The 8 Most Notable Star Trek Games

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The 8 Most Notable Star Trek Games

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek series. That’s a lot of years’ worth of boldly going where no one has gone before as well as spin-off series, movies, tie-in novels, and video games. Unsurprisingly Star Trek, like most franchises that inspire games, has resulted in a number of bottom-barrel scraper merchandise tie-ins designed to prey on fandom. However, there have also been a number of quality games across several genres set in the Star Trek universe. To celebrate the franchise’s anniversary, we're taking a look at the most notable games that explored facets of the series in compelling ways.

Begin: A Tactical Starship Simulation (1981)

Though Star Trek isn’t in the name, Begin was a starship simulation that was set in the same universe and was the first Star Trek game to approach any sort of complexity, letting players choose their factions and battle other ships in space. Begin is a visually barren game, offering only text responses from your crewmates and a screen showing pointers serving as ships on the battlefield, but the tightness of the simulation leads to surprisingly tense stand-offs.

Test Chamber – Star Trek Online’s Console Debut

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Way back in October of 2008, we premiered a game on our magazine cover called Star Trek Online. The new (at the time) MMO from Cryptic Studios promised to fulfill the dreams of many Star Trek fans hoping for new adventures in the original science fiction universe and timeline. At the time, Cryptic was also planning a release on unannounced consoles. 

It took six years after the game’s initial PC launch in 2010, but console players are finally getting a shot at exploring the final frontier. The new PS4 and Xbox One versions of Star Trek Online have now launched, just in time for Star Trek's 50th anniversary, and this latest edition comes complete with a bunch of new content that we didn’t witness in the original release over half a decade ago. 

Andrew Reiner and I sat down to play the opening minutes of the new console version of Star Trek Online. We discovered how the new controls work, what it takes to bring down a Klingon warship, and crafted a truly screwed up backstory for our Gollum-esque Vulcan science officer. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 8, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 8, 2016)

Fall is almost here, meaning some of us can use cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors and play video games! Or read Blog Herding!

Community Blogs For September 1 – September 7:

Early Impressions of Paper Girls and Bakuman This blog strays from the video game world to talk about comic Paper Girls (written by the fantastic Brian K. Vaughan of Saga and Y: The Last Man fame) and manga Bakuman. Paper Girls may be enjoyed by those who enjoyed Stranger Things, and Bakuman is a "slow burn" that probably isn't for everyone.

Even After Seeing It In Action, I'm Still Not Sold On PS4 Pro

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Even After Seeing It In Action, I'm Still Not Sold On PS4 Pro

Sony revealed its turbocharged PlayStation 4 to the world today in New York. The PlayStation 4 Pro is squarely aimed at people who demand the best from their consoles – and preferably have a nice 4K display just begging to be shown off. As someone who doesn’t own such a display, I was a little skeptical of the whole thing. Thankfully, there were several game demos on hand that showed off what the Pro could bring to the table, with its increased resolution and HDR capabilities.

The games that were shown at the event were a mix of older releases that are being patched to support the new hardware – something Sony is calling “forward compatibility” – as well as some upcoming titles.

Super Replay – Resident Evil 4 Episode 4

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4 Episode 4

Much like the zombie creatures Resident Evil is known for, we can't seem to rid ourselves of former Game Informer editor turned Capcom associate brand manager, Tim Turi. He tries to leave and we think he's gone, but suddenly he, and his unquenchable desire to play Resident Evil while others watch, comes back to life.

We embrace this kind of reanimation though, and were happy to make Tim play through Resident Evil 4 in its entirety in order to remind everyone that that game has found yet another set of platforms on which to exist – the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Join us as we reminisce about one of the best games on GameCube (and later PlayStation 2, then PC, then Wii, then Zeebo then Xbox 360, then PlayStation 3, and then iOS and Android), pressure Tim to tell us more about Resident Evil 7, and bring in different editors to push against the Los Ganados threat. Above, you can watch a trailer teasing what's to come, and below you can watch the latest episode of our playthrough. We'll be posting new episodes on Sundays and Wednesdays until we finish the game, so stay tuned!

The Surprising Depth Of Horizon Zero Dawn's New Gameplay

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The Surprising Depth Of Horizon Zero Dawn's New Gameplay

To go alongside our October cover story on Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerilla Games, we're going to be rolling out a month of exclusive content covering this PlayStation 4-exclusive action RPG. We visited the team at their studio in Amsterdam and spoke with the game's director Mathijs de Jonge about his hopes that Horizon Zero Dawn will challenge players and force them to think strategically. The interview also covers how different tribes throughout the world will affect the way you play, the variety of environments, and the critical role of emergent gameplay in this open world. Guerilla Games wanted to note that the new footage in the video is still a work-in-progress and represents pre-release gameplay.

Watch the video below to see more of Horizon Zero Dawn and learn about what it'll be like to get your hands on the game.

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The Virtual Life — Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Tragic Soul Shines In Its Quiet Moments

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The Virtual Life — Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Tragic Soul Shines In Its Quiet Moments

Johnny Gunn sits in the middle of what might have one time or another been a living room, rubbing alloy hands through his hair. He’s a man with a lot on his mind. Out back, behind the complex of broken down apartments we’re standing in, his ex-wife was strangled to death and torn to bits. The police think Johnny did it.

This, reader, is where I come in. That’s me, nosy Adam Jensen, who just can’t help getting embroiled in things that aren’t my business. I’m the half-man, half-robot version of some character you might find in a Hammett novel, a pesky gumshoe wannabe who’s done a lot of bad things for what he thinks are the right reasons.

I ask Johnny about his wife. He shows little remorse, says she’s an “ex” for a reason. I ask him about his being a former employee for Belltower, a private security division. He speaks openly about his time across seas, roughing up people for a paycheck and getting various bits and bobs on his body replaced with machine. I’m sympathetic. I take a look around the place. There are more discarded boxes of beer and empty liquor bottles than there is floor space. In the bathroom I discover sobriety chips on the sink, long-forgotten and covered in dust. A medical report crumpled in a cardboard box suggests our guy has some form of PTSD.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Turing Test, Livelock, The Final Station

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Turing Test, Livelock, The Final Station

If you love Portal, you need to play The Turing Test. I don't often like to compare games to others, but the similarities between Portal and The Turing Test are too much to deny. Almost every Game Informer staffer that entered my office as I was playing The Turing Test, said something along the lines of "this looks like Portal."

At its core, The Turing Test is a first-person experience that follows a female protagonist through testing chambers in which she solves puzzles by either using an energy weapon or moving power cubes, as an A.I. voice provides insight into the world. Yes, that sounds like Portal, but the gameplay is different, and the game's overall message is, well, wow. I was blown away by its twists, turns, and ending. And no, it has nothing to do with cake.

[Update] Seen At PAX West 2016

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[Update] Seen At PAX West 2016

We're here on the ground at Pax West and we're seeing a lot of exciting things: game previews, developer talks, and, of course, fantastic cosplayers doing what they do best. Here's some of the best stuff we've seen.

Here's a couple showing off their love for indie hit Stardew Valley with some creative costumes.

Overwatch is huge this year and cosplayers are out in full force, showing their love for the game's colorful character roster. There have been some particularly great Junkrats.