When i first decided i was gonna get star wolves 3 i thought i was gonna really lose my head and throw a fit, but after i put a few hours into the game i finally understood what the devs were aiming for. It has a feel of carrier command being able to deploy fighers to engage ur enemies, pilots have upgradeable and can pilot craft based on which skills u choose. i understand that this game boasted about free roam tho it is pretty scripted and linear, this kind of got me a bit upset as well as the unforgiving ai an tutorial, make the wrong decision and u will regret it. but i was soon able to make more logical choices due to learning from my mistakes and was rewarded for it.
I didn't play the previous star wolf games so im not very big on the plot but in this u play as trader ship pilot who ends up becoming more a mercenary, taking on missions from different sources, he also meets pilots that became permanent crew. the story isn't one that very much appeals to me but i read on since i kinda like to know whats going on atm (yes sadly there's little to no dialogue, so prepare your reading glasses).
The combat seems pretty good as the fighters will use the lack of graviy in space to float by their opponents to open up with their missiles or machine guns. the focus of early combat in the game seems to be to keep enemy fighters off of your mothership since the destruction of it means gameover. making sure each fighter has some type of missile defence will also help u out in battle as well as keeping your missiles in ample supply. extra fire support comes from employing mercenaries from nearby spacestations for when your fighters are not enough to take the enemy, mercs will ask for continued payment when moving from sector to sector.
The rpg element in the game is ok as well, as your pilots take part in combat they gain points that you can later use on their specialization tree making them more effective in combat. choices u make in the game also have an a pretty significant effect for example, choosing between fighing through a team of mercs or paying them to guide u staight to a new mothership they were protecting.
WARNING this game is not for the impatient or for those who expect to command a legion of ships, this game will also requier for u to save often! but if u have a love for any type of space combat, or just like ordering around a squadron of fighters taking out pirates, then i think u might like this game. i dont really feel like i wasted my money on it either, im a dude that loves space games weather its rts, exploration, or just straight up action, its an ok space game i no there are other good ones but this one is pretty fun to me in my opinion. atm moment its on on sale, tho I've also been hearing that ppl were having problems starting and or playing the game, I took the risk and it works fine for me I'm using a laptop with a core i5, its really not that amazing a laptop but im able to play this game on high settings no problem.
Mothership tips: when your game pauses from combat, stop your mothership where it is, then engage the enemy squadron with your fighters before they notice you, then draw them closer to your mothership so it can provide some support to your fighters. this tactic works fairly well on the mission where you must attain a new mothership from a band of mercs, tis better to fight for it than it then buy it.
Your mothership is your home protect it no matter what, fighters can be replaced. if losing is unavoidable retreat to a different sector, repair, rearm and restrategize if your tactics keep failing.
Also before you enter your mission sector buy a pack of mercs, dont try to buy them in your mission sector unless you feel you can, but it never hurts to give it a shot.