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  Star Trek Armada
Over the years there have been many computer games released with a Star Trek title. Until now, most have lacked the excitement and the 'Trek' feel. With the release of Star Trek Armada that all changed. This combat/strategy Star Trek game puts you in control of a whole fleet of Federation, Klingon, Romulan, or Borg starships and starbases. This game not only brings a Trek feel, but it also brings along a truly Star Trek story line, which I won't ruin the suspense by telling you. A Trek feel and good story line are important to say the least but one thing that is really important is good graphics, which Armada has no problems delivering. With cram-packed action levels, Activision shows off it's brilliant graphics as you see ships such as the Enterprise E, Borg cubes, Romulan War Birds, and B'rell class Klingon Bird of Preys battle it out with phasers, photon torpedoes, disruptors, and a few extra-special weaponry created especially for the game.
Your ships will run into a few other things native to space such as wormholes, nebulas (which each have a different effect on your ships depending on the color), black holes, and moving asteroid belts which your armada of ships will have to navigate around. So as would be so obvious I was more excited opening that box then a child opening his presents on Christmas morning, but after I had popped the game into my CD-Rom and ran the installation process I was met with bitter disappointment. I ran this game on a Pentium III 800Mhz with 128mb of ram and a ATI 3D Rage II+ PCI video card. It turns out that Armada's brilliant graphics will only run on a few lucky video cards, mine was not one of those. I could get about 10 to 30 minutes of game time until the graphics on the game would suffer a sadder fate then a victim of a transporter accident. I have also heard of the game crashing quite frequently. All in all this game would be one of my top picks, truly a ten star rating, if it weren't for the obvious problems. My suggestion would be to ether borrow the game off your friend or download the demo to make sure it will run properly on your computer first, if it does, BUY IT! It's great fun and a must for any Star Trek fan or anyone who just likes a good space battle.

Review ID Number: 153
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Review Date: 2001-06-20
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
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