Let’s cut to the chase. Unlike the misfired Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (STID) is an extremely good Trek film. While not perfect, STID gives us a well-paced and action-filled 132 minutes with all the characters we know and love (Captain James T. Kirk, the Vulcan first officer Spock, the cantankerous doctor McCoy, and the rest of the crew), along with moments film-goers are hoping to see…and more than a few they won’t see coming.
You have but to google the words “release date” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” to learn that the highly anticipated sequel to the 2009 reboot of Star Trek will be released on Friday, May 17. But you—and Google—would be wrong. Recently, Paramount announced that the general, non-IMAX, release of Star Trek Into Darkness has actually been moved up to May 16. (The IMAX release remains at Wednesday, May 15, at 8pm.) Here’s why.
Star Trek Into Darkness won’t be beaming into our theaters until May 17—which makes this the perfect time for Paramount to tease us with three “Disruption” trailers. Instead of the good space-faring fun of the other clips that have recently been released, these clips are far more dark. It shows Starfleet’s new nemesis coolly analyze Captain Kirk, first officer Spock, and communications officer Uhura for weaknesses that he intends to exploit.
Aliens: Colonial Marines (A:CM) is a videogame that received mostly poor reviews when it was released on February 12, 2013. Star Trek is a videogame that received mostly poor reviews when it was released last week. As they’re both based on science fiction movies and they both have co-op play, they compare well to each other. And having spent time with both, I find that A:CM is the better game.
I’m going to be writing a review of Star Trek the videogame for the PS3. But while waiting for my copy to arrive, I was graciously given a Steam code so I could get a head start on joining the fabulous co-op fray. That was the theory, anyway. In practice, I’m playing solo.
If you’ve seen Star Trek, either the classic series or the rebooted movie, you’ll know that the two main characters, Kirk and Spock, complement each other. Kirk is brash, while Spock is thoughtful. Kirk loves the ladies, and Spock loves the logic (or Uhura, in the case of the movie). Now the enterprising duo are the main characters in the upcoming videogame, Star Trek, bringing their different attitudes to the game’s co-op play. I recently spent some time playing a hands-on demo of this upcoming third-person action-adventure, voiced by the actors of the rebooted movies, and the tricorder readings are promising. I can safely say that this is one of the best co-op experiences I’ve ever had.
James Tiberius Kirk. Three to beam up. He’s dead, Jim. If any of these words elicit a geeky thrill, then you’ll also know that many past Star Trek videogames…do not. The MMO Star Trek Online notwithstanding, Star Trek videogames have not earned the love that Star Wars fans gave Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 and The Force Unleashed. This might change with the release of the upcoming game Star Trek. Fans who grok Spock might want to give Star Trek a try.