I have tried to get into this game on several occasions, but just can't. I like strategy games and have owned a lot over the years. I especially loved the Total Annihilation series and seeing that a number of the developers for this worked on those games gave me hope that this would be a great game. Boy was I wrong.
Overall rating - DO NOT BUY - 3/10
So lets start with some positives:
Graphics are not too bad if a little dated
Sound stuff is good. Nice clear audio and appropriate music set a good tone.
So what don't I like?
The game takes ages to load into a new "game" if it ever manages to get there. In the short time I have played (or attempted to play) I have lost count of the number forced closures because the game stops responding to any input that is meaningful. That is both in game, while loading, and while attempting to navigate the menus.
The interface is clunky and not at all intuitive.
The game will frequently crash and require a forced closure, but somehow manage to retain the progress of the battle.
The game will randomly screw your save files so you cannot continue from where you left off.
The units often get lost in front of the buildings and are very hard to see, especially single units. There is no rally set point capability that I found.
Zooming is jerky and not smooth. Moving the viewpoint is done with the cursor keys not the mouse. (Who does that these days??)
The real kicker for me is the complete and utter lack of official documentation. There is no manual at all, of any sort. There are no tutorial missions explaining the interface allowing you to learn the basic mechanics of the game. There is not even a sandbox mode to play around in so you can teach yourself the game. In short there is no assistance at all from the game to help you play the bloody thing.
As a result of this complete lack of developer documentation you are forced to various wikis and youtube videos in order to even have some hope of being able to survive long enough to develop a base. I love flight simulation, especially the "study-sim" type. I spent thousands of hours playing Falcon 4 and its subsequent derivitives. Being good at that game meant doing a lot of research and putting in a ton of "hours" perfecting technique and strategy. However, I could play the game just by reading the information provided by the developer and practicing/experimenting with things.
This game has not even the basic information on the interface or starting units. It forces you to go off and listen to some youtuber prattle on about how they think things work in the game. They youtube videos aren't even done by the developers! I have never seen a tech tree. I never managed to get far enough into a game to advance any technology, and I have absolutely no idea how to advance things anyway. Again it is not intuitive at all.
The game is buggy. I purchased this game on sale as a retail game, not as an early access or kickstarter. I would have expected that his game would be far more polished. The developers seem to be working on the game issues and new features which is a good thing. It should not, however, have been realsed in this poor state.
I may be missing something here as a lot of people seem to like this game, but if I can't get into the basics of a game without having to search for OTHER peoples advice, then it is pretty much a no go for me. A game should come complete with the required information to play the game, either in a manual or as tutorials. This one has neither. The bugs and glitches seal the deal for me. Give this one a miss, even if it is gifted to you from a friend. 3/10