Paramount Hopes To Please Gamers With Authentic Star Trek

Paramount Hopes To Please Gamers With Authentic Star Trek

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Paramount's Brian Miller wants you to know how close to the movies its latest Star Trek game is.

"Our goal was to make the most authentic Star Trek game we could," says Paramount's Brian Miller, and he's hoping that Paramount's attention to detail - especially its audio and visuals - will make its video game adaptation of Star Trek come alive. One of the benefits of being the guys who make the movie is, if you want the stars of the movie to provide the character voices and the award-winning music director to put in new background tunes, you can get pretty much exactly what you want.

"When you hear Kirk, and Spock, Uhura, and Scotty," says Miller, "you're hearing Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg." The environments, characters, setting and equipment have been designed to be as faithful to the movies as possible; Miller wants people to think of this as being just as good as the movies.

At the same time, there's a pitfall Miller knows Paramount needs to avoid. "There's a lot of stigma to movie-based games and there have been some that have done it well," says Miller, "but the majority haven't lived up to expectations, and that was something that we've been cautious of since the day we started making this game." Miller's seen what damage bad movie/game adaptations like Aliens: Colonial Marines can do, and he's hopeful that Paramount has managed to avoid that kind of disaster. Paramount gave itself enough time to do the job, he believes, and is working with the best partners, Namco Bandai and Digital Extremes.

"Most importantly," Miller concludes, "we wanted to make sure the same people that brought the film to life, those same minds were working on that game as well." Whether or not it paid off is something you'll get to find out later this year. This one's a PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 title, due to launch April 23rd.

Source: Eurogamer

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If they wanted to please gamers, they should be making the games less like the movies.

Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

Several movie-games have authentic voice acting. That didn't make them good.
Several movie-games have attention to detail in setting. That definitely didn't make them good.

If you want to break the trend of bad movie-games, break the trend of what makes them bad...

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was good.
Batman: Arkham Asylum was good.

What made them good was that they weren't based on the movies at all. They just rode the hype slightly and exploded once people realized they were good.

They wanted to make an authentic Star Trek game but they're basing it on the movie? That's like making an authentic Batman movie but basing it on this guy.

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the antithesis:
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Oh god what the fuck is that thing seriously.

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

Spiderman 2. Shit was so cash.

But yeah this is going to be bad. Betting my chips now.

the antithesis:
They wanted to make an authentic Star Trek game but they're basing it on the movie? That's like making an authentic Batman movie but basing it on this guy.

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I have no idea who he is, but I'll take four copies!

Anyway, guys, basing it off the movie IS an authentic Star Trek experience. And, given it was licensed as a movie tie-in, the only one that makes sense.

Now, will there be a minigame where I can sex up green skinned women? We could call it "Hot Romulan Ale."

No, I will not make an Earl Grey joke for a Kirk-era game.

Goal was to make the most authentic Star Trek game we could,
Releases a picture of fat Spock.

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

I thought GoldenEye 007 was pretty good.

Semudara:

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

I thought GoldenEye 007 was pretty good.

GoldenEye was the one and only 'great' game based off a movie.

Basing anything off of Abrams flick and calling it Authentic Star Trek is like buying RC Cola and calling it Authentic Pepsi.

EDIT: Also the Lord of the Rings Two Towers and Return of the King games were pretty good. And I liked the Third Age.

Well, duh. It's a cash-in. It still doesn't mean the game will be any good. It looks like a generic cheap third person shooter.

Well, it's pretty authentic to the movie's previews at least. There is literally only blue and orange in that picture. But where's the lens flair? It can't be an authentic Abrams movie without ridiculous lens flair.

Mcoffey:
Basing anything off of Abrams flick and calling it Authentic Star Trek is like buying RC Cola and calling it Authentic Pepsi.

I like your analogy better, but I would say generic store brand cola instead of RC. RC Cola is a brand, at least, with it's own distinct flavor.

Wow! I thought this thread was going to be a bunch of people loving on this game / movie.

I 100% agree with the group here. This is not an "authentic" Star Trek game, as the new Star Treks are an abomination of the originals.

Also: Star Trek is only supposed to be minimally about phaser fights. This game should have been a space sim with some shooter elements. Star Trek: Legacy - but better. Star Trek: Online - but less of a "Star Wars: KOTOR but with ships".

Rogue 09:

Also: Star Trek is only supposed to be minimally about phaser fights. This game should have been a space sim with some shooter elements.

OK that made me giggle. Star trek is as much about phaser fights as it is with space combat ie kinda. They're both there and you can certainly find episodes/movies to back it up but war/combat etc was only ever a minor part of the series (one Gene generally disliked for what that's worth). A stronger case could probably be made for exploration, diplomacy, or similar elements over combat but we won't see much of an emphasis on those in games at this time.

I'm at least cautiously optimistic we'll get a slightly above average mediocre shooter out of this that will at least be better then most of the rushed tie in games that get released but we'll see.

Did these guys even ask themselves why someone would pay $60 for their game if they can play STO for free instead? Don't they know how freakin' awesome their game has to be in order to be attractive to Star Trek fans? So far everything we've seen was bland and uninspired.

Like the movies. So I guess he's right in a way. Just not in a good way.

tehwalrus:

Semudara:

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

I thought GoldenEye 007 was pretty good.

GoldenEye was the one and only 'great' game based off a movie.

back in the day robocop 3 was a damn good game and a 100x better than the movie

what amazes me, is they are pushing it's "authenticity to the movie" The voice acting, the music, the visuals (does that mean we are getting tons of overwelming lens flare? Cause I just can't get enough of that?). Oddly nowhere mentioned is Gameplay, Story, imersive game mechanics, etc.

Ya know this story juxtaposes disturbingly well with today's Jim Sterling video.

Semudara:

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

I thought GoldenEye 007 was pretty good.

Good call, sir! Completely forgotten about that one.

Harker067:
A stronger case could probably be made for exploration, diplomacy, or similar elements over combat but we won't see much of an emphasis on those in games at this time.

I agree, but that is why I didn't make the case for it. That's one of the things that I was hoping for with the original Mass Effect when it came out. A space themed game where you can explore the galaxy with your crew, genuinely speak with other cultures/life-forms, and get into massive firefights if things go badly.

This might be why I was so completely disappointed with the game as well when I discovered ship travel was more of a point and click affair (really disappointing when a space game won't let you fly the ship), the areas to explore on foot were huge vistas with specific hallways you could walk down, and most of the decisions you can make will basically lead to the same outcome with minor differences.

In my opinion, Mass Effect turned out to be a third person Halo with worse gameplay and better inter-activity. As I don't like Halo, that pretty much ruined it for me.

(Wow... I'm probably destroying any standing I may have had with almost every fan-base out there after this post...)

Adam Jensen:
Did these guys even ask themselves why someone would pay $60 for their game if they can play STO for free instead? Don't they know how freakin' awesome their game has to be in order to be attractive to Star Trek fans? So far everything we've seen was bland and uninspired.

Like the movies. So I guess he's right in a way. Just not in a good way.

Not to mention the new movies are generally regarded poorly by star trek fans, so the game ain't going to appease most of us regardless.

Rookie mistake. Never try to reason with Star Trek fans on anything.

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

Escape from Butcher Bay was almost good enough to excuse the rest of them. Almost.

....

I don't plan to get this video game (since meh) but, I do have one thing to say.

Please, please, please, look up a Wikipedia article on how Super Novas work if you plan to mention them in your game.

The movie didn't know what a Super Nova was.

There are 7 years olds who know more about Super Novas than the script writers for Star Trek (the reboot).

Please, just do some research. 5 minutes worth on Wikipedia will do it. Just... not that again. Please.

the antithesis:
They wanted to make an authentic Star Trek game but they're basing it on the movie? That's like making an authentic Batman movie but basing it on this guy.

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What dafaq is this abomination? I want it in a game.

Woodsey:

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

Escape from Butcher Bay was almost good enough to excuse the rest of them. Almost.

Escape from Butcher Bay is an awesome game, I totally forgot I had it until I read this thread, Thank you for reminding me.

The:

the antithesis:
They wanted to make an authentic Star Trek game but they're basing it on the movie? That's like making an authentic Batman movie but basing it on this guy.

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What dafaq is this abomination? I want it in a game.

Zachary Amaranth:

the antithesis:
They wanted to make an authentic Star Trek game but they're basing it on the movie? That's like making an authentic Batman movie but basing it on this guy.

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I have no idea who he is, but I'll take four copies!

Anyway, guys, basing it off the movie IS an authentic Star Trek experience. And, given it was licensed as a movie tie-in, the only one that makes sense.

Now, will there be a minigame where I can sex up green skinned women? We could call it "Hot Romulan Ale."

No, I will not make an Earl Grey joke for a Kirk-era game.

Isn't that the mechanical Batsuit/Azrael costume mix that Jean-Paul Valley wore when he took over as Batman in the Knightfall story arc? That's the only thing that's ringing any bells for me.

OT: Well, if there's one thing we can say about this game, it isn't plagued by the usual movie tie-in problem of a rushed development time. It's been in the works for a while. So, with any luck, it won't be broken. Sure, it might not be good, but it will be playable.

Trying to think of a positive, here. Everything about this game is just so uninteresting.

The:
What dafaq is this abomination? I want it in a game.

See? No one remembers. Actually, one person in this thread remembered. But we still have Bane hanging around like a bad smell. No one remembers that guy even though he was Batman for while.

Absolutionis:
Snippity

Arkham Aslyum wasn't based off a movie bro.

OT: Well, I might rent this and play co-op with my friend.

SonOfMethuselah:

Trying to think of a positive, here. Everything about this game is just so uninteresting.

I like the aesthetics. Yeah, that's about all I've got.

My biggest problem with this game is one I think is insurmountable: when I think "Star Trek," I do not think "shooter," be it first OR third person. Combat has always been a part of Trek, yes, but not on this apparent level.

But I do like the artistic direction. It's pretty much the only reason I'm up to date on this game.

Also, I do like the whole "Kirk and Spock work different" thing, but its application here? Meh.

IrateDonnie:

Woodsey:

Fasckira:
Come to think of it, I can't recall a single good game based off of a movie.

Escape from Butcher Bay was almost good enough to excuse the rest of them. Almost.

Escape from Butcher Bay is an awesome game, I totally forgot I had it until I read this thread, Thank you for reminding me.

I've been meaning to replay it too. Shame Dark Athena was such a drag in the end.

Kenbo Slice:

Absolutionis:
Snippity

Arkham Aslyum wasn't based off a movie bro.

I was greenlighted alongside the movie. It wasn't based off the movie and that's why it was good.

Don't call me bro, buddy.

Irridium:
Well, it's pretty authentic to the movie's previews at least. There is literally only blue and orange in that picture. But where's the lens flair? It can't be an authentic Abrams movie without ridiculous lens flair.

More like any modern Sci-Fi movie.

Silly Paramount: The authentic Star Trek died years ago.
So that's not "authentic Star Trek", it's a tie in game to Adventures in iWorld: Extra Lens Flare Edition.

 

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