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Game Review: PS2 pay day for hungry Trekkies; For Sony PlayStation2 Price: pounds 39.99.

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (Raven/ Codemasters)

Star Trek games come and go, but Elite Force has long been held up as one of the best PC first-person shooters ever made.

Now console Trekkies can have a piece of the action as Raven have re-coded it for the PlayStation2.

Elite Force puts you in the figure-hugging combat suit of Ensign Munro, commander of Voyager's newly-formed Hazard Team - a squad of Federation heavies who always have their phasers set to kill.

The action begins at the deep end, throwing you into battle against the universe's deadliest bad guys, the Borg.

After that things really go downhill - Voyager gets plucked from normal space and dumped in a kind of spaceship graveyard.

That leads to encounters with various races from the Star Trek universe throughout the game's series of missions.

Fans of the show are in for a real treat - for the first time you can walk around a Federation starship, hang out on the bridge and beam up to the transporter room.

No expense has been spared on the voice talent either, with Janeway and Tuvok's voices supplied by their TV show actors.

Our only gripe is with the abnormally long loading times between levels, but that also serves as an indicator of Elite Force's complexity.

Whether you are a Trekkie or not, this is a first class first-person shooter. The missions will keep you busy for a long time, and the four-player Holodeck deathmatch will engage you for even longer.
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