4. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birth of Federation
Star Trek The Next Generation: Birth of Federation came out in 1999 and won our hearts. But for years now, we are kind of bleeding, in silence, reclusive, since this game has slipped from our computers into the oblivion, and no substitute has appeared to fill that gap in our gaming lives.
ST TNG BoF was indeed an amazing game, everything one might expect from a title that promised such scope. Admittedly, I found the space battles a bit lacking, since the 3D presentation wasn’t really up to the task, but it was a small discomfort compared with the width and depth of the game that enabled you to pick your favorite race from either the Federation, the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Empire, the Cardassian Union or the Ferengi Alliance. Birth of the Federation had been described by critics as an unofficial sequel to the Orion games, and while I am not truly certain to see as many parallels between these, I can certainly tell there is a great underlining of the same quality Micrprose is able to pour into its games.
Sadly, unless you scour the depths of intrawebz for a download of the game or search the Ebay, you won’t find the ST TNG BoF that easily. There is a hope that GoG.com might put this game as well up on their list, and that is something I would love to see.