Reviewed on PC


Reviewed By: Brian Wolters

Computer Platform: PC and Mac
Produced by: Activision / Raven Software
Price Range: $15-20
Learning curve time: 1 hr.
Age level: 13+
ESRB Rating: Teen
System Requirements: PII 233 or faster processor, 64 MB RAM, 3-D accelerator

Genre: Sci-Fi Shooter
Christian Rating: 4 of 5
   (slightly offensive)
Gameplay: 3 of 5
Violence: 3 of 5
Adult Content: 4 of 5
   (barely present)

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Expansion Pack
"Elite Force" is my favorite first person “shooter.” The story and graphics are all top notch and it is a lot of fun to play. When I heard that there was going to be an expansion pack, I got myself ready for another engrossing adventure.

Well, I have to say that I was disappointed. It starts out good, though. You get to walk around Voyager without a time limit, which is very cool for Trek fans. You can read up on past missions, read personal logs and even use a replicator. This is nice, but I wanted to make my way to the holodeck to try the new missions.

Screenshot from 'Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force Expansion Pack' So, I tried the Captain Proton episode. First of all, the black and white graphics are beautiful but that's where the fun ends. You can't save the game during the single player missions but after completing the Proton adventure within 10 minutes without dying, I realized that you don't need to save it. There isn't much challenge to it. Plus, the graphics slowed WAY down in many spots for an unknown reason (is a patch needed?) and I had to walk backwards for a while to remedy the problem. When I finally found "Satan's Robot" and the “girl”, it was over before I knew it.

The other single player missions are uninspired and dull. A malfunctioned holodeck, shooting range and a Klingon base are all you get and the maps are quite small.

However, the additional maps for the holomatches are really good. They are much larger and even more graphically detailed. You also get a wider selection of opponents, including Janeway Borg and Captain Proton. Try out the “Singularity” map.

Just like most Star Trek shows and games, there is very little offensive or anti-Christian themes to it. Despite the death matches where you are awarded for shooting other people or aliens, you are not actually killing them because they are holograms.

All in all, the Virtual Voyager part of the expansion pack is nice but there isn't much too it. If you want a good single player mode, try searching the net for MODS. There are some good ones out there! The new holomatches save this from being a total disaster

Year of Release—2001

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