Star Trek DAC

 
Pretty, but very poorly executed space shooter.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

The game takes place from a top-down perspective and the violence is all space ship based. You will drop bombs, fire lasers and other space weaponry to try and destroy other ships.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game was released to coincide with the theatrical release of the new Star Trek movie.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Star Trek DAC is a game that will garner attention because of the popularity of the newly released movie. The game does not feature any of the voice talent from the movie and is only tied to the Star Trek franchise due to using the Federation and Romulan ships in the game.

What's it about?

STAR TREK DAC seems like it is a very generic space shooting game that was released to sync up as close as possible with the Star Trek movie release, and the rush to release really shows. Players take the role of captain of one of three ship types for either the Federation or the Romulans and then set out to destroy the other side. The game features three main modes of play, each available online or locally on your console of choice. Team deathmatch is a simple shoot or be shot game mode where the first team to rack up fifty kills first wins. The two other modes are based around the premise of capturing and defending specific points on the map and converting the points to your team color, simply by staying in the circle for a period of time.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

What seemed like a good idea on paper really didn't transfer well to the game world at all – similar to other like-minded attempts such as Undertow (also on the Xbox Live Arcade). The game relies on players online to make the game somewhat enjoyable. Playing alone is possible with computer controlled ships rounding out the teams on both sides of the battle, but that gameplay will tire quickly even the most dedicated Trekkies. Downloading the free game demo should be more than enough to see what the game has to offer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how teamwork is required to win the various game modes in this title, as taking on a group of players alone is sure to bring failure. They can also talk about commercialism and how it can have an adverse effect on an already stellar name. Does attaching a popular name on a poor product mean it should sell more than it deserves? 

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$10.00
Available online?Available online
Developer:Paramount Digital Entertainment
Release date:May 13, 2009
Genre:Arcade
ESRB rating:E for Fantasy Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old July 27, 2010
age 3+
 

wow

this game sucked
Kid, 8 years old June 23, 2009
age 7+
 

on for ages 8+!

I think even though this game has violence you will know that its three quarters for educational.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Parent of a 5, 7, and 10 year old Written byglorioso1000@ya... May 26, 2009
age 10+
 

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