This is a fun little idea I had where I will give my reviews/opinions on various fan-made ships for FS2 Open. I will be grading the ships based on 3 categories:
1. Geometry. This takes into account the model and nothing else - basically if the shape looks cool and has a good form
2. Aesthetics. This includes fancy stuff like HTL textures, glowmaps, shinemaps, and all of that other stuff. Pretty much the superficial appearance.
3. Verisimilitude. If the ship is meant to belong to a certain race/faction, this will grade how well it fits in with that aesthetic. For example, for a Vasudan ship, the higher score here will determine how 'authentically' Vasudan the ship looks, i.e. if it would be believable as a
ship. Of course this will apply to fanmade factions as well.
I'll also give a conclusion for each ship with my overall thoughts.
To start things out I will begin with a few classics.1. EAD LindosGeometry: 9/10
I love the shape of this ship, it's like a flying city in space. Incredibly intimidating and ominous.Aesthetics: 7/10
TBH the new rework versions sort of lack something compared to the original textures IMO, it looks a bit too busy and doesn't give that super intimidating, Borg Cube - esque feel to it. But it still looks nice.Verisimilitude: 6/10
Color and texture fits EA just fine, but as noted in the description the shape is odd for a human ship. I could see this ship being retextured and used as belonging to an evil robotic race in a mod, maybe.Overall:
One of my favorite custom ships, looks like a very formidable opponent, although the actual threat it poses in Inferno doesn't really match its appearance. It would have been better if the Nemesis design was scaled down and used for a standard EA destroyer, with a slightly larger version of this used for their flagship. Still, this ship has great promise.