System: Oculus Quest
Price at Time Of Review: £22.99
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Interactive Experience
Size: 1.37 GB
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 80
Description: Star Trek™: Bridge Crew will immerse you in the Star Trek universe thanks to VR. The game puts you and your friends in the heart of the U.S.S. Aegis. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as The Trench, in hopes of locating a suitable new homeworld for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and its purpose is a threat to the Federation’s plans. Make strategic decisions and coordinate actions with your crew to complete the mission.
Review: Playing as one of 4 roles: Captain (most people will choose this), Helm, Tactical and Engineering, you get to control the USS Aegis on a mission to be tested. Of course, things soon go horribly wrong. You will soon discover that you need to rescue people, while raising and lowing your shields to beam them on board, all the while shooting at the enemy ships and manoeuvring the ship to make it all possible. It requires teamwork and can’t work without everyone working together.
While you can play with the gamepad, this game is best played with the move controllers for that added level of realism. Using them to literally touch the panels on the Captain’s chair or the helms stations panels. While not the most stunning graphically, the sense of immersion you get is so deep that I would say that this single game will sell PSVR’s to every Trekkie out there and turn a lot of new people into them.
While the single-player is a fairly short experience it is the multiplayer online mode that really makes this game what it is. The problem is that it often relies on the whole team working together, not just one person. But if one person is a complete noob that will often end in disaster. Tempers soon get flared and often a mission will end in a bad-tempered mood. This is one of the most amazing social VR experience there is, but it often shows how unforgiving some of us humans can be.