I’ve just played the demo and it was a rather disappointing when it came to gratuitousness explodiness. I was expecting the twisted metal of Total Annihilation combined with the weapon effects from Mechwarrior and the ship design of X3 at it’s best. Instead the ships look small, the sounds are rather wimpy and it’s not helped by the interface which should be as minimal as possible but instead clutters up the screen with useless elements that it doesn’t seem possible to remove (I know you can press U, but that seems to stop the mouse cursor functioning as well so I can’t get the information I do need). I’d be nice to see everything removed except the ship details panel, and perhaps the scores integrated into that.
However, I’m wondering whether the game is worth buying despite it not coming close to living up to it’s main selling point. It does seem to have quite a lot of scenarios - I counted twelve missions for the federation and I assume the other three races have similar numbers of missions and the online option looks interesting but on the other hand the ships seem a bit inflexible and there doesn’t seem to be that much more variation than the demo has.
The site is a bit brief on detail so how much stuff does the game contain?