I'm not going to go too deep into it until I play more.
I'm trying to play it as a standalone game without thinking about SC2 at all and just try to play it like an 'SC-like game' and try to ignore all the drama that's going on in RealSpace (meaning... here on the internet)
Definitely not trying to start a big todo about this, just sharing my opinion on it.
I'm only up to meeting the Mukay and trying to help them out with the Drenkend.
The familiarity is mostly in the
- artificial life created by humans disappears suddenly and you need to go find them
- find a crashed slave-race alien in Sol
- fight against the bad guys who want to exterminate you once you find said slave race.
- form an alliance
- meet big green headed alien observers who tell you they've been watching you for a long time.
- meet some strange aquatic based creatures that make interesting noises
- Help a race of peaceful beings who are getting slaughtered by another slave-race of soldiers
- collect resources until your brain stops working...
Despite those feelings of familiarity, I'm admittedly VERY early in the game. I was assuming that familiarity was intentional so that both old and new players could get drawn into the game (because, that's what drew me into SC2 way back in 1992)
I'm enjoying the animation and voice acting. I REALLY enjoy the Tywom so far. I really enjoyed that they're self aware of how much they "suck". I like the Hypergate (?) mechanism of finding jump gates between starbases.
I don't like the constant resource collection (and I didn't like it in SC2 either) and I do feel like I spent the majority of my first 3 hours just doing resource collection
I really like the Captain's Log and the ability to search the starmap by name. I am nostalgic for having that full color map hanging on my wall covered in post it notes... or the later larger black and white one that I just wrote my notes right on...
I'm undecided on the limits of the melee arena. I haven't had enough fights to have a fully formed opinion of limited fight space vs wrapping.
So far the battles seem pretty good. Control seems decent. No complaints there.
I like that it plays like SC2... that's literally why I originally was a founder-level supporter of the game. I only wished to have my refund of that due to the impending lawsuit and worrying that my $100 was going to get tied up in a long-term legal battle. I bought it last night when I heard it was on sale AND that it was AVAILABLE for sale. I also wanted to see how the game looked and felt with reviews as well (I'm trying to stop the whole 'preorder/kickstart all the things' for myself as I just don't have the time to play games as much as I used to, so I'd rather get a game that's something I will spend time playing. I will spend more time playing this, I assure you.)
Perhaps this wasn't the right thread to bring it up in, so I apologize. Just trying to give some constructive criticism based on what I've played thus far.
It's really polished, runs well and looks great. Congrats to the developers and artists involved.
As for my other question... it wasn't really about their right to the DMCA or anything about that (and I realize my wording is incorrect now by asking about your feelings on the ruling). What I should have asked was how do you feel about the judge saying "you brought this on yourself"?