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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 07:05am 19/06/16 | 3 Comments
I never chose a fence between Star Wars and Star Trek. The Star Wars movies are awesome, and several ongoing Star Trek TV series were equally awesome. Essentially I got the best of both worlds -- and why wouldn't you want that?

Now we know Star Wars is going to have VR cockpit experiences, but before they're even exploreable, Ubisoft has been working on a Star Trek bridge experience for VR, and I'm not too geekly ashamed to admit I might have peed a little, and that was before playing it.

Without waffling on too much though, here's a snippet:
I won real-world rock, paper, scissors to take on the role of tactical officer. After having watched Commander (now Captain) Worf, I figured I’d know what I was doing. We also had engineering, helm and of course, captain. All in the same room, but you can also play the game with your crew online or solo with any other role being filled by AI, and it’ll be available on Vive, PlayStation VR and the deck we were playing on, Oculus Rift.

Now at this point all of this might sound a bit silly. Especially if you’re not a Star Trek fan, but you won’t believe how quickly you matriculate to functioning crew-member once it all gets going. It’s stunning to watch as your starship -- the USS Aegis, pulls out of its docks and to just look around at space, but quite another when a distress signal pulls you out of the fantasy of being in VR, and even deeper into the fantasy of being a Federation starship officer. As tactical, my role was to manage phasers, photon torpedoes and the ship’s shields. Weapons have cooldowns and you can’t use transporters with shields up. You also can’t transport or fire on the enemy unless certain ranges are met, and all of these are spread across the rest of the crew from a management perspective along with steering the ship, how fast you’re going and more.
Click here to read our Star Trek: Bridge Crew hands-on experience with VR.

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Posted 02:51pm 19/6/16
Thanks for the review Steve. Apart from Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, few games have managed to bring together a genuine Trek co-op experience.

This game alone would be enough to make me consider investing in VR kit.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 03:58pm 19/6/16
I'll make sure to reach out should my bridge need another decorated officer, neimad :)
Posted 08:22am 20/6/16
Not a Trekkie, but would play this. Sounds like a VR version of board games like Space Alert (!) or Space Cadets.
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