Well, I finally got to reading this. Top class review. Extremely thorough. I particularly liked commenting on the missions one by one, that's something useful for me for these campaigns because the names aren't memorable to me in any of the Freespace games, as in I can't associate the missions to the names. It was amusing that you said you were just going to look at a couple of the missions at the start!
I'd love to see more of these reviews, and the best part is you're going to make more!
It taught me a lot about the original ST, which I haven't played, to make me really appreciate what went into ST:R. The order I played this in I believe was FS2, FS1 (port) and then ST:R, before any user-made mods. ST sounds like a real train wreck, maybe I should try and find a let's play of it just to compare. I'd heard it was bad, but I never imagined it would be this bad.
The voice acting for instance, I always assumed that all or most of that was just ripped from
and ST. I guess this is a high compliment to whoever was behind that, fantastic job to all you VAs. Remember what I said about the order I played? FS2, FS, ST:R. I'd been thoroughly exposed to
's voice work, and thought it was more of the same. Never imagined anything different. Special attention to the line about "get me an open channel!" and the work in He Who Rides the Tiger, which is a mission I also found genuinely frightening the first time.
It was also interesting how knowledge of ST could make certain events in ST:R more
surprising, since you had expectations and you got surprised.
A minor gripe, I don't think you should have mentioned the lack of beams as a con, especially when the campaign specifically doesn't call for them. For me, beams have no impact on whether I like a campaign.
89%, a nice, high score for a high quality creation. I can't comment properly on what score I would give it, since I haven't played the original ST, which I believe is important, but I thoroughly enjoyed the campaign when I played it. When I was reading through the review it was bringing back memories and tempting me to go back in for another go.
So, again, great work on the review and looking forward to more!