Weaving Star Trek characters from all different eras and realities into one galaxy-spanning game is a wonderful thing. Wrapping that concept around a twisted mass of free-to-play mechanics and bugs is not.
It's been a banner week for gamers and "doing things that count in the real world." First, they solve a decades-old scientific AIDS stumper using Foldit, and now, they've discovered two new possibly Earth-like planets.
Just as J.J. Abrams brought us a fresh new look at the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the 2009 theatrical revamp, Paramount Digital Entertainment's 2012 Star Trek takes the series' games in an exciting new direction, casting players in the role of Kirk and Spock in an epic co-op action adventure.
Oh, dammit. Iron Maiden was flying to its first ever intergalactic gig when space pirates ambushed them, blew up their gear ship, and sent everything flying into space. Now they expect you, space roadie, to get it back.
With theaters across the country delivering a brand new Star Trek experience to fans tonight, we take a look at some of the best and worst in Star Trek video games.