At the end of each mission is a fine replay from different view points, including inside your cockpit and from an enemy's hind quarters. The overhead replay of the mission using various colored lines showing the path of each mission's participant is particularly good. However, you will tend to spend more time admiring these pre-mission and post-mission displays than fighting in the early missions. can only think that this brevity is due to the game manufacturer's desire to get back to the story that is expanded in each subsequent mission. It really does seem that the game was only made to capitalize on the fandom for the pre-existing franchise, and not because the developers had any desire to put out a fully realized game in and of itself.
Simply put, with the half-hearted menus, short missions, and awkward controls, the game just feels incomplete. If all you are looking for is a little bit of story and the opportunity to dogfight then this could be a game for you. However, if you are like me in that you want a complete package when spending full price on a new game then you will find this particular title sorely lacking. Consequently, I am still looking for my personal sequel to Crimson Skies. That game may have set the bar very high, but I still expect nothing less from future flight sim games. Unfortunately, this game is clearly less than that.