Star Trek: Armada
There have been more good Star Trek games than bad and if you ask me, Star Trek: Armada here is one of the best. Originally released in 2000, this is a game that would be so popular with Star Trek fans that it would spawn a sequel as well a popular fan mod.
As there is so many different series of Star Trek out there you may be wondering what one does Star Trek: Armada follow? Well despite being released in 2000 while Star Trek Voyager was still on the air. The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and even the movie, Insurrection are the main driving forces behind the game.
Smart As Commander Riker
Star Trek: Armada is notable for not just being an action game or some kind of flight sim. This is the thinking person’s Star Trek game as it is a real time strategy game. Interestingly there is nothing about this game apart from the Star Trek license that really sets it apart from the other RTS games on the market at the time. To be fair this is not a bad thing as sometimes a developer will try something new or crazy for the sake of doing so. Star Trek: Armada though does play things very safe and as a result for hardcore RTS fans may seem a little weak. For me though is the is the perfect level of depth that I would want in an RTS game.
Pick Your Side
In the game, you have a choice of four different factions that you can represent. The United Federation of Planets, The Klingon Empire, The Romulan Star Empire, and The Borg. Each faction has their own kind of ships and space stations that you can make use of, but you can capture enemy ones and use them as your own. In all honesty, I found that it really did not matter which faction you picked so just go with which one you think is coolest and that you like the best.
In the game's campaign, you actually get to play as each of the four factions and then there is a final part of the campaign where you play as The United Federation of Planets, The Klingon Empire and The Romulan Star Empire as a unit to try and take down The Borg. As well as these factions there is a lot of fan service as well thanks to the inclusion of races such as The Ferengi and The Cardassians.
You only have to worry about two main resources. Dilithium can be mined on various moons when you send your resource gatherers there. Your other main resource is your crew. Your crew will grow at your starbases as you progress through the game.
Picard vs Riker!
Ok so maybe you cannot have this matchup, but the multiplayer aspect of Star Trek: Armada is actually a lot of fun. Even after all these years, it remains fun. Going head to head with a buddy is great. As the RTS action in the game is not super in depth like a modern one is. You will find it is a lot easier to kick back and just have fun with this.
Star Trek: Armada is a rather basic RTS game, but I think that helps add to the charm of it. If you love the Next Generation Era of Star Trek then I really do feel that this is a game you are going to have a lot of fun with. The presentation holds up pretty well and the battles are a lot of fun. So if you are a Star Trek fan this is most certainly a game you want to check out.
- Four factions to play as
- The game still looks pretty good
- The campaign is a lot of fun to play through
- Fantastic when playing against a friend
- Set during the Next Generation
- It is a rather basic RTS game
- You have to be a Star Trek fan to really get the best out of it
Download Star Trek: Armada
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP