I love the game, but I am not fond of the new format of the book. It would have been far better to retain the basic rules in one section and then include the other advanced options such as archaic forces, air, naval, organic, and advanced tech in their own self contained section or chapters. This would make the rulebook less intimidating for new players and would have provided easier reference to specific modules players which to use without overwhelming the reader. They author did highlight sections that should be read first, but this is a messy approach vs having the advanced rules in their own section of the book.
Overall I like the streamlining of the game, but I think this is a terrible product for new players. Some of my friends gave up on it just trying to read the movement section. I really hope future products will be written so that the basic core rule mechanic is presented in the first chapters and other rules are provided in separate chapters, similar to how the original book was written. As a veteran of the game, I can still use the product, but it leaves much to be desired regarding organization of content.
Summary, Great Game, nice enhancements to the system, but very difficult for a player new to the rule system.
[3 of 5 Stars!]