Star Trek Resurgence Review: Sort-Of Boldly Going
Star Trek: Resurgence sort-of boldly ventures where no Star Trek video game has gone before in a universe brimming with quasars, quantum torpedoes, and questionable alien diplomacy. An intricate tapestry woven by the master storytellers of Dramatic Labs, Resurgence sets the phaser to ‘intrigue,’ leading you on an adventure reminiscent of a captivating Star Trek episode arc.
Star Trek: Resurgence chronicles the dual narratives of First Officer Jara Rydek and Engineer Carter Diaz aboard the USS Resolute. As you delve into their story, you’re confronted with an array of challenges that put your decision-making skills to the test. Featuring impressive details and references to the original series, the game pays homage to Gene Roddenberry’s iconic universe with appearances from beloved characters like Ambassador Spock and Commander Riker. An engaging narrative and complex character dynamics, shaped by player choices, truly make the game feel like a part of the Star Trek universe.
However, like a wily Romulan, Resurgence hides a few cloaked weaknesses beneath its sleek veneer. Its mini-games, while novel, can occasionally feel overcomplicated, detracting from the narrative’s forward momentum. While the game’s combat and stealth elements are an interesting addition, they lack the finesse one might expect, resulting in somewhat underwhelming gameplay moments. Further, technical glitches and a dearth of quality-of-life features like cutscene skipping, conversation logs, and chapter selection options could have been addressed for a more seamless gameplay experience.
Compared to previous Star Trek video games, Resurgence holds its own with a compelling story-driven focus and character development, capturing the franchise’s spirit remarkably well. However, it somewhat falls short in providing a polished gaming experience, a crucial feature in its predecessors. Despite these setbacks, the intricate storytelling and engaging character dynamics compensated for some of its gameplay shortcomings.
Star Trek: Resurgence is an ambitious trek into a beloved sci-fi universe. Despite some rough edges, its narrative drive, character development, and detailed universe design make it a treat for die-hard Trekkies and casual gamers. The game has enough depth to keep you hooked, even if you’re unfamiliar with the intricate Star Trek jargon. With a balance of compelling storytelling and thoughtful references to the original series, the game is a worthwhile voyage into the final frontier.
RATING: 3.0 out of 5.
Star Trek: Resurgence is now available on PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and 5, Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X.