Star Trek: Legends
By Jeff Haynes,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Away teams boldly go into entertaining Trek adventures.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Embraces message of exploration, helping people in distress, even working with your enemies to save others. But while much of this teamwork and camaraderie occurs on missions, there's still a hefty focus on combat and eliminating opponents rather than avoiding conflict.
Positive Role Models
Characters from across vast series of Star Trek shows are featured as playable characters. Regardless of characters that you select to fill your away team, the plot follows specific characters as they try to understand and escape an anomaly in space. Otherwise, virtually nothing about characters is key to the story, so you can play as villains and it doesn't affect or change the story at all.
Ease of Play
Understanding the controls is easy, but selecting the right character to perform a skill on, or targeting a certain opponent if they're grouped together, can be hit or miss. Difficulty of some missions also spikes significantly, requiring a large investment of time to make characters strong enough to meet the challenge. Three difficulty levels.
Violence & Scariness
Players use hand-to-hand combat and phasers against a variety of enemies, both human and alien. While combat is main focus, no blood or gore is shown in battle. Enemies and allies disappear once defeated.
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Based off of vast Star Trek universe, which has spanned multiple TV shows and movies, and created numerous toys, comics, and other products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Trek: Legends is a role-playing game exclusively for Apple Arcade. The game is based on the massive Star Trek universe, which has spanned movies, TV shows, and related products for almost 60 years. The game takes place in a new area of space, where players discover an anomaly that brings characters from all of the shows together in one place. That means that both villainous characters and Starfleet officers can fight side by side together as they attempt to escape the dangerous section of the galaxy they're in. Very little of the characters' backstories are mentioned or referenced, nor is there significant character development or motivation that occurs over the course of the game's missions. While there's exploration and aid given to survivors of attacks, the main focus of the game is combat, where players and enemies will use melee combat and phasers, as well as special abilities, to eliminate each other. No blood or gore is shown as part of the combat, and defeated characters vanish when eliminated. While it's easy to learn how to play, some of the controls for the game aren't entirely precise, although using a controller solves this issue. While there's no inappropriate content, the game may get players interested in watching Star Trek or playing games based on the shows and films.
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What’s It About?
STAR TREK: LEGENDS is a new chapter in the long-running Star Trek universe, and takes the journey to "boldly go where no one has gone before" in a new direction. The story is based around a portion of the universe known as the Nexus, a strange section of space that messes with the space-time continuum. In other words, this anomaly opens the door to alternate timelines, strange collaborations between characters that would normally be enemies, and other odd events that would seem to be impossible. Players take charge of the USS Artemis, a ship specifically designed to voyage into the Nexus and counteract its time-bending effects, but they soon discover that things are stranger than they would initially seem. More than 40 characters from the various Star Trek TV shows and movies, such as Discovery, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and others, are mysteriously trapped in this anomaly, and can be recruited to work on board the ship. But you're not just going to be fighting battles on board the vessel. Instead, Legends focuses on "away team" adventures, where you'll send down a squad of four to a planet. On these missions, you'll take on enemies, gather supplies, and save other characters. Cleared missions will allow you to resend shuttles to those locations for additional gear and latinum (Legend's form of cash). You'll also have the option to take on other players in four-on-four matches, and can join alliances to boost the elements that your team can earn. Will you be able to help the Artemis escape the Nexus, or will you and your team be trapped in this strange part of space for all time?
Is It Any Good?
This role-playing game lets Star Trek fans live out their dream scenarios of sending out the perfect away team, completing missions, and saving the universe. Star Trek: Legends puts players in the captain's chair, letting them direct missions to planets and destroyed colonies in an attempt to figure out what's happening inside the mysterious portion of space known as the Nexus. But instead of sending faceless characters or redshirts on missions to possibly be captured or killed, you can send some of your favorites from the seven TV shows and the franchise movies. That means that you could put Picard on a team with a Borg maintenance drone, or Captain Kirk with The Gorn, letting players establish their own dream team squad scenarios. Each character has unique abilities, so you can make a fight easier or harder based on the strengths and weaknesses of your squad. While combat is a large focus, there are occasional branching paths in missions where you'll need to make a decision about how you want your team to proceed, using their individual skills. Successful completion of missions provides extra shards of characters that you can collect to eventually recruit them to your ship, and gives you the option to send shuttle teams back to these areas to mine additional resources and experience. Players can also take these teams and pit them against other players' squads, although this is a limited "multiplayer" experience without any player interaction.
It's great that a lot of attention is paid to the combat, and that it's so solid, because the story is largely forgettable. It's more of a way to introduce new characters and scenarios to fight through, although the difficulty will spike sharply at moments, forcing you to grind past previously defeated levels to earn enough items and experience to strengthen your squad. This would be where a free-to-play game's microtransactions would force players to spend money to bypass these hurdles, but since Legends is part of Apple Arcade, you're spared this headache. The result is that you actually enjoy replaying missions, collecting characters, and testing new squads. By keeping the focus on gameplay instead of microtransactions, Star Trek: Legends provides an entertaining adventure with beloved characters that should keep new fans and dedicated Trekkers entertained for a while.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Star Trek: Legends affected by the lack of blood and gore shown in battle? Would the impact be intensified if the fights were more realistic? Would that seem to fit the Star Trek theme, or would that feel like it was out of context with the shows and movies?
Does it make sense to have villains and heroes working together without actually mentioning their previous conflicts? Is this something that works best for fans of a franchise who can think of dream team matchups, or does this just add confusion to the gameplay?
- Platform: Apple Arcade
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Tilting Point
- Release date: April 8, 2021
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: May 12, 2021
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