Star Trek: Bridge Commander
STAR TREK: BRIDGE COMMANDER (Activision, PC, Everyone, $49.99) It’s a rubber-Vulcan-eared Trekkie dream come true: a chance to command your very own starship! Unlike most space games featuring fast-paced combat between tiny, nimble fighters, Commander puts you in charge of a huge, plodding spaceship of Enterprise-like proportions. As a faceless Starfleet chief, you get to do your best Captain Kirk imitation, barking orders (microphone support is included) and engaging in space battles while investigating the Romulan and Cardassian connections to an exploding star. THE ASSIST In the heat of battle, you can’t always expect your bridge crew to ”make it so.” It’s usually better to take the helm and handle combat yourself. THE LAST SHOT Commander’s tight, technobabble-laden script, plus cameos by Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard (above right) and Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data (above left), delivers plenty of atmosphere for a fun voyage into the final frontier. Even non-Trekheads will enjoy sitting in the captain’s chair and sending the crew boldly into battle.