Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a virtual reality action adventure game developed by Ref Storm Entertainment Studios and published by Ubisoft studios for the Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 platforms, and was initially released for these platforms on May 30, 2017, worldwide. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is based on the lore of the popular sci-fi franchise Star Trek, and features various characters from the series. It was received generally positively by critics and has a Metacritic score of 75%.
In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, players are put in control of a Starfleet ship USS Aegis from the main deck where the control its weapons and functions. The game itself is set in an alternate reality as set by the 2009 Star Trek movie, and the plot follows your crew as they try to find another habitable planet for the Vulcans, who had their home planet destroyed. In the search for such a planet, the ship enters a region of space called ‘The Trench’ which is an area heavily occupied by the aggressive Klingons. Hence a game of survival begins in which the player must battle against the Klingons in order to survive and reach their destination.
Players in Bridge Crew get to play the game through four roles–the captain, the engineer, the helm officer and the tactical officers. The captain carries the most important roles because all the primary objectives are given to him, which he must then report to other members in his crew in order to get them fulfilled. Each role has a different role in the gameplay–the captain deals with the direction of missions, the tactical officer controls weapons and sensors, the helm officer controls the direction the ship is heading in, while the engineer manages power supply and supervises repairs throughout the ship to keep it in a good condition. Using these roles players complete two types of missions–the primary ones that forward the story as well as the randomly generated one present throughout the ship and which include a variety of different tasks.
Bridge Crew integrates a superior virtual reality system in the game which makes the player feel like they are really in control of the role they are playing as, and they are the role themselves, which provides for an incredible sense of immersion that other games have failed to integrate. The graphics are also very smooth and detailed, hence furthering the sense of realism and immersion in-game. The variety of roles and missions handed to the player means that they feel like a part of the ship itself and a crew member alongside the captain, or the captain himself, which is any Star Trek fans’ dream come true. Even for the non-Star Trek fans, the game has plenty to offer. Battling the Klingons requires strategies that need to be thought out. Using the weapons excessively will cause damages to the ship while ignoring such damages and the ones caused by the Klingons will soon tear the ship apart, so the players need to have a heightened understanding of everything going around in the game.