Posted: April 9, 2014
Okay... i bought the Original Strike Suit Zero last year when it was first release, and the game was far from a good experience even if the potential was here.
So being a fan of mechs and space combat a la Macross, i decided to give it another chance and see if most of the problems were fixed after more than 1 year of patching.
The answer is simple : NO
While i feel that combat seems better and difficulty smoother (difficulty spike in the originale released game were crazy), the game is still lacking clarity on what is going on.
The problem is, you don't have the luxury of time, in some mission you have to focus on the objectives before it's too late, and you will still wonder WhereTF is the objectives ?
To add to frustration, upgrade for you spacecraft is unlocked by completting certain objective during the mission, which add a layer of difficulty and will, may be, take on your nerves, because sometimes, you will feel that you need the upgrade to survive more advanced mission... and failling and upgrade objective means restarting the whole mission, even multiple times at worst...
Cherry on the cake, in one mission, it was impossible to do it... i had to destroy all torperdos to unlock it, i had to destroy a corvet to finish the mission... the problem was, one corvet with all parts destroyed (nothing left to lock, no life bar indicator) was still firing torpedoes, and the last corvete i had to destroy to end the mission was too far away from the other corvete... which means it was impossible to destroy the second corvete and destroy the torpedos of the first... after 15 minutes of forward and backward i just pressed Alt+F4
I already completed the mission, i just wanted to to get the upgrade i missed, and i don't know if it was a bug, but it was impossible, i could never have enough speed to reach the remaining corvet within my long range missile and be back to destroy the torpedos of the first to avoid failling the objective.
So, i would suggest new buyer to hold their money for now and wait for some patch (again ...).
I hope they will also improve in future patch their confusing 1960 submarine UI.
Every target are RED square, every fighter outside your vision are intidcater with RED triangle, and numbers to evaluat distance are written in RED.
Now when your objective are hidden between 30 RED identic marker... you will wish that they use more color.
This is supposed to be an SF UI combat, we should be able to guess what we are loonking at in one glimpse, not bothering with a colonie of RED dot or square on the screen.
I'm still looking forward for future fixes.
The ambiance is nice, dog fight is okay, taking on dreadnought is pretty cool.