I found this game some time ago in steam, and being a fan of challenging strategy games, I had to get it (men of war, etc). I was initially turned off at the lackluster graphics, but the sight of 9001 units was just too awesome - as well as the monumental developer support and the incredible fan following.
I went through the tutorials soon after and was beginning to grasp the feel of the game. But I got distracted and stopped at the tutorial campaign. That was around two months ago. Right now my spark of interest is reignited by the help of watching Battlestar Galactica for the first time - and I realize how similar the story was between the series and the game. Sadly, I probably have to go through the tutorials again, but that's ok because this time I plan on playing this game more frequently.
With that said, I wanted to tell you guys some things on my mind about the game.
First thing that occurred to me was the main menu. Unfortunately, it seems bland and off place. Especially at the top right where the name and expansions are listed in different fonts and sizes. The star movement in the background was a nice touch, but something isn't right with them - I think it's the speed of different star layers moving isn't quite right.
Second thing that I noticed was the music. It was surprisingly good and a pleasure to listen to. I'm actually looking forward to hearing it again.
Third thing was actually in game. The particle effects were lackluster. Bad explosion effects, misaligned shots from units, and static missile trails clashed heavily with some impressive 2d art of units and planets. But I understand it's to increase performance. However, I'm hoping that there can be at least some small ways to improve upon this area? I think this alone will add tremendous immersion.
Fourth thing occurred later. Having seen Battlestar Galactica and how they're in short supply of trained pilots, where do all these pilots come from in AI War? I realize story is not important but it's really bothering me that a small surviving group can churn out thousands of pilots at will.
Final thing that I just thought of...what about adding some kind of alert announcer or sound when you are being attacked or waves are inbound? I think it'll add a lot of immersion.
That's about all the unexpected impressions I got from playing the game so far. Don't be misled into thinking I don't like AI War. I like it a lot. Just pointing out a few areas where improvements can be made in. Thanks for the game Arcen and I'm also looking forward to your next game!