Yes, mission 1 is bugged.
Here's a quick-and-dirty fix
. See fix below.
Let's give some compliments before the criticism starts.
The mission backgrounds (with the exception of mission 1) are quite good. It doesn't look as if they were made of multiple separate bitmaps, which is the impression nebula backgrounds must receive. So you deserve a thumb up here
Difficulty is on the easy side, which is a big plus in my book. As a consequence, all available ships and weapons are usable in the missions.
There are some cool moments in the campaign, most notably
Escorting the train of Aeolus cruisers in mission 7
As for the negative side, I'd just mention some of my personal nitpicks. The others will certainly make most of the more general points I would, so there's no need for repetition, is there?
My biggest complaint so far is mission length. The first 6 missions were okay in this regard, but missions 7-8-9 are well above the recommended 10-minute optimum. In mission 7, I turned on invulnerability when in the 15th minute
The Hecate arrived from behind with lots of fighters.
My other nitpick is spelling. Most specifically, the use of commas. Please, please, if you include the name of who you're addressing, use the comma before, and if the sentence continues, after it. So like this:
"Return to base,
everyone." Where "everyone" is addressed to return to base.
"See in the afterlife, traitor" instead of "after life traitor." I kept wondering who the "after life traitor" is until I realized what it's about.
[EDIT]What am I supposed to do in mission 12?
Judging from the debrief, the NTC Vasily is meant to be lost. However, the campaign only lets me proceed if the Vasily reaches its waypoints, which just won't happen. I'm gonna assume the campaign file is bogus, so I'll edit the mission to make campaign progress possible.
Finished it. Unfortunately, there were a couple show-breaking bugs that required some fixing in FRED. I quickly fixed these dead ends. Get the files here
. This includes the fix for mission 1.