If someone would ask me "Is this a good game?", my answer would be: "Well, ... its how the big boys do battle!"
You dont know what im talking about? If you should play this game, you will. :)
You are the Captain of a Heavy Cruiser. You are in a space fight. Its your ship against two others.
The difference: Your ship is not very manoeuvrable. Its a large vessel. The term "Heavy" is no coincidence.
The two enemies are smaller, Less powerfull, but more manoeuvrable.
So, Captain! Give some orders! What are we going to do?
You decide to go straight in. Shields up, Weapons up! Give them everything we got!
After a short time, you will realise, that this may not be very effective.
Well, Captain. We need a new plan. Decide!
First, we are using our lasers! Target for their shield device. Without shields, they are helpless."
Here we go. We are firing. First hit. Second hit. Minor damage to their shield device. Looks good.
Then, our lasers stop firing.
Because, as mentioned, the enemies are more manoeuvrable than we are. They got behind your ship. And they keep firing.
(Note: The good thing is, you dont have to press any buttons to turn your ship around. Your ship will do this for you. Tell the ship where to go, and it will do so. Because if you would also have to navigate while fighting, this would turn into a mess ..... unless you are George Takei)
But here we go. Your Ship-AI activates your thrusters (Yes, you can see them doing so and it looks great). Your ship turns around. Target in front of us. First hit. Second hit. Third hit. Your lasers keep firing! HAHAHA! TAKE THIS YOU B*******! What?
...... no damage?
Well, the enemy ship did just turn around. The shield device is located at the top. Your lasers DID hit the target, but the wrong side. The lasers have no effect on the Hull and there is no shield device at the rear of that vessel.
The enemies keep firing.
"To Hell with them! Launch the Fighter Squadron!"
"But Sir, they ....."
(Note: Fighters and Bombers are very effective in destroying devices. And they are fast. Rotation of enemy ships does not bother them)
Your fighters are going in.
"They wont know what hit them!"
Well .... your Officer tried to warn you. They have a laser flak system. Perfect for ........
AI Voice: "Fighter Squadron lost!"
Did i mention, that the enemies kept firing?
Now you may say: "What kind of idiot would do that?" I would say: "Vice-Admiral Norbank!" :)
You will see.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong. Most of the time, it is your fault. But you will learn from your mistakes.
After reloading, you will take down their flak and launch your fighters, or you will focus on their engines so that they wont be able to outmanoeuvre you.
Shields of the first ship are down? Let your laser aim for the devices of the second ship and activate your hull damaging weapons to finish the first one. There are a lot of possibilities.
There are situations, when you need a lot of patience. Even when flying trough space. Your ships wont charge in an instant after you gave the "Move" command! They are Heavy Cruisers with Fusion Engines! What do you expect?
It will take two seconds to heat up, then your ship will start moving.
Simple rule: The bigger they are, the slower they move.
The Mission "The Fight for Earth" was one of the most entertaining missions i have ever played in a Space-Sim. And it was one of the hardest missions in this game. (Dont worry, you WILL restart the mission if you play it for the first time)
Advice: Dont start with the highest difficulty level. You wont stand a chance.
My opinion: Yes! It is a good game. I had a lot of fun playing it.
It is not a perfect game but it many good moments, it is entertaining (very important for a game) and it has an awesome "Final" Battle.
Therefore: 6.5 out of 10.