So, what happens next? It's a question fans of 2009's Star Trek reboot have been desperately asking, and with this tasty looking shooter, set just before the film's sequel, it's about to get answered. Presumably in ways that involve lots of lens flare and shaky cam.
Digital Extremes is keen to open the game up to a wider audience. Just as JJ Abrams insisted Star Trek be a great sci-fi film first, the focus here is solid cover-shooting, big on bro-ish banter and meaty action scenes You needn't be a Trekkie to play it.
But first comes gameplay. It's a drop-in online co-op, trading phaser shots with alien scum, and bounding between handily chest-high blocks of cover. It's pleasingly frantic, but its shooting gallery battlefields can grate.
That's where LSPUs come in. Early on, Kirk and Spock find themselves unable to dock with the Enterprise. Cue them strapping on Life Support Propulsion Units and roaring into space. The sense of speed is palpable as you veer from debris, narrowly missing mines to reach the ship.
Later, things get touchy feely when Kirk is smoked by a paralysing toxin. Spock has to physically carry him to a med-bay while the captain pops off weary shots. This two-hit combo of buddy chemistry and thundering sci-fi action looks to nail the high standard set by the films (and just might answer a few burning questions).