I'm really not sure why people keep giving Dusk Wars such positive reviews. For whatever reason I've been playing through this and while DWA1 is amazingly stable, DWA2 is incredibly crash prone. I've had at least 6 crashes, before I hit a mission where it finally just froze outright and can't be progressed past with persistence. I believe it's the mission after those Attis guys are all "yo **** this rebellion" and there's a bunch of destroyers and a Akrotiri close together.
Either way, I'm going to be collecting some debug logs for this later, but case in point:
DWA1 and DWA2 feature incredibly repetitive missions. While I like being able to get a ton of kills like everyone else, I got bored of the "go here, kill this" type stuff. In addition, while I'm not as pissy about music as some people are on this forum, DW doesn't know when to use the right music. If there's a cool track, DW will blast it until it loses it's oomph. I'm still amazed by how little feeling a great deal of the tracks used in BP have in DW. There is also amazingly bad balance - So many times have I ruined the tone of a mission by murdering everything with my copypasta'd ASW weapons? Overwhelming force? What overwhelming force?
In addition, the story is.... terrible. Who are we even fighting for? Why are these Not-Shivans just... lame Shivans, except they talk? What is with all the Halo and Homeworld references?
I mean, it's *hard* to make new races, but these Boringans or whatever they're called again are just Ancients from ASW except religious and with funny colors. The Anshari are just Shivans who sometimes backstab each oher and sometimes talk. There is so much here that could be done to make them feel *actually* alien, but it's mostly just lame stuff.
I'd write a better criticism, but right now I haven't been feeling too well, so that's going to wait until I can word things better.
Really man, the fact that you've made this all on your own indicates you can make something *amazing*, like Spoon did with WoD. But it's like you're not even trying.