If the only question you ever thought was hard was “Do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?” then the 1994 film Star Trek – Generations would definitely have had you firing your photons. At least until you went to see it of course, as perhaps predictably the movie was quite mediocre. While you can still easily watch the movie on Netflix, playing the game of the movie is somewhat harder and despite our best efforts we haven’t been able to get trekking with this one.
The game would not install at all on our Windows 8 PC. The installer simply exited before it even started. Using our Windows XP virtual machine, we were able to install the game. If the installation appears to stall, make sure to close the readme file that may open at the start of installation. During installation you will be asked if you want to install Direct X version 3, you should decline this invitation. We also recommend doing the full/complete installation.
Running the game
Before attempting to run the game, you should set the compatibility mode options to run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 95. See this tutorial if you do not know how to set these options.
Even with compatibility mode set, the game did not run correctly. In the Stellar Cartography section of the game, the graphics for Captain Picard and Data flickered on and off, making this section of the game difficult to enjoy. When attempting to beam down to the space station to complete the first mission, the game simply crashed.
One slightly surreal workaround was suggested online. Some users claim to have the missions loading by clicking the screen frantically with the left and right mouse buttons as soon as you choose to beam down. We were not able to get this to work, however.
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