weekend gaming update:ST Conquest

game graphics from ST Conquest for the PS2I joined gamefly a few weeks ago and have been playing some games on my spare time, especially on weekends which is when I seem to have the most time off, if I am not covering events for the paper. I decided I would review some games and give you updates on what I am playing.

I would feel guilty plunking down $400 or some outrageous price for a PS3, even if Sony does make the console cheaper at some point given the fact I can also play PC games for next to nothing. I did invest on a PS2 (why not? They are about $99 plus sales tax and they double as dvd players so I can watch movies on it) so I mostly play games that are already out for PS2.

I played Star trek Conquest for about a week and a half, on and off. It’s a neat little game for Star Trek fans as you can assume any race and defend the galaxy in a turn based system similar to online Risk. The game does have its flaws, while you can play on different modes, “Arcade” lets you battle other races in combat orbitting around a system or planet or “Sim” which simulates the battle. I found the Arcade mode clunky and hard to maneuver the ships, so I stuck to sim mode which stimulated further play as you win more and more systems.

While the graphics are decent, it’s nothing Earth shattering, and I could not figure out why the developers didn’t put more time into fleshing out the game, especially the sound system. If you play the federation, you hear similar sounds being repeated, at some point your cadet will shout out “For Earth!” while you blast away enemy ships, which another player correctly points out makes little sense considering Earth is but one planet in the Federation. This is outside of the logistical plot  problem that the Federation would not be conquering other races as this contradicts their manadate of exploration and peaceful co-existence, but hey, it’s a game…

The only problem is that even if you utilize all the resources available to you like the 3 super weapons and/or credits used to build up your fleet, a few tactical miscalculations and your opponents (especially the Klingons) will wipe you off the face of the galaxy.

I would have to give this one 3 out of four stars. It’s a good effort, but hardly perfect.

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