As I've finished nuWoD now I thought I'd drop off a review.
Let me start with - this is grade A fun, great job Spoon, Axem & the rest of the team, I really enjoyed this!
I really like the flight model (drift, slide, lateral thrust occasionally) and the variety of weapons & ships. I tend towards liking lighter ships (well hello Kaze-H!) but still got good mileage out of trying many others in the varied missions that required a different approach. I also want to play through again trying out yet more of the ships, and maybe try some different crafting options. I also quite liked the story & am keen to see where it heads next. Dawn as a goddess was a bit surprising, it was obvious that there was something unusual about her but that level of power was quite a bit higher than expected
Still, Alpha 1 and boss fights so I guess there's precedence
Speaking of boss fights the penultimate mission was awesome
I found it a bit tricky to find the weak points at first, but heaps of fun regardless, I didn't feel frustrated even taking quite a few attempts to complete it.
I have a couple of very minor gripes, on paper at least I like the UGC Vulture (10 gunpoints wheeeeee) however I couldn't use it to complete in the two missions where it's available. It's too easy for goons to shoot you from the side/rear while you're trying to circle strafe your main target. e.g. bombardiers or hunters with their turrets
I was hoping to find a mission that'd better showcase its talents (which given the UGC priorities, might just be saving money... oh well... ALL HAIL PROFIT!
) I also found the (original) 1st combat simulation quite challenging, due to a weak video card & poor framerates I found it too hard to dogfight enemies & accrue killpoints, and then when I did manage to get enough my Caliburn's seemed to die horribly & ineffectively, leading me to (inadvisedly) switch to crazy tactics like going straight for enemy carrier, hopping under the shields and trying to take out its PD weaponry. Anyway, super minor gripe since after I got a new video card (of course, it arrived the day after I completed the campaign!!!) I replayed the new version of the mission, found it MUCH easier & completed it easily & conventionally on the 1st attempt.
Anyway, apart from that I really enjoyed this. The music was fantastic, the VN segments were gorgeous and entertaining, the pacing was good, I felt you'd get a good dose of action breaking up the story & keeping it all interesting, and overall well polished. Really looking forward to when you have time to complete the rest of it.