Published by: Activision Developed by: RavenSoft, Aspyr (Mac) Learning Curve: 10 min. ESRB Rating: T for Violence
(Mac) Pentium 23Mhz or faster, G3 or G4 processor at 266 mhz or better 64MB of RAM 3D Accelerated PCI or AGP video card with at least 6MB VRAM and Apple Open GL version 1.1.2 or higher support, Direct X 7.0a or better and 8MB for PC 560MB of uncompressed hard disk space (128MB also needed for Virtual Memory) 650MB plus 64MB SWAP
Windows Windows 95/98/NT/2000, MacOS 8.6 or higher 4x CD-ROM (600k/second sustained transfer rate) Direct X 7.0a compatible sound
One blast from destruction, the U.S.S. Voyager is mysteriously transported into a null void infested with danger. As part of Voyager\'s elite Hazard Team, you must defend it [Voyager] from a host of scavenging aliens, then infiltrate a murky Borg cube and derelict vessels to eradicate your deadly foes. The Quake III Arena engine powers the dynamic gameplay as you fight for survival through 40 ultra-intense single player missions, and 16 multiplayer arenas. It\'s first-person shooter action that won\'t quit. But, be prepared--if Voyager is destroyed, humanity won\'t be far behind. * That us the main premises behind the game. You play as either Alex or Alexandra Munro, a Haz-Ops specialist on Voyager. You can explore the ship to some of it\'s fullest extent, and interact with crew members and the environment. The really cool thing about interacting with the environment and crew members is that crew members die before your eyes--and it\'s entirely up to you to prevent them from being killed. This adds to the drama that Star Trek is famous for, and also gives a level of interactivity not found in other games. Take a shot at a fellow crew member on Voyager and you\'re surrounded by the security team trying to restrain you. When they do, you end up being placed in the brig, and you get to start over from the last save point.
There is some cussing in the game, and a couple instances where they use the Lord\'s name in vain, but nothing too offensive will be found in the game. It has top-notch voice acting, done by the stars of the series, the only problem being that Jeri Ryan, who played Seven of Nine, is absent from the game. Her character is there, but you need to download a patch or buy the Expansion Pack to get her in the game. No too bad of a loss for non-Star Trek fanatics. You do fight aliens and kill them, but there is no blood, and they do attack first. One of my favorite instances is when you are supposed to be creeping through a Klingon ship, and there is an argument going on beneath the catwalk you are on. If you just shoot a grenade between the circle of arguing Klingons, they start a firefight and kill themselves off, leaving less of a problem for you. That is really the ingenious part of the game: you use the environment and surroundings against your enemies, making the work infinitely easier for you. Many species that have not been encountered before are included in the game, and even some that have been such as a certain species 8472. (Maybe I got that name wrong. Email me if I did.)
The initial reviews of the game told that the game lacked open-ended game play, yet that is wrong. The game does have open-ended game play. I lost my superior officer to the Borg, and I could have saved him. These points in the plot reveal the human side of many of the characters, actually adding depth to a series that had lost it\'s fun by the third season. From a Christian perspective, the game is violent, and has some cussing, as well as tight clothed women. The men are tightly clothed too. The game is, however, worth the fifteen to twenty dollars to buy it and play it. It shows sacrifice for the greater good, as well as the good objective of saving human kind. This makes the violence worthwhile. If you object to FPS, then there is a cheat that changes the perspective to TPS. It is a worthwhile title to buy. There is nothing particularly offensive in it, but it does have a better story than most of the Voyager episodes. It is far too short, though, and even though it does have over 40 levels, some of those levels are cut scenes, and others are just really quick. Buy this game if you want a week-long fix, but otherwise skip it because of the INCREDIBLY long load times, and nata replay value.
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