A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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