Released in 2000 on the PC and Mac OS, Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force developed by Raven Software and published by Activision earned a rare achievement for any title that is based on a television series. There have been many Star Trek themed games, all with varying levels of excellence or disappointment – yet it was a title based on at the time the most recent incarnation of the Gene Roddenberry universe that endures as a true first person shooter classic.
Everyone loves an almighty giggle every now and then, however when an actual game is released that pokes fun at one of the most successful series to ever be released, it certainly demands your attention and admiration.
Duty Calls – The Calm Before the Storm is a short playable game for the PC that pokes fun constantly at the Call of Duty franchise – mocking its surreal slow motion antics, the tedium of enemy after enemy appearing, dull mission briefings and the wonders of collecting meaningless rubbish. The whole point though is to highlight the upcoming game ‘Bulletstorm’ and the Gears of War 3 beta it gives you access to. I must say the whole idea is extremely pleasing and as great as the Call of Duty franchise is, you can still have a little laugh at its expense.
There is certainly an amount of dare I say snobbery going on when well respected professional musicians take time out to have a go at the myriad of rhythm titles for our gaming consoles. Both the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises have certainly opened up our eyes to the marvel of combining musical favourites with strumming and hitting actions on our plastic peripherals and although really not meant to be taken seriously, there are those who shine with their real instruments that despair at our antics.
Reported on the BBC News website, both Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason have expressed concerns.
It irritates me having watched my kids do it – if they spent as much time practising the guitar as learning how to press the buttons they’d be damn good by now.