Let me get this straight. You will not play a game because there are only 8 sets of ship models instead of 16? Combat is only one aspect of the game. The depth and complexity of the various aspects of the game is why I am going to give this game a shot whatever happens between now and next week. The system requirements are so low that any expectations I had for the graphics have been reduced to rubble for a long time. For eye candy with marginal gameplay try IG's other release, Unreal 2.
That said, to each their own.