Review and overview of the Star Trek: New Horizons mod for Stellaris.
Taking more risks, the intrepid CMDR Max Torps broadcasts another forbidden review to the sheeplike populace of the 33rd century. Inviting them to play strategy games might actually spark some independent thought. Unfortunately, Max is detected and comes under attack, but not before he succeeds in completing the transmission!
This is not a review of Stellaris, this is more of a review of the mod called Star Trek New Horizons.
If you don’t know about Stellaris, briefly it’s a 4X grand strategy game developed and published by Paradox Interactive. Stellaris’s gameplay revolves around space exploration, managing an empire, and diplomacy and warfare with other spacefaring civilizations. It is absolutely stunning with a dizzying array of options and mechanics. All of which are used in New Horizons.
Stellaris is a superb game in its own right but with the addition of this Mod from the Steam Workshop, it can appeal to a very large niche of Star Trek gaming fans too.
Some of you may recall Birth Of The Federation (BOTF), in my view an excellent RTS PC game brought out in the Earth year 1999. In my opinion, no other Star Trek RTS has come close.
BOTF was meant to be launched around the same time as the movie Star Trek: Insurrection which is one of the rare times any Star Trek studio thought about strategic marketing. Star Trek: Beyond and the 50th Star Trek Anniversary, I’m looking at you.
Developed by Microprose and published by Hasbro Interaction, BOTF gave players the chance to achieve expansion by use of diplomacy, the colonisation of new worlds and of course combat.
Although well received, key criticisms were amongst other things, that the game was limited to Next Generation era ships.
The Star Trek New Horizons mod for Stellaris addresses all of that. It’s a total conversion pack for Stellaris and offers all of the ship types and races you’ve seen in Star Trek. It’s an immense piece of work. The aim is to create the Federation and to fight off the many and varied threats!
At the time of this quantum scan, 41 out of 50 races are playable, it includes your favourite species from the Star Trek Shows and movies including the Klingons, Romulans and the dreaded Borg! With lore specific weapons and ships, ST: New Horizons is the fullest Star Trek experience for Stellaris currently available and among others, it’s developed by Grinsel, Matix, Shaggo, Swizzlewizzle, Walshicus, Harel, Janack, Osito and ZoomImpulse.
If I had any criticisms, I’d mention some placeholder descriptions and some of the audio samples used are a bit repetitive. However, this is clearly a work in progress and you can see on their Stellaris Wiki page the improvement plans they have.
A warm and fuzzy 4/5.
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