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Game Reviews / Star Trek Armada
Publisher: Activision
Rated: Teen
Released Year: 2000
Consoles:
- PC ~ Windows Operating System
Genres:
- Real-Time Strategy
Summary:
  • Command and control a fleet of starship, develop a base of operations and use your abilities to destroy your enemies. Choose from 4 races, each with their strengths and drawbacks.
 Contributor: Kuro-chan

Overall Rating: 6.95

"An RTS game that features an easy ability to capture enemy ships and use them against your opponents. While lagging behind other more advanced RTS games of the time, it was still very innovative in it's own way."

Plot / Concept: 6 / 10   

Armada does actually have a storyline (That is what the campaign is for). It is a case of odd plot elements from different Star Trek episodes and movies all mingled together, but in the end it does work out okay. We see elements of typical Borg motivation, influence from Voyager, Insurrection, and TNG play out. Each playable race in the campaign plays a part of the story out, leading you to an unlockable finale you can only play through once you have conquered all the playable races.
Gameplay: 7 / 10   

In an odd way, Armada plays out like a traditional RTS from a few years earlier (Like the Warcraft 2 / Command and Conquer era). The units between races are very similar (though not a perfect match like in some of them), which means their biggest differences lay in what 'special abilities' they have at their disposal.

However, unlike RTS games of those days, this one is in 3D, races have different strengths (repair rate, boarding rate), and you can use the transporters to capture enemy ships (Some races feature special abilities to help make that easier / possible as well).
Controls: 6 / 10   

RTS players will need to re-learn a bit because does not use the most typical commands and keyboard shortcuts. It uses a lot of number keys and odd letters for certain command shortcuts. It takes getting used to.
Music: 7 / 10   

The music is good, if short. I have not seen an RTS game offer so little music while you play a race as this one. However, what is there sounds good.

Still, music does not seem to like Creative sound cards at all (aside from the oldest of old ones, anything before the Audigy days).
Sound Effects: 9 / 10   

They put some good work into making this sound effective. It sounds Trek, which helps make it feel Trek. The voices (generally) work with the ships in question. The sound effects are spot on.

It is nice to several members and guest veterans of the regular Trek universe lend their voices to the game. It helps make the campaign sound and feel more authentic.

Still, sound effects do not seem to like Creative sound cards at all (aside from the oldest of old ones, anything before the Audigy days).
Graphics: 8 / 10   

I would say the graphics were good for the time and they were 3-D. The models were somewhat detailed (certainly enough so you could see what you were using, no problem).
Replay Value:
Moderate. I am unsure if multiplayer online support is still supported or not.

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