The Federation is under siege from Klingon, Romulan, Gorn, and Orion fleets in this real-time strategy game set in the classic Star Trek universe. Playing as either James T. Kirk of the Federation or a member of the Klingon Empire in two distinct campaigns, players will need to master each ship's offensive, defensive, and maneuvering abilities to succeed in battle. The action is viewed from a third-person perspective behind a choice of starships as players engage in a series of missions structured like episodes from the television series. Rather than simply focus on combat, the game offers several diplomatic and leadership choices that will influence subsequent missions in the branching storyline. Since each ship has varying strengths, from shields to scanning to weapons capabilities, players will need to learn how to divert resources to protect vulnerable areas as well as exploit weaknesses in the enemy's strategy. Crew members can be promoted using points earned from skillful leadership, potentially enhancing each ship's stats in a number of key areas. In addition to the two campaigns, players can challenge a friend or the computer in either the multiplayer or skirmish modes.
Both options feature five playable fleets as rival captains boldly go where no DS game has gone before. Award-winning Star Trek writer Dorothy Fontana helped pen the game's storyline along with her partner, Derek Chester. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game GuideStar Trek: Tactical Assault, click here for more details