I just picked up a STTNG this past weekend (sub $4k for a players condition machine.) Been on my list for a long time, and one that I've played a lot and have really enjoyed it. While I am thoroughly enjoying it, there are a lot of games around that price point that are also a lot of fun. However, the theme integration, voice work, wide body, Steve Ritchie flow, ramps, cannons, and "warping" balls by the subway system really make it unique. I really don't think you can compare it to the Shadow or Tron -- all three are very different games each with some strong unique features (battle field in Shadow, spinning disk in Tron). If you like one more than another, great. But arguing about it is as silly as debating if vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream is best.