I’m playing in the campaign mode right now and it was fun for a while, but something is really bothering me. First off is the fact that fighters will surrender at about 50% hp if they are the only thing in a group and they haven’t destroyed more than 10% of the enemy fleet (even if they have caused lots and lots of hull damage on several enemy cruisers). This seems to reduce to 40% at some point, which seems to be if you get it below 90% and it is all cruisers. Rules seem different still if the enemies are only frigates. Okay so I get that. It is really annoying, as even with the orders, my fighters don’t seem to attack the right ones all together (even with vulture and co-op on). Next is the annoyance that there is one ship that seems to be more vulnerable than the others and a group will shoot it as an opportunity, but go back to shooting the ones “ping” and require golden beebees. If the fighter squadrons would focus on only one of them, like they should, they would even destroy the ones that they ping on. At that point in the battle I click the fast forward button so that they get enough damage on the vulnerable ship to destroy it so they will begin focusing more on a single ship and then all of a sudden it says that I as defeated. That right there is absolutely wrong. In campaign if you are going to do that you should have them flee or something. I shouldn’t lose 10-20 squadrons that were perfectly fine, but hadn’t figured out how to organize themselves with my orders to focus on the same enemies.
Next I’ve gone through a lot of turns and taken over 62% of the map and pounding back and forth with a few systems that I can’t seem to get a good foothold on and suddenly I make (3) a brand new series of cruiser designed after one of the ones I captured and my maintenance went from around 2400 up to nearly 12000 instantly. I scrapped a bunch of stuff and got it down to 10463, but the only thing that is left at that point is my actual attack fleets, which consist of two fighter squadron only fleets and a cruiser/frigate fleet. The cruiser frigate fleet wipes out one of the strongholds that I was having trouble with and I go to stomp the next one and the same strategies didn’t work and I lose all of my new cruisers and all of their accompanying frigates and with only my fighter squadrons my maintenance is over 9900. Why did my maintenance increase so much? Is it general war malaise? Is the population just getting tired of a war that has lasted almost 10 years?
All in all I’m generally frustrated. The game seems really neat at first glance, but the orders seem to have almost no effect on what anything does.