Does anyone have a side-by-side comparison of the two versions? I've had the game for a while but never really played
I don't think one exists.
New graphics and music
some critical design changes:
Shields gone and with them the random chance to miss
Armor and hull types have replaced that whole mechanic.
AI does not build turrets any more.
They now have mobile Guardians that can counterattack.
Guard posts now come in 10 varieties plus at least 7 core types
There are new AI units that will kill your old Blob-of-Death tactics.
and on and on and on