I know that mission designers don't want their players to just be sitting there doing nothing or ensure very long missions, but the rate at which a boarding party captures a ship in the Freespace universe really breaks my immersion. We're talking about huge ships, but one or two tiny transport ships are able to board marines that can not only traverse through the ship in record speeds, but also often shoot through all the crews and onboard marines of another ship. And while I try to image some kind of ridiculously efficient hyper loop transport systems inside of ships to make up for this kind of ludicrous speed, it very much does not match what we actually see on the flight deck in the menu (I'm looking at you exit animation button).
It was for this very reason that I FREDed the Repulse capture operation the way I did in ST:R.
I consider the short capture time to just be a concession for the sake of gameplay, like the absurdly low ranges of weapons and speeds of ships.
About 15 years a go I played a Star Trek themed space sim on my old PS1. The beam weapon range of the cap ships was immense - they could hit you when they were so far away they were just a few pixels. Your ship had a mini warp engine thingy which worked like afterburners on 'roids. You could close that sort of distance in a second. I guess it was supposed to be more realistic, encouraging hit and run attacks, but in truth it just sucked from a gameplay perspective.
That said I do often feel the ships in FS2 are too slow. Anything less than a Perseus feels like you are flying through treacle. I would love to see a mod that increases the speed of the ships slightly. Perhaps have retail Perseus speed as a base speed for the slow ships, like bombers, and increase form there, so that the modded Perseus really is nippy AF
As an aside - does anyone else feel FS1 games / FSPort etc feel quicker than FS2 games? Flying the length of an Orion feels like it takes less time in FS1 than it did in FS2, even in fighters with comparable speeds. Or is it just me?