Star Trek: Borg
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|Star Trek: Borg|
|Developer(s)||Simon & Schuster|
|Publisher(s)||Simon & Schuster|
Star Trek: Borg is an interactive movie/computer game and audiobook set in the Star Trek universe. It was written by Hilary Bader, directed by James L. Conway, and featured an original score by Dennis McCarthy. It was released in 1996 by Simon & Schuster for PC.
Plot and gameplay
In the midst of a new Borg incursion ten years after the Battle of Wolf 359, Starfleet Cadet Qaylan Furlong is given an opportunity by Q (John de Lancie) to go back in time and prevent his father's death in the historic battle.
Q sends Qaylan to the USS Righteous, his father's Excelsior class starship, just before the Battle of Wolf 359. Originally, the ship's security officer Coris Sprint was killed by a Borg intruder over four hours before the battle. Q gives Qaylan control of Sprint's body at this point, allowing him to change history. Since Sprint is Bijani (a heretofore unseen alien race) he has the ability to go into a "Bijani Pain Trance" which allows him to complete jobs even when feeling immense pain. This later becomes an important plot point in allowing the character to complete the game.
Meanwhile, Q takes over the role of Dr. Thaddeus Quint, whose personality is similar to Q's.
At several points throughout the game, the player (Qaylan) is given multiple choices about what actions should be taken in various situations. Each action has a correct choice and several wrong choices. If the wrong choice is made the game either ends (e.g., ship destruction), or is re-routed back to the choice point (e.g., told to try again). In the case where the game ends Q will reset time and allow the player to try again. If the player makes too many mistakes, however, Q becomes bored and the game ends.
Cast of characters
Cadet Qaylan Furlong / Lt. Coris Sprint: The game's player-character. Because the story is seen through this character's point of view, he never appears on camera. It is implied that he is male, approximately 19 years old, and bears a physical resemblance to his father. Q gives Qaylan control of Bijani security officer Coris Sprint (briefly portrayed by Tarik Ergin), which allows him to interact with the crew of the Righteous.
Q / Doctor Thaddeus Quint (John de Lancie): A seemingly-omnipotent being who has taken an interest in the welfare of Cadet Qaylan Furlong. Q gives the cadet a special hand phaser and tricorder to aid him on his mission. Occasionally he will also mock the player if he's not succeeding. For purposes of the story he takes the body and role of ship's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thaddeus Quint (also played by Murray Rubinstein), but Qaylan continues to see Q in his true form.
Lt. Ralph Furlong (Jeff Allin): Conn officer and father of Qaylan. He has an easy-going personality.
Captain Nikolai Andropov (Barry Lynch): Commanding officer of the USS Righteous. He's stern and gruff, but he's very professional and by-the-book.
Ensign Anastasia Targus (Marnie McPhail): Operations officer. She has an outgoing personality and deep-seated emotional issues stemming from her time as a Cardassian prisoner of war. She has a cybernetic implant on her forehead for medical reasons.
Commander Bennington Biraka (John Cothran, Jr.): Ship's first officer and counselor. He is well liked by the crew, and offers both encouragement and pearls of wisdom during difficult situations.
The USS Righteous sets are mostly redressed versions of the sets of the USS Voyager from the Star Trek: Voyager series, with the exception of the bridge, which was a redressed form of the bridge of the USS Excelsior as seen in the Voyager episode "Flashback".
With the exception of Murray Rubinstein and some minor players, the entire cast has appeared on one or more of the Star Trek TV series. For example, Jeff Allin also guest-starred as a single parent in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Imaginary Friend"; John Cothran, Jr. has played two different Klingon characters on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; and Marnie McPhail played one of the Enterprise-E crewmembers in Star Trek: First Contact (in which her character is also assimilated by the Borg).
Additionally, the Battle of Sector 001 seen in First Contact took place in 2373; Qaylan Furlong is from the year 2377, ten years after Wolf 359. This same year, a Borg sphere pursued the USS Voyager to Earth through a transwarp conduit and was subsequently destroyed.
PC version technical note
Unlike its predecessor, Star Trek: Klingon, the PC version of Star Trek: Borg was intended exclusively for use with Windows 95 (the most common Microsoft operating system of its day). To enforce this, the OS and graphical settings of the user's computer are checked whenever the game is run. This causes difficulty for players with modern hardware, as the program automatically assumes that only systems running Win95 with 16-bit color are capable of supporting the game. A patch was later released which allows the game to be installed and run with Windows 98, but the color settings must be reduced to 16-bit before the game will launch.
Since the rising popularity of virtual machines, an alternative method is to launch the game inside a Windows 95 vm.
It is also possible to install the game in a VM first and then copy the Borg installation directory from the virtual machine to a computer running Windows XP or Windows 7. This allows these operating systems to play the game, without altering the colour depth options.
- Star Trek: Borg patch for Win98 at GameSpot
- Star Trek: Borg at the Internet Movie Database
- Star Trek: Borg at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)