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Klingon Academy By John "Award" Del Percio, July 20, 2000
Developer :14 Degrees East
Publisher :Interplay
Release Date :Early July
Demo Available : Yes - Download
Table of Contents

· Introduction
· Closer Look
· Facts
· Final

To Be, Or Not to Be...

As a complete trekkie, (ok, I don't have a comm-badge and a Starfleet uniform....but it doesn't mean I'd refuse one ;)) I know my way around the galaxy of the Star Trek gaming world. As any of you who are also trekkies are aware, that is a pretty sad universe. We have been plagued by one horrendous title after another, all selling because of the Star Trek name. But there have been a few titles that caught my eye over the time, and this was one of them. While the game has been in production for around three years, the first time I became acquainted with it was last September, while cruising around some publishers web sites in search of what this years potential Star Trek titles were going to be.

Space: The Final Frontier
Pummeling an original Constitution class
Federation Star Dock in orbit
Close-up of a Constitution class

Klingon Academy struck me from the very first. It was an interesting perspective. I still was not convinced, though. Looking more at it, it seemed sort of flat. Not to mention how much I disliked the thought of working *AGAINST* the Federation. It was not until I played Starfleet Command and saw a demo movie for Klingon Academy that I became convinced. At that moment, I knew I needed this game. As time went on, I forgot about it a bit, but continued to check up on its status. In February, a playable demo was released, so I immediately tried it out. At first, it seemed amazing, then as I played it a few times, I lost faith in the gameplay, in the graphics, and in pretty much everything about the game. It seemed "old", and "boring". I had to keep reminding myself that it was not a true demo, but more of a "beta demo" to test how things worked.

As time went by, I nearly decided for sure, that this game would not be worth my time. Until the day I heard about Game Commander being included. To make a long story short, Game Commander is *NOT* included in Klingon Academy (see my Game Commander review, if you're truly curious). That was a press release that was taken out of context by many a press outlet regarding a special version of the demo. At any rate, it re-kindled the fire of the game, and renewed my interest in it. So here I am. Let's see how it goes!

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