I like the new game. I like it a lot. The first time I let a spread of pack rockets fly I cracked a smile. The graphics are excellent, the ship designs are refreshingly original (Although why were my beloved robots and treeclops replaced by hairy guys in masks?) and the AI caught me off-guard when it threw its entire fleet at my homeworld while I was leisurely picking off its freighter routes.
Then the game crashed to the desktop while I was defending my world (I think the AI was jealous because my two scouts were holding their own against its five.)
Assuming you're going to be issuing a patch for this world attack bug, (And lemme know if you want my autosave, too.) I have a few suggestions for improving the interface a tad:
1. FASTER TIME COMPRESSION!!!! I like the increased distances between stars and the slower research speeds, they make every step of the way feel like a momentous achievement. What I do not like is the new tedium feature that comes with them. STUN1's brisk pace kept me glued to the monitor for hours on end, STUN2's agonizing crawls had me getting up from the computer after telling my scout to return to my home system, getting a drink, and returning only to find the ship had barely moved an inch when the game decided to pause and tell me the aljfbalsians declared war on the flkhjohors. Give us 10X and 25X, please!
Move the mission selection box I know this is going to become a pet peeve very soon. When a ship requests a new mission, I go to the galaxy map to select the next place I want it to go. BUT the mission selection box lies smack dab over the galaxy view and there's no way I can drag it out of the way. Please move or give us the option to move the selection box off the galaxy map.
Hilight Ships The improved borders aroung ships looks excellent, but when my grey-blue ship is floating over my blue-green homeworld during a crowded battle I have the damndest time picking it out of the background. A simple hilight around the ship requesting navigation orders would be more convenient.
I nitpick because I like it.
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