"We'd like to call Starhawk Battlefield in space; it's every bit as strategic, but at present the core shooting lacks punch and the game is visually flaky. Lightbox have two months to add polish and iron out any issues however."
I played the beta way back a few months ago, and I am a regular player of BF3, and played the hell out of BFBC2, so I'd like to think that I know what I'm talking about here...
The game is "visually flaky"? What? Either they downgraded the graphics since I played it or you people are blind, the game ran like I dream (I'd say 35-45 fps on average) and felt a lot smoother than BF3, which struggles to reach even 30fps. The games graphics are amazing also, the lighting from the sun and radioactive goo being funnelled through pipes, for instance, is amazing and very atmospheric. The game felt extremely polished 5 months ago and I'd be surprised if they have downgraded the game since then.
And "The core shooting lack punch"? It is bloody AMAZING! It requires alot more skill than BF3, in that it's very similar to BFBC2. That is to say that the longer you hold the trigger, the less accurate and more spread out your shots become - it encourages burst firing and strategic thinking at long range just like BC2, whereas BF3's shooting mechanics consist of a slight need to burstfire, but for the most part the random deviation does all the work for you.
Overall? I myself would definitely call this game "Battlefield in space" it was addictive as hell when I played it, and the "build and battle" mechanic is absolutely brilliant for teamwork and for just messing about with. I had many a epic battle of territory where my team would build bases and forts way up to the middle of the battlefield, only to be met with enemies trying to fortify their way up too. The battles that followed were epic, needless to say. And the epic escapes out of enemy bases when having stolen their flag was brilliant fun. Rolling away from the base with all your mates in a humvee hysterical at the fact that you are being chased by an entire army. It was absolutely amazing fun.
I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on this game, the beta surprised alot of people, including myself, who thought the game would be a mere cash in on it's epic predecessor; Warhawk. It's definitely, without a doubt, a contender for Multiplayer of the year if it's as great as the beta was, and the beta alone had me questioning my love for Battlefield!