Star Trek: The Game is a third person action/adventure game with heavy shooter elements.
Cooperative gameplay elements allow two people to control Kirk and Spock. During his E3 pitch, Steve Sinclair described the game's genre as "bro-op". The game doesn't allow players to switch between Kirk and Spock during a chapter, but will allow for fellow players to "drop-in" to play alongside cooperatively.
The two characters will showcase different gameplay techniques, with Kirk being the more typical shooter while Spock has stealth abilities and can use both the Vulcan nerve pinch and mind meld. Each are armed with weapons to reflect their gameplay style, with Kirk armed with a blaster equipped with a stun setting, while Spock's weapon is quieter and freezes enemies instead. As the player progresses through the game, they gain experience allowing them to unlock additional settings on the weapons.