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7:59 AM | Max Dyckhoff | Comment on this story

Two new reviews of Raven Software's Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force have come out in the last 24 hours, one at PC IGN, and one at Daily Radar, hot on the heels of this game which has just been released for the PC.

PC IGN sings the game's praises from the start, proclaiming that "Elite Force makes it cool to like Star Trek again, it's so much fun". The game apparently has an excellent branching storyline, and does not follow the trend of most first person shooters which merely requiere you to push the crate to reach the switch that opens door X. The PCIGN review mentions how the addition of allied computer-controlled team members adds complexity to the game:

Instead, you'll have situations such as one on a Borg vessel where one of your team works on breaking a force field open while you and your teammates work hard to protect them from a constant Borg onslaught. Other teammates will open doors for you, give you advice on where to go next, command you, or just plain chide you for bad behavior.

The reviewer does note that while you do visit a number of environments, and the storyline and dialogue are stunning, he managed to play through the game in several days, and found it shorter than one might wish.

The Daily Radar review goes into greater detail, explaining various events in the game and the weapon types available -- which might be considered 'spoiler' material, so beware. It appears that the reviewer is far from a fan of the Voyager television series, and yet he loves the game, giving it a "hit" rating. For those of you wondering exactly what Elite Force is all about, he also describes that nicely:

In Elite Force, players beam into the dangerously red shirt of Ensign Munroe, a Star Fleet newbie handpicked by Tuvok to head up a unit of the security Elite Force. A cross between SWAT and the Green Berets, Elite Force is the answer to the question, "What do we need to do to keep from losing so many red shirts on away missions?
Elite Force is expected on the Macintosh before the end of 2000.

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