Initial impressions: OK, but not great. Won't blow you away, but it'll kill some time.
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The controls aren't too shabby, as they made it available via either joystick or mouse for the casual gamer. I tried both and the mouse controls are surprisingly responsive. I have a force feedback joystick and was disappointed that the game didn't include force feedback as it certainly enhances the experience of the game. Also, despite having rudder controls on my joystick, I could only use the rudder via the keyboard. Perhaps there's an option to change that binding, but I didn't bother finding out.
The story and voice acting, to be honest, is hokey. The whole chatter with "confirm, zeta alpha!" kind of kills the sci-fi feel as it's too overwrought. Like I said earlier, ambitious, but falls on its face.
Maybe it's because I'm spoiled in X-Wing Alliance, Tie Fighter, and especially Freespace 2 that I expect so much out of Tarr Chronicles. If you HAVE to get this game, I'd wait until it was in the bargain bin so it's not much of a ripoff. Actually, speaking of ripoffs, I think Tarr could be described as a poor man's Freespace 2.
Bottom line: There's better games out there, but given the dismal state of the sci-fi sim genre, this is about as good as it can get for a modern game. I'd recommend Freespace 2, except it's next to impossible to find, and don't ask me if I'll sell my copy, it ain't for sale! :)