Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Harbinger Review

As a logical extension of the show, Harbinger hits the nail on the head: it's low-key, very pretty, and ultimately kinda boring.

Okay, Deep Space Nine is rather a slow, dragging show, but a game based in that world could have been cool. Someday one probably will be—but this isn't it. Players take the role of an envoy whose shuttle hard-lands at DS9 after being attacked by rogue drones of unknown origin. Your stay at the station ultimately involves the murder of an ambassador; I won't spoil the ending by giving away any major plot points. Harbinger is a very good-looking, terrific-sounding, high-gloss parade of missed opportunities. The method of navigation, like the one used in Buried in Time, is counter-intuitive. Your brain really starts to bend when you try perimiter navigation, which takes you not forward or backward but sort ofaround things. Never mind. To make matters worse, however, DS9 is not fully navigable, and with this level of graphic detail, you'll instinctively want to go exploring. Of course, even if you could, there's no map. Asking a computer for directions to an area and getting instead a rote, vague description of what that area is can give you a headache. The characters—just as emotionless as they are on TV—are computer-modeled bodies with textures mapped onto them, which you'd think would make them more realistic and human. Not so; with their bulbous heads, unblinking eyes and undersea movements, they actually seem surreal and sort of spooky.

Some pluses: this photorealistic game keeps you awake with some pretty tricky arcade sequences; you don't have to wait long before somebody sticks a phaser in your hand; and time spent at Quark's bar has certain rewardingly illicit undertones. As a logical extension of the show, Harbinger hits the nail on the head: it's low-key, very pretty, and ultimately kinda boring.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger More Info

  • First Released
    • Macintosh
    • PC
    This Star Trek: Deep Space Nine game consists of exploration and adventure combined with arcade-style episodes of combat.
    6.3
    Average User RatingOut of 54 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Stormfront Studios
    Published by:
    Viacom New Media
    Genres:
    Adventure, First-Person, 3D
    Kids to Adults
    All Platforms
    Animated Violence