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Franchises Roll: Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean

Bethesda Softworks' meeting room was the nicest I've been to so far; it's like sitting in a movie theater. It's on the second floor of their booth -- four rows of plush seats, complete with cupholders.

Nothing says "geek" like Star Trek, and geeks have been waiitng a very long time -- it's been three years since the last one. (For game details, see John Breeden's earlier post.)

Star Trek Legacy graphically blows away anything ever done before in Star Trek games. The company is currently working with writers from the shows as well as the actual guy that creates ships for the show. They will have the voices of the actors who played ship captains in show, so it will give quite a level of authenticity to actually hear Jean-Luc Picard, Capt. Kirk or any of the different iconic characters voicing commands as you control your ship.

Bethesda's other movie tie-in is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow. There are many games coming out based on the movie franchise over the next couple of years -- a PSP game based on this summer's "Dead Man's Chest," plus a three-console release next year based on the third movie in the trilogy. Disney Online is also doing an MMO game shipping next summer in connection with the third movie.

But this game is the only one featuring both the voice and likeness of Johnny Depp. The game takes you through Jack Sparrow's previous adventures that are referenced in the first movie, through that movie, and then events between movies right up to before the second movie, when both Jack and Will are captured by the Spanish and set to be hanged at the gallows, which is how the sequel opens.

It is the first time Depp has done original voice work for any video game.

It's incredible how this franchise has grown -- it was a theme park ride, then came out of nowhere as a hit movie, and now there is a plethora of video games based on it.

By Bob Greiner  |  May 11, 2006; 5:32 PM ET  | Category:  E3: Dispatches
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