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Publisher: Simon & Schuster    Genre: Action
Min OS X: Not Supported    CPU: G3 @ 266 MHz    RAM: 64 MB

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen
September 17, 2001 | Patrick Leyden

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Star Trek fans have enjoyed years of exciting and provocative storytelling thanks to a multitude of television series, feature films and novels based on the franchise. Until recently, interactive adventures in the Star Trek universe have not been as successful as their non-interactive counterparts.

Star Trek Deep Space 9: The Fallen is a game that successfully bucks the trend of being just another poorly executed licensed title. With The Fallen, the development group known as The Collective has created a game with an engrossing story, solid gameplay mechanics, excellent graphics and a soundtrack that is second to none.

The Fallen takes place in the Deep Space 9 corner of the Star Trek universe. The television show is a spin-off series from the wildly popular Star Trek: The Next Generation series. Deep Space 9 is a space station in a far corner of the galaxy orbiting a planet called Bajor. This world had recently liberated itself from alien forces after years of brutal occupation. The entire region of space quickly transformed itself into an important military and commercial outpost.

While Deep Space 9 the television show never achieved the notoriety of other Star Trek shows, many critics and fans appreciated the show as a ‘more mature’ Star Trek. This was due in part to DS9’s highly developed characters and the show’s examination of science versus religion through the eyes of these characters.

The game takes place sometime in the sixth year of the show’s seven-year run. The story centers around creatures known as the Pah-Wraiths. They are an ancient, malevolent alien race that were banished from the galaxy many years ago and have been trying to return ever since. The Pah-Wraiths left behind three Red Orbs. These objects possess great power and have the potential to give the person who controls them ultimate control over every living thing in the galaxy. As a result, a number of different groups are scrambling to find these Red Orbs and unlock their secrets. Along the way, players encounter a new alien called the Grigari and also run into old favorites like the Cardassians.

The story is told through the eyes of three characters: Benjamin Sisko, the Star Fleet captain who commands the Deep Space 9 station, Worf, the Klingon Strategic Operations Officer of Deep Space 9 and Major Kira Nerys, a freedom fighter-turned-soldier who acts as Captain Sisko’s first officer. These characters work together to find these Orbs before they fall into the wrong hands. While each of the character’s story share certain elements, all three of them have unique aspects to them that intertwine to create the world of The Fallen. The result is a fascinating story that plays a more like an interactive novel rather than a “run-of-the-mill” adventure game.


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