New Star Trek VR Game
Star Trek Bridge Crew
(Last Updated On: June 19, 2017)

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The Star Trek: Bridge Crew video game was developed by Red Storm Entertainment for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows and is the VR space fantasy that everyone has been waiting for. The video game is available in both single and multiplayer and, thanks to platforms such as Oculus Rift and StreamVR, will give fans a chance to sit at the helm of a Star Trek ship on a mission to a distant star system.

The plot in Star Trek: Bridge Crew is entrenched in the alternative reality first introduced in the 2009 Star Trek movie, which sees the crew of the Starfleet ship USS Aegis searching for a new home-world. All the gameplay takes place on the bridge, while missions include everything from search and rescue to planetary exploration.

Star Trek Bridge Crew

At the heart of Star Trek: Bridge Crew you’ll find a cooperative experience that casts up to four players in key starship officer roles, namely the captain, helm, tactical and engineering. Each officer is tasked with the responsibilities of their assigned station.

The captain is the only role to which mission objectives are displayed and needs to communicate these to the crew as well as set mission parameters in order to be successful. Expectedly, the captain can leap between different roles as and when needed for a more hands-on approach. As for the other officer roles, the helm is responsible for plotting the ships course and activating warp speed when required; the tactical officer is in charge of the ship’s shields and weapon systems; and the engineer oversees repair teams and can redistribute power between the shields and thrusters, as required.

Star Trek Bridge Crew - Ship Bridge

It’s worth noting that each role, except that of captain, can be occupied by either a human player or an AI crew member controlled by the captain if not enough players are available. AI members are especially helpful during single-player mode. Here, the player can freely dish out commands while making the fantasy of commanding a Federation ship a reality.

The success of Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be determined by each player’s ability to juggle tactical decisions while coming to terms with their friend’s human flaws. While AI would blindly follow any command humans, on the other hand would scrutinize the captain’s every decision and, simultaneously, bring out the best and worst out of any group of friends. Perhaps Star Trek: Bridge Crew is best left to dedicated co-op players after all.

As with most VR games, messing around with the controls for the first time is hilariously awkward. The gnarled finger movements don’t always interact with on-screen controls as expected. While most wireless controllers would suffice, it’s the snappiness of the trusty DualShock 4 controller that performs better, especially during high-pressure situations.

Fans of the Star Trek franchise will appreciate the attention to detail instilled in the making of this video game. From the difference between phases and torpedoes, activating the shield and navigate the ship through asteroid field to the inclusion of lens flare, will make trekkies of all creeds feel at home. The Ongoing Voyage mode, which renders the bridge in true 60’s flare, complete with retro buttons and switches, will particularly win over hard-core fans. It does get old quite quickly though and proves to be nothing more than a brief deviation from the other missions.

Having said that, it would appear that Star Trek: Bridge Crew was developed as primarily a multiplayer game. As a single-player experience, the mission will quickly feel laborious, lacking enough excitement to simulate the player for more than a few hours at a time.

Star Trek Bridge Crew - Space Flight

Virtual Reality beyond video games

Gamers and gadget hounds aren’t the only ones with a reason to get excited about VR. Virtual reality technology is slowly but surely spilling over into other industries; examples include the use of VR to train astronauts for space missions, while the automotive industry has been using the technology to virtually design prototypes.

In fact, VR has infiltrated just about every industry under the sun, which makes it no surprises that even the shopping and online gaming experience will forever be different. The latter could include VR to simulate a real-world casino experience, with operators already experimenting with the use of VR in games. Here is an online casino where table games such as blackjack and poker could offer a level of realism that was before deemed, well, unrealistic. Another industry where virtual reality holds enormous potential is in the medical field, with medical schools already using the technology to train surgeons.

It would appear that the possibilities of VR are, as they say, endless!


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  • HisShadowX

    I own this game in the PS4 and you can cross play perfectly with the Rift and Vive players.

    This is a game you need to try out to see how amazing this is

  • Disqusted

    I’ve lost all respect for Star Trek since they decided to publically turn it into a political platform to support SJWs and attack Trump. Doesn’t help that the director of the recent films, Assbrams, is an Ultimate SJW.

    Having a beloved fictional universe forcefully and irrelevantly tied to divisive deluded politics is such a terrible, stupid thing to do. Not that I was ever much of a Star Trek fan, but I used to respect it.

    I heard William Shatner said he considers himself a guest in the U.S., so he doesn’t act like a f**king dick. I respect that.

    • GuyverOne

      The game looks good and could be fun but I won’t give money to anything Star-JJ.

    • GodBowser

      That’s why I’m concerned about this openly gay character for Discovery because he might be used as a mouth piece for some writer to express their ideology

      • Disqusted

        I’d expect it, considering a ton of the present and past Star Trek staff ganged up to prostrate before Hillary and worship multicultural diversity during the election campaign.

        And I’m saying that as someone who was a victim of constant racist bullying my whole earlier life. People who harp on about multicultural diversity nowadays don’t care about that, they only care about numbers to promote their agenda.

        Here’s a paste from their official Facebook statement at https://www.facebook.com/TrekAgainstTrumpOfficial/posts/887685388029999

        Trek Against Trump
        September 29, 2016 ·
        Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.

        The resolution of conflicts on Star Trek was never easy. Don’t remain aloof –vote! We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate. Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and
        valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.

        Have you just turned 18?
        Have you moved? Have you never voted before? Some states have early registration (early October) and/or absentee ballots. You can’t vote if you are not registered. So make it so. Go to https://www.rockthevote.com, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and fulfill your civic duty. Because, damn it, you are a citizen of the USA, with an obligation to take part in our democracy! Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.

        Endorsed by:

        J.J. Abrams
        Allan Apone
        Richard Arnold
        René Auberjonois
        Scott Bakula
        Ira Steven Behr
        Rick Berman
        John Billingsley
        Christopher Black
        Paula Block
        Paul Boehmer
        André Bormanis
        Brannon Braga
        Mark Robert Brown
        LeVar Burton
        Terri Potts-Chattaway
        John Cho
        Tracee Cocco
        George Colucci
        Mimi Cozzens
        Denise Crosby
        Dan Curry
        Joseph D’Agosta
        Peter David
        Nicole de Boer
        Keith R.A. DeCandido
        John de Lancie
        Jonathan Del Arco
        John DeMita
        Chris Doohan
        Paul Eiding
        Aron Eisenberg
        Terry Erdmann
        Terry Farrell
        Lolita Fatjo
        David C. Fein
        Juan Carlos Fernandez
        Louise Fletcher
        Jonathan Frakes
        Bryan Fuller
        Dave Galanter
        Tim Gaskill
        David Gerrold
        Robert Greenberger
        Bruce Greenwood
        Max Grodénchik
        Martha Hackett
        Glenn Hauman
        Manu Intiraymi
        Michael Jan Friedman
        Dominic Keating
        John Knoll
        Walter Koenig
        Alex Kurtzman
        Judith Levitt
        Jeff Lewis
        Justin Lin
        David Mack
        Dennis Madalone
        Chase Masterson
        Dakin Matthews
        Gates McFadden
        Robert Duncan McNeill
        Nicholas Meyer
        Anthony Montgomery
        Ronald B. Moore
        Tom Morga
        Kate Mulgrew
        Larry Nemecek
        Adam Nimoy
        Susan Nimoy
        Robert O’Reilly
        Linda Park
        Leslie Parrish
        Robb Pearlman
        Simon Pegg
        Randy Pflug
        Ethan Phillips
        Robert Picardo
        Sandra Piller
        Chris Pine
        Emmett Plant
        Zachary Quinto
        Michael Reisz
        Andrew Robinson
        Eugene & Heidi Roddenberry
        Marvin Rush
        Tim Russ
        Zoe Saldana
        Ralph Senensky
        Naren Shankar
        Armin Shimerman
        Gregory Smith
        Brent Spiner
        Rick Sternbach
        Peter Sternlicht
        Eric Stillwell
        Jay Stobie
        Sandy Stone
        Carel Struycken
        Marina Sirtis
        Michael Sussman
        Kitty Swink
        George Takei
        Michael Taylor
        Hallie Todd Withrow
        Connor Trinneer
        Karl Urban
        Wil Wheaton
        Herman Zimmerman

        They were probably like, “sign this or we’ll tell everyone you joined us for those pizza parties *wink wink*!”

        • GodBowser

          I was disgusted when I first heard about it and it’s no surprise that Shill Weaton was involved and if Discovery turns out to be an SJW propaganda piece then for me the franchise officially ended with Nemesis and wait for The Orville to debut in the UK

      • Which character is openly gay?

        • GodBowser

          Just had a look and it’s going to be Lt. Stamets who is being played by Anthony Rapp

          When the pilot airs will you be doing an analysis on it?

          • Meh, I don’t know. I’m not enough of a Trekkie fan to make any sort of analytical breakdown that wouldn’t get torn apart by other Trekkies. I tend to tread carefully when it comes to “staying in my lane”.

  • Grim Cube

    I’m going to wait for the resolution to increase just a bit more before buying a VR as it still felt a bit blurry when i tried it, But definitely going to keep this game on my radar

    • Disqusted

      That’s probably going to be a long time, considering they keep having to cripple stuff to run on VR, and VR stuff still costs a fortune.

      I totally agree, though. I don’t feel that VR is worth the trade-off.