trek timeline. You will take control of Jonathan Archer, James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko. Starting at the beginning of the Federation you will take control of starships and play through key battles from the TV show. In all there are 15 missions, 5 from the Enterprise Era, 5 from the Original Series and 5 from the Next Generation era.
When playing the game for the first time the game controls are very hard to get used to which is a common complaint that the game gets from new players be when you push past learning the controls it is extremely fun.
You control the ships direction with the left stick while controlling the view with the right stick. I believe that the ships move very realistic when watching the movements that happen on the TV it almost looks the same. You control the rate at which you turn with the speed you are traveling at. You can either run at Full speed, ½ speed, ¼ speed and stop, you select you speed by holding down the B button then selecting the speed with the D-pad and release the B button after selection. Its easy to understand the speed and turning, full speed you can't turn much, ½ speed you can turn much better, ¼ speed you can turn very fast and stop you turn very slow.
Another feature for the ships is to Warp to anywhere on the map very fast. By pushing the Y button it will engage warp within a few seconds which is great for a quick get away. The visuals for warping are amazing as the screen becomes hazing and burred around the ship with bright colors swirling around it. You can also warp your whole fleet to the exact location by using the < button to bring up the overview map of all the ships and planets on the battlefield. Using this feature you can easily move you fleet around and to attack in synchronize attacks.
Unlike other games you can control up to four ships at the same time or individually. You do this by using the D-pad in the direction of the ship on the screen to select a single ship then to select others you hold down the A button and push in the direction to select the ships you want. This allows you to split your ships into two teams or have all four ships pound a single target.
In the TV and films you hear the Captains shout full power to shields, engines and even weapons and you can do this in this game. By holding down the X button you can select hold much power you want to go to engines which increase your speed if you need to chase down a ship. You can increase your weapons recharge times which allows you to pump out much phase damage or increase your shield recharge and strength. If you wish to master this game then you much use this to its full ability.
At the beginning of mission you will be given a chance to buy and sell starships from that Era in time. You will be given the chance to purchase every single federation starship that has ever been created in all the TV and Movies each with its own traits. At the beginning you will only be allowed to use the ships in the Enterprise Era which tends to not have shields on most ships. Then when you reach the Original Series you can still buy the ships from the previous era but now you have access to upgraded ships all with advanced weapons, shields, engines and sensors. Finally when you reach the Next Generation era you will have access to star fleets most advanced starships.
If you don't want to play the storyline then why not set up your own battle between races in the skirmish mode. Select a map then select what race you want to be and the ships you want to control in your battle, then select who you want to fight and how many players then let the fun begin.
If you don't want to fight against a computer then take the fun online with the Xbox live. Here it's basically skirmish mode but instead of computers fighting you its real people. You have the same choices as in skirmish mode like map race how many command point players can spend on ships and many ships each person can control.
I personally love the game play itself as a whole but like before in other star trek games it just seems to be lacking that freedom to explore the universe as you want to. The storyline is great if you like star trek to begin with because you are fighting the key battles in the TV series and movies facing the Romulans, Klingons and the Borg. The storyline is very linear though and can only do what the mission tells you to do. There's not really any customization with your ships because they all look the same. People want to explore and be able to fly there fleet from system to system and to stop of at space stations where they can choose the color of there beams and what amour and shield generators they want and fly to a ship yard to buy new ships instead of just doing it before a mission. I know I am describing a RPG star trek but that is the whole point isn't it? to fly your ship from mission to mission and to customize your ships because you are the captain after all. You want to interact with other ships flying around and see the devastation that the missions have caused and how time affects the systems.
Once you get used to controlling the ship and your fleet it is very enjoyable and can pull off some great moves when you master the speed control because that's the key to turning. The Overview Map I found is very helpful while getting your fleet into position because if you click warp to somewhere then not all the ships will jump into battle at once so by using the overview map you can see all of your ships and if they are all facing the right location ready for warp instead of going round all of your ships.
The ability to locate your energy to key parts of the ship is a very smart move to make. This does allow you to customize and is realistic and very helpful in battle. I forgot to mention above that you can repair you key ship systems in game as well by either telling the crew to repair or to fly your ship into a repair station located on many maps.
I have not been able to play the game live fully online because every time I do the game is extremely slow because of the servers you play on. I have a very fast internet speed and on every game live I play its fine but with this game it's really game still. When the game was released it was full of bugs live, so many in fact that most people that bought the game took it back and it took nearly 3 months before they fixed major problems that should have been picked up before release. So even now live there are problems but most people are ok now but I have warned you.
Personally the game play is great, the fact that you can control so many ships easily when you get used to the controls. Remember it does take awhile to master the controls but once you do you will see how good the game is. The only problem with the game is it is so linear which doesn't allow you to explore which the trek fans have wanted for so long. If you love space combat games you will love this game if you like star trek you will like this game but if you aren't either of those then don't bother with the game.
If you like space games and star trek then it is a must for you all but if you don't like space games or star trek then keep well away from it. The graphics are good not out of this world but good and the storyline is enjoyable to play because you are playing the TV episodes and movies but its major problem is freedom for years fans have wanted a game where you can control a starship and have the abilities just like the captains do in the films and TV which you have got but they also wanted to fly around key locations and just explore a massive star system freely and you just don't have it here. That's why people don't like this game all because of one negative but it is such a big negative. But if you take that away it is a great game and I enjoyed playing it until I finished it and haven't played the game since.
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STAR TREK: LEGACY is an epic game of Starfleet combat spanning the entire Star Trek Universe, featuring all the ships from every episode, every film. Players become the Admiral of a task force of warships and must lead their fleet to victory in large-scale battles complete with stunning visuals and special effects.