Alright, I’m assuming everyone here is familiar with Battleship Forever. This is the only game I know of that I could compare GSB to.
Firstly, I should make clear that I don’t care about graphics, presentation, the interface, etc. Gameplay is all that matters, and GSB just isn’t doing anything for me.
my first complaint is the lack of control. the ability to program automatic behavior is a -very- nice touch, but things never go according to plan. If you forget something or simply want things to move a little differently, quit, redeploy, restart, and wait to see how it goes. You have different classes of ships, but no way to direct them beyond ‘try to stay in a group’ ‘attack the guy that attacks a certain guy’ or ‘everyone attack the same guy.’
My second problem is the apparent lack of a sandbox mode. For a game with so much customization, I’d like a way to easily test my designs in different situations. BF, clunky as it can be, lets me quickly shift between ship design and a completely freeform ship testing mode.
As I wrote this, I kept re-loading the demo, looking for features and tweaks I knew I had to have missed, but…it seems they just weren’t there to find. GSB looks nice. But that’s apparently all it does. This probably reads pretty harsh, but that’s just the way the demo has left me feeling.