Janes FC has MP and I think it's smooth for 2 players, considering it's a 90s game. I never tried it, but I believe it is way more competitive and challenging than AI. Kinda thinking how awesome it could be if that is CMANO...
A simple, fleet dual style of combat would be like modern-day chess and battleship combined and running in real time, like this:
Heck, even the 4x4 grand strategy game has real-time design like Stellaris too. I played with my friends before, and the MP game is save-able for another day.
Hell I got my butt kicked with Janes FC on multiplayer back then! Let´s just say that a storm of missiles coming at your fleet is quite frustrating
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