I have played a ton of games in my time, and I have never seen the kind of support, feedback, involvement and interaction with their community which I have found from Heatwave. They have truly stunned me by the way they are interacting and listening to their customers. For those who may think I am just saying that, check out their forums. They have been amazing. Each employee of Heatwave has shown their genuine concern for the game as well as the community concerns.
As for my thoughts, I have been playing Head-start and while it took me a little time to get used to the controls, I have truly found a great game here. I can easily see how people who simply “try it out” expecting the same old controls and UI may not give it a chance. But I would think they may have made up their minds before starting. After you begin to get involved in the game some of the graphics and gameplay is truly stunning on even an older system.
As for now, there is not currently a crafting system, or pvp. But I believe they have said both are in the works for the future. (The crafting for sure. Myself, I never do much pvp anyway so I could care less) And the other content for higher levels is said to be able to be unlocked sometime after release. Yet what is included is extremely enjoyable. With the minions (your own squad of fighters make the game able to played solo if that is your choice), the estate system, fighting animations, instances and more.
There are some things which need to be worked out (just like all new MMO’s), and also improvements which I have heard are on the “up and coming” list from Dev’s. But this game is very enjoyable once you get going and learn the way everything works. It has amazing promise and I know by the companies interactions with their community a growing loyal fanbase to do it for.
I have never before recommended a game, but I wholeheartedly tell you to get this one! Give it two months and see how much you will enjoy yourself. And get involved in their forums too and tell me you don't find the same shock by how involved they are. You will not be sorry.